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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


April 18, 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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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises/Newport Landing
(529 ratings)
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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

Seeing the whales and sea lions up close was exciting. The captain was well experienced with sharing information about the animals and maneuvering the boat for all to get a good view.

It was an excellent day seeing 2 Blue Whales and sea lions. The crew was friendly and the weather was perfect! I'd love to go again.

Jul 18, 2014 Amy CA, United States

Captain Larry was great. He made the experience interesting and fun by giving information about the Blue Whales. It also helped that we were able to see many whales, which was a first time for us:) It was a very pleasant excursion all the way around.

Jul 18, 2014 Margaret CA, United States

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

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