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Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruises-Newport Landing tickets

Gate Prices Adult $49.00
Child (3-12) $46.00

Now Included: One free drink and binoculars for your cruise.

Have you ever seen a 90-foot giant blue whale? How about a humpback whale? Newport Landing viewed over 2,200 whales in 2018! Along with viewing thousands of whales over 400,000 dolphins were also viewed in 2018.

Newport Landing Whale Watching has served the Southern California area for over 30 years with whale watching and dolphin cruises daily. The coast off Southern California is famous for bordering on the routes of various migratory whales, and Newport Landing invites you to see these magnificent mammals up-close and in their natural habitat. Newport Landing is located next to one of the largest marine sanctuaries in California with over 75 square miles of protected waters and coast. The marine park ensures that the rich ecosystem and its mammals will be in place for generations to come.

Year around cruises let passengers view an array of whale species, as well as dolphins, seals, and other marine life. The excursion lasts approximately two to two and a half hours and several cruise times are available every day.

Newport Landing boasts a 65-foot double deck ship with an upstairs sundeck, wraparound seating, a snack bar, and an indoor seating area with large windows. 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.

Here’s a look at just some of 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 for the gray patches on their otherwise dark skin and were once called “devil fish” because of their erratic hunting behavior. Over 10,000 gray whales take part in their annual migration.
  • 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 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. Newport Landing viewed over 700 of the giant blue whales in 2016.
  • 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, 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 the amazing whale watching and dolphin viewing that Southern California has to offer. 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.

    The Go San Diego Card is the best choice for maximum savings and flexibility. Your pass includes Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruises-Newport Landing tickets, plus admission to dozens more top attractions.

    Getting In

    Make reservations in advance, then present your pass at the admissions counter the day of your tour.


    Reservations should be made online.
    The available schedule will pop up. Please choose the number of passengers that will need reservations, along with the desired date.
    Click Book Now.
    An Extras page will pop up. If you would like to purchase any one of these items you may do so, although they are not included with your Go San Diego Card All-Inclusive Pass. You may skip or confirm - in order to take you to review your order and place your online reservation.
    In the box that states Voucher code - this is where you will put your Go Card code- either GoCardLA or GoCardSD.
    Once you have entered the voucher code, please click Pay Now to make reservation. Upon check-in, present your Pass(es) to a landing representative. Boarding passes will not be distributed without scanning all party's Go San Diego Card All-Inclusive Passes purchased prior to departure.
    A confirmation will be emailed to you once you click on Book Now.


    November–February: Monday–Friday 10:00am, 1:00pm, and 2:30pm; Saturday & Sunday 9:30am, 12:00pm, 2:30pm, and 5:00pm
    March–October: Daily, 10:00am, 1:00pm, 3:30pm, and 6:00pm
    For specific tour times please consult the website.


    Thanksgiving and Christmas Day


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


    309 Palm Street
    Suite A
    Newport Beach, CA 92661

    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.

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