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Private VIP Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour with Capt. Nick in Newport Beach provided by East Meets West Whale Watching

Private VIP Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour with Capt. Nick in Newport Beach

Private VIP Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour with Capt. Nick in Newport Beach
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$399.00
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Tour snapshot
Small group size ensures an intimate experience
Duration:
120–150 minutes
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Group size:
6
Stroller accessible
Ticket type:
Mobile
  • Duration:
    120–150 minutes
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Group size:
    6
  • Stroller accessible
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
About
Avoid the crowds of large cruise vessels and enjoy the personal attention of a guide on this whale-watching tour capped at six passengers. Going with a licensed naturalist guide not only ensures a safe and sustainable experience, but gives you the best chance of locating and observing the area’s whales and dolphins. Don’t forget your camera: The speedboat offers sweeping views of Orange County and the Pacific.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 120-150 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Coast Guard-licensed captain ensures a safe experience
  • Guide’s trained eye helps locate whales and dolphins
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the California coastline
Know before you go
  • Duration: 120-150 minutes
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • Coast Guard-licensed captain ensures a safe experience
  • Guide’s trained eye helps locate whales and dolphins
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the California coastline
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 105959P1
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • USCG licensed Master captains with over 24 years experience in the industry
  • All Captains are USCG licensed and Certified Naturalists!
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Duration
120–150 minutes
Departure details
  • 509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA We are located at the white gated dock adjacent to 509 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach. You will see banners on the side of the dock entrance that say 'Whale and Dolphin Watching' in red. Capt. Nick will meet you at the dock entrance and escort your group to the boat.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is comfortable. Bring an extra Jacket or sweatshirt and Sunblock. Thank you. Dress warmly, best to have extra layers and not need them.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in THIRD trimester
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Inclusions
  • USCG licensed Master captains with over 24 years experience in the industry
  • All Captains are USCG licensed and Certified Naturalists!
Exclusions
  • Transportation to/from attractions
Departure details
  • 509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA We are located at the white gated dock adjacent to 509 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach. You will see banners on the side of the dock entrance that say 'Whale and Dolphin Watching' in red. Capt. Nick will meet you at the dock entrance and escort your group to the boat.
Duration
120–150 minutes
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code is comfortable. Bring an extra Jacket or sweatshirt and Sunblock. Thank you. Dress warmly, best to have extra layers and not need them.
  • Arrive at least 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers in THIRD trimester
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 6 travelers
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Nov 17, 2021
A note from Private VIP Whale & Dolphin Watching Tour with Capt. Nick in Newport Beach
Our captains and crew are all fully vaccinated. Being an outdoor activity, we do not require masks to be worn. Our crew always has a face covering available in case you request them to wear. If you are high risk or especially concerned about being around other people, please book our private tour.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    509 S Bay Front
    509 S Bay Front, Newport Beach, CA 92662, USA
    We are located at the white gated dock adjacent to 509 S. Bay Front, Newport Beach. You will see banners on the side of the dock entrance that say 'Whale and Dolphin Watching' in red. Capt. Nick will meet you at the dock entrance and escort your group to the boat.
    See address & details
  • Pass by
    Newport Beach
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Maki H
2 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
My husband and I took our 6yrs old daughter to this excursion, we all loved it so much! Captain Nick was so nice and knowledgeable, we saw so many dolphins and we will definitely come back for another one! Thank you Capt. Nick!
Written July 20, 2021
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Rfield23
12 contributions
Great time with Capt Nick. He found a pod of nearly 100 dolphins. Our 3 year old granddaughter loved the trip and the dolphins. It felt like we were the only ones out in the ocean playing with the dolphins
Written July 6, 2021
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Emmie03
3 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
We had a great day out with Captain Steve. He customized the trip to what our family wanted to do. We decided to spend most of our time enjoying the dolphins and it was delightful
Written June 12, 2021
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mstevensaz
Scottsdale25 contributions
May 2020
I am fortunate enough to live in Orange County and have been on multiple trips with different operators. Captain Nick is absolutely best! His team is so knowledgeable and always know where to find the whales and dolphins. I have seen blue whales, gray whales, dolphins and the bioluminescence with Nick and every trip was 5-star! Captain Nick is passionate about the environment, marine conservation and is respectful of the marine life. He is also very customer-service oriented makes every trip a lot of fun.
Written May 15, 2020
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Vanita
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Mar 2020 • Family
Right from the beginning Nick was friendly, engaged my kids (7 and 11) made a fuss of them, made us feel comfortable and we liked him and his lovely assistant immediately.
He did all we could to see whales even though he was told it was a slow day. We ended up seeing 2 gray whales, lots of dolphins, seals and even a manta ray.
Nick was knowledgeable and really made an effort to make the trip memorable for our kids. My kids and we loved it.
Worth every cent!! I was too amazed to take a photo of the whales. But we got a great view!!
Written March 9, 2020
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APriceH
Medina, OH6 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We were lucky enough to stumble upon a super pod of dolphins on our trip. Although we did not see whales, it was still so beautiful and thrilling to see so many dolphins playing in the wake of the boat and with each other. We even spotted a few sea lions. Captain Guy was friendly and full of interesting facts about the region and the animals.
Written February 3, 2020
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luvs2travel221b
Bensalem, PA21 contributions
Jan 2020
Captain Guy was amazing! We felt welcomed and appreciated the wealth of knowledge he relayed to our group of five - most of whom had not been whale watching before. At first, given our morning trip had overcast skies and the fog on the journey to Newport Beach was considerable, when we got out on the water and the fog was gone, Guy advised that the overcast and calm waters were ideal conditions to go out (no sun glare to interfere with finding our aquatic friends). Our boat kept in touch with the other company boat that was already out and in another direction. But, we were the ones to find the whale (to all of you on any 9am excursion on Jan 25th - you're welcome ;-)

After spending a while with the whale and traveling down the coast, we hauled off to find and watch a pod of dolphins in the area. They were feeding (so not really in a playful state), yet it was great to see them come up in formation one after the other chasing the fish for their family to eat.

Our last stop was to see the sea lions lounging and sleeping on a buoy - especially loved that there was a pup. :)

We had an awesome time and highly recommend using this company! The small group max capacity allowed us to have a very personal tour and everyone could see everything while still being comfortable.

Thanks, Guy!!!
Written February 2, 2020
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Cassandra T
5 contributions
Jan 2020 • Family
It was amazing!! Kids from 7 to 13 of age and each loved the experience. They giggled with excitement each time the dolphins jumped up beside the boat. We got to follow a gray whale and get a close up view of her!! Captain Nick was a gracious host and gave my daughter his coat when she was cold. It was worth every penny. An unforgettable memory! Thank you, Captain Nick!!!
Written January 23, 2020
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Kellee from Perth
2 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Fantastic activity! Skipper of boat was very knowledgeable, and we saw many white-sides Pacific dolphins, bird life, sea lions and a beautiful grey whale. I recommend going in the afternoon as you get the added bonus of a gorgeous sunset. Highly recommend!
Written January 15, 2020
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Ted B
1 contribution
Dec 2019 • Family
Captain Nick was great. Although we didn’t find a whale, we saw several up close pods of dolphins. A very enjoyable and well run excursion.
Written December 29, 2019
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Fantastic time
Very memorable experience watching a pod of dolphins(hundreds) swim around you. Captain Nick knows his stuff and w
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Highly Recommend
I've booked East Meets West twice now, and highly recommend it! Captain Nick is extremely friendly, knowledgeable
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Second time a charm
This was my second memorable excursion with Captain Nick. What a ride it was! Nick's experience in following the do
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The perfect excursion!
Captain Nick was so easy to work with and provided us with an amazing experience! His enthusiasm and relaxed style
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Whale Watching Excursion
We went out with Captain Nick on 9am on October 9,2020 on a whale watching excursion. We had a fantastic time and
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Best experience of my life
Capt. Nick was truly an amazing guy and so enthusiastic about seeing all of the wildlife even thought he might have
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I WISH I COULD GIVE IT MORE STARS!
I treated my mom to an excursion with East Meets West one hot October morning, and it was in a word, AMAZING. Capt
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I went on whale watching excursion with Captain Nick and his fiancé. It was an amazing time and I highly suggest yo
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If visiting Newport Beach, CA this excursion is a MUST!!!!
Recently, I visited Newport, CA and had the absolute pleasure of booking a day trip on East Meets West Excursions.
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Up close view!
The size of this boat is perfect for getting up close to see dolphins and whales. The dolphins were right in front
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Whale Watching Trip!
My friends and I had an amazing time with Captain Nick aboard East Meets West. I’m generally nervous on boats and p
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Incredible experience! Must do in OC!
I've been on two whale watching excursions with Captain Nick/East West Excursions and each time was an amazing, mem
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Excellent whale watching experience
Excellent whale watching experience! Nice, clean and fast boat. Saw everything we could possibly dream about: whal
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A unique and unforgettable experience
We went to sea with Nick last Sunday and the experience far exceeded all our expectations. We expected to see some
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Follow-up shout out to East Meets West and Capt. Nick
We are two years removed from our trip with Captain Nick and my kids cannot see a dolphin without remarking about t
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