Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Landing is the leading provider of Southern California Whale Watching tours.

With multiple whale watching cruises departing daily from Newport Beach, Newport Landing is one of the leading providers of Southern California Whale Watching tours. For over 20 years, this Orange County-based company has been leading individuals, students, corporate groups and private parties out onto the waters of the Laguna Beach coastline to watch many species of whales, dolphins and other marine life in the sparkling waters they call home. A 96% success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin speaks highly to the skills of their whale watching ship’s captain. These Los Angeles whale watching cruises are thrilling and unique experiences that can appeal to groups of all ages, and approachable pricing options include individual ticket prices and group package prices.

Newport Landing Whale Watching’s ship was built just for whale watching with two decks including an upstairs sundeck with lots of seating, indoor seating with large windows, and surround lower level seating comfort is never compromised. No matter where you are on the ship you will never miss a sighting. The ships staff is very knowledgeable on all of the marine life encountered and is always there for questions or to help with any request. In addition to being professional, and warm, the captain and crewmembers are US Coast Guard licensed.

Southern California Whale Watching Trips

Newport Landing’s Southern California whale-watching tours are offered year round, providing groups with chances to see an array of different whales and dolphins. The prime Grey Whale Migration period is December through April, and Newport Harbor is ideally positioned within minutes of the migratory route, allowing the company to take full advantage of the sights without imposing on the whales’ path. May through November, warmer waters welcome majestic blue whales, finback whales and killer whales. Additionally, seals, sharks, sea lions, thousands of dolphins and other marine creatures grace these Southern California waters. Due to the abundance of marine life year-round, it is seemingly impossible to coast out onto the ocean and risk not seeing anything (96% success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin). The whales spotted each year number in the hundreds, and the dolphin count exceeds hundreds of thousands.

A Fun and Unique School Trip Idea

One of the most unique and creative ways to get students involved with marine science is with a spectacular adventure on the sea. Newport Landing Whale Watching has provided Los Angeles field trips with both stimulating and educational experiences for over 30 years. Each year, Newport Landing welcomes students from over 400 Los Angeles and greater Southern California region schools to enjoy whale watching excursions coupled with education. California State Credentialed teacher Tom Cunningham joined Newport Landing to create a comprehensive learning program that includes pre- and post-trip worksheets unique to each grade level. These thorough, teacher-friendly Whale Watching Packets feature over 50 pages of diverse and stimulating worksheets designed to engage and teach students while still allowing them to have fun. To make the most out of their valuable time, Cunningham is also happy to work with teachers and provide them with suggestions and recommendations on how to facilitate the whale watching experiences. Newport Landing offers a great school rate which makes it possible for almost any school budget.

Group and Company Whale Watching Trips

Newport Landing features competitively priced options for group whale watching cruises. The standard two-and-a-half hour cruise affords all the exciting whale and dolphin watching opportunities that have made Newport Landing a leading provider of Southern California cruises. Another option is the all-day Catalina Island whale watching tour. This all-day whale watching cruise begins at 9am in Newport Beach and cruises through the Catalina Channel, all the while offering opportunities to view grey whales, blue whales, humpback whales and more. The tour pauses for two hours on Catalina Island, where groups can explore or enjoy a bite to eat. After the break, the cruise continues along the coast of Catalina Island, and then slowly traverses back to the Southern California mainland, docking in Newport Harbor at approximately 5:30pm.

Newport Landing Restaurant is mere steps from the harbor, offering a great pre- or post-event gathering space, as well as banquet rooms for company planned events. To create a truly memorable experience, the Whale Watching Cruises also have the option of being partially or fully catered.

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