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Whale Watching Cruise by Newport Landing
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Whale Watch by Newport Landing

Weekend retail rate is $39.50 with fuel surcharge included; $35.50 on weekdays. As a bonus, this offer includes the fuel surcharge, so you don't have to incur that expense out of pocket at the time of departure.

Have you ever seen a 90-foot giant blue whale? How about a humpback whale? Whale Watching San Diego gives you the chance to view these majestic creatures — along with dolphins, seals, killer whales, sharks and other sea life — with expert commentary from a captain and crew.

Newport Landing Whale Watching San Diego has served the Southern California area for over 30 years with whale watching and dolphin cruises daily. The coast of California is famous for bordering the routes of various migratory whales, and Newport Landing invites you to see these magnificent mammals up-close and in their natural habitat.

Year around cruises let passengers view an array of whale species, as well as dolphins, seals, and other marine life. The excursion lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Newport Landing boasts a 65-foot vessel with an upstairs sundeck, wraparound seating, a snack bar, and an indoor seating area with large windows for cooler or windier days. The ship was specifically designed for the viewing of marine life in a comfortable fashion. The captains and crew members are well-versed on the subject of marine mammals, with extensive backgrounds in marine biology and ecosystems.

Redemption Instructions

Present your Go Los Angeles Card at the ticket counter.

Closings

Thanksgiving and Christmas Day

Reservation Instructions

Reservations can be made via email using the Newport Landing website.

Note

Parking options include parking structure at 309 Palm Street ($8 per day), Balboa Pier Parking Lot, & free residential parking

Phone: (949) 675-0551

Website: Newport Landing Whale Watching

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 3 out of 5 stars (based on 3 customer ratings)
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No whales, no 2,5 hours tours
By MJ Verified Reviewer from Barcelona, Spain on
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations NEW! Whale Watching Cruise: Newport Landing:

If you expect to see whales, just forget about it. You may see some seals and dolphins in a 1,5 hours tour sailing in circles, nothing more than that. It is not a 2,5 hours tour and there are no whales. To make matter worse the audio doesn't work well enough so you are not able to listen what the guide says. I would suggest to change the name of the tour to "Dolphins Watching in circle"

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[2 of 4 customers found this review helpful]

Best Tour!
By Luv2Travel216 Verified Reviewer from Long Island, NY on
Pros:
So much fun, Perfect length, Price Friendly, Amazing Wildlife Sighting
Cons:
no complaints, Nothing Perfect Tour,
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations NEW! Whale Watching Cruise: Newport Landing:

I travel all over the world. This cruise was one of my favorites! The amount of wildlife sighted on this tour was incredible! Truly a once in a lifetime experience!

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[27 of 32 customers found this review helpful]

A great cruise but not for whale watchin
By Disbabe Verified Reviewer from Stafford, UK on
Pros:
Friendly staff
Cons:
No refunds
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Smart Destinations NEW! Whale Watching Cruise: Newport Landing:

Cruise booked for 9-11.30am. Boat did not turn up until 9.45am and therefore returned to dock late. You do not go far out to sea, sticking close to land, going round in a circle. We got to see pelicans, seals lying on the 2 buoys and some wild dolphins in one area that swam alongside the boat for a few minutes. We did not get to see any whales at all and was told that only one had been spotted in that area, earlier on that morning. This was very disappointing as we expected to see more! We enjoyed the cruise itself and was a good use of 2.5hrs out, although due to the lateness of the boat meant that it scuppered plans for later on in the day. We were also disappointed that they did not give refunds, only a ticket for half price off another tour, which also did not guarantee you seeing a whale. I know that the previous day a woman, who had returned to this tour, had not seen a whale either (which meant that she had now done 2 tours without seeing any whales). Of course the seeing of a whale is not guaranteed, so I would still recommend this cruise, but wouldn't travel a long way for it.

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Hours

Daily, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. For specific tour times please consult the website.
Please note, Go Los Angeles Card holders may enter this attraction until closing or 5:30pm, whichever comes first.

Driving Directions

Merge onto the 55 Freeway South; 55 becomes Newport Blvd. Continue south onto Balboa Blvd. at 21st St. Continue South on Balboa Blvd. to Adam St.; Turn left on Adams and pull into parking structure.

Public Transportation

Taxi, shuttles, and Orange County Transit Bus System available.

Address

309 Palm Street
Suite A
Newport Beach, CA
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations required

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At a Glance

Address

309 Palm Street
Suite A
Newport Beach, CA

Phone: (949) 675-0551

Website: Newport Landing Whale Watching

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$39.50 $33.50