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$15 - Gray Whale Watching Trip off Newport, Reg. $32

Sold out - This deal was published February 12, 2013 and sold out February 27, 2013.
$15 - Gray Whale Watching Trip off Newport, Reg. $32
By Travelzoo Staff
Every winter, pods of gray whales make the journey south from the Arctic to the warm waters along SoCal's coastline. Catch the majestic mammals in their peak migratory season (now through May) with this excursion that leaves from Newport Beach and travels 15 miles into the Pacific.

Why we love it

  • This 2.5-hour trip is $15 per person, or $28 for 2 people
  • The trip departs from Newport Beach and cruises 15 miles off the coast into the Pacific
  • Spot gray whales in their peak migratory season (now through May)
  • Boats leave 3-4 times daily; check the schedule for departure times
  • Sea lions, birds and bottlenose dolphins also make frequent appearances


Feb. 12, 2013 - July 17, 2013


Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
400 Main St.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(See Map)
Tel: 949-673-1489

What's included

  • For $15 per person (reg. $32), spot whales and other marine life on a 2.5-hour narrated cruise. Two people can purchase tickets for $28 (reg. $64). Thanks to 15 miles of protected coastline surrounding Newport, the waters are rich with marine life. Gray whales can be up to 45 feet long and their distinctive V-shaped spout make them especially easy to spot from the boat. Ships hold more than 100 people and are fully equipped with indoor and outdoor seating, bathrooms and concession areas. Departure times change depending on the season; be sure to check the schedule before booking.

The fine print

Vouchers can be for the next available cruise date through July 17, 2013. Reservations are required. To make a reservation, call Ocean Explorer Cruises and reference voucher or book online. Please arrive 30 minutes before the boat departs. A fuel surcharge of $1-$4 may apply. Not valid on major holidays. Valid for adult or child admission; ages 2 and under need only pay a fuel fee of $3. See below for full terms and conditions.

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$15   $32
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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
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Quality of the boat

Aug 12, 2014 Atul CA, United States

Only saw one whale. Not anybody's fault just was what it was. Saw dolphins and seals so all was not lost.

Aug 11, 2014 Marcia CA, United States

The captain and crew were wonderful and knowledgeable. Also, saw a blue whale...awesome.


Aug 05, 2014 Geri CA, United States

My grandson really enjoyed going dolphin watching and it could have been great time except for the fact that we were cut so short. I would definately go back several times if they would offer comp tickets next time to make up for last time.

When I booked the reservation the agent should have warned us about the parking situation. Fortunately we headed down there way early or we would have missed the cruise because it was extremely difficult to figure out where to park and we had to park far away and walk. Also, parking was $40. They should have warned us about that because it changed the whole valeue of this outing. The boat came in from deep sea fishing and they had to scrub it down so we were told to come 30 minutes early and then we were and additional 45 minutes late leaving but we did didn't stay out extra 45 minutes to make up for it. Our cruise was just cut short and they did nothing to compensate us.

Jul 29, 2014 susan CA, United States

We saw several whales and dolphins and the captain was great

Jul 29, 2014 Priscilla CO, United States

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400 Main St.
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Tel: 949-673-1489

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