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Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

1. Newport Beach: 2-Hour Whale Watching Tour

Embark on a whale-watching adventure off Newport Beach, CA and look out for a variety of whales, including humpback whales and blue whales. Observe marine life in the wild and admire the Newport-Laguna coastline. On these year-round cruises off Newport Beach, many whale varieties are regularly seen including the giant blue whale (summer and fall), finback whale, grey whale (winter and spring), minke whale, and humpback whale. Several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life are typically spotted on the excursions as well. The cruises depart from Newport Harbor, located in the heart of Orange County, which is just a short drive from both Los Angeles and San Diego. Each cruise is a unique experience as you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a pod of more than 30 killer whales, including adults and their young, making for a whale watching adventure of a lifetime. The cruises enjoy a 96 percent success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin.

Newport Beach: Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure

2. Newport Beach: Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure

Take a 2-hour dolphin and whale watching tour from Newport Beach. Cruise in an open boat that offers 360-degree views from anywhere onboard, allowing everyone a to have close encounter with nature. Admire the stunning coastal landscape and look out for whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife.   Board a custom-built RIB, perfect for whale watching. The boat has a maximum capacity of 15 people, giving each passenger a piece of the action. See dolphins come almost close enough to touch. The boat can travel at speed and cruises up to 14 miles from port to ensure the highest success rate of animal sightings.

Newport Beach: Year-Round Whale Watching Cruise

3. Newport Beach: Year-Round Whale Watching Cruise

The waters surrounding Newport Harbor are deep and nutrient-rich, attracting all types of marine creatures. Cruises typically see a variety of whales including giant blue whales (during the summer and fall), finback whales, grey whales (in the winter and spring), minke whales, and humpback whales, as well as several types of dolphin, seals, and all sorts of other marine life. Each cruise is a unique experience in that you never know what you might encounter. The Laguna Beach coastline lies just to the south of Newport Harbor and is some of Southern California’s most beautiful coast. The grey whales are commonly seen in this area. Most whale watching cruises take in the scenic backdrops of Laguna Beach, Huntington Beach, and Newport Beach, while viewing the gentle giants just a few hundred yards from shore. Due to the geography of the Orange County coastline that surrounds Newport Harbor, ocean conditions are very calm allowing whale watchers to fully enjoy the amazing viewings. Our primary whale watching ship is 65 feet long, and has a large upstairs sundeck, wrap-around outside seating, snack bar, and indoor seating with large windows. The ship was purpose-built for viewing marine life. Plenty of other amenities guarantee a very comfortable and exciting trip. Captains and crew members are well-versed in marine biology and are incredibly knowledgeable about marine creatures, environment, and eco systems.

Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

4. Pacific Coast Highway: Audio Tour Between LA & San Diego

Connect your smartphone to your vehicle's stereo and make your drive come alive on this self-guided driving tour along the Pacific Coast Highway between Los Angeles and San Diego. Simply download your personal audio guide and tour to get started. Let your audio guide transform your scenic drive into a sight-seeing, fact-finding, trivia-answering, family-friendly adventure as you pass through and learn about some of the cities and small towns nestled along the coast. Along the tour, you’ll pass Oceanside, Carlsbad, Long Beach, Dana Point, San Onofre, San Clemente, and more. Your audio guide will point out must-see sights, parks, historical sites, tourist attractions, recreation areas, and more. Explore the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge, the Batiquitos Lagoon, and look for dolphins at Dana Point. Walk along some of the world’s most famous beaches. Other tour highlights include Las Flores Estancia, Crystal Cove State Park, Sunset Beach, Torrey Pines, and the San Elijo Lagoon. Feel free to visit as many sights and attractions as you want: you have complete freedom to take as much time as you like to complete the tour. As you drive, get a historical overview of the area, including its original inhabitants, the Tongva. Hear about Louis Zamperini, the RMS Queen Mary, the Rise of Long Beach, Huntington Beach Oil Fields, and Crystal Cove's 1930 era beach cottages. This tour works in either direction and you can stop anywhere while you discover this incredibly scenic and historic drive.

Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

5. Temecula: All-Inclusive Wine Tasting Tour with Lunch

Enjoy a memorable day exploring California's famous wine culture in the beautiful Temecula Valley. Discover wineries of all sizes that serve up award winning wines, hospitality, wine knowledge, and stunning vineyard views. Depart your Temecula area hotel in the morning on a deluxe touring vehicle. Visit 4 fantastic wineries where you get to sample award-winning wines and enjoy the best that Temecula Wine Country has to offer. Relax as your guide liaisons with all four of the wineries, stow your purchases, and keeps you informed and entertained throughout the day. Sit down to an artisan-inspired lunch and dessert catered by an onsite deli and hosted in the barrel room. Explore the Temecula Valley Wine Country which offers more than 45 wineries on this flexible day trip which takes into account your preferences in wine and scenery, as well as any special events or offerings at the wineries. Get access to great discounts on wines through the tour. When booking, please select a food option from the list below and write in your selections in the notes during the booking process: • #1 Chicken Caesar Salad  • #2 Mediterranean Chicken Salad  • #3 Eggplant Caprese Sandwich • #4 Turkey Club Sandwich • #5 Classic Italian Sandwich • #6 Artisan Cheese & Deli Plate  • #7 Roast Beef Sandwich  • #8 Viva Chicken Wrap All lunches are served with a chewy Ghirardelli Triple Chocolate Brownie and bottled water. Spinach wraps are available as an alternative for ciabatta bread. Side house salads are served with Italian vinaigrette (on the side).

Orange County: Coastal Beach and Highlights Tour by Van

6. Orange County: Coastal Beach and Highlights Tour by Van

Visit Orange County's striking coastline beach cities, beaches, and iconic landmarks on a van tour. Stop at multiple locations to enjoy some free time to stroll around, buy a snack, and simply relax. See coastal landmarks like Newport Beach and the Balboa Island Ferry crossing. Listen to your local guide narrate and identify coastal landmarks and locations as you drive from point to point along the tranquil coastline. See what this world-famous beach destination is all about. Take your time at multiple locations for photos, snack breaks, and some exploration without your guide to truly feel like a local. See iconic spots including Dana Point Harbor, Laguna Beach, Hiesler Park, Newport Beach, Balboa Island Ferry crossing, Huntington Beach Pier, and Main Street.

Newport Beach: Private Emerald Bay Ocean Cruise

7. Newport Beach: Private Emerald Bay Ocean Cruise

Our signature Emerald Bay Ocean Cruise is an amazing adventure! Tour Newport’s luxurious harbor and spend the day in the pristine Emerald Bay (or Ebay as the locals call it). First, we'll cruise out of Newport Beach harbor, admiring the gorgeous million-dollar homes and yachts. Next we will cruise along the coast past Corona Beach in Corona del Mar. Once we arrive to Emerald Bay, we can anchor, swim and hang out! Spend the day relaxing, soaking up the sun, and swimming in the calm blue waters. Or, ask your captain to take you searching for marine life and watch dolphins dance directly below the boat! We will dock in Newport Beach harbor at the end of the cruise.

Laguna Beach: Scavenger Hunt Adventure

8. Laguna Beach: Scavenger Hunt Adventure

Turn Laguna Beach into a giant board game with this scavenger hunt tour taken entirely on your phone. Go on a scavenger hunt that combines the fun of the Amazing Race with a sightseeing tour. Enjoy time with friends and family while solving clues and completing challenges. With any smartphone serving as a guide, gather your group, and get ready to make your way through both well-known and overlooked spots of the beach. For extra fun, break groups into teams and compete. Kick off your Laguna Beach adventure in the downtown area. See an impressive collection of outdoor art as you head to the beach. Follow the game route to the water's edge to discover the natural and man-made beauty of the seaside community. Along your adventure, learn about the Laguna Beach greeter, historic sights, and hidden gems of the city. Enjoy the flexibility of a scavenger hunt and tour with the guide being your phone. Start when you want and play at your own pace. Stop for a stroll along the beach or a quick seaside meal. Plan your day your way.

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4.4
(431 reviews)

Great, saw a lot including the blue whale! Lots of dolphins, 2 other whales and a sunfish. It is worth spending a little more for this type of boat because you can be very close to the water and the animals, highly recommended!

The guides, Christina and Erica (?) were fantastic. We followed 3 whales for a bit and hung out with a pod of about 500 dolphins for a while. Was definitely worth it! Will be recommending to others that we know are visiting.

We really enjoyed the trip. We saw hundreds of dolphins, seagulls, unfortunately not whales. But this is not their issue. Thank you 😊

Awesome! We were able to see sea lions, 3-4 gray whales and came across a pod of 500 common dolphins!! A magnificent spectacle!

Overall great experiencre and good price. We saw graywhale, dolphines and sealions.