Newport Beach

$15 – Newport Beach Whale Watching Cruise w/Drinks

Ocean Explorer Cruises
Linda Kong

The Deal

Spot whales and other sea life on an excursion from Ocean Explorer; Travelzoo members describe the experience as "an incredible day on the ocean."

Why We Love It

  • Earns a 90% approval rating from Travelzoo members
  • Sit back and relax with a drink in hand while cruising the Newport waters
  • Catch sight of humpback and finback whales as well as bottlenose dolphins
  • Purchase the voucher for two to save more

Travelzoo Tip: Parking is available at the Balboa Pier parking lot across the street for $1.50 per hour. We recommend arriving early to ensure a spot.

What's Included

  • $15 for a two- to 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise for one adult, ages 13 and up, with one alcoholic or nonalcoholic drink onboard (reg. up to $41)
  • $28 for the cruise for two adults with drinks (reg. up to $82)
  • $13 for the cruise for one child, ages 3-12, with one nonalcoholic drink (reg. up to $35)
  • Cruises are offered multiple times daily; check schedule here
  • Note: A fuel surcharge and wharfage fee of $2-$4 per person may apply.

Voucher can be redeemed immediately. Reservations required; subject to availability. Please see voucher for booking instructions. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure time. Upon arrival, you will need to present your Travelzoo voucher (printed or in mobile app) at check-in to receive your drink ticket. Tax, if applicable, gratuity and fuel surcharge are not included. A fuel surcharge and wharfage fee of $2-$4 per person may apply. Please tip on the full value. Not valid on holidays or holiday weekends (call merchant for specific date restrictions). Children 2 and under will only be charged for fuel surcharge. Subject to weather conditions. Valid for one or two people. Drinks include domestic beer, wine, and nonalcoholic beverages. Must be of legal age to consume alcohol. Cannot combine with other offers. Not valid on products. Outside alcohol, ice chests, coolers or glass containers are strictly prohibited.

63% off

$15 $41

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When You Can Go

Through Dec. 31, 2017

91% (89 Member Ratings)

"Great for entire family. "
Apr 05, 2017
CA, United States

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91% Positive
(89 Member Reviews)
Ratings & reviews reflect verified member feedback for Ocean Explorer Cruises over the past 15 months.
4.7 Quality of Service
4.5 Quality of Activity
4.7 Value for the Money
4.7 Ease of Booking
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Enjoyed Most
Great for entire family.
Other Comments
Nice view, calm boat ride with indoor and outdoor spaces.
li Apr 05, 2017 CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
That we were able to see what we sought, whales!
Other Comments
Ocean Explorer Cruises is an excellent sea excursion provider, thanks to its crew, starting with the people you check-in with in the store.
John Mar 17, 2017 CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
We enjoyed very much of the dolphins "surfing" along with the strong current from the Ocean Explorer as it was sailing! I was amazed how those dolphins seemed to enjoy diving in and out of the water! We also saw 8 cute sea lions sleeping on top of a buoy which seemed to enjoy their sleep! My only regret was not seeing even just one whale during the cruise! I guess it depends on the time of day that whale would come out to be able to see one!
Elizabeth Feb 14, 2017 CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The friendly staff that made the entire trip enjoyable.
Other Comments
We had to pay an additional $6 for a gas surcharge that we were unaware of. It should have been included in the cost rather than having me to pay it over the phone with my credit card. They should have allowed me to pay this is person. The person insisted that I pay over the phone when I called about directions.
Johnny Jan 29, 2017 NC, United States
Enjoyed Most
It was a fun mini cruise - filled with information about sea life. We didn't see any whales - but we did see some dolphins and sea lions!
Cheryl Dec 03, 2016 CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Sightseeing: Dolphins, seals, sea lions, homes, boats, landscape, etc.
Matt Nov 26, 2016 UT, United States
Enjoyed Most
The crew
Other Comments
They were professional and nice.
Lydia Oct 27, 2016 CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
The personal level of care that went into the observations and finding dolphins and searching for whales. Even though we were not able to find any whales, it felt like they really tried and I felt we got our money's worth in the outing. Great experience!
Other Comments
The personal level of knowledge and caring that went into the experience from the captain.
Monica Oct 11, 2016 CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Saw lots of Dolphins, and a couple of whales, one of which we were able to cruis alongside of for a while.
David Oct 01, 2016 CA, United States
Enjoyed Most
Getting to see the wild life
Other Comments
Crew was great, super helpful. Ride was so relaxing. Actually seeing a humpback whale was amazing!
Karsten Sep 24, 2016 CA, United States

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Newport Beach Whale Watching Cruise w/Drinks

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