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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach provided by Davey's Locker

Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
2–3 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
115
Near public transportation
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    2–3 hours
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    115
  • Near public transportation
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2-3 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5481WHALE
Important information
Inclusions
  • 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • 2.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge and wharfage fees is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
  • Entry/Admission - Balboa Fun Zone
Duration
2–3 hours
Departure details
  • 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA Our location is inside the historic Balboa Pavilion located in the beautiful Newport Beach, CA. Our vessels depart from these docks as well. Parking is located roughly 100 yards from our location. Best place to park is next to the Balboa Pier.
  • 309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA Our second location is in Unit A of the 309 Palm Street building facing the harbor. Our building is located to the left of the Auto Ferry if you are looking towards the east.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Outside alcohol, ice chests, coolers or glass containers are strictly prohibited.
  • Vessel may change depending on availability.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travelers
Inclusions
  • 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
  • 2.50 fuel surcharge per infant age 3 years and younger due on date of travel. The fuel surcharge and wharfage fees is required by our local supplier and is not within our control.
  • Entry/Admission - Balboa Fun Zone
Departure details
  • 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA Our location is inside the historic Balboa Pavilion located in the beautiful Newport Beach, CA. Our vessels depart from these docks as well. Parking is located roughly 100 yards from our location. Best place to park is next to the Balboa Pier.
  • 309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA Our second location is in Unit A of the 309 Palm Street building facing the harbor. Our building is located to the left of the Auto Ferry if you are looking towards the east.
Duration
2–3 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Outside alcohol, ice chests, coolers or glass containers are strictly prohibited.
  • Vessel may change depending on availability.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 24 Apr 2022
A note from Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
We have decreased our passenger capacity by 30% for each vessel in our fleet.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Itinerary
  • You’ll have 2 starting options
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Balboa Pier
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    Balboa Fun Zone
    Stop: 45 minutes - Admission excluded
    See details
    Pass by
    The Wedge
    Crystal Cove State Park
    Newport Beach Pier
    Balboa Island
    Crystal Cove State Park
    Huntington Beach
    Newport Beach Pier
    Laguna Beach
    Main Beach
    Abalone Point
    Corona del Mar
    Corona Del Mar State Beach
    Dana Point
    Dana Point Harbor
    Top of the World
    Aliso Beach Park
    Victoria Beach
    Huntington Dog Beach
    Bolsa Chica State Beach
    Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve
    Sunset Beach
    Huntington State Beach
    Marina Park
    Little Corona Beach
    Pelican Hill Golf Club
    The Spa at Pelican Hill
    Salt Creek Beach
    Table Rock Beach
    Laguna Beach Pirate Tower
    Catalina Island
    Avalon
    Irvine
    San Juan Capistrano
    Seal Beach
    Fountain Valley
    Fashion Island
    Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters
    Aliso Viejo
    Laguna Niguel
    Laguna Niguel Regional Park
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
215 reviews
Excellent
142
Very good
35
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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Nanci_Dru
Albuquerque, NM283 contributions
I booked a whale watching trip without any real research into different companies, as we were in a hurry. Davey's Locker came up first and had really, really affordable prices ($36 for two adults and two babies). Booking online and signing the waiver were easy. I called to ask where to park since we were running late, and an actual human (who was helpful!) answered. The boat itself was fine and had a small indoor seating area and plenty of space outdoors. It had a small concession stand, too. The boat took off and we were in for a treat, as we saw a whale, a sea lion, and tons of dolphins that swam all around the boat. The captain and crew went above and beyond to try to ensure everyone saw the whale, as whale sightings had been elusive that week. They were great about telling us where to look, and we stayed out longer than anticipated as we saw the whale as we were heading back. Also, kudos to them, they stopped to pick up a huge bunch of Mylar balloons that were floating in the ocean. I 100% recommend Davey's Locker!
Written 24 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

leeannmorrell
Santa Clarita, CA106 contributions
Feb 2022
Such a great crew! We took a mid morning boat last Sunday and it was so much fun. We were worried because my mom is 91 and has limited mobility so she was going to be in a wheelchair but we called ahead and the man who answered the phone was really nice about letting us know which boat to book on to accommodate the wheelchair situation. When we got there they had us pre board. Boarding was easy because the crew jumped in to help with the wheelchair and in in helping my mom up the three steps she needed to navigate to get onto the boat. John, Kayla and Jill were such a great crew. John found a huge pod of dolphins (turns out it was a nursery pod with the cutest baby dolphins!) Kayla took professional grade photos of the dolphins which I just had to buy and Kim is a really fun narrator. She was more excited by the baby dolphins than almost anyone else except me I think. It really shows when people love their jobs! We will definitely book with these guys again!
Written 16 February 2022
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Kaytie H
Morisset, Australia6 contributions
Jan 2022
My boyfriend and I found this place through our Go City - San Diego tickets and decided to reserve a spot on a Friday morning whale watching tour. Being January, it was a bit chilly out on the water - the wind that day didn't help but Larry, our boat Captain, did a fantastic job getting us out of the wind as soon as he could. We upgraded our tickets to sit up in the top with Larry and were provided with some extra beautiful views. Unfortunately on this day we did not get to see any whales, but we did see a Sea Lion having his breakfast way off shore, as well as 1 massive pod of common dolphins which formed into a super pod when they joined up with another right near us. It was a really great time. Despite not seeing any whales, we had an absolute blast and Larry and Bryce, the crew member, were very personable and knew a lot about the whales, dolphins and sea lions.
Written 30 January 2022
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Carynn Rader
2 contributions
Dec 2019 • Family
My husband and I took our two boys (8 and 4 yrs old) on this cruise and we did not enjoy ourselves one bit. They are not informative during the cruise. They “guarantee” you will see whales/dolphins, but that is not the case. After cruising for about two hours with no sight of either, they pulled up to a couple sea lions to make us feel like we had seen something. Spent $90 on our tickets, $10 to rent binoculars from them, $50 in concession and after a huge disappointment they give you coupons to reride and waste more money for only $7/person this time. No thanks!
Written 3 January 2020
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Ted L
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Friends
Don't use their service. We asked about seeing whales in advance and were kind of leery by the double talk. And then we saw no whales. They even shortened the trip to about 1.75 hours instead of the advertised 2.5. A chart on their front door, impossible to know about when you call by phone from out of town, showed that they hadn't seen whales in the past week. It could have been longer, but that's all it showed. They didn't share that info when we asked.

Leave these people alone. They won't be honest up front, and their "apology" was an offer to have us pay for another cruise at half price. No thank you.
Written 3 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Hamed S. H
Hurst, TX79 contributions
As a family of four, we were at the end of the line at the entrance, so we didn’t find a good space to sit. But they had a VIP space for reserving. We paid $20 per person to sit in that area and enjoy the good view and extra attention from the crew. They also offered a free cocktail, but since we don’t drink alcohol, they gave us extra nonalcoholic drink and snack. We saw some grey whales and the season was mid March and the time was about 4 pm.
Written 23 March 2022
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Doug C
Powell, OH52 contributions
Mar 2022
The crew was friendly and determined to make our trip time well spent and they were successful. We saw three grey whales fluke in what appeared to be a "planned" performance. Our trip was breathtaking and very enjoyable.

It's a must when visiting the Newport, CA area. Loved every minute of our experience!
Written 21 March 2022
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FSN_13
Columbus, OH56 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We were very impressed by the entire operation and the care the well informed and polite crew took to comply with and enforce spacing and masking rules. We thoroughly enjoyed all the time we got with a humpback whale and all the dolphins. We had a great experience.
Written 20 July 2020
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H L
San Antonio, TX171 contributions
Nov 21, 2020 Saturday

Trip with elderly mother. Didn't book online thinking we would be fine. Nope. Next 3 tours were sold out but got on waitlist and got lucky.

Clean. Masks required. Running at about 2/3 less capacity so distancing not ideal but no735kt uncomfortable.

Parked couple blocks up at Balboa Island public parking. 5 hours for $4.75.

Along the strip by the excursion are lots of shops and places to grab a bite. Even a couple of small kid things like a small ferriswheel. Also a quaint ferry for a quick run if killing time.

Actual trip.... knowledgeable. Sit close to one of the speakers. Recommend sitting along the side and layering clothes. November was perfect in bay with shorts but into open water sweatshirt and shawl appropriate. Sell some packaged snacks, popcorn, has a bar (jumbo well mixed mia tia $12 and bottle water $2) Restrooms on board. We got lucky with a huge pot of common dolphins, some bottle nosed, and some cali sea lions.
LOVED the trip!
Written 21 November 2020
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Rachel
2 contributions
Jan 2022 • Friends
We had an amazing experience! The crew was very easy going and knowledgeable. They were able to find a pod of dolphins that swam and jumped right along with the boat. We also go to see a fin whale surface several times. Very very worthwhile experience! Would definitely do it again.
Written 19 January 2022
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Crystal S
Crystal S
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Do not fish with this comosny
Half day fishing trip with friends was a bad experience for my husband. Only fished one hour and the whole group c
CBearE
CBearE
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Easy to book, enthusiastic and capable crew and 2,000 DOLPHINS!
We enjoyed our 2 hour whale watching cruise very much. We were a party of 9 (including 5 tweens and teens). Plenty
noahn428
noahn428
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horrible customer service
Horrible customer service and their boats are always broken, they handle business very poorly. I would not recommen
Getaway41113683262
Getaway41113683262
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What an AMAZING trip!
We went on the whale watching tour. It was mid-September...no whales, so this is NOT a time to see them. A little
pesoares1969
pesoares1969
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Wonderful (Just very short. Barely 90 minutes)
I have done this many times and taken many visiting friends here. Didn't see any whales but that's not their fault.
RDiaz62
RDiaz62
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Fun to be out with friends and family
This review is based on my experience on the Freelance! First of all are fish count was reported as 22 Yellowtail w
Lwinterhoff
Lwinterhoff
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Dolphins everywhere, hundreds of them!
Went whale watching with my daughter, no whales but tons of dolphins. It was a rare sighting I got it on video, on
Blindbro
Blindbro
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Great captain and crew!
We chartered the Western Pride for bass and sculpin on a twilight fishing trip. Excellent captain and crew kept us
EmBentley
EmBentley
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Typical budget whale watching trip
The staff at Davey's was very friendly and we had a nice overall trip out on the water. We got lucky and saw one wh
M413OCcarolineg
M413OCcarolineg
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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!!
We enjoyed every minute of our trip. Every one was very attentive to each of our needs. They accommodated our group
mgstein
mgstein
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A fun experience with no whales but plenty of dolphins
We took the whale watching trip, not expecting any whales at this time of year. We were right but the captain prom
mainland-Dan
mainland-Dan
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Never Again!
This was my second time taking a fishing excursion with this company. My first trip I took was a pretty good e
skwest84
skwest84
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DO NOT VISIT THIS BUSINESS!!!
We traveled across the country and this was supposed to be the highlight of our trip. We arrived about 30 minutes b
frogman800
frogman800
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Great Crew and Knew Where to Drop Lines
We went on the 3/4 day trip. It was during CoVID 50% level. Our boat was the Patriot on Sat March 6. First, the cr
C C
C C
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Davey's Locker 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661-1396
Went whale watching and never saw a thing. Not even dolphins or seals. About 2/3 of the way they cancelled the tour
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