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Newport Beach: Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

1. Newport Beach: Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

Head out on a whale and dolphin-watching cruise from Newport Beach. The waters surrounding Newport Harbor offer deep nutrient-rich waters that attract all types of marine creatures. With a 96% success rate, almost every trip has the opportunity to see whales or dolphins. Look out for giant blue whales (during the summer and fall months), finback whales, gray whales (winter and spring months), minke whales, humpback whales, several types of dolphin (including giant rizzo dolphin over 14 feet in length), seals, and all sorts of other marine life. 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 Harbor, ocean conditions are incredibly calm. The captain and crew have backgrounds in marine biology and can provide details about the marine creatures, environment, and ecosystems.

Newport Beach: Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure

2. 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.

Newport Beach: Luxury Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

3. Newport Beach: Luxury Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

Set sail on a 50-foot catamaran yacht in search of wild marine wildlife on this cruise from Newport Beach. Enjoy the 360 degree walk-around deck that ensures that you never miss a moment with the whales. Keep your eyes peeled for giant blue whales, humpback whales, and pods of dolphins. Board the ship and set sail from the landing. Get up close to different whales and discover facinating details about these creatures from your naturalist guides that are eager to share their knowledge with you. Let your captain take you to places where the whales are more active to increase your viewing chances. Head to the front of the ship and look for bow riding dolphins which will glide just below your feet on one of the dual bows. Feel the excitement of watching these playful creatures frolic in their natural environment. End your tour at the meeting point where it began.

Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Newport Beach

4. Los Angeles Champagne Brunch Cruise from Newport Beach

Relax and unwind on a 2-hour cruise departing from Newport Beach. Enjoy a buffet brunch prepared from the freshest seasonal ingredients and sip on unlimited champagne or sparkling cider. Set off on a morning cruise from Newport Beach, where sunlight bounces off the water and a bottomless glass of bubbly or sparkling cider awaits. In addition to salty breezes and abundant sunshine, your champagne brunch cruise includes free-flowing champagne and a delicious buffet brunch to enhance your magical escape. Newport Beach is classic California, with wide beaches and expansive oceanfront mansions. The community boasts a well-known small-boat harbor as well as popular destinations such as the Balboa Peninsula, Fashion Island, and bustling Mariner's Mile. Sample Buffet Brunch Menu EARLY RISER BREAKFAST PASTRIES (V)(N)Assorted Muffins and Danishes *May Contain NutsSCRAMBLED EGGS (G*)(V)American Cheddar CheeseBREAKFAST MEATS (G*)Applewood Smoked Bacon | Pork Sausage LinksBREAKFAST POTATOES (V)Carmelized Onions | Red & Green Bell PeppersFRENCH TOAST (V)Whipped Cream | Maple Syrup LATE RISERS KALE QUINOA SALAD (G*)(VG)(V)Quinoa | Roasted Red Pepper | Spinach | Lemon Oregano VinaigretteGREEN GODDESS PASTA SALAD (V)Sweet Peas | White Beans | ScallionsHAND CARVED STRIP LOIN (G*)Hornblower Signature Spice Rub | Horseradish Crème | Au JusHAND CARVED OVEN ROASTED TURKEY (G*)Cranberry SaucePASTA AL FORNO (V)Alfredo Sauce, Panko Parmesan Crust DESSERT SIGNATURE DESSERT STATION (V)(N)Cakes | Brownies | Seasons Fruit *May Contain Nuts(N) Contains Nuts(VG) Vegan(V) vegetarian

Los Angeles Dinner Cruise from Newport Beach Weekend

5. Los Angeles Dinner Cruise from Newport Beach Weekend

Come aboard for a romantic evening away. Unforgettable views listen to music, and a duet entrée sit-down dinner all make this is a can’t-miss getaway for visitors and local residents alike. Newport Beach is classic California, filled with wide beaches and expansive oceanfront mansions. The community boasts a well-known small-boat harbor as well as popular destinations such as the Balboa Peninsula, Fashion Island and bustling Mariner's Mile. See the area while enjoying a luxurious evening out.

Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

6. Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

After being picked up from your hotel or accommodation by your guide, journey to 4 different local wineries, where you’ll learn about the wine-making process and what makes Temecula Valley wine so special.  You will have the opportunity to get an exclusive behind-the-scenes vintner’s tour of one of the wineries. Also included on the tour is an idyllic picnic lunch from a top-rated local eatery at one of the winery stops. Each winery will be curated to make sure you get to taste and learn about a variety of different wines, in order to comprehensively experience Temecula’s wine region. When booking, please select a food option from the list below and write in your selections in the notes during the booking process: •  Chicken Caesar Salad  •  Mediterranean Chicken Salad  •  Eggplant Caprese Sandwich •  Turkey Club Sandwich •  Classic Italian Sandwich •  Artisan Cheese & Deli Plate  •  Roast Beef Sandwich  •  Viva Chicken Wrap All lunches are served with a chewy Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie and bottled water. Spinach wraps are available as an alternative for ciabatta bread. Side house salads are served with Italian vinaigrette.

Irvine: Escape Room Adventure

7. Irvine: Escape Room Adventure

Enter a series of elaborately designed escape rooms ranging across various themes. You and your group must work together to find clues and crack codes to complete your mission. With 6 thrilling adventures to choose from, you may find yourself as a prospector hunting for a lost cache of gold, a spy sent to recover a stolen painting, or a falsely-accused prisoner determined to break out of jail. Work as a team to solve the puzzles and break your way out to freedom. No matter your choice, keep your wits about you and focus: you’ve got one hour to escape. After you and your group have emerged victorious, you’ll be conveniently located in the Irvine Spectrum Center to celebrate your achievement.

Temecula: Guided Wine Tour of Local Wineries W/ Cheese Plate

8. Temecula: Guided Wine Tour of Local Wineries W/ Cheese Plate

Explore the Temecula Valley Wine Country with a guide who will be with you through each of the 4 winery stops along the way. Taste a flight of wines at each place, and a snack of cheese and cured meats. Cross the best of California's wine tasting with a knowledgeable tour guide. Visit four different wineries on the tour – with a meat and cheese plate and snacks included – and savor the hundreds of award-winning wines. Learn from an experienced vintner about the process of making and curating wine. Your guide will also introduce you to each of the 4 wineries on the tour. Complete your tour with transportation back to your accomodation.

Huntington Beach: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Adventure

9. Huntington Beach: Smartphone Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Huntington Beach into a giant game board on this scavenger hunt tour played on your smart device. Enjoy solving clues and completing challenges during an interactive game that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a sightseeing tour. With any smartphone as your tour and guide, gather your group, and get ready to make your way through both well-known and overlooked sites. For extra fun, break groups into teams and compete against each other. Starting at the Surfers’ Hall of Fame, then follow the route to discover hidden gems of the city including the International Surfing Museum, a famous pier, and historic buildings hidden in plain sight. As you decipher clues and explore, choose to stop for a bite to eat or a selfie at a popular spot. Enjoy the flexibility to start and stop when you want and play at your own pace. 

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

10. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

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4.3 / 5

based on 487 reviews

Once we found the location the people at Davy’s Locker were great, especially Kayla and Captain Alex. We purchased our tickets same day from NP whale & dolphin tours but when we arrived the guy was not a help. He said he had no tours and told us to “go over there at the end.” We we’re so confused since we were at the correct address. After bothering him again he said trust me we have no tours go to Davy’s Locker. By now we were jog walking. The girl at Davy’s explained they work together and guided us to the boat. From there it was wonderful because of the crew. We upgraded and sat with the captain. We saw wonderful wild life. Both crew members were awesome. It was a beautiful cruise.

10 stars! Absolutely awesome!! Can't imagine any other tour, esp with guaranteed seats (we're disabled) & being up close & personal with water, marine life & crew. It's so worth the xtra $!! We're returning asap! Such a fantastic experience!! Will recommend to all. Thx guys!!

We had a great time!! Absolutely loved the service, the food, I would definitely come again and definitely recommend! Thank you! I enjoyed my birthday!

Really enjoyed the beautiful sunset dinner cruise for our 20th Wedding Anniversary❣️

It was a great experience I loved everything about it