Newport Beach

Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour in Newport Beach

Newport Beach, United States
High speed Dolphin Whale watching Tours and Harbor Cruises

From $399.00

per group (up to 6)

Select Date and Travelers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Get a chance to spot whales and dolphins during this private boat tour in Newport Beach, led by a Certified Marine Naturalist. Listen to live narration on marine mammals as you travel comfortably in a rigid-hulled inflatable boat. Enjoy a scenic and fast-paced ride through Newport, Laguna Beach, and Dana Point in search of wildlife.
  • A private, Certified Marine Naturalist-led whalewatching tour in Newport Beach
  • Discover stunning coastal locations in Newport, Laguna Beach, and Dana Point
  • Get a chance to see whales and dolphins in their natural habitats
  • Listen to personalized and in-depth commentary from a Certified Marine Naturalist

What's Included

  • 40 mph speed boat with all the latest tech and coast guard safety equipment.
  • Coast guard licensed captain and certified marine naturalist.
  • Food and Drink, bring anything you would like (cooler on board for use)
  • Gratuities, never mandatory however always always greatly appreciated by our crew.

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 670 Lido Park Dr
    670 Lido Park Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92663, USA

    In front of bluewater grille and Buddahs restaurants

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Newport Beach

2 hours 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Featured review
Our captain was a great host & driver. Highly recommend him for your future sailing. The weather was perfect along with a beautiful view, definitely would rebook this trip again!


47 reviews
Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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Vanny_G, Jul 2023
The dolphin and whale watching tour was amazing! We saw a blue whale and hundreds of dolphins. The captain was fantastic, providing lots of information about the marine life. Highly recommended for a memorable experience!
Shannon_W, Jul 2023
AMAZING experience- highly recommend! Will be coming back! Saw whales dolphins sea lions and sunfish. Great captain.
5 stars!
Lindsey_S, Jul 2023
We had the best time! We saw dolphins, a whale, sea lions and a seal! It was definitely a trip to remember with our kids!
Great day on the water
Kari_Z, Jul 2023
Fabulous trip and Dustin was a wonderful guide/captain. Would highly recommend. Literally hundreds of dolphins.
Great Trip
Thomas_L, Jun 2023
Dustin was a great captain and was able to find 2 different pods of dolphins. The ride out was fun. The music and information provided was spot on. Thanks for a great trip.
The tour its self was...
Scott_M, Feb 2023
The tour its self was good and the guide Dustin was good. However, no one was at the pickup location to take us on the trip at the appointed time. There was a contact number on the reservation, so I called and Dustin had not been notified by Viator of the trip. He was kind enough to get us going on the trip all though 45 min late. Word to the wise, if you haven’t been contact prior to your pick up, you may want to call them.
Memorable outing with dolphins and sea lions
Kelli_D, Oct 2022
We boated along side a bunch of dolphins and that was super fun. We enjoyed seeing them interact with the boat and jump out of the water. Dustin was great giving us tips and additional info about the marine life we saw while on our tour.
We had a wonderful time...
Barrett_O, Aug 2022
We had a wonderful time on our whale/dolphin watching trip! Captain Dustin was very knowledgeable and knew exactly where to take us to see everything we had hoped we’d see. He did a great job of engaging the kids and answering all their questions. Would highly recommend!
Amazing dolphins watching experience
Lili_P, Aug 2022
Definitely recommended!!! The tour was so fun and adventurous, we were able to see a lot of dolphins and dolphins were actually swimming right next to our boat!! The captain was really knowledgeable about the nature habitats, and he was really skillful when driving the boat so that it was a comfortable ride. Definitely recommend this tour!!!
5 Stars!
Candice_S, Jul 2022
Fantastic experience with Captain Dustin. We saw a great White, hundreds of dolphins, sunfish and sea lions. I would absolutely recommend this trip!
Outstanding tour!
Sharla_C, Jun 2022
We had a wonderful time on the dolphin tour. Dustin’s knowledge of the history of the harbor, past and present was a added bonus. We saw so many dolphins! He exceeded our expectations. We will definitely book another tour on our next visit.
So many beautiful dolphins!
Linda_K, May 2022
Dustin went out of his way to make us comfortable. The massive amounts of common dolphins were so beautiful. I noticed there was a whale sighting later in the day unfortunately we didn’t get to observe it.
Would highly recommend
Kevin_J, May 2022
Had a great trip, saw lots of dolphin, pelican diving for fish and a sealion playing with and eating a ray. Nice smooth trip but got some exciting speed and water bumps as well. Great way to see the harbour area and the coastline. Dustin was very cheerful and helpful. Would highly recommend.
Such a great experience
Ibrahim_S, Mar 2022
Amazing experience. Got to see a whale and many and I mean many dolphins. Me and my wife were amazed. We had such a great time. And will for sure be back with friends and family.
Fantastic Fun Fabulous
Sandra_R, Aug 2021
The Ride was so fun, the sight seeing was gorgeous, the captain was very friendly, saw two whales! We got far from the shore in this really fun boat, my kids loved it. I highly recommend it
Dolphin wacthing
Daniel_L, Aug 2021
Seen lots of dolphins ... He does everything he can for you to have the best experience ever .. Fun experience
Birthday celebration
Lysa_T, Aug 2021
Our captain was a great host & driver. Highly recommend him for your future sailing. The weather was perfect along with a beautiful view, definitely would rebook this trip again!
ALICIA_V, Jul 2021
Gran experiencia! Definitivamente la disfrutamos muchísimo y por siempre quedará guardada en nuestra memoria Vimos muchos delfines y atunes! De parte de Dustin muy buen servicio y amabilidad! Definitivamente un plan recomendable para familias!

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