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Whale Watching

Newport Beach, CA

Item #: CRU-LOS-0007
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Experience the fun and excitement of viewing some of nature's most incredible mammals on this Newport Beach Whale Watching Cruise!

  • Coast Guard certified tour operator has served Southern California for over 20 years, providing whale watching and dolphin cruises
  • Get up close and personal with the area's marine life such as the giant blue whale, finback whale, grey whale, minke whale, humpback whale, dolphin, seals and more
  • Each cruise is unique, and you never know what you may encounter!
Newport Beach, CA
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November - February:
Daily - 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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    Essential Information
    • Binoculars are available to rent for $5.00
    • There is a cash only full-service beverage center and kitchen on board
    • Amenities on board include a large indoor salon, restrooms, and partially enclosed upstairs observation deck
    • Although it is not guaranteed, with the nutrient rich waters, pristine coastlines and captain's expertise in the area, it is very likely that you will view both whales and dolphins your cruise
    2.5 hours
    Experience Provider Info
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    Maximum Participants
    Up to 102 participants per ship
    This experience is only for those on the cruise
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    During the winter and spring months, you may want to bring a light and heavy jacket. Sunscreen is recommended. And don't forget your camera!

    For this experience, our partners are taking proactive steps to help mitigate the potential spread of COVID-19. These measures include implementing additional safety and cleanliness protocols onboard. Our partners will be following CDC guidelines, practice social distancing, limit passenger capacity onboard, and will implement additional sanitation of the boat during and between trips. All guests will need to wear a mask at all times while onboard to help eliminate the spread of COVID-19. They will have masks available onboard if you do not have your own. Additionally, all tours will be limited in how many people they will be accepting at a time. These Covid-19 safety measures are subject to change.

    What kinds of whales will I see?
    The area surrounding Newport Harbor offers deep, nutrient rich water that attracts all types of marine creatures including the blue whale which is over 80 feet in length (during the summer and fall months), finback whales, grey whales (during the winter and spring months), minke whales and humpback whales, as well as several types of dolphins including the giant Rizzo's dolphin, seals, and more.
    What should I bring?
    We recommend wearing comfortable shoes or sneakers and bringing along a light sweater or jacket. Sunscreen and sunglasses are a must, and don't forget your camera or binoculars.
    Is there food on board?

    Yes, there is a cash only full-service beverage center and kitchen on board.

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.

    Extended Holiday Return Policy
    To make your holiday shopping a bit less stressful, any Experience Voucher or eGift Card purchased between November 1, 2021 and December 31, 2021 can be returned through January 31, 2022 free of charge (all other return policies apply).

    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference. If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Virgin Experience Gifts.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have scheduled a date and received a booking confirmation, cancelling or rescheduling is allowed up to 72 hours prior to your experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 72 hours prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

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