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

Sold out - This deal was published January 22, 2014 and sold out February 03, 2014.
By Amanda Retzer
Spot the majestic gray whale in its peak migratory season with this excursion, which leaves from Newport Beach and travels 15 miles into the Pacific.

Why we love it

  • More than 10,000 gray whales pass during migration; or catch blue whales starting in May
  • Boats leave 3-4 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)


Jan. 23, 2014 - July 23, 2014


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

What's included

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

The fine print

Redeem starting on the date of the next available cruise through July 23, 2014. 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. Not valid on holidays or holiday weekends. Substitution of ship may apply. Valid for any age; ages 2 and under need only pay a fuel fee of $3.50.

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$13   $36
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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises
90% (550 ratings)
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90% Enjoyed Ocean Explorer Cruises
(550 ratings)
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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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