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Whale Watching
Off Newport Beach Waters

For decades, Harbor Breeze has been the leading provider of incredible whale watching excursions throughout southern California. Our custom built catamarans are some of the fastest vessels you will find and can cover waters as far as Newport Beach to Santa Monica Bay. SInce our vessels have this range advantage we can travel far and near to find Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Orcas, and other marine life that can be found as far as the canyons in Santa Monica and Newport Beach. Our whale watching experiences draw visitors from all over the world hoping to catch a glimpse of the incredible wildlife that call the Pacific home. On each of our vessels, you will enjoy a safe and comfortable ride under the care of a knowledgeable crew and captain there to provide informative narration on the marine animals you encounter.

Contact us today to book your once-in-a-lifetime excursion with Harbor Breeze.

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Regular walk up price: Adults $45/M-F, $50/Sat-Sun, Senior Citizens $40, Children $30

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Children

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3-11 Years of Age

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Free

Under 3 Years of Age

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See the Wildlife
Newport Beach Waters has to Offer

When participating in a whale watching cruise that can travel to Newport Beach waters, you never know what you’ll see. So many different sea animals call Newport Beach’s waters home including Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Fin Whales, and more. Other wildlife frequently spotted off the coast of Newport Beach are Dolphins including Common, Bottlenose, Risso's, and Pacific White Sided. The diversity in sea life found off the coast of Newport Beach is special and Harbor Breeze's vessels have seen many whales and dolphins for its guests iin these waters.

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Blue Whales off
Newport Beach waters

On our whale watching cruise that can cover Newport Beach waters you will have the amazing opportunity to see a Blue Whale! Did you know? The Blue Whale is the largest animal on the planet with a heart that can weigh as much as an elephant! Reaching over 100 feet in length and weighing up to 200 tons, spotting one of these incredible sea mammals is an experience you will never forget. Blue Whales are most often spotted off the southern California coasts between the months of May and November, as they migrate to the Newport Beach area to feed. While out on the water, you can identify the Blue Whale by its deep blue coloring, triangular flukes, tapered body, and flathead.

You can spot Blue Whales off the coast between the months of May to November.

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Explore the Pacific

We can’t wait for you to join us out on the water for an unforgettable whale watching cruise with Harbor Breeze that can travel to Newport Beach waters. Harbor Breeze Cruises are perfect for the whole family, offering family members of all ages an experience they won’t soon forget. For over two decades, we have delighted families with a safe opportunity to view a wide range of marine wildlife in a way that isn’t possible from land. See it all including Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, and Fin Whales, plus Sea Lions, Seals, Dolphins, and much more. Booking your whale watching excursion is quick and easy. Simply give us a call to book, or reserve your tickets for the whole family online. If you have questions about what to expect during your trip or how to prepare for your cruise, do not hesitate to contact our staff. Your whale watching expedition is only a few clicks away - book today!

Newport Beach

Hotel Recommendations

There is a lot to do in Newport Beach after you’ve finished your whale watching expedition with Harbor Breeze. During your stay, consider one of the following hotels in the area that offers access to other local attractions and activities.

1. Balboa Inn, Newport Beach | 105 Main St, Newport Beach, CA, 92661 | (949) 675-3412

2. Balboa Bay Resort | 1221 W Coast Hwy, Newport Beach, CA, 92663 | (949)645-5000

3. Bay Shores Peninsula Hotel | 1800 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92663 | (949)675-3463

4. Dorymans Oceanfront Inn | 2102 West Oceanfront, Newport Beach, CA 92663 | (949)675-7300

5. Little Inn By The Bay Newport Beach | 900 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | (949)640-4000

6. Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa | 900 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | (949)640-4000

7. Hyatt Regency Newport Beach | 1107 Jamboree Rd, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | (949)729-1234

8. Fashion Island Hotel Newport Beach | 690 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660 | (949)386-8361



Driving Directions

Head north on State Rte 55 N/Newport Blvd

Take I-405 N to W Shoreline Dr in Long Beach. Take exit 1C from I-710 S.

Follow W Shoreline Dr until you reach Harbor Breeze in Long Beach.

Recommended

Newport Beach Attractions

There is a lot to do in Newport Beach after you’ve finished your whale watching expedition with Harbor Breeze. During your stay, consider one of the following hotels in the area that offers quick access to the Harbor Breeze dock as well as other local attractions and activities.

1. Newport Pier

Take a quick trip to Newport Pier, a 1,032 feet long pier located in the center of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach. Built in 1888, the pier was originally used for shipping until its later use for recreational purposes. Today, you can enjoy a number of different recreation activities at the pier, including dining, fishing, and walking.

2. Balboa Island

One of Newport Beach’s man-made islands, Balboa Island is a charming spot with lots to do. The island is surrounded by a 1.6 mile boardwalk perfect for a leisurely stroll, plus there are a number of mom-and-pop shops to peruse. Make sure to also grab a bite to eat or enjoy a sweet treat including frozen bananas or delicious donuts. You can access Balboa Island by car, or take a five-minute ferry by water.

3. Sherman Library and Gardens

A unique combination of books and botanical beauty, the Sherman Library and Gardens boasts over 15,000 volumes for you to browse. On the 2.2 acre gardens, take a calming jaunt among an exotic collection of flora. Complete your visit with a drink or snack at the on-site cafe.

4. Balboa Fun Zone

Those seeking a thrill or two will enjoy the Balboa Fun Zone, an affordable amusement park home to various carnival rides, including its signature Ferris wheel on the waterfront. Though small in size, Balboa is a must-see site that dates back to 1936.

5. Fashion Island

Calling all shoppers! Fashion Island is a one-stop shop for any items you might need...or just want. With department stores in addition to staple mall shops, you can’t find it all at Fashion Island in Newport Beach.

6. Crystal Cove State Park

Bask in Newport Beach’s natural beauty at Crystal Cove State Park. A 3.2 mile stretch along the coast, this state park offers sandy beaches and coastal cliffs where you can enjoy a quick dip in the tide pools, explore the canyons, and even camp overnight.

Why Whale Watch
With Us?

When picking a location to embark on an incredible whale watching expedition, you have a number of options to choose from. So why should you choose Harbor Breeze whale watching? Our custom built catamarans are some of the fastest vessels you will find and can cover waters as far as Newport Beach to Santa Monica Bay.

Diverse Sealife. The Southern California coast boasts an incredibly diverse collection of sea life you won’t find anywhere else. While out on a whale watching trip that can travel into Newport Beach waters, you might see everything from Gray Whales to Blue Whales, Humpback Whales to Fin Whales, dolphins, seals, sea lions, and so much more. Being able to cover so much distance on the water gives us that much more chance to find amazing wildlife and you’re guaranteed to enjoy every moment of your whale watching excursion from start to finish.

Lots of Local Attractions and Activities.A whale watching cruise is just one of the many local activities you can take part in. The area is a bustling area with restaurants, shops, beaches, and other attractions to keep the whole family busy.

Year-round Marine Wildlife Viewing.
When planning a whale watching trip that can cover many miles of water including Newport Beach, you can plan a trip that fits into your schedule. This is because Harbor Breeze whale watching cruises are available during all months throughout the year. Off the coast of Newport Beach, marine wildlife can be spotted year-round. Whether you want to see Blue Whales during the Fall and Summer months or Gray Whales during Winter and Spring, you have endless opportunities to view majestic creatures all year long because of our vessels' speed.


Other Marine Wildlife you Might See While Whale Watching.
During your whale watching cruise with Harbor Breeze, we will do everything in our power to ensure you see as many whales as possible. However, don’t forget that in addition to whales, there is a wide range of other marine wildlife you should keep an eye out for. Newport Beach coastal waters are also home to other sea species including a variety of dolphins, sea birds, dolphins, seals, sea lions, porpoises, and more. Year-round, there is so much wildlife for you to see during your excursion.

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Whales You Might See

On Your Cruise with Harbor Breeze

Keep a lookout! You just might see the following whales when you book your whale watching tour with Harbor Breeze Cruise:

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Gray Whales

Not sure when is the best month to book your whale watching cruise? Good news! The Gray Whale can be spotted off the coast of California typically between the months of November and April. As you might have guessed, you can identify these beautiful creatures by their deep gray coloring. Gray Whales are known for their “friendly” behavior when it comes to interacting with boats, so you just might get an up close and personal experience. A medium-sized whale, gray whales can grow to be up to 50 feet in length, and weigh up to 40 tons. They are not to be missed, so keep your eyes peeled!

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Humpback Whales

Seeing a Humpback Whale is a once in a lifetime experience. These incredible creatures journey to the California coasts during the summer months to feed, providing onlookers the perfect opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat. Not only do Humpback Whales impress with their size (they can weigh up to 40 tons!), they also dazzle and delight with their signature acrobatic jumps and flips.

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whale blow hole on Harbor Breeze whale watching cruise

Fin Whales

Right behind the Blue Whale, the Fin Whale is the second largest whale species and can be spotted off the Southern California coasts. Weighing up to 80 tons and reaching up to 85 feet in length, Fin Whales can be spotted in Newport Beach waters year round, with peaks during the summer and fall months. The Fin Whale gets its name from the easy-to-spot fin located near its tail. On average, the signature dorsal fin will grow to be about 60 cm high. In addition to the fin, you can identify the Fin Whale by its distinctive black/brownish gray coloring and V-shaped head.

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Whale Watching
& Dolphin Tour

Price: $45.00/Mon-Fri, $50.00/Sat-Sun-Holidays

Duration: 2 to 2.5-hours

Our most popular tour, the Whale Watching and Dolphin Tour is a 2 1/2-hour excursion into the open Pacific Ocean to search for all different types of whale species. Highlight whale species on this tour includes the Gray Whale, Blue, Fin, Humpback, and Minke Whales! But it doesn’t stop there. In addition to whale spottings, this tour is also in search of many other marine life species including Dolphins, Sea Lions, Marine Birds, and more! As a proud partner of the Aquarium of the Pacific, every whale watching and dolphin tour is accompanied by an expert educator from the Aquarium of the Pacific who offers engaging narration of everything you see on the ocean. Harbor Breeze’s Seasoned Captains and crew specialize in whale watching with over 30-years whale watching Newport Beach experience. Absolutely no hidden fees or fuel surcharges. Our custom built catamarans are some of the fastest vessels you will find and can cover waters as far as Newport Beach to Santa Monica Bay.

45 Minute
Narrated Harbor Tour

Price: $15.00/Mon-Fri, $18.00/Sat-Sun-Holidays

Duration: 45 minutes

Learn history about the harbor, see the beautiful skyline, California Sea Lions playing in the harbor, the world famous Queen Mary, large cargo and container ships from all over the world, and so much more! The Narrated Harbor Tour is a fun way to take in all the harbor has to offer along with some breathtaking views. Harbor Breeze tours are led by experienced Captains and crew with over 30 years of experience whale watching tours. Absolutely no hidden fees or fuel surcharges.

Helpful Tips For

Whale Watching in Waters of Newport Beach

At Harbor Breeze, we want to help you make the most of your whale watching trip that can cover as far north as Santa Monica Bay and as far south as Newport Beach. While ensuring your safety, our knowledgeable captain and crew will guide you through an incredible excursion with the ultimate goal of helping you view a wide range of species you might not otherwise see on land.

Your only job during your whale watching cruise is to sit back, relax, and enjoy the sights. To make sure you stay comfortable while out on the water, there are a few recommendations we suggest to all passengers:

1. Be Mindful of the Season: Harbor Breeze whale watching trips take place year round, as there is always sea life out in and around the water during all months. However, if there is a specific type of whale you’d like to see, it’s important to know their migratory patterns to increase your chances of spotting these incredible animals. For example, if you have your heart set on seeing the stunning blue whale, you should consider booking your whale watching cruise during the summer or fall months where our vessels can travel as far as Santa Monica or Newport Beach. Gray whales, on the other hand, peak during the winter and spring months. If you have questions about the best time to book your trip, feel free to give us a call.

2. Keep your Camera Ready: Whale sightings are unpredictable and can happen quickly regardless of the waters you are in, whether Newport Beach or Santa Monica. If you hope to snap pictures of the marine life you see, keep your camera in hand and ready at all times. Don’t have the quickest reflexes? Many of our passengers find that the best way to fully appreciate the experience out on the water is to put down the lens and simply take in the sights with their own two eyes.

3. Pack Sunscreen: Southern California is known for its sunny weather, and though you’ll be out on the water the rays are still just as strong. Harbor Breeze whale watching trips can last up to a few hours, and you’ll want to avoid burns while looking for whales out on deck. Be sure to apply sunscreen prior to departure, and keep the bottle handy for reapplication later on during the trip.

4. Chat with the Crew: The primary job of the crew on board is to keep you safe. However, they are also there to provide you with information about the whales and other sea life you might encounter. During your whale watching experience, be sure to ask any and all questions you might have. At the end of your trip, the crew can also recommend local restaurants, bars, or shops you won’t want to miss during your visit.

5. Pack a Light Jacket: Once you leave the shore on your whale watching tour, be prepared for the temperature to drop. Pack a light jacket so that you stay comfortable out on the water if the winds pick up, or if your trip takes place on an overcast day.

7. Grab the Binoculars: Binoculars, though not necessary, are a great addition for a whale watching trip. Your captain will get as close to the wildlife as possible, while still keeping a safe distance. With a pair of binoculars, see wildlife in a level of detail not obvious to the naked eye.

7. Prepare for sea sickness: It’s an unfortunate reality that some people are more prone to seasickness than others. The last thing you want is to excitedly embark on your whale watching trip only to be struck with a bout of motion sickness that leaves you miserable. Because departure, take an over-the-counter seasickness medication or purchase a non-medicinal alternative such as Sea-Bands.

8. Be Patient: The exact movements of whales is unpredictable, so it may take some time before you catch a glimpse of these majestic animals. Relax and enjoy your time on the water during your whale watching cruise until you spot some of the incredible sea life out there.

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