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

Sold out - This deal was published April 18, 2013 and sold out May 19, 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

April 18, 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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Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
90% (577 ratings)
Sold out at
1:59 a.m. CT on May 19
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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
(577 ratings)
4.3
Quality of Service
4.5
Quality of Activity
4.5
Value for the Money
Overall Enjoyed Most Other Comments

The crew were pleasant and fun

Oct 15, 2014 Wendy

The crew

Saw two kinds of whales and lots of dolphins.

Oct 14, 2014 Anthony CO, United States

Everything

Great Captain and crew, very enjoyable cruise. Will definitely come back again.

Oct 05, 2014 jeri AZ, United States

Yes. other passengers were very nice and friendly

Staffs service need to be improved. The boat was 45 min late for its departure time and no staff would informed us of the status. It was a hot sunny day and many of us who stood in line (especially one with children) had difficulties not knowing when the boat will be arriving for the tour departure. There were three staffs in a tiny office and they really didn't care. They had this 'don't bother me' attitude.

Oct 04, 2014 Chris CA, United States

We had a great time! The ships Captain kept it fun and entertaining. We saw a rare baby Humpback Whale and hundreds of dolphins on our cruise. It was perfect weather and a perfect trip! Thank you Ocean Exployer Cruises!

Sep 30, 2014 Russell California, United States

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

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