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

Sold out - This deal was published January 28, 2013 and sold out February 12, 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

When

Jan. 28, 2013 - July 17, 2013

Where

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
90% (534 ratings)
Sold out at
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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
(534 ratings)
4.3
Quality of Service
4.5
Quality of Activity
4.5
Value for the Money
Overall Enjoyed Most Other Comments

The captain was great and the entire crew was helpful and friendly. We got to see humpback whales and hundreds of common dolphins. I would recommend this trip to people of all ages. It was an incredible day on the ocean!

Jul 23, 2014 Kim CA, United States

Fun time

Jul 23, 2014 Michael CA, United States

Had a great time and saw Blue Whales. Incredible!

Jul 22, 2014 Lynn California, United States

We saw 5 Blue Whales on the trip, the captain was very knowledgable, crew was helpful and efficient.

Jul 21, 2014 Tom California, United States

The blue whales we saw.

They couldn't find our reservation which we made the day before but made room for us. Captain of the boat was very good maneuvering the ship so we could see the blue whale.

Jul 19, 2014 Susan CA, United States

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

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