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East Meets West Excursions

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S Bay Front, Near Ferry, Newport Beach, CA 92662
+1 949-201-5650
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Captain Nick for the win!

Captain Nick was great! The size of his boat and his personality really make it a fantastic... read more

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Just Go.....;)

Nick runs the perfect Whale Watching Trip~. A genuine, laid back, and interested in pleasing his... read more

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Welcome to East Meets East Excursions Captain Nick Newport Beach-Dolphin and Whale Watching Tours / Sunset cruises. Welcome aboard Newport Beach's most advanced whale watching boat. We limit our trips to 6 passenger(s) or less to provide the Personal Attention and Comfort you deserve Private charters also available. Our New boat is extremely quiet, enabling us to stealthily approach and bring you a front row seat to these spectacular mammals without disturbing them. Departing daily at 9:00am 12:00pm 3:00pm 6:00pm Our trips are 2-2.5 hours. Departing from beautiful Balboa Island in Newport Beach, and have close access to the coastal waters of Orange County, a super highway for whales and dolphins year round. Whale Watching & Dolphin Watching View whales and dolphins in their natural migration path offshore Sunset Harbor Cruises Take in the Southern California sunset from our beautiful surroundings Call us or text us anytime. We are at your service :) Testimonials: Jade M. Encino, CA – 09/20/2016 via Yelp We had a great time with Nick! Saw pods and pods of dolphins and 2 hump back whales. We liked the smaller boat feel as it was more intimate (6 people) experience than the larger vessels. Nick gave us the scoop on everything we were seeing and was caring when he saw me turn a bit green (take Dramamine!) while the waves caused a bit of motion sickness. Lol. Definitely recommend his services! Carrie V. Fullerton, CA – 8/13/2016 via Yelp I have never been whale watching, because in all honesty getting on a big boat crowded with people pushing and shoving to get a spot doesn’t peak my interest, so I’ve put off the idea until I came across East Meets West Excursion. A smaller boat that offers a more exclusive tour than all the others, not to mention the speed and comfort this type of boat provides. we went out at 9am and left those big tour boats in the dust as Captain Nick searched for Whales and Dolphins. I was continually amazed at his skills for spotting all this sea life in such a large ocean! He has an eye for spotting life in such a vast ocean- from hundreds of dolphins putting on a show, feeding with birds and sea lions, and the knowledge that those surroundings are where we would spot humpback whales!! I can’t believe what all we saw, truly amazing! I highly recommend this tour, the boats amazingly fast, comfortable smooth ride with a skilled Captain that makes you feel so welcome, with such great knowledge of the sea and the creatures who habitat it! Check em out you won’t be disappointed, my boyfriend and I can wait to get back out!
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S Bay Front, Near Ferry, Newport Beach, CA 92662
S Bay Front, Near Ferry, Newport Beach, CA 92662
+1 949-201-5650

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Captain Nick was great! The size of his boat and his personality really make it a fantastic experience! Spend the extra money, it is well worth it! I was impressed with his knowledge and vigilance in finding wildlife. His genuine excitement was touching when we...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Nick runs the perfect Whale Watching Trip~. A genuine, laid back, and interested in pleasing his passengers captain. His boat is small, and you won't have to fight to see over any other customers...such a treat!!! Personal insight and attention to the details of the...More

Thank Kneisscrew
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This was an amazing experience. Nick was a first class host and did all he could to spot something more than dolphins and I was delighted to see a pregnant grey whale which we tracked for almost an hour . The boat was real small...More

Thank nick w
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Capt. Nick was fantastic. Thanks for showing us a great time dolphin and whale watching. Loved that it was a smaller boat and we had a closer encounter with hundreds of dolphins. Capt nick was super knowledgeable and knew right where to find tons of...More

Thank Carol L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Seeing sea life up close on a private boat makes all the difference! Captain Nick was great. They not only got to see a migrating whale, tons of dolphins and sea lions, they also learned a lot from Nick. They loves seeing the dolphins swim...More

Thank Aimee V
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Captain Nick took us out and showed us a spectacular time. He was professional, timely, and fun! We saw a beautiful gray whale, a huge pod of common dolphins - HUGE, Pacific white sided dolphins and adorable sea lions. Captain Nick really went out of...More

Thank mimifunalways
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Many, many thank yous Captain Nick for the most amazing time! We took family and celebrated our brother-in-law's 50th, saw two pods of dolphins - bow runners and wake riders, 4 whale tails, sea lions, pelicans, cormorants, and picturesque coastline. It was the most amazing...More

Thank LostmyCork
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Words fail to describe the amazing experience we had during our outing with Nick. We were able to interact with a super pod of dolphins, THOUSANDS of dolphins that surrounded the boat! And a lovely humpback whale. Since the boat only accommodates six passengers, it...More

Thank GracefullyGrace
Reviewed December 8, 2017

Myself and my partner spent 2 weeks in September going on whale watching trips between Monterey Bay and San Diego. As we run our own whale watching operation in the Canary Islands, we knew we would be critical of any trips that we embarked on....More

Thank Captain-Norman
Reviewed December 5, 2017

A magical experience with my family and Capt Nick!! We enjoyed 5 gorgeous humpback whales in their natural environment, a pod of inshore bottle nose dolphins, multiple pods of common long and short nose dolphins that were swimming and jumping all around our boat. Highly...More

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November 5, 2017|
Response from mackimouse | Reviewed this property |
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September 17, 2017|
Response from RyanandLisa M | Reviewed this property |
We went on Wednesday before Thanksgiving and we had to travel 9 miles from shore but we saw a lot.