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Marine Discovery Tours

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Newport, OR, USA
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About Marine Discovery Tours
Welcome aboard Marine Discovery Tours - Oregon's #1 Whale & Sea Life Cruise! Whether you're traveling solo or with a group, we'd love to share our "Floating Adventure" endorsed by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Teams of professional and friendly captains and naturalists tell stories that range from gray whales and other coastal sea life to the seasons of Oregon's largest fishing fleet! Fun activities await, as "volunteer deckhands" help with catch and release crabbing, plankton pulls with microscope viewing and navigation lessons. We are local experts who are passionate about delivering a fun, safe activity - you can count on our captain's seasoned knowledge to find the calmest routes on our ocean, bay and river ecosystems. We specialize in marine education field trips for over 7,000 students, annually. Tour groups love our "stretch limo" vessel with a heated cabin for all, seating and complimentary coffee and tea! We're happy to offer exclusive charters for Special Events from reunions to Celebrations of Life/Ashes at Sea - take over the Discovery as your own! Our cruise season is March - October - advance reservations are always a good idea!
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tarit wrote a review Sep. 2021
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This is a must if you're visiting Newport. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour. Emma and Captain Nick were amazing. We learned so much about sea life, birds in the area and learned about crab boats, shrimp boats and so much more. Emma was very knowledgeable. We were fortunate to see a whale and it was fabulous. Captain Nick spotted it and cruised towards it and as we waited patiently it surfaced and blew through its hole 3 times then went under the water giving everyone on the boat a good wave with its tail. Even if we didn't see a whale, the tour was amazing. We will definitely be doing this cruise every time we visit Newport.
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Date of experience: September 2021
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Ashanti B wrote a review Aug. 2021
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Wonderful experience for my entire family. We were visiting Manzanita from Washington State and decided to head down for the tour. We ran into traffic and barely made the boat. In fact, they held the boat for us and helped park. Incredible customer service! The tour was fun and very educational!!
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Date of experience: August 2021
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Terry T wrote a review Jul. 2021
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This trip is advertised as being a whale watching cruise. As we took off from the dock, we were told we were lucky as the water was fairly calm and the fog was not hugging the shore. We were told the whales stay close to shore this time of year and that we had a good chance of spotting some whales. The captain ventured out into the ocean and we traveled parallel to the coast looking for whales. After 30 minutes, he decided to give up on the whales and proceeded to cruise the river for the remaining 1-1/2 hours. Very disappointing and a waste of money for anyone hoping to see whales. I feel that this captain made very little effort to give us a whale watching opportunity.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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NatAustin wrote a review Jul. 2021
Austin,TX83 contributions1 helpful vote
Our family had a wonderful time on this boat tour. We learned a lot about Newport - the town itself and its natural surroundings. Catching the crabs and phytoplankton was fun and educational. Thanks to our knowledgeable naturalist and skilled captain for a fun cruise.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Ellijenn wrote a review Sep. 2020
Washougal, Washington70 contributions13 helpful votes
The boat and crew were top notch. A little more crowded than we would have liked during covid. Some family groups just did not give enough space. The ride and guide information was great. We were able to spend time in the Pacific ocean and the bay. We did not see any whales on this trip, but did see a porpoise, seals, and plenty of sea lions.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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