Newport Beach

Private VIP Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour with Capt. Nick in Newport Beach

Newport Beach, United States
Ultimate Whale and Dolphin Watching Experience with Captain Nick in Newport Beach
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From $445.50

per group (up to 6)

$495.00 Save $49.50

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Newport Beach is known for its dolphin and whale sightings, but if you don't know the spots to see them, you may not see any during your visit. Instead, plan ahead with this Newport Beach Private VIP Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour and go with a certified-naturalist guide who knows the ecosystem of the area well. You'll see dolphins and whales as your guide tells you fun facts about each.
  • Cruise the water near Newport Harbor looking for dolphins and whales
  • Enjoy a private experience with just your group of up to six people
  • A USCG-licensed guide is also a certified naturalist
  • An easy-to-find meeting spot in Newport Beach makes for a stress-free day

What's Included

  • USCG licensed Master captains with over 24 years experience in the industry
  • All Captains are USCG licensed and Certified Naturalists!
  • Transportation to/from attractions

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 508 S Bay Front
    508 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA

    We are located at the white gated dock adjacent to 508 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach. You will see banners on the side of the dock entrance that say 'Whale and Dolphin Watching' in red. Capt. Nick will meet you at the dock entrance and escort your group to the boat.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Newport Beach (Pass By)

Balboa Island (Pass By)

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is comfortable. Bring an extra Jacket or sweatshirt and Sunblock. Thank you. Dress warmly, best to have extra layers and not need them.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in THIRD trimester
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • 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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    147 reviews
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    Newport Beach Whale watching!
    Laura_S, Aug 2022
    Captain Nick was fantastic! Extremely knowledgeable. Laid back and lots of fun. Also determined to find those whales!
    whale watching dream
    MarySchmidt, Jun 2022
    Captain Nick made it worth every penny. We got to see a humpback whale multiple times and that was fantastic also got to see a pod of dolphins and sealions. He is very imformative and knowledgeable. He tho the sea was rough he did everything to make sure we were safe and comfortable. If I make it back He is the only one I would book with. HATS OFF TO CAPTAIN NICK WITH EAST MEETS WEST WHALE WATCHING
    Had a blast with Captian Nick!
    Paul_H, Jun 2022
    My wife loves critters of all kinds, but is a beach person. She had hands in the water trying to pet some of the ~100 bottle-nosed dolphins in the pod Nick found for us. Nick gave us a lot of interesting information about dolphins and found a couple of pods and 2 different species. It was a perfect birthday present!
    Worthwhile! Great captain!!
    Susan_S, May 2022
    Got to see several groups of dolphins close up! Fast, exciting boat ride while searching. Very informative. Fun!!
    Unforgettable Experience!
    MichelleKuehner, Oct 2021
    Amazing! Our kids are 25, 11 and 4 and it’s impossible to find an activity that appeals to everyone. Captain Nick somehow managed! We saw a pod of 250 - 300 dolphins. It was stunning and an experience that our family will never forgot. Skip the large tour boat and book with Captain Nick instead. You will not be disappointed!
    Best dolphin and whale watching trip!
    Jennifer_A, Oct 2021
    Captain Nick is friendly and knowledgeable and kept us safe. We had a wonderful time with the dolphins and whales!
    Terrific, excellent, amazing
    avinoam_r, Aug 2021
    Captain Nick was terrific! We booked this excursion for six people. From the get go , Captain Nick was polite, courteous and made us feel at home. His boat is brand new, beautiful and has lots of power. The seats absorbed all of the shock from the water. He was knowledgeable about the water and the location of the dolphins. He winded up finding a large school of 500 plus dolphins and is was a blast! I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to have an upscale, experience.
    What a special gift of time, experience, the marine life, boat ride, and company. Thank you Captain Nick!!
    Stephanie_M, Jul 2021
    What a special gift of time, experience, the marine life, boat ride, and company. Thank you Captain Nick!! B
    Captain Nick is a great person.
    Jereme_B, Jun 2021
    The communication with captain Nick was top notch and much appreciated. He’s genuine and a great person. We highly highly recommend his services.
    Good time
    Daryl_D, Jun 2021
    Good time on the water captain and crew very friendly and knowledgeable highlights on what we were seeing
    Coolest Experience Ever!
    Heather_A, Jun 2021
    Wow, all I can say is wow! Not really, ill say more. This was one of the most memorable trips we have ever been on! Captain Nick was awesome, very attentive and knowledgeable. His love for the animals and nature was infectious. I didn't expect to see any whales considering we went in June. I was good with just dolphins! Captain Nick went above and beyond to make sure we saw something and had a great time. Lucky we saw a Blue Whale which absolutely took our breathes away! The kids were so amazed and it was a wonderful experience to share with our family. We will definitely come back again and see what else we may see out there! Thanks Captain Nick!
    1000 dolphins !
    Luke_J, Mar 2021
    Nick was amazing ! He was down to earth and helpful. We saw whales for sure. But the spectacle was 500-1000 dolphins frolicking and swimming with the boat. The kids touched dolphins and had a life changing experience ! Thank you again Nick we will be back.
    Awesome Experience
    Richard_S, Feb 2020
    We saw 4 Gray Whales, Common Dolphins and Sea Lions!! It was awesome. We will for sure go again and recommend to anybody visiting the Newport Beach area. Capt Brandon was AWESOME.
    Fantastic experience
    Tyler L, Sep 2019
    We had a fantastic experience with Captain Dan. We chose to go with a smaller group which turned out to the right decision given the smaller boat is faster and can go further into the sea. Saw a lot of dolphins and they were literally surrounding us which was amazing to see.
    Don't miss out on this amazing experience!
    Megan_D, Aug 2019
    Captain Brandon was awesome- very friendly and knowledgeable! We had an amazing time just being on the water and riding the waves. We didn’t see any whales but we did see a couple different pods of dolphins, so many dolphins! Because of the small boat, we were able to get up really close. The Sea Lions were adorable. I would definitely recommend this tour!

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