Over 20,000 gray whales migrate annually from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea, to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons, and back again, along the Southern California coast.
The California Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal, with their round trip migration, traveling over 13,000 miles. Thousands of gray whales migrate annually from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and back again along the Southern California coast during the months of January, February, March, April, & May. During the gray whale migration it is not uncommon to view half-dozen or more gray whales on a single whale watching cruise, making for incredible viewing opportunities.
Just outside of Newport Bay is the beginning of one of the largest marine protected areas in southern California created to protect this rich ecosystem for future generations. The marine sanctuary covers over 15 miles stretching from Newport to Laguna Beach and provides a haven for all marine creatures including whales and dolphin. The marine reserve stretches along much of the Newport & Laguna Beach coastline, and along with being a mecca for whale watching, also offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern California.
Newport Landing Whale Watching provides daily gray whale watching cruises with multiple times available each day. One of the few year-round whale watching providers in Southern California, captains are very skilled at locating both whales and dolphin. Newport Landing's captains offer descriptive narrations that make the whale watching experience a rich one. With a 96% viewing success rate and $16 whale watching cruise special offered through the San Diego Tourism Authority's website makes this event very affordable for individuals and families of all sizes.
Please note, Newport Landing Whale Watching is located approximately 75 minutes north of downtown San Diego.
Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm St
Newport Beach, CA 92661
Jan 29 - ongoing
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Other cruise times also available at 10 am & 3:30 pm. Please arrive half hour before departure.
Recurs every Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
$16 Special (Gate Price $36) Click Buy Tickets Link
The Gray Whale makes the most spectacular and longest mass migration of any marine mammal. Tens of thousands of gray whales migrate annually along the Newport Beach coastline from the summer feeding grounds in the Bering Sea to the winter grounds of the Baja California lagoons and travel along the Newport Beach coast during the months of January, February, March, April, & May. During the gray whale migration it is not uncommon to view 5 or more gray whales a cruise, making for excellent viewing opportunities. Other varieties of whales including finback whales, humpback whales, and minke whales can also be viewed, along with several species of dolphin.
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