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Orange County Whale Watching with Hornblower!

Whether by land or sea, Newport Beach is one of the best locations for whale watching year-round. Witness the remarkable giant blue whale during summer and fall and gray whales in the winter and spring, along with plenty of dolphins and sea lions. Newport Beach whale watching is an unforgettable experience at any age — book your cruise with Hornblower today. 

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If you love whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds, hop on board for a breathtaking experience on the open ocean. We’ll speed out to sea on one of our large, comfortable yachts and pass barking sea lions and pods of leaping dolphins as we search for migrating gray whales. This is a whale watching tour in Newport Beach you don't want to miss! As we make our 4-hour tour, we’ll be treated to a live narration by our experienced captain and Crew. You’ll stay cozy and comfortable with both indoor and outdoor seating and a snack bar featuring hot food, a full bar, and souvenirs.


  • 4-hour Whale Watching excursion departing from Newport Beach
  • Opportunity to spot whales, sea lions, dolphins and harbor seals
  • An exclusive look at local environmental efforts of area
  • Professional live narration on marine life from our experienced captains  
  • Food and Beverage Options*
  • Climate-controlled indoor seating
  • Views of famous Newport  Beach and Orange County Coastal landmarks 
  • Hydrophones are used to hear the mammals underwater
  • Portion of proceeds go to American Cetacean Society

NOTE: The whale watching vessel cruises in the open ocean. Our yacht is the most comfortable yacht in Orange County, due to stabilizers that greatly reduce the yacht's motion. Still, if seasickness is a concern, getting fresh air on the sun deck or taking over-the-counter anti-seasickness medicine prior to your cruise might help. Click here for FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS.

See the Whale Report! This is what's going on now with whales and dolphins off San Diego coast. 


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We had a wonderful time - the 'captain' was excellent - very informative and we felt very safe with him 'driving'! We saw a lot of dolphins, etc. and did get to see a bunch of whales (yeah!) before heading back to port. Once again, your captain was EXCELLENT!

– Annette G