Newport Beach Tours
Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
4.5

Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

By Davey's Locker
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Ages 0-99, max of 115 per group
Duration: 2–3 hours
Start time: Check availability
Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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  • 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise
  • All Fees and Taxes
What's not included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off


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  • 400 Main St, Newport Beach, CA 92661, USA
    Our location is inside the historic Balboa Pavilion located in the beautiful Newport Beach, CA. Our vessels depart from these docks as well. Parking is located roughly 100 yards from our location. Best place to park is next to the Balboa Pier. Please arrive 45 min before the start time.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5481WHALE

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Outside alcohol, ice chests, coolers or glass containers are strictly prohibited.
    • Vessel may change depending on availability.
    • Most travellers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 115 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 5481WHALE

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    • Davey's Locker
      1,189
      Newport Beach, California
    • todde892
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Hundreds of Dolphins!
      The captain was friendly and knowledgeable and courteous, and very gentle about the way that he captained the boat so no one would get too wet in the waves. While there weren’t any whale sightings ( I would’ve given a five out of five because it was a whale watching Trip), he did pilot the ship towards an enormous pod of common dolphin, and the dolphin were playing under the bow and all over to the right and left and behind the boat, jumping and frolicking and feeding andsome mating. Just being out in the Newport Harbor and out at Sea was a wonderful and beautiful time with me and my wife and I would recommend friendly staff, clean fast and amazing environs
      Written June 30, 2024
    • MariaBCalifornia
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Blue whale!
      My husband and I booked this trip in hope of seeing a blue whale, as they had been seeing them for several weeks straight in late May/early June 2024. I am so happy we booked this faster boat, because Captain Larry was able to go full speed, about 9 miles out, when he heard there was a blue whale who would be coming up to surface soon. He got us there with a few minutes to spare, and it was awesome. Our first blue whale ever. Not only that, but we also saw hundreds of dolphins, the fins of a few mola mola fish, pelicans, and seals. It was well worth paying a little more because had we been on the slower boat, we would have missed the blue whale. His boat mate Bryce was also good. They did a great job of making everyone happy. As always with nature, you never know if you'll be lucky enough to see something or not the day you go, but I highly recommend this company for its professionalism and dedication to find animals.
      Written June 16, 2024
    • Voyage68410283382
      0 contributions
      1.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awful Experience with Davey's Locker
      This was an awful experience. I purhased tickets on Groupon and selected a time. They changed the time I book without my consent and then when I arrived. They wanted to charge me an additional $45 per person to go on the boat. They are not honest and are scammers. Don't use them
      Written June 15, 2024
    • debbiemE7801WF
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      WHALES!
      A friend of mine from Florida joined me for whale watching on the Davey's Locker 'Catallac' on 5/31/24. We were not disappointed. What an amazing outing! The experienced crew was polite, professional, knowledgeable, entertaining, attentive to visitor inquiries and questions, and determined to find WHALES! Most importantly to me, was their focus on safety for everyone on board and that of our precious marine wildlife. Captain Bryce, along with crewmembers Larry, and Matt, took excellent care of everyone and provided all of us with an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend this company if you are looking for sightseeing options along the coast outside of Newport Beach.
      Written June 5, 2024
    • G6329QUdanam
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic whale watching on The Cadillac with Captain Larry and Christine.
      Captain Larry and Christin were awesome Hosts! Leaned a lot. It was amazing seeing the Blue Whale! Captain Larry respected the whales space, yet got us up close to really see her.
      Written May 27, 2024
    • vardhinia2024
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun-tastic experience
      It was a fun-tastic trip. Loved it so much 👍👍 We had captain cool Lary and Mat onboard who were explaining us so many things… Beautiful experience.
      Written May 25, 2024
    • rgarcia1313
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kayla was a Great Captain.
      Kayla was a great Captain! The first female captain we have encountered. Kayla and Matt did a great job finding us wildlife even though it was a slow day. We enjoyed the trip and would do it again!
      Written May 13, 2024
    • 15yanetn
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Must Go!
      Jill and Kayla were super amazing. I've done a few tours in different places and by far they have been the best. Thank you for the great experience
      Written May 2, 2024
    • michaelbX1985CX
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Whale Watching
      Captain Kayla and Christine were fantastic! Both were so informative and knowledgeable about all the sea life we were seeing. We witnessed a humpback whale breaching completely out of the water, twice. Just an incredible experience aboard the Catallic. Thanks, can’t wait to go out with them again. P.S. Christine’s photos are quite impressive.
      Written April 22, 2024
    • Tourist64189898837
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fun and Exciting
      Kayla and Bryce were great! They found about a hundred common dolphins who played with the catamaran for awhile. Then on the way back we saw sea lions sunning themselves on buoy. We kept scanning the ocean but the whales did not seem like they wanted to show themselves this evening. The staff was very knowledgeable and were able to answer questions about the mammals that inhabit the area. All in all it was an exciting evening.
      Written April 17, 2024
    • vikkic783
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Respectful crew and an awesome experience.
      We just had the best time! Our crew Dani and Bryce did a great job hosting us. Dani was great about respecting the animals with staying a quiet distance from the sea life which impressed us all, and helped us understand that respecting them makes them more comfortable around the boats. We saw three whales, two Finn and one minke. We also saw a nursery pod of dolphins. One of the babies was itty bitty and so dog gone cute! We also saw sea lions. The whole experience was nice. We did spring for the VIP experience and did not regret it. Overall, I would 100% book again!
      Written April 3, 2024
    • 81bethanyf
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great!
      Kayla was our captain and she did a great job. Very informative facts along the way. We saw 3 whales, many dolphins and sea lions. We did the VIP experience and it was worth it. Great seats, drink service, got to hear more facts from the captain. Got a great photo of a dolphin mid air behind us.
      Written March 20, 2024
    • 741peterm
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      Best Whale Watching Boat
      Great trip with a professional captain. Small group, great boat and lots of whale sightings. Guide was knowledgeable and went the extra mile.
      Written March 10, 2024
    • dylanwG4635IF
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      Bday whale watch
      The trip was fun the crew was nice and very entertaining, Singing songs about wakes. We did see a long fin whale that we followed for awhile, also saw some dolphins and sea lions. Drinks were a good price as well.
      Written March 7, 2024
    • 302silvif
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      Wonderful experience
      A must visit destination you won't be disappointed. From the minute we landed happy faces all around. The service and staff attentiveness is outstanding
      Written February 29, 2024
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    4.5
    4.5 of 5 bubbles406 reviews
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    65
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    Carynn Rader
    2 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2019 • Family
    My husband and I took our two boys (8 and 4 yrs old) on this cruise and we did not enjoy ourselves one bit. They are not informative during the cruise. They “guarantee” you will see whales/dolphins, but that is not the case. After cruising for about two hours with no sight of either, they pulled up to a couple sea lions to make us feel like we had seen something. Spent $90 on our tickets, $10 to rent binoculars from them, $50 in concession and after a huge disappointment they give you coupons to reride and waste more money for only $7/person this time. No thanks!
    Written January 3, 2020
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    FSN_13
    Columbus, OH55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2020 • Family
    We were very impressed by the entire operation and the care the well informed and polite crew took to comply with and enforce spacing and masking rules. We thoroughly enjoyed all the time we got with a humpback whale and all the dolphins. We had a great experience.
    Written July 20, 2020
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    Happy S
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2023 • Couples
    Immature and untrustworthy company. We booked a trip on 29th Aug 5pm but were stuck in a really bad traffic. We called to tell them that we are at the borderline to pick up the ticket as they required to arrive 1 hours earlier. We could have arrive just on time to onboard. Over the phone they said they will email us a voucher which we can book the trip within 12 months any time. We accepted and canceled the trip on 29th. However, after half an hour wait we didn't receive the voucher and we called them back again. They said they made a note on my account and do not need to send out the voucher. We can call back anytime to book within 12 months. We took their words and booked immediately for the trip on 30th Aug. The order were confirmed shown 0 balance to pay. On 30th Aug we arrived and were rejected onboarding if we do not pay for another 20 dollar. We were shocked about their dishonesty. Person at the check in desk and over the phone denied their knowledge of the voucher they promised for us to book on for another trip within 12 months. There were no manager to speak to as everyone is the manager when we asked. They are just trying to capture as much as they can from the tourists. Our original trip was 89 dollar and the rebooked one was 68 dollar. It is a cheaper trip we booked on and we don't think it is graceful to demand another 20 dollar without putting in writing.
    As for the trip itself, it is more like a ferry trip in a large passenger boat with over 100 people. The facility is too basic to make you feel a holiday. The journey is shorter than 2 hours as they advertised. It is too short to travel to a distance that you will see any whale. You will see some common dolphins and on the way back they point out 3 sea lions by the shore. You will hear captain guide through a broadcast onboard. For the quality of the trip, it is only worth 10 dollar the most. BE AWARE they are selling the trip for 13 dollar on Groupon. There is no price consistency. They expect tips by providing little experience. No one tipped at the end. A few days after they sent you a 50% code hoping you will book with them again.
    Written October 17, 2023
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    Ted L
    3 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2021 • Friends
    Don't use their service. We asked about seeing whales in advance and were kind of leery by the double talk. And then we saw no whales. They even shortened the trip to about 1.75 hours instead of the advertised 2.5. A chart on their front door, impossible to know about when you call by phone from out of town, showed that they hadn't seen whales in the past week. It could have been longer, but that's all it showed. They didn't share that info when we asked.

    Leave these people alone. They won't be honest up front, and their "apology" was an offer to have us pay for another cruise at half price. No thank you.
    Written August 3, 2021
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    Aneesha H
    Duluth, GA236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020
    I got a deal on groupon for my sister, brother in law, three year old nephew and myself. During Covid they're allowing 50% of their capacity on board so it was nice to have extra room on the boat. It was a double story boat where we spent most of our time on top. I signed us up for a 10am. Parking was far but everything else was great. Great staff, super clean bathrooms. We didn't see whales but we did see lots of dolphins which was pretty neat too. Staff kept informing us about lots of stuff which was really neat. Super windy so make sure you wear a jacket and dress appropriately. It's recommended to get earlier times so the waters calm and you're able to see more. I'll defiantly be coming back and thinking about doing the 10 hr fishing trip next!
    Written June 25, 2020
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    Trip2hotels
    London, UK12 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jul 2023 • Couples
    When we arrived the Car Parking was a complete rip off in the whole of Newport. Most of the parking is restricted to 2 hours on the street making you go in the rip off parking areas. If I remember correctly was something like 30 dollars for the 4 hours we were there. Not Davey’s Lockers fault but something to bear in mind.

    We booked the 2 hour Newport Beach Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise and arrived to see the boat was the size of a ferry, it takes a good 30 minutes to get out of harbour and a good 30 minutes to return leaving about an hour to basically watch common dolphins. The clue is in the name they are common to see they swim to the ferry fast enough when they see it.

    There isn’t enough time to wait it out to see anything else such as any whales and the ferry is too slow to go very far out.

    I have been on other Cruises and usually the staff are incredibly welcoming with a drink and fruit provided, I didn’t feel the staff were that welcoming on this cruise, the speaker was at times difficult to hear what the person was saying.

    I didn’t purchase a drink at the Bar or leave a tip, it wasn’t worth it. Not sure what I would be leaving a tip for.

    At the end of the trip there weren’t many smiling faces given what was paid for the trip, in all felt like a waste of time and money and a forgettable experience.

    Written September 10, 2023
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    H l
    San Antonio, TX247 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 21, 2020 Saturday

    Trip with elderly mother. Didn't book online thinking we would be fine. Nope. Next 3 tours were sold out but got on waitlist and got lucky.

    Clean. Masks required. Running at about 2/3 less capacity so distancing not ideal but no735kt uncomfortable.

    Parked couple blocks up at Balboa Island public parking. 5 hours for $4.75.

    Along the strip by the excursion are lots of shops and places to grab a bite. Even a couple of small kid things like a small ferriswheel. Also a quaint ferry for a quick run if killing time.

    Actual trip.... knowledgeable. Sit close to one of the speakers. Recommend sitting along the side and layering clothes. November was perfect in bay with shorts but into open water sweatshirt and shawl appropriate. Sell some packaged snacks, popcorn, has a bar (jumbo well mixed mia tia $12 and bottle water $2) Restrooms on board. We got lucky with a huge pot of common dolphins, some bottle nosed, and some cali sea lions.
    LOVED the trip!
    Written November 21, 2020
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    leeannmorrell
    Santa Clarita, CA118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2022
    Such a great crew! We took a mid morning boat last Sunday and it was so much fun. We were worried because my mom is 91 and has limited mobility so she was going to be in a wheelchair but we called ahead and the man who answered the phone was really nice about letting us know which boat to book on to accommodate the wheelchair situation. When we got there they had us pre board. Boarding was easy because the crew jumped in to help with the wheelchair and in in helping my mom up the three steps she needed to navigate to get onto the boat. John, Kayla and Jill were such a great crew. John found a huge pod of dolphins (turns out it was a nursery pod with the cutest baby dolphins!) Kayla took professional grade photos of the dolphins which I just had to buy and Kim is a really fun narrator. She was more excited by the baby dolphins than almost anyone else except me I think. It really shows when people love their jobs! We will definitely book with these guys again!
    Written February 16, 2022
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    Helen Ryan
    Phoenix, AZ5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sept 2020
    The staff was friendly and informative. Even thought we didn’t see any whales and much wildlife we were given coupons for a mother trip at a good discount. The only thing I was disappointed in was the passengers . Even though the staff made it clear several times that we must wear masks and wear them properly and stay apart many were wearing them under their noses, on their chins or not at all.
    Written September 18, 2020
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    Kaytie H
    Morisset, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2022
    My boyfriend and I found this place through our Go City - San Diego tickets and decided to reserve a spot on a Friday morning whale watching tour. Being January, it was a bit chilly out on the water - the wind that day didn't help but Larry, our boat Captain, did a fantastic job getting us out of the wind as soon as he could. We upgraded our tickets to sit up in the top with Larry and were provided with some extra beautiful views. Unfortunately on this day we did not get to see any whales, but we did see a Sea Lion having his breakfast way off shore, as well as 1 massive pod of common dolphins which formed into a super pod when they joined up with another right near us. It was a really great time. Despite not seeing any whales, we had an absolute blast and Larry and Bryce, the crew member, were very personable and knew a lot about the whales, dolphins and sea lions.
    Written January 30, 2022
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