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“Great, cheap excursion! ”

Newport Landing Whale Watching
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Owner description: Newport Landing provides multiple whale watching trips daily departing from Newport Beach. Whale watching trips are also referred to as whale watching tours or whale watching cruises. Newport Landing offers whale watching tours from December 17th through April 30th. Along with viewing Grey Whales you can expect to see dolphins, sea lions, and marine birds. Join Newport Landing on one of our open to the general public cruises or privately charter a whale watching boat.
Peoria IL
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great, cheap excursion! ”
Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Was in Orange county for a business meeting with work friends so we decided to try to see some whales. Used a coupon from a tourist flyer to save, booked ourselves for an upcoming trip, and loaded on to the boat. Headed out to sea and almost immediately saw many common dolphins swimming along side the boat! Enjoyed the cheep beers for sale on the boat as well. Didn't eat the burgers, but they certainly smelled good. Next thing we knew, there was a gray whale and her calf! We followed them (from a respectful distance) for about 30 minutes. Breathtaking and so much better than any sea world attraction. Seeing these beautiful creatures in their own habitat was worth way more than the small price we paid. Would definitely recommend this experience!

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Matthews, North Carolina
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109 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Could have been more organized and informative.”
Reviewed January 25, 2014

We took this tour in late Dec. 2013. When we tried to purchase our tickets from the Newport Landing shop (and yes as stated in other reviews do not pay full price as discount coupons were abundantly available) we were told to go further down the boardwalk to purchase them at another location. When we arrived at that location (Davey's Locker) we were put on a waiting list and told to go back to the Newport Landing shop to wait for availability. We did get tickets but the shop was extremely congested and chaotic. The operators need to set up queues and waiting areas to help organize this tour. Once on board the boat the trip was very pleasant and scenic. We did see many dolphins and sea lions but on this day no whales. We have been on whale watches in the past and we are aware that sightings are hit or miss. But when there isn't much sea mammal activity the operators of the craft should have perhaps offered a narration or history about the location and coastline we were exploring. This certainly would have enhanced the experience.

Visited December 2013
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Auckland, New Zealand
Level 6 Contributor
156 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Nice boat outing for a few hours”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

We had the afternoon free so decided to do this because we had a 50% discount voucher (do NOT pay full price). We rang to check times and told to get down right away as they were starting boarding. Parking is a problem so we paid the customer parking behind the building. Cost $20. Buying tickets was odd as they waitlisted us as we did not have a booking (but did not take one when I talked to them earlier). Note that the two companies offering this at the pier are the same group and are interchangeable for times and boats. The boat went down the coast for 1.5 hours and then returned. No whales, but a nice time looking at the beaches and houses, and enjoyed the setting sun. We stopped at a buoy on the return to look at sea lions using it as a sunning spot. My recommendation is take the boat ride, you might see some interesting sights, but don't expect whales. And do not pay $35!!

Visited January 2014
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Carlinville, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Whale Watching”
Reviewed January 16, 2014

I realize that you are always at the mercy of luck and mother nature whenever you take on an adventure like this. I had been following the whale counts online for this site and they were looking pretty good in numbers of gray whales and various dolphins seen before we went on our tour on Tuesday, January 14 at 10 am. We had no such luck on our tour and other than having 2 juvenile whales at the start - we saw ZERO dolphins the entire trip. They came around and gave everyone a discount coupon for a future tour - BUT it was nothing more than the same 1/2 off deal we got online already. We talked to several people on our tour that had taken the tour the day before and they so NO whales that day. The ship was in great shape and very clean - the weather was nice - the captain was very knowledgeable - BUT to be honest 2 1/2 hrs with most of the time trailing two small whales was BORING - especially with no dolphins on the way out or back. If you have never been on a whale watch before then the experience was still enjoyable but left a lot to be desired from anyone with previous successful whale watching. **NOTE** please look online and you can find a discount coupon so the tour was only $16 (instead of $32). We couldn't believe how many people just walked up and paid full price. For $32 this tour would have received an even lower rating from us.

Visited January 2014
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Winter Haven, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
118 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Fun Whale Watching”
Reviewed January 9, 2014

We were lucky to see 3 or 4 whales that showed us their tails! Staff were very nice and informative. Boat was clean with outside and inside are downstairs and an upstairs area for more breezy viewing. We also saw dolphins and sea lions playing in the water and lots of birds. Be sure to check on line for coupons- we got price almost half off.

Visited January 2014
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