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Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Watching Experience with Captain Nick in Newport Beach

Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Watching Experience with Captain Nick in Newport Beach
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from RM 1,678.81 per group (up to 6)
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Face masks required for guides in public areas
About
Avoid the crowds of large cruise vessels and enjoy the personal attention of a guide on this whale-watching tour capped at six passengers. Going with a licensed naturalist guide not only ensures a safe and sustainable experience, but gives you the best chance of locating and observing the area’s whales and dolphins. Don’t forget your camera: The speedboat offers sweeping views of Orange County and the Pacific.
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
Small group size ensures an intimate experience
Coast Guard-licensed captain ensures a safe experience
Guide’s trained eye helps locate whales and dolphins
Enjoy panoramic views of the California coastline
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 105959P1
Call +60 392125427
Important information
Inclusions
USCG licensed Master captains with over 24 years experience in the industry • All Captains are USCG licensed and Certified Naturalists!
Exclusions
Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA We are located at the white gated dock adjacent to 509 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach. You will see banners on the side of the dock entrance that say 'Whale and Dolphin Watching' in red. Capt. Nick will meet you at the dock entrance and escort your group to the boat.
Inclusions
USCG licensed Master captains with over 24 years experience in the industry • All Captains are USCG licensed and Certified Naturalists!
Exclusions
Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA We are located at the white gated dock adjacent to 509 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach. You will see banners on the side of the dock entrance that say 'Whale and Dolphin Watching' in red. Capt. Nick will meet you at the dock entrance and escort your group to the boat.
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Dress code is comfortable. Bring an extra Jacket or sweatshirt and Sunblock. Thank you.
Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
Stroller accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Most travellers can participate
Not recommended for pregnant travelers in THIRD trimester
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
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    509 S Bay Front
    509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA
    We are located at the white gated dock adjacent to 509 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach. You will see banners on the side of the dock entrance that say 'Whale and Dolphin Watching' in red. Capt. Nick will meet you at the dock entrance and escort your group to the boat.
    See address & details
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    Newport Beach
  • You'll end at
    509 S Bay Front
    509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA
    We are located at the white gated dock adjacent to 509 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach. You will see banners on the side of the dock entrance that say 'Whale and Dolphin Watching' in red. Capt. Nick will meet you at the dock entrance and escort your group to the boat.
    See address & details
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mstevensaz
Scottsdale25 contributions
Best Whale Watching in OC
May 2020
I am fortunate enough to live in Orange County and have been on multiple trips with different operators. Captain Nick is absolutely best! His team is so knowledgeable and always know where to find the whales and dolphins. I have seen blue whales, gray whales, dolphins and the bioluminescence with Nick and every trip was 5-star! Captain Nick is passionate about the environment, marine conservation and is respectful of the marine life. He is also very customer-service oriented makes every trip a lot of fun.
Written 15 May 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Vanita
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Captain Nick’s Whale Watching incredible!!
Mar 2020 • Family
Right from the beginning Nick was friendly, engaged my kids (7 and 11) made a fuss of them, made us feel comfortable and we liked him and his lovely assistant immediately.
He did all we could to see whales even though he was told it was a slow day. We ended up seeing 2 gray whales, lots of dolphins, seals and even a manta ray.
Nick was knowledgeable and really made an effort to make the trip memorable for our kids. My kids and we loved it.
Worth every cent!! I was too amazed to take a photo of the whales. But we got a great view!!
Written 9 March 2020
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APriceH
Medina, OH6 contributions
Amazing
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were lucky enough to stumble upon a super pod of dolphins on our trip. Although we did not see whales, it was still so beautiful and thrilling to see so many dolphins playing in the wake of the boat and with each other. We even spotted a few sea lions. Captain Guy was friendly and full of interesting facts about the region and the animals.
Written 3 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

luvs2travel221b
Bensalem, PA21 contributions
Our favorite trip excursion!
Jan 2020
Captain Guy was amazing! We felt welcomed and appreciated the wealth of knowledge he relayed to our group of five - most of whom had not been whale watching before. At first, given our morning trip had overcast skies and the fog on the journey to Newport Beach was considerable, when we got out on the water and the fog was gone, Guy advised that the overcast and calm waters were ideal conditions to go out (no sun glare to interfere with finding our aquatic friends). Our boat kept in touch with the other company boat that was already out and in another direction. But, we were the ones to find the whale (to all of you on any 9am excursion on Jan 25th - you're welcome ;-)

After spending a while with the whale and traveling down the coast, we hauled off to find and watch a pod of dolphins in the area. They were feeding (so not really in a playful state), yet it was great to see them come up in formation one after the other chasing the fish for their family to eat.

Our last stop was to see the sea lions lounging and sleeping on a buoy - especially loved that there was a pup. :)

We had an awesome time and highly recommend using this company! The small group max capacity allowed us to have a very personal tour and everyone could see everything while still being comfortable.

Thanks, Guy!!!
Written 2 February 2020
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Cassandra T
5 contributions
Whale and Dolphin watching with Captain Nick
Jan 2020 • Family
It was amazing!! Kids from 7 to 13 of age and each loved the experience. They giggled with excitement each time the dolphins jumped up beside the boat. We got to follow a gray whale and get a close up view of her!! Captain Nick was a gracious host and gave my daughter his coat when she was cold. It was worth every penny. An unforgettable memory! Thank you, Captain Nick!!!
Written 23 January 2020
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Kellee from Perth
2 contributions
Ultimate Whale & Dolphin Watching Experience with Captain Nick in Newport Beach
Jan 2020 • Solo
Fantastic activity! Skipper of boat was very knowledgeable, and we saw many white-sides Pacific dolphins, bird life, sea lions and a beautiful grey whale. I recommend going in the afternoon as you get the added bonus of a gorgeous sunset. Highly recommend!
Written 15 January 2020
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Ted B
1 contribution
Great experience
Dec 2019 • Family
Captain Nick was great. Although we didn’t find a whale, we saw several up close pods of dolphins. A very enjoyable and well run excursion.
Written 29 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

HalifaxCoco
Halifax, UK13 contributions
Missed the Whales
Dec 2019 • Couples
A great trip around the Pacific looking for Whales, but missed them. We saw bottle nosed dolphins and other more common dolphins. Nick did take us every where for our hunt for the elusive whale
Written 19 December 2019
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Ann
2 contributions
Saw a huge pod of dolphins!
Oct 2019
We loved our excursion with East Meets West. They only use small boats so the entire experience was quite intimate (only 6 people per boat). Although we didn't see any whales, our outstanding and super friendly captain was bound and determined that we would see dolphins. And we did. Hundreds and hundreds. Swimming together in a giant pod. They frolicking all around our boat, jumping in the air. It was beautiful I highly recommend East Meets West Excursion.
Written 20 November 2019
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happywaterdog
Annapolis, MD199 contributions
Yup, all the good stuff you've read and more.
Sep 2019
Nick is fun, knowledgeable and a very capable captain. No stuffy tour boat, this...more a cruise in the Pacific with a friend's buddy. He tracked down the dolphins (lots of them) and was honest about the lack of whales the week I was there (late September). Book in advance and make sure you hit the head before departure (keep the pre-cruise libations to a minimum...tell tales over a tall one afterwards!). Fun time and hightlight of my west coast excursions.
Written 29 October 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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