Newport Beach

Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise

Newport Beach, USA
Newport Beach Whale and Dolphin Watching Cruise
Likely to Sell Out

From $36.00

Select Date and Travelers

up to 24 hours before the experience starts (local time)

  • 2 hours
  • Offered in: English


Watch for whales and dolphins off Newport Beach aboard a double-decker catamaran with bow seating and 360-degree views. A diverse array of marine wildlife thrives in the protected area just outside Newport Bay, and you'll have the chance to see humpbacks, gray whales, finback whales, blue whales, seals, and several species of dolphins. The boat has a 96% success rate spotting whales or dolphins, making this a great way to explore California wildlife in a gorgeous natural environment.
  • Wildlife-watching cruise in a two-deck catamaran
  • See native wildlife in the Newport Bay
  • Enjoy views of the California coast from the water
  • Multiple times offered throughout the day

What's Included

  • Landing and facility fees
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 309 Palm St
    309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA

    Located on the Balboa Boardwalk in Newport Beach. Suite A.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 21 years
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • A maximum of 20 people per booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Great family experience for all from my 4 year old to my 69 year old mom, it was fun! It was awesome to have the option to purchase snacks, drinks, and enjoy the ocean views. We didn’t see whales but we saw dolphins.


166 reviews
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Pleasantly surprised
Rafael_G, Jan 2024
Just wanted to take a cheap boat ride since most reviews said they didn't see much. We ended up seeing several whales! It took us about an hour on the water when the captain said he would extend our trip to try to see some whales. We saw several of them just meter from our boat. The boat also serves alcohol and they make some good drinks! Overall I give this 5 stars!
Once in a lifetime experience
Sue_R, Jan 2024
We got to see a whale! The guide made sure we had lots of opportunities to spot a whale, it was a little challenging but he explained everything as to why there weren’t many out today. It was truly a great experience even though we just got to see a little bit of a whale!!! There was a great bar area and snacks too. Bring a blanket if you’re going in January!! Go with a friend so you don’t have to ask random people to take pics for you! Also bring your own binoculars if you want.
Dolphins were amazing!!
Denise_S, Nov 2023
The dolphins were amazing!! Whales were really cool but the dolphins were so cool to see!! Great experience! Crew were all really nice and helpful!!
No baby sitter..
Ricky_M, Sep 2023
We didn't get to go due to not having a baby sitter so we had to take a loss, even though it would of been nice to go, they came up on 100 dollars it is what it is.
Thumbs up.
Janet_H, Aug 2023
Friendly crew, no whales, however saw lots of dolphins playing, and that was exciting. Great weather made it even better.
Helene_G, Aug 2023
Fabulous cruise! Crew was terrific! Driver Gabe us every chance to see as much as we could. Saw tins of dolphins, a humpback whale, and sea lions. Highly recommended!
Amazing Adventure!
Virginia_N, Jul 2023
OH MY GOSH!!! This adventure was amazing!!! 3 blue whales and pods of dolphins giving us quite the show?!? Does it get any better than that?!? The crew was just awesome!! Friendly, knowledgeable, fun!! Thanks for a really wonderful day!
Michael_J, Jul 2023
We purchased the whale watching tour and arrived at the location noted on the printed documents (see attached) at the location they gave half ass directions to another location We then called the number listed on the documents and were directed to 400 Main Street rather them the 309 palm as stated in the documents. By the time we arrived to the correct address the tour had already started. The people at the facility offered to rebook for another day, but being from out of town we are not able to schedule another date. Please issue a refund as the information provided from the vendor was incorrect and caused un n aggravation and stress.
We had an enjoyable trip....
Kim_V, Jun 2023
We had an enjoyable trip. The water was calm. We saw dolphins and were very blessed to see a blue whale.
Fun with the whales
Richard_M, May 2023
It was an amazing time. The whole family loved it. Would definitely come back and do it again. This was the first time but won't be the kast
Great experience
Sharla_E, Apr 2023
Sadly, no whales since they’ve already moved north but we loved the dolphins and sea lions! Beautiful weather for a great ride!
Family Fun
Veronica_R, Oct 2022
Great family experience for all from my 4 year old to my 69 year old mom, it was fun! It was awesome to have the option to purchase snacks, drinks, and enjoy the ocean views. We didn’t see whales but we saw dolphins.
Watching Dolphin & sea lions cruise
Liza_M, Sep 2022
We enjoyed our cruise…. Celebrated my cousin’s bday yesterday starting with the cruise…. Loved seeing the dolphins & sea lions
Seeing the dolphins was...
Atherine_C, Aug 2022
Seeing the dolphins was great. Me and my family had a great time. The boat ride was comfortable and the captain was nice and knowledgeable.
Do your homework
Tiffany_G, Aug 2022
The dolphin watching was amazing. However, the tour we booked through Viator did NOT exist. We ended up being given a time an hour and a half later than we booked on large boat with a hundred people as opposed to the advertised 15 people small boat. Very misleading. Even a boat worker told us Viator advertises tours that don’t exist.
Dolphins Galore
Cathy_O, Aug 2022
My family and I were surprised to see just how many dolphins were swimming together!! The sights of them were amazing and thrilling! We were also lucky enough to see some tuna as well! Unfortunately, we did not see any whales but we still had a great experience. The captain also did a great job by getting us up close & providing important information on marine wildlife!
Excellent day for touring...
Carla_T, Jul 2022
Excellent day for touring the service was great. The announcement was great fun for the siting and spottings. Highly recommend for friends to go together or for families.
Cancellation attempt - no response
Tom_T, Jul 2022
I tried to cancel because our niece whom we were taking (coming out of a long medical stay) was sick. No one got back to us or responded?!
First ferry trip
Gurinder_R, Jul 2022
Kids had a great time watching dolphins🐬 in the sea 🌊. My kids enjoyed their first ferry ride 👍👍😊
Watching the Dolphins and the sea lion's
Robbie_H, Jul 2022
Watching the Dolphins and the sea lions unfortunately did not get to see any whales. It was still enjoyable.

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