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Have you ever seen a 90-foot giant blue whale? How about a humpback whale? Whale Watching San Diego gives you the chance to view these majestic creatures — along with dolphins, seals, killer whales, sharks and other sea life — with expert commentary from a captain and crew.
Newport Landing Whale Watching San Diego has served the Southern California area for over 30 years with whale watching and dolphin cruises daily. The coast of California is famous for bordering the routes of various migratory whales, and Newport Landing invites you to see these magnificent mammals up-close and in their natural habitat.
Year around cruises let passengers view an array of whale species, as well as dolphins, seals, and other marine life. The excursion lasts approximately an hour and a half.
Newport Landing boasts a 65-foot vessel with an upstairs sundeck, wraparound seating, a snack bar, and an indoor seating area with large windows for cooler or windier days. The ship was specifically designed for the viewing of marine life in a comfortable fashion. The captains and crew members are well-versed on the subject of marine mammals, with extensive backgrounds in marine biology and ecosystems.
HoursDaily: 8:00 am–7:00 pm
ClosingsThanksgiving and Christmas Day
Reservation InstructionsReservations can also be made via email using our website.
NoteParking options include parking structure at 309 Palm Street ($8 per day), Balboa Pier Parking Lot, & free residential parking
Address309 Palm Street Suite A Newport Beach, CA
Driving DirectionsMerge onto the 55 Freeway South; 55 becomes Newport Blvd. Continue south onto Balboa Blvd. at 21st St. Continue South on Balboa Blvd. to Adam St.; Turn left on Adams and pull into parking structure.
Public TransportationTaxi, shuttles, and Orange County Transit Bus System available.
Here’s a look at the fascinating creatures you may see on your excursion:
California Gray Whale: A baleen whale that can reach up to 52 feet in length and weigh 36 tons, with a life expectancy of up to 70 years. They are so named for the gray patches on their otherwise dark skin and were once called “devil fish” because of their erratic hunting behavior.
Giant Blue Whales: Measuring in at up to 108 feet and up to 180 tons, this is the largest animal ever known to have existed. They were once found in abundance in all the world’s oceans, but were hunted almost to extinction. In 2002 it was reported that there were between 5,000 and 12,000 blue whales in the world, traveling in as few as five groups. You’ll be very lucky if you see one!
Orca: Also known as the Killer Whale, these mammals are toothed whales belonging to the dolphin family. They are regarded as “apex predators” because they themselves have no predators and often feed on even large sharks, using sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal signals.
Minke Whales: A sub-order of baleen whale that is the second smallest type in existence. They measure in at an average of only 23 feet and weigh around 14 tons. They are black and gray in color, recognizable by the white band on each flipper. These whales typically live between 30 and 50 years.
Humpback Whales: A species of baleen whale ranging from 39-52 feet and weighing in at an average of 79,000 lbs. The whale is recognizable by its long pectoral fins and bumpy head. They are unusually playful, tending to breach and slap the water frequently in brilliant displays. The male variety is known to sing intricate songs lasting up to 20 minutes, possibly in a mating ritual.
Take advantage of Whale Watching San Diego to see these vast and complex marine mammals in their natural environments. Passengers will leave with an enhanced appreciation for these gentle giants who are the kings of the sea.
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