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Address: 345 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365-4509
Phone Number: +1 541-265-6200
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

Welcome aboard Marine Discovery Tours - Oregon's #1 Whale & Sea Life...

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!

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Wonderful staff! We had so much fun! We saw 3 whales. Make sure you go on a good weather day when there is little to no fog and bring a sweater or coat. They don't let you bring... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful staff! We had so much fun! We saw 3 whales. Make sure you go on a good weather day when there is little to no fog and bring a sweater or coat. They don't let you bring pets but they will watch your pet for you if it is friendly at their gift shop. They let the kids put... More 

Thank Porterfamilyof5
San Antonio, TX
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This marine tour was SO interesting! We spent part of the time out on the sea, and saw several grey whales, which feed in the area; and learned about the local crab and jellyfish populations. The captain, who was retired from the coast guard, and our naturalist, explained all about the bay and the coastal waters, and answered our questions.... More 

Thank tallred727
Vancouver, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

2 hours of Ocean experience and education on the town and buildings in Newport. Our guide was born and raised in Newport and a Marine Biologist. Our Captain was retired Coast Guard of 23 years. Saw a whale, scrabbled egg jelly fishes and had a roller coaster of a ride out over the bar. Hang on, it's going to be... More 

Thank Leanne R
Brigham City, Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016 via mobile

We took this tour with my wheelchair bound husband and the staff were so accommodating. We saw whales and other marine mammals. The crab pots were fun and the crew were very good at getting everyone involved. I highly recommend this tour.

Thank bclocal205
Polson, Montana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Husband and I just spent 10 days of vacation on the Oregon Coast. We are from Western Montana and the only thing we had planned/reserved for our trip was our campground locations. We spent time from Astoria to Coos Bay and have to say that our last minute decision while in Newport to take a whale watching tour with the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

We randomly decided to buy tickets for this attraction and were not disappointed. The boat was clean, the staff was excited to be there and you could tell they loved what they did (and knew what they were doing!). We saw 6 different whales including a famous local whale called Scarback. Glad we were spontaneous! Learned a lot and got... More 

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Thornton, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

Highly recommend this tour out of Newport. Wonderful people and knowledgeable too. We enjoyed seeing Whales, catching crab (and learning about crab). Very fun tour guides.

Thank millerfun
Portland, OR
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

This cruise was by far the best thing part of our week long vacation at the coast! We brought our 5, 7, & 12 year old daughters. They had a blast! The captain and the naturalist were really great. We set out traps on the way out of the bay, went out to the reef and watched 3-6 whales surfacing... More 

Thank kickstartmyheart7
Lynnwood, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

We did see whales, but, you don't need to take a boat to see these magnificent mammals. Usually you are lucky to see their spray and tail and back. You can see that from shore. Still, this is a really great tour. It is fun to cross the bar and get out on the swells of the ocean. Before leaving... More 

Thank travelgal1953
Salem, Oregon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2016

My colleague and I used Discovery Tours as part of a field trip when we both taught science. Not only was it fun, but reinforced the concepts we studied in our ocean and life science units. I've also enjoyed whale watch with my wife during the summer. It's a trip young and old alike can enjoy and learn from.

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