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Newport Beach: Luxury Whale Watching Catamaran Cruise

1. 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.

Newport Beach: Whale and Dolphin-Watching Cruise

2. 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

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.

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.

Newport Beach: Private Sunset Yacht Cruise with Music

6. Newport Beach: Private Sunset Yacht Cruise with Music

Unwind on a yacht cruise through Newport Harbor. Bring your own food and drinks and listen to your favorite tunes while taking in the breathtaking scenery. Learn about Newport Beach's interesting and famous history along the way. Soak in the sun and the salty ocean breeze on this yacht cruise. As the day turns into night, watch the sunset paint the sky with vibrant colors. Relax with your favorite playlist in the background and spend time in the company of loved ones, friends, and family. Take photos and cruise past the wildlife of Newport Harbor. Spot the amazing oceanfront mansions and popular landmarks that call Newport Beach home. Have the chance to see The Pavilion, Balboa Peninsula, and the Balboa Island Ferry.

Orange County: Coastal Beach and Highlights Tour by Van

7. Orange County: Coastal Beach and Highlights Tour by Van

Visit Orange County's striking coastline beach cities, beaches, and iconic landmarks on a van tour. Stop at multiple locations to enjoy some free time to stroll around, buy a snack, and simply relax. See coastal landmarks like Newport Beach and the Balboa Island Ferry crossing. Listen to your local guide narrate and identify coastal landmarks and locations as you drive from point to point along the tranquil coastline. See what this world-famous beach destination is all about. Take your time at multiple locations for photos, snack breaks, and some exploration without your guide to truly feel like a local. See iconic spots including Dana Point Harbor, Laguna Beach, Hiesler Park, Newport Beach, Balboa Island Ferry crossing, Huntington Beach Pier, and Main Street.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

8. 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.

Newport Beach: Breweries Guided Walking Tour with Drinks

9. Newport Beach: Breweries Guided Walking Tour with Drinks

Explore some of the best beer-brewing spots around Newport Beach on this guided tour. Have a tipple at the oldest bar in Newport, sample the products at a modern brewery, and enjoy two inclusive alcoholic drinks. Learn about the area's Hollywood connection in this playground of the rich and famous. Start your journey at the Newport Beach Pier and watch the sunset over the Pacific Ocean before heading to your first watering hole. Sip on a microbrewed beer at Blackie’s by the Sea and learn about it how it was founded by William “Blackie” Blackstock in 1953.  On the way to your next stop, admire the multi-million dollar mansions and the area’s connection to neighboring Hollywood. Maybe even see some local celebrities on your travels.  Then, visit a modern local brewery, where you can find out how the beer-making process works before sampling some of the produce. Once your tour starts to wind down, your host can give you recommendations to further explore Newport Beach or Orange County.

Newport Beach: Private Emerald Bay Ocean Cruise

10. Newport Beach: Private Emerald Bay Ocean Cruise

Our signature Emerald Bay Ocean Cruise is an amazing adventure! Tour Newport’s luxurious harbor and spend the day in the pristine Emerald Bay (or Ebay as the locals call it). First, we'll cruise out of Newport Beach harbor, admiring the gorgeous million-dollar homes and yachts. Next we will cruise along the coast past Corona Beach in Corona del Mar. Once we arrive to Emerald Bay, we can anchor, swim and hang out! Spend the day relaxing, soaking up the sun, and swimming in the calm blue waters. Or, ask your captain to take you searching for marine life and watch dolphins dance directly below the boat! We will dock in Newport Beach harbor at the end of the cruise.

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What people are saying about Newport Beach

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 335 reviews

Thank you for this unforgettable experience. We had the chance to see dolphins but also a blue whale accompanied by their little ones. The whole team is incredible and really super dedicated and involved in ensuring that everyone has a fabulous experience. Thank you to all of you. We are going to talk about it around us because you deserve it.

Fantastic day! The guides were so knowledgeable and friendly. We saw a large pod of common dolphins and enjoyed cruising the park infix on a zodiac. Highly recommend

Excellent walk Everyone very friendly and respectful Clean and comfortable place I would gladly live that experience again

We had a fantastic time! Our Captain and the staff were wonderful and did everything to make our experience memorable.

All had a wonderful time. Good activity for a church group. No problem for seniors boarding.