Whale Watching Cruise by Newport Landing

Have you ever seen a 90-foot giant blue whale? How about a humpback whale? Here's your 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.
  • Adult gate price $39.50
  • Child gate price $33.50
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Newport Landing Whale Watching has served the Southern California area for over 30 years providing 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 take advantage of the proximity and 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 on an approximately 1.5 hour whale watching excursion.

Newport Landing boasts a 65-foot whale watching vessel with an upstairs sundeck, wraparound seating, a snack bar with food and drinks available, and an indoor seating area with large windows for cooler or windier days. The ship was designed for the viewing of marine life, and everything has been taken into consideration to bring you a comfortable and exciting voyage. The captains and crew members are well-versed in marine mammals, and have extensive backgrounds in marine biology and ecosystems. Here’s a look at the fascinating creatures you may see on your excursion :

California Gray Whale: A baleen whale that can reach up to 52 feet in length and weigh 36 tons, with a life expectancy of up to 70 years. They are so named because of the gray patches on their otherwise dark skin, and were once called “devil fish” because of their erratic hunting behavior.

Giant Blue Whales: Measuring in at up to 108 feet and up to 180 tons, this is the largest animal ever known to have existed. They were once found in abundance in all the world’s oceans, but were then hunted almost to extinction. In 2002 it was reported that there were between 5,000 and 12,000 blue whales in the world, traveling in as few as five groups…you’ll be very lucky if you see one!

Orca: Also known as the Killer Whale, these mammals are toothed whales belonging to the dolphin family. They are regarded as “apex predators” because they themselves have no predators and often feed on even large sharks, using sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal signals.

Minke Whales: A sub-order of baleen whale that is the second smallest type in existence. They measure in at an average of only 23 feet and weigh around 14 tons. They are black and gray in color, and are recognizable by the white band on each flipper. These whales typically live between 30 and 50 years.

Humpback Whales: A species of baleen whale ranging from 39-52 feet and weighing in at an average of 79,000 lbs. The whale is recognizable by its long pectoral fins and bumpy head. They are unusually playful, tending to breach and slap the water frequently in brilliant displays. The male variety is known to sing intricate songs lasting up to 20 minutes, possibly in a mating ritual.

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to see these vast and complex marine mammals in their natural environments. Passengers will leave with an enhanced appreciation for these gentle giants who are the kings of the sea.

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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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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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Whale Watching Cruise by Newport Landing Details

Phone: (949) 675-0551
Address
309 Palm Street
Suite A
Newport Beach, CA
Hours
Daily, 8:00 am-5:00 pm. For specific tour times please consult the website.
Note
Parking options include parking structure at 309 Palm Street ($8 per day), Balboa Pier Parking Lot, & free residential parking
Closings
Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
  • Open year-round
  • Good for families
  • Parking available
  • Restaurant or snack bar
  • Restrooms
  • Disabled access
  • Reservations required

Directions and Transportation

Address
309 Palm Street
Suite A
Newport Beach, CA
Public Transportation
Taxi, shuttles, and Orange County Transit Bus System available.
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.

Admission and Offer Information

Reservation required

Reservation Required

Call 949-675-0551 to confirm your reservation or go to www.newportwhales.com

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