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Newport Landing Whale Watching Newport Beach

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Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm Street Suite A
Newport Beach
CA
92661
Tel: 949-675-0551

Directions

You will find your meeting spot just on the boardwalk at 309 Palm St. #A - Newport Beach CA. 92661

Where are we going today?

There is nothing quite like seeing a whale, or a dolphin, in its own natural habitat - and you don't need to visit the ends of the earth to spot them!  They are right here on your doorstep in Southern California.

Tours operate all year round so the season will determine what incredible wildlife you will see.  Across the year, it's not uncommon to see pods of dolphins (they can often be all playing together in their hundreds!), seals, killer whales, sharks....and even the mysterious blue whale - the largest creature on this planet!  Thats pretty big!  

There are options for indoor and outdoor seating, so you can view the whales from the very top deck to get the best photo spots - and you're in a great position to wave to them!  They might even wave back if you're lucky!

On the lower level you will find a lovely indoor area with huge windows which is perfect for the really young kids to ensure they are safe.  They can still look at the amazing scenery and it's close to just pop outside if there is a whale close by. 

The crew all have backgrounds in marine biology so you can be sure you will be well educated on the creatures you spot from the 65 foot deck, so feel free to ask them anything (and no question is too silly - its the best way to learn!)

Trips have a 96% success rate so there is a good chance you will be going home having seen a spectacular whale flapping his tail, or playful dolphins chasing the boat. 

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$32 Weekdays, $36 Weekends
  • Children$26 Weekdays, $30 Weekends (ages 12 and under)
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

7 am to 10 pm daily

All year round

Teachers corner

Newport Landing has been providing students and teachers with whale watching excursions for 20 years. These trips, also for those students home schooled, cover not only the biology and habits of the whales, but the complete marine ecosystem within a truly unique learning environment. .

I'm Hungry!

The whales would never want you to go hungry! Cold cut sandwiches, smoothies, fruit and other snack items are available onboard, as well as a full beverage area. You are also very welcome to bring your own food on board. .

Any Top Tips?

Being Southern California weather is rarely a factor, but if a storm has just moved through it might be a bit windy. 95% of the time this isn't an issue but if you aren't certain then just give the office a call and they can let you know the situation..

Can I get one of those?

A wide variety of books, games, shirts, caps, toys, and marine mammal gifts are available to purchase on board. .

What people are saying?

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    My whale watching experience was great! before you get to see the whales you get to see the nice view of Balboa Island and the pier from the boat and lots of sea lions and dolphins swimming and flipping away even racing along side the boat. Yes racing! they swim right underneath the boat and try to stay ahead of you, they looked like they enjoyed it. Then, Our Guides took us out to the spot where Momma and baby humpback whale were and followed the whales as they swam and flipped and did their whole whale blowing thing. It was awesome to see...Read More

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    Save yourself the aggravation, the pain, the frustration, because honestly this company/tour just isn't worth its weight. If you read the reviews the positive ones (of which there are not very many …they have to be written by family and friends).
    We planned a family occasion a celebration, which was completely screwed up by the staff taking the reservations. We had driven over 100 miles for this day out only to be confronted by the rudest, most aggressive front desk staff, the ‘lovely’ - Marissa in particular was a nightmare, she implied...Read More

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    i went on a 3/4 boat, that i paid DOUBLE on $95.00 per person for limited load - the lady on the. i was fooled. big time. the lady on the phone told me they were only allowing 30 people.

    1) i thought this was great so i paid DOUBLE the normal rate. t

    2) They let on 40 people, 10 late that were their friends.

    3) i arrived early to get a good spot on the boat. the crew made me move and let their friends catch all the fish.

    4) i hooke up with a yellowtail, and the deck hand cut my line so his friend could get his fish in

    5) crew was rude and manipulated...Read More

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    What is up with the captain of the Nautilus? I was kayaking on 1/26 approx 1 mile off shore just south of where Newport Coast meets PCH. I watched the Nautilus come out of the harbor and head straight for me. When he passed between me and the shore he was only about 50 yards from me. I could hear your passengers yelling kayak from the boat. I had just enough time to turn into the 3 foot wake and ride through it. How about a little respect and courtesy rather than cowboy buffonary? Thanks for putting me in a dangerous situation while you look for...Read More

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    At times making decision on where to visit during vacation is really difficult especially if you are faced with alternatives to choose from. My friend Diane had told me her ordeal with the staff of some company when she took her family to the Southern California for whale watching. At first I was a bit reluctant but later on I made a decision and that was it; we went. My children love Whales so much so I wanted them to see them physically. We decided to go with Newport Landing Whale Watching. Oh my! It was amazing, great, and wonderful! What else...Read More

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by Laila Romero

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My whale watching experience was great! before you get to see the whales you get to see the nice view of Balboa Island and the pier from the boat and lots of sea lions and dolphins swimming and flipping away even racing along side the boat. Yes racing! they swim right underneath the boat and try to stay ahead of you, they looked like they enjoyed it. Then, Our Guides took us out to the spot where Momma and baby humpback whale were and followed the whales as they swam and flipped and did their whole whale blowing thing. It was awesome to see the whales that up close. Can't wait to do it again!

by Sherrin Guy

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Save yourself the aggravation, the pain, the frustration, because honestly this company/tour just isn't worth its weight. If you read the reviews the positive ones (of which there are not very many …they have to be written by family and friends).
We planned a family occasion a celebration, which was completely screwed up by the staff taking the reservations. We had driven over 100 miles for this day out only to be confronted by the rudest, most aggressive front desk staff, the ‘lovely’ - Marissa in particular was a nightmare, she implied we were lying, shouted at us and stormed out of the office. But don’t worry, the professionalism doesn't stop there, on the phone we were equally doled out more insults by the brusque mouthed Leah. We were offered no apologies, no resolutions in fact if anything, we were blamed because we had ‘failed to take the name of one of the many call center operators were had spoken to confirm reservations twice’. I suppose it’s no surprise that when we entered the building another equally upset couple said they would never use them again, and judging by the reviews (be it sport fishing, whale watching or other) it’s no wonder! Save your money and your temper . Go elsewhere!!

by michael hansen

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i went on a 3/4 boat, that i paid DOUBLE on $95.00 per person for limited load - the lady on the. i was fooled. big time. the lady on the phone told me they were only allowing 30 people.

1) i thought this was great so i paid DOUBLE the normal rate. t

2) They let on 40 people, 10 late that were their friends.

3) i arrived early to get a good spot on the boat. the crew made me move and let their friends catch all the fish.

4) i hooke up with a yellowtail, and the deck hand cut my line so his friend could get his fish in

5) crew was rude and manipulated the system to benefit their friends

6) the crew allowed thier friend to put his CATCH in ice water, so it would not dehydrate and he could win the biggest fish pot - this is very unethical as the crew keeps the money

I am so dissappointed in this trip, the crew and newport landing that i am taking time out of my day to write this. do yourself a favor and do not waste your money on these guys.

I would receomend dana point fishing boats - better fishing, nicer crew, and more honesty than newport landing.

Sincerely,

LF

by Paul Schamberger

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What is up with the captain of the Nautilus? I was kayaking on 1/26 approx 1 mile off shore just south of where Newport Coast meets PCH. I watched the Nautilus come out of the harbor and head straight for me. When he passed between me and the shore he was only about 50 yards from me. I could hear your passengers yelling kayak from the boat. I had just enough time to turn into the 3 foot wake and ride through it. How about a little respect and courtesy rather than cowboy buffonary? Thanks for putting me in a dangerous situation while you look for whales in shallow water near the reefs.

by Rayhan Ali

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At times making decision on where to visit during vacation is really difficult especially if you are faced with alternatives to choose from. My friend Diane had told me her ordeal with the staff of some company when she took her family to the Southern California for whale watching. At first I was a bit reluctant but later on I made a decision and that was it; we went. My children love Whales so much so I wanted them to see them physically. We decided to go with Newport Landing Whale Watching. Oh my! It was amazing, great, and wonderful! What else did we miss? Nothing really! The captain, staff, the boat itself was of high degree of cleanliness. Oh my, I lack words, it was enjoyable! We learnt a lot about the sea creatures. I highly recommend this company to families, couples and everybody wishing to have fun and at the same time learn.

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