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$13 -- Blue Whale-Watching Trip off Newport, Reg. $36

Sold out - This deal was published May 30, 2014 and sold out October 25, 2014.
By Annie England
Spot blue whales in peak migratory season with this excursion, which leaves from Newport Beach and travels 15 miles into the Pacific.

Why we love it

  • Boats leave four times daily; check the schedule for departure times
  • Sea lions, finback whales and bottlenose dolphins also make frequent appearances
  • Boat is equipped with indoor and outdoor seating, bathrooms and concession areas
  • "We saw a lot of sea life! Couldn't have been better!" (Travelzoo guest)


May 30, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014


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

What's included

  • $13 (reg. up to $36) per person for a two-and-a-half-hour narrated whale-watching cruise
  • $24 (reg. up to $72) for the same cruise for two

The fine print

Redeem starting on the date of the next available cruise. Reservations required; subject to availability. Valid during merchant's operating hours. Please arrive 30 minutes before the boat departs. Departure times are subject to change. Tax, if applicable, a fuel surcharge and gratuity are not included. Please tip on the full value. A fuel surcharge of $1-$4 may apply. Valid for 1 or 2 people. Not valid on holidays or holiday weekends (call merchant for specific date restrictions).

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$13 May 30, 2014 - Oct. 31, 2014   $36
64% off | 791 bought
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Ocean Explorer Cruises
90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises
90% (639 ratings)
Sold out at
1:59 a.m. CT on Oct. 25
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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises
(639 ratings)
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We did not see whales, but we did see tons of dolphins, and at the beginning of the cruise a formation of pelicans. Well worth the cost, you get a full 2.5 hours, and the crew is very enthusiastic

Sep 25, 2015 Claudia California, United States

The sea creatures

Great staff

Sep 21, 2015 Sheila California, United States

Family time!

We enjoyed the 2 hours cruise except that we didn't get to see any whales as stated but dolphins instead... a little disappointment!

Sep 21, 2015 Hung CA, United States

The ocean was quiet and temperature good. I used to live in the late 80s and 90s in New Port Beach, Corona del Mar and Huntington Beach but never had a trip even a short one by the ocean, so was a good experience.

We saw some dolphins, sea lions, nothing spectacular but they were there.

Sep 20, 2015 olga CA, United States

Being out at sea early in the morning.

Our five kids loved it.

Sep 14, 2015 Robert CA, United States

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

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