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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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    What to Expect
    Make your way to Newport Harbor for the departure of your whale-watching cruise down the coast of Orange County. 

    Board the 65-foot (20-meter) boat and meet your experienced captain and crew, all of whom have extensive backgrounds in marine biology. As the boat leaves the harbor, you'll learn about the different types of marine life that frequents the area and what to look for. 

    This year-round tour allows the opportunity to see different animals during different seasons. During the winter and spring months, watch for minke whales; one of the world's smallest, they only grow to about 23 feet (7 meters). Winter also brings the humpback whale, which can grow to an impressive 52 feet (16 meters). Both of these whales eat krill and are known to slap their tails on the surface of the water, or 'fluke'. 

    Blue whales, the largest mammals in existence today, usually grow to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length. Watch for these giants during the summer and fall months, in addition to grey whales and finback whales (the second-largest type of whale). 

    You'll also likely see dolphins, sea lions and seals on your trip. Feel free to ask any questions of your knowledgeable captain and crew regarding any of the animal life you encounter.

    After 2.5 hours out on the Pacific, return to Newport Harbor.
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    Departure Point
    1: 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
    2: 309 Palm St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
    Duration
    2h
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    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
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
    • 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.
    • Please note: there is a $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.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    The captain and the crew knew what to look for and knew how to make the excursion fun. The boat had great amenities as well! They offered snacks and drinks for purchase.
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    This is a great time if you love marine wildlife. I went on the cruise in early November and it wasn't quite whale season but you will have a good time regardless of the time of year. We chased down a pod of dolphins that were stampeding (yep, correct term.) Once we caught up to
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    Good cruise and value. Boat had a clean bathroom and a drink and snack bar inside. Only complaint is that they just usher everyone onto the boat with no direction. People were scrambling to find seating up front, on top, in the back... and there are no employees giving any
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    Since booking the cruise, we were told by locals that October is not a time to see whales. We did see plenty of dolphins which were great! When booking you may want to make sure it is the season to see the whales. It is understood there are no guarantees to see anything and
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    We went on 10am trip but had been warned it was still a bit early for the whales. We saw sea lions and a few pods of dolphins. Groupon made it unbelievably reasonable, given gas prices around here. 2 plus hour boat ride was a treat!
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