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Balboa Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

  • Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

    1. Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

    On these year-round cruises off Newport Beach, many whale varieties are regularly seen including the giant blue whale (summer and fall), finback whale, grey whale (winter and spring), minke whale, and humpback whale. Several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life are typically spotted on the excursions as well. The cruises depart from Newport Harbor, located in the heart of Orange County, which is just a short drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Each cruise is a unique experience as you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a pod of more than 30 killer whales, including adults and their young, making for a whale watching adventure of a lifetime. The cruises enjoy a 96 percent success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin.

    everythings was ok. Host was kind and very knowleadgable.May be drinks are litle bit too expensive. Beside everything was fine.

  • Newport Beach: Year-Round Whale Watching Cruise

    2. Newport Beach: Year-Round Whale Watching Cruise

    The waters surrounding Newport Harbor are deep and nutrient-rich, attracting all types of marine creatures. Cruises typically see a variety of whales including giant blue whales (during the summer and fall), finback whales, grey whales (in the winter and spring), minke whales, and humpback whales, as well as several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life. Each cruise is a unique experience in that you never know what you might encounter. The Laguna Beach coastline lies just to the south of Newport Harbor and is some of Southern California’s most beautiful coast. The grey whales are commonly seen in this area. Most whale watching cruises take in the scenic backdrops of Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach, while viewing the gentle giants just a few hundred yards from shore. Due to the geography of the Orange County coastline that surrounds Newport Harbo...

    We didn't get to see any whales, but the Captain made a huge effort to follow some common dolphins and we caught up to a very large pod feeding. Was amazing!

  • Newport Beach: Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure

    3. Newport Beach: Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure

    Take a 2-hour dolphin and whale watching tour from Newport Beach. Cruise in an open boat that offers 360-degree views from anywhere onboard, allowing everyone a to have close encounter with nature. Admire the stunning coastal landscape and look out for whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife.   Board a custom-built RIB, perfect for whale watching. The boat has a maximum capacity of 15 people, giving each passenger a piece of the action. See dolphins come almost close enough to touch. The boat can travel at speed and cruises up to 14 miles from port to ensure the highest success rate of animal sightings.

    Punctual, Knowledgeable, and friendly Captain Taylor. He made sure we saw a lot of wildlife . Epic!!!

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What people are saying about Balboa Island

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 126 reviews

Captain was friendly, informative and would follow pods of Dolphins. We also saw sea lions and beautiful scenery. The Dolphins swam all around our boat. It was a wonderful adventure !!!

Excellent activity. Private, For families and adults. Wonderful views of the shore, the beaches, great houses. And the dolphins were amazing!!!

everythings was ok. Host was kind and very knowleadgable.May be drinks are litle bit too expensive. Beside everything was fine.

Was very nice to travel w the fam the kids enjoy it. The trip was a very nice expierence

Timely, great guides. Saw dolphins & seals, no whales, a fun experience, regardless.