1. 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!

  2. 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!!

  3. 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. t2) 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 in5) crew was rude and manipulated the system to benefit their friends6) 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 moneyI 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.