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“Great trip, lots of dolphins but no whales”
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Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Davey's Locker offers year round whale watching cruises multiple times daily. Whale watching cruises are from 2-2.5 hours in length and view giant blue whales, finback whales, humpback whales, gray whales, huge pods of common and bottlenose dolphin, and much more. 96% success rate speaks to how good the whale watching is off of Newport Beach. The whale watching was so good that a marine park wss created to protect over 15 miles of coastal waters so that future generations will enjoy this amazing treasure. Davey's Locker has two ships built just for whale watching. The Legacy & the Ocean Explorer. Each has many special amenities and the most talented captains to ensure for amazing experience. Davey's Locker also provides deep sea fishing trips aboard one of our several sportfishing ships offering trips daily year round. Choose from 5 hour, 10 hour and longer fishing trip options. Ships have huge bait tanks, indoor seating and kitchen areas, outdoor sun decks/seating, crew members to assist throughout your trip and the best fishing captains in California. Fish Catalina Island and many other fishing hotspots. From tuna, dorado, yellowtail, halibut, barracuda, and over dozen dozen other species possible. Along with general admission trips private ship rentals for all types of functions and activities are available. Ships have many amenities including two decks, large indoor salons, full bar, full sound systems, and much more.
Orange, California, United States
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“Great trip, lots of dolphins but no whales”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

We went out with Davey's Locker Whale Watching and enjoyed the trip. The boat was full but not overcrowded, unlike another whale watching boat we saw that appeared to have more people than places to sit on their boat. We were glad we had chosen Davey's! The price was reasonable and the people were very helpful and nice. We brought our own binoculars but they rent good ones for $5 if you don't have them. We parked in the nearby residential section without paying [arrive early and plan to walk a couple of blocks to do the same] - we like walking near the beach and the weather was good. We sat on the top section of the boat but it seemed like everyone had a good chance to see everything - the captain really seemed to know what he was doing and had lots of info about the sea creatures. We saw two types of dolphins, fish and sea lions but no whales, unfortunately. They gave us a 50% discount for future trips and we got one free ticket so we will definitely return. Highly recommend this experience!

Visited December 2012
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Rochester, United Kingdom
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“Lovely, relaxing afternoon.”
Reviewed December 28, 2012

We used a discount coupon for this trip, we got the coupon from a local tourist information center. There were lots of dolphins and sea lions around the boat but we didn't see any whales, the trip was still great though! The boat stops at various times which means the dolphins come very close to the side of the boat so its great for taking photos. The trip gave us excellent views of the coastline, approximately a 2.5 hour trip and well worth the money. One of the best experiences on my holiday.

Visited July 2012
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“Go early”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

We had a 50% off coupon from the internet and called for reservations. Got there via the balboa ferry which took us right to the location. We arrived early and got a great parking spot in the residential area, otherwise be ready to pay for parking. Had a nice mocha at the Mermaids and asked about where to pay, was directed to the other end of the fun zone. We were on a nice boat with only about 15 other people. There was plenty of great spots for viewing for everyone. We saw dolphins right out of the harbor, then cruising up the coast saw some of the first of the grey whales, what a sight that was. We also saw some fin whales. We've been whale watching in Maui for the humpbacks and love the ocean. It was a nice cloudy day and no problem with glare or sunburn!

Visited December 2012
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Hartford, Connecticut
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“We saw Dolphins and Whales”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

Great experience, clean facilities and great accommodations. We went on a Saturday at 2:30. The boat was full but not overcrowded. They offer hot cocoa, coffee, drinks, even burgers the first part of the trip.

We saw a TON of dolphins! I have never seen that many dolphins at once! We also saw 2 whales, although they weren't very photogenic, and didn't really come out of the water. But it was still Amazing! Wonderful experience and we'll be back.


Visited December 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“We saw Blue Whales!!”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The entire experience was great. The Captain asked us if we wanted to take a risk and try and see some Blue Whales he had heard were about or stay nearer shore and see dolphins and maybe some smaller whales - we of course took the risk and after a pretty rocky ride we found them, a mother and baby Blue Whale, they were enormous and such a beautiful sight to see! On the way back to shore we did also see loads of dolphins and some sea lions! All in all a fabulous experience with a great Captain and crew!

Visited October 2012
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