Marine Discovery Tours
Marine Discovery Tours
4.5
Boat ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
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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!
Newport, Oregon
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Karly C.
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022
We had a wonderful trip with Marine Discovery Tours! My family and I ventured out to sea with them and had the privilege of seeing two gray whales and a few porpoises. We had the opportunity to meet Scarlet (or "Scar Back") and my children will never forget it! Delpha was an absolute sweetheart and did a fantastic job checking on the passengers, explaining the sights, local tourist attractions, animal life, and even a few of the surrounding boats! It was a beautiful day and an ideal whale watching experience. Thank you for a fantastic time!
Written September 11, 2022
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Susan B
Bangkok, Thailand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
An excellent impromptu excursion! We walked by the storefront and ended up on a wonderful two-hour cruise! The service was excellent. The gal at the front desk was smart, friendly, informative and not at all pushy (I hate pushy). The crew and boat felt very safe. The captain of the boat was skilled and welcoming. The naturalist, Emma, was knowledgeable, great with kids, engaging, clear and obviously felt a deep connection not only to the marine wildlife but to the nautical traditions of Newport and the current commercial fishing community.
Written September 3, 2022
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Sumlee69
United States15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We had a great time! Captain Charlie was amazing and great with the kids. We got to catch and release crab, and saw a whale as soon as we left the harbor. The whole trip was amazing and well worth the money.
Written July 31, 2022
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Molly C
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The crew was fantastic, very friendly, enthusiastic and informative. Had a great trip and saw seals, sea lions, lots of birds and even got to see the catch of a couple of crabs. They explained a lot about ocean and estuary life. Even let the kids try their hand at steering the boat, which my grandson couldn't wait to roll his parents!
Written July 31, 2022
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Sven S
2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We went with our 2 kids. The team made the best out of a stormy day, which was why we couldn't go out to the sea. Trip on the river was nice. Kids got to see and touch some crabs and more. For that kind of a trip, I feel it is quite pricey though
Written July 13, 2022
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Krishnam R
Portland, OR1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Nice experience we saw Grey Whales. It's incredible to see Whales in the wild for the first time. And kids had fun experiencing the crabs caught demo.
Written July 5, 2022
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tarit
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
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.
Written September 13, 2021
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Ashanti B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
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!!
Written August 12, 2021
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Terry T
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Friends
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.
Written July 31, 2021
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NatAustin
Austin,TX84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
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.
Written July 27, 2021
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