Newport Bay Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a Scenic Whale Watching Trip Along the Orange County Coast

4 stars rating 11 Reviews
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$83

Newport Bay Whale Watching Cruise

Enjoy a Scenic Whale Watching Trip Along the Orange County Coast

4 stars rating 11 Reviews
participantsparticipants Price for 2 Participants

Discover the marine life which flourishes in the pristine waters of Newport Bay, one of the closest natural harbors to the city of Los Angeles, during this two and a half hour whale watching cruise! Located just off of the coast of Newport Beach, this whale watching adventure is one of the best things to do in Orange County!

This aquatic adventure gift begins on Balboa Island. Here you will be greeted by the friendly Captain and Crew as you board the Ocean Explorer. Once the cruise is underway you head out to the mouth of the Harbor where an abundant amount of marine life congregates to feed. Here you will have the opportunity to see dolphins, sea lions, porpoises, harbor seals, and many others! During summer and fall months it is common to also see giant blue whales and finback whales, while multiple gray whales are often seen during the winter and spring months while on their annual migration.

Every trip is different, so whether it's your first time or you're a veteran, go out and see what the magical Harbor will reveal during this scenic Los Angeles Whale Watching Cruise!

Who Who
The Newport Bay Whale Watching Cruise Xperience Certificate® is for two participants. You will be joined by additional participants on ship.

Guests Guests
This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.

LocationLocation
California, Balboa

When When
The Los Angeles Whale Watching Cruises are offered seven days a week, year-round, subject to availability. Trips are offered at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM; and also at 3:30 PM November thru April and at 6:00 PM May thru October.

duration Duration
The Whale Watching Cruises typically have a cruise trip length of 2½ hours and a total duration of approximately 3 hours.

Weather Weather
The Orange County Whale Watching Cruises may be rescheduled by the Captain due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.

What to wear What to wear
Dress comfortably, flat, non-marking rubber-soled shoes and layers are recommended for this open water adventure.

Additional Information Additional Information
Your experience will take place on one of the largest whale watching vessels in Newport Harbor, The Western Pride, a 90' vessel with spacious indoor and outdoor seating, a heated cabin, and large windows for viewing. Beverages and snacks are available on the boat from the snack bar but are not included in the price of the cruise. There is currently a $3.50 fuel surcharge which must be paid upon check-in at the dock.

Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  XD-839-001

Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy
All changes to reservations for the Newport Beach Whale Watching Cruise Experience require seven (7) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.

Price Price: $83


Who Who:
The Newport Bay Whale Watching Cruise Xperience Certificate® is for two participants. You will be joined by additional participants on ship.


Guests Guests:
This experience is not suitable for non-paying guests.


When When:
The Los Angeles Whale Watching Cruises are offered seven days a week, year-round, subject to availability. Trips are offered at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM; and also at 3:30 PM November thru April and at 6:00 PM May thru October.


duration Duration:
The Whale Watching Cruises typically have a cruise trip length of 2½ hours and a total duration of approximately 3 hours.


Weather Weather:
The Orange County Whale Watching Cruises may be rescheduled by the Captain due to high winds, heavy rain, fog or other inclement weather.


What to wear What to wear:
Dress comfortably, flat, non-marking rubber-soled shoes and layers are recommended for this open water adventure.


Additional Information Additional Information:

Your experience will take place on one of the largest whale watching vessels in Newport Harbor, The Western Pride, a 90' vessel with spacious indoor and outdoor seating, a heated cabin, and large windows for viewing. Beverages and snacks are available on the boat from the snack bar but are not included in the price of the cruise. There is currently a $3.50 fuel surcharge which must be paid upon check-in at the dock.

Additional InformationITEM/SKU NUMBER  XD-839-001


Cancellation Policy Cancellation Policy:

All changes to reservations for the Newport Beach Whale Watching Cruise Experience require seven (7) days advance notice.

Xperience Certificates® cannot be exchanged once a reservation for the experience has been made.


Whale Watching Review 

4 stars

 Great. 

- - Santa Monica

Saw whales and dolphins 

5 stars

 The boat was overbooked but they had a sister company that was able to accommodate everyone. There was a $3.50 per person surcharge which was for fuel, and we rented a $5 binocular. I wouldn't recommend getting the binocular since we didn't really need it and the whales and dolphins could be seen without them. We actually saw a lot of blue whales and common dolphins and the trip was very enjoyable. 

- - Los Angeles

Loved this eExperience! 

5 stars

 I attended on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at 3:30pm. The weather was amazing, the boat ride was wonderful, and we saw lots of animals! It was quite therapeutic, and everyone loved watching the sea life. We did spot quite a few whales, but personally, my favorites were the dolphins! They came right up to the boat and even swam alongside of us. Definitely recommend this Experience. Tickets were really easy to redeem at the counter and all the staff was super friendly. Thanks, Experience Days! 

- - Orange County, CA

Los Angeles Whale Watching 

4 stars

 I totally enjoyed my time on the boat. I feel we got lucky and went out on a beautiful day with blue sky and smooth water. The captain was funny and knew what he was doing and talking about. We didn't see any whales but we did get to see two different pods of dolphins, which was amazing. He also drove by some sea lions sun bathing on a buoy. Overall I enjoyed my 2.5 hours on the boat and would definitely do it again. 

- - Petaluma

While Watching 

4 stars

 I did not see any whales but it was relaxing and we saw lots of dolphins. I recommeded as a walk on the ocean in a boat to see dolphins. Takes about 2 -2.5 hours. 

- - Los Angeles

Whale Watching 

3 stars

 I scored a 3 because on a whale watching trip there were no whales to watch... other than that it was all good. The service was good. 

- - Davies Locker

Whale Watching LA 

5 stars

 It was ammazzzzzzzzzzing experience me and my husband loved it. I recomend everyone to go on this amazing trip its lots of funn and there are - drinks on the ship so that makes it even better give it a try :) 

- - Newport Beach

Whale Watching 

4 stars

 We had a great trip. On our way South we saw Sea Lions and Bottle Nose Dolphins. I love how the dolphins play in the wake of the boat. On our way back to the Harbor we followed three gray whales heading North. It was exciting to search for the next spout and hear the crowd squeal with glee when it was spotted. The trip went quickly. It was a gorgeous day at sea. 

- - Newport - Davey's Locker

Whale Watching Trip 

4 stars

 A very pleasant and enjoyable trip. We did not see any whales but were delighted to be invited back for another trip. The good weather, tour of the bay and beach line, and narrative from the captain was well worth the time. We look forward to our return trip. 

- - Newport Beach, CA

Whale Watching 

4 stars

 We had a great time and wished it was a bit longer actually! We didn't see any whales, but we did see a couple different groups of dolphins and sea lions. We plan on going again and good word of mouth has spread and more friends will be going us for the next go around. A positive also since we didn't see any whales we got a 1/2 off our next visit. 

- - Pasadena, CA

Whale Watching 2/14/09 

4 stars

 We enjoyed the trip even though we only saw one whale. We did, however, see a HUGE school of dolphins who were more than happy to put on an incredible show for us!!! It was well worth the time and we plan to do it again. 

- - Newport Beach, CA

Question: I was wondering if the price of the Newport Bay Whale Watching Cruise was for one person or for two?

Answer: The price is for two people, unless an additional participants option is chosen from the drop down.

Question: When is the best time of the year to see whales on this tour?

Answer: Very few locations in the world have year round whale watching opportunities, luckily Los Angeles is one of the few places in the world that does. View the gray whale migration during the winter and spring months and the giants of the sea, the blue and finback whales during the summer and fall months. The whale watching is so good that one cruise can view over half dozen whales or more.

Question: I'm a little prone to getting seasick. Not every time but I have on small fishing boats before. How stable is this cruise?

Answer: Obviously it depends on the weather. But the ship is 90' and very stable. Plus the tour is only 2 1/2 hours long in a protected bay so this is one of the better whale watching experiences to participate in.