Newport Landing Whale Watching

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In a Nutshell

Spot giant blue whales, California gray whales, finback whales, dolphin pods, and other native creatures in their natural habitat

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Promotional value expires Jun 16, 2015. Amount paid never expires. Valid only for option purchased. Reservations required and subject to availability. Fuel surcharge may apply. Arrive 30 minutes early. Groupon must be exchanged for boarding pass(es) prior to boarding. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

  • $15 for one adult whale-watching and dolphin ticket ($36 value)
  • $13 for one junior whale-watching and dolphin ticket ($30 value)
  • $29 for two adult whale-watching and dolphin tickets ($72 value)
  • $25 for two junior whale-watching and dolphin tickets ($60 value)

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Newport Landing Whale Watching

26,000. According to Newport Landing Whale Watching, that’s about how many gray whales are left in the world, all of which make their home in the Pacific Ocean. The largest group of these feeds in the waters of North Alaska from December through April, when something special happens. Hundreds upon hundreds of these whales migrate along Laguna Beach, hugging the coastline and swimming near Newport Bay—which is right where Newport Landing’s vessels are waiting.

Passengers and their cameras await the magnificant creatures aboard three different boats: the Ocean Explorer, Nautilus, and Western Pride. Captains with decades of experience point out the gray whales, as well as other creatures. Watchers frequently spot giant pods of 1,000 or more common and bottlenose dolphins that often come within arms length of the boat. Blue whales, the largest known animal to ever exist, can stretch up to 90 feet long and used to be a rare sight in Southern California but may also be seen along with finback whales during the period of mid-April through October. The occasional humpback and minke whale is also sighted. A California sea lion or brown pelican might even make a special appearance—just don’t expect them to do their signature catchphrases.

Customer Reviews

Great trip! spent the best three whale watching hours!!
Tony I. · February 21, 2015
Arrive early to allow for parking and a good seat on the boat.
Linda K. · February 8, 2015
Make sure you arrive early! It is a great trip but there weren't any whales unfortunately. But we did see plenty of Dolphins and Sea Lions!
Christine F. · January 19, 2015

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