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Whale Watching in Newport Beach

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Make the most of the beauty of the Pacific coast by embarking on a whale watching tour in Newport Beach. You’ll get the chance to marvel at some of the 12 species of whale that call the Cali coast home, including the blue whale, the largest creature to have ever lived. See the gentle giants for less with our range of whale watching deals.


 

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Dolphin and Whale Watch Cruise for 1, 2, 4, 6, or 10 People at San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 63% Off)
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Whale Watching for One or Two on Weekday or Weekend from Newport Legacy (Up to 58% Off). All Fees Included.
Up to 58% Off Whale-Watching Tours from Newport Legacy
309 Palm Street, Newport Beach2.0 mi
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One Adult Whale-Watching Ticket and One Drink at Ocean Explorer Cruises (Up to 56% Off). All Fees Included.
Up to 56% Off Whale Watching at Ocean Explorer Cruises
400 Main St., Newport Beach2.1 mi
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One Adult Whale-Watching Ticket and One Drink; Valid Monday–Friday Before 10 a.m. or After 5 p.m.
Catalina Glass Bottom Boat
Catalina Glass Bottom Boat
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Dana Point Kayak & Walking Tour
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Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour in Newport Beach
Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour in Newport Beach
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Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour in Newport Beach

Newport Beach, CA Whale Watching Reviews

Great time. We were fortunate enough to see some amazing ocean life. Staff were friendly and the ride was great.

Davey’s Locker

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Absolutely amazing and very professional. We ended up following two whales that were following/playing with the dolphins. The best experience ever.

Ocean Explorer Cruises

The staff were excellent, so knowledgeable and funny. We saw dolphins, a humpback whale, swordfish, sea lions, and a minke whale.

Newport Legacy


 

Newport Beach Whale Watching: Frequently Asked Questions

Discover more about what you can expect on your whale watching tour, from the best times of year to set sail to the types of whale you can expect to see with our FAQs. Want to know what to expect when you hit the seas in search of whales? Check out our FAQs below for more on prices, whales you might see, and more. For any additional information, including how to use your coupons, check out the Groupon Manual.

When is the best time to go whale watching in Newport Beach?

You can go whale watching off the Cali coast all-year round. However, the best time is generally between May and November, when the warmer waters increase your chances of seeing a blue whale.

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On your whale watching tour, you may see:

  • Blue whales – June through August brings nature's biggest wonder to the coast of Newport Beach.
  • Gray whale – from December to February, gray whales migrate south. In spring you can see them travelling with their calves as they return to Alaska.
  • Humpback whale – fall is the best time of year to watch humpbacks playing near Newport Beach.
  • Minke whale – can be seen for most of the year and are a common sight off the coast in both summer and winter.
  • Orca – often spotted hunting off the coast, orca can be seen throughout the year.

What is best to wear for whale watching at Newport Beach?

Wear comfortable clothes when whale watching, as you'll be on the boat for a few hours and the wind can get a little chilly. Take a waterproof jacket and umbrella to protect against the rain and sun if the weather changes too.

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Shoes that offer some water resistance and traction are good as the boat's floor can get slippery and you want to stay safe throughout your trip. The tour operator may also ask you to wear a life jacket, but these will be provided before you set off.

How long are whale watching tours at Newport Beach?

Most whale watching tours last for two and a half to three hours. The length of your trip can vary depending on the type of whales the tour is searching for.

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The whales' migration, hunting and feeding habits can also affect how far you have to sail from the shore to find them. As it's only a half-day excursion, you'll also still have plenty of time for some of the other sightseeing tours in Newport Beach when the day is done.

How much are Newport Beach whale watching tickets?

Tickets can cost anywhere from $30 to $50. Prices may vary depending on the day, season and the type of boat you choose to board.

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Many merchants also offer pricing packages for families, so the cost may be lower or higher depending on how many kids and adults you're taking along. Enjoy discount whale watching and save up to 70% with our range of Groupon deals. Tickets can make a great gift for children, a romantic Valentine's Day gift or a good way to save on a fantastic wildlife experience in SoCal.


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