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Ultimate Whale Watching Tour aboard the SuperRib- 15 Passenger Max

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    What to Expect
    36’ Super RIB enjoys advanced capabilities in speed, technology, and safety with a limited passenger count for the BIGGEST SMALL BOAT EXPERIENCE in California.


    The Shearwater is custom designed to offer key advantages over any other type of boat in its class. Taking out small groups at a time means no crowding, giving each passenger a piece of the action. And the open design offers a 360-degree view from anywhere onboard, allowing everyone a close encounter. Here are a few of the reasons why we call this the "Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure":
    • Brand new 2018 Super RIB, custom built just for whale watching.
    • Unique low-to-water design means dolphins so close you can almost touch!
    • A faster speed (30 miles per hour) means twice the action in our 2 hour trip. Our ability to get you to the whales and dolphin quickly and to travel up to 14 miles from port ensures the highest success rate and maximum viewing times of any whale watching boat in Southern California.
    • Each passenger gets their own seat. There’s no struggle to fight for viewing. The whole boat is the “good side” of the boat
    • We've built a 5 Star Reputation On Yelp, TripAdvisor, Google by treating our passengers like family.  Highest Rated Whale Watch in Southern California

    Special requirements and limitations: Due to the size and speed of this vessel we cannot permit children under 5 years of age, passengers that are pregnant, disabled, or are at risk for neck or back complications. If any of these restrictions apply to someone in your party we suggest making reservations on one of our larger general admission vessels. There are no restrooms aboard the boat, so please plan to use one before the trip. 

    Please note: The 36’ SuperRib requires a minimum passenger count of 6 people per trip to operate. You may be placed on a 25' version of the same boat if the minimum passenger threshold is not reached by the time of our departure.
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    Departure Point
    Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure is located between Adams Street and Palm Street (Balboa Auto Ferry) on the boardwalk.
    • All taxes, fees and handling charges
    • Landing and facility fees
    • Local guide
    • Live commentary on board
    • Gratuities
    • Transportation to/from attractions
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Minimum age is 5 years
    • Operates in cool, marine environment, please dress appropriately
    • Boat does not have an on-board restroom.
    • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Captain Tayler and Guide Dale were fantastic and love to share their ocean knowledge. They were authentic in their desire to fine ocean life and were able to show us Sea Lions, rare Rizo Dolphins, a Fin whale, and guided us along a school of...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank DaveOfromMN
    Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

    Wow what a fabulous trip. Two hours on a small rib, bouncing off the waves while being chased by dolphins, life can’t get any better! Captain Taylor knew exactly where to go to get up & close to the dolphins. Sadly no whales or orcas...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank happyholidayer414
    Reviewed 4 days ago

    all I can say is WOW! my niece was in town and I wanted to find an activity that she, my granddaughter and daughter would enjoy. The small boat is amazing. we were able to move quickly. it was about 10 minutes out of the...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank BAhowarth
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    I have done several whale watching trips with Newport Coastal Adventure and each one has been fantastic! So much more up close and personal. The smaller boats get you out there faster and you see so much more. The captain and photographer give you a...More

    Date of experience: October 2019
    Thank 619wendif
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    We had beautiful weather and a great time with Newport Coastal Adventures. There are a lot of options up and down the coast of California to whale watch, but we were hoping to have a little more personalized whale watch and try to avoid the...More

    Date of experience: June 2019
    Thank Travlex
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    Response from NBarnesWSussex | Reviewed this property |
    I believe we had to check in about an hour before. Just allow plenty of time to get there. It took us 3 hours from LA. Journey should only be about 1 and half hours but traffic was horrendous, thankfully we had been warned... More
    June 20, 2019|
    Response from flyingfananzh | Reviewed this property |
    While I trust the internet site to book reservations, it was a first time experience and we were heading home the next day. I wanted to be certain there was room for all 5 of us, as we could not reschedule. 4th of July is... More
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