Davey's Locker Whale Watching in Newport Beach, CA

Davey's Locker Whale Watching Tours400 Main StreetNewport Beach, CA 92661
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Overview

Offering unique whale watching experiences for more than 30 years, Davey’s Locker Whale Watching lets visitors see these majestic creatures year-round. The two-and-a-half-hour tour features up-close views of gray whales (during the winter and spring), blue and finback whales (during the summer and fall), giant Risso’s dolphins and playful bottlenose dolphins (year-round), sea lions, and more.

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Newport Beach Travel Experts
  • View a variety of whales, including the giant blue whale and humpback whales.
  • Seals, sea lions and dolphins spotted often.
  • Tour duration: 2.5 hrs.
  • Cruises held year-round.
  • Knowledgeable captains & crews have backgrounds in marine biology.
  • Ship is 65 feet in length with a large upstairs sundeck, wrap around outside seating, and indoor seating with large windows.
  • Snack bar with food and beverages available.
  • Bring a camera.

Description

from Davey's Locker Whale Watching
Davey’s Locker Whale Watching has served southern California for 30 years providing whale watching and dolphin cruises. Year around cruises view many varieties of whales including the giant blue whale which is over 80 feet in length (during the summer and fall months), finback whales, grey whales (winter and spring months), minke whales, humpback whales, several types of dolphin (including giant Rizzo dolphin over 14 feet in length), seals, and all sorts of other marine life. Each cruise is a unique experience; you may never know what you might encounter. A recent cruise encountered a huge pod of killer whales numbering over 30 including adults and young, definitely a trip of a life time.

The waters surrounding Newport Harbor offer deep nutrient rich waters which attracts all types of marine creatures. The Laguna Beach coastline is just south of Newport Harbor and offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Southern California. The grey whales are commonly seen along this coastline and they seem to enjoy the beauty of the Laguna Beach coastline as much as we do. Most whale watching cruises take in the scenic backdrops of Laguna 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 incredible calm and comparable to a fresh water lake this allows whale watchers to fully enjoy the amazing viewings fully.

Our primary whale watching ship is 65 feet in length with a large upstairs sundeck, wrap around outside seating, snack bar with food and beverages, indoor seating with large windows. Our whale watching ship was designed just for viewing marine life. Plenty of other amenities makes for a very comfortable and exciting trip. Captains & crews have backgrounds in marine biology and are incredible knowledgeable providing details on marine creatures, environment, and eco systems.

Newport Harbor is located in Newport Beach and only minutes from Los Angeles and San Diego located in the heart of Orange County. With a 96% success rate viewing whales and/or dolphin almost every trip has viewing opportunities for these mammals. Whether for an individual or for a larger group looking to join one of the general admission whale watching cruises, Davey’s Locker Whale Watching takes great pride in sharing the magical experience of our whale and dolphin cruises.

Tripster Customer Reviews

Al Hernandez
Las Vegas. , NV
1 Review
Verified Traveler
"Awesome Whales"
July 2015
Very friendly staff. The captain of the boat always manages to find where the whales are located. I've gone on several trips now and never been disappointed. 5 star experience
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debrick79
Glendora, California
"Christmas lights "
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed December 12, 2019 NEW
We did a Newport Harbor tour to see the Christmas lights. (not the boat parade). Lots of pretty houses decorated. 90 minutes was a good amount of time. Dress warmly! Not much inside seating. You could buy hot beverages, chowder and chili. The online release forms were difficult, each person had to do it on a separate email address. Check in is across from the boat at a folding table. We had a nice time.
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Stay22577423828
"Sighting of a Gray Whale"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 11, 2019
First, I want to express that the size of the boat we were on was perfect for us. Not a fan of really small boats. On board they offer snacks and beverages for purchase. For this time of year, I would suggest a jacket as well as eye protection (hat & sunglasses) from the sun. It wasn't quite whale season, but we were able to see a "small" gray whale. We watched this whale close to shore for most of the time. On the way back we saw dolphins and sea lions. The crew included a photographer. Any photos taken by the photographer are provided as a preview for purchase to be emailed to you within 24 hours. I plan to return in the future during whale season.
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ortoftasakc
Malmo, Sweden
"Amazing "
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed November 02, 2019
I think our family was the most happy family after a cruise watching for sea animals We saw around hundred dolphins playing in the water around the waves from the boat. Both the dolphins and we were having a great time. Then suddenly a great humpback whale turned up and had a little showtime. What can I say we were stunned
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tdLeeds
Leeds, United Kingdom
"Super boat tour, shame we saw no whales"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed October 20, 2019
First of all, I’d just like to say we had a great time. The boat was a good size and whilst the sea was calm, I’m confident it would have been stable. A two decked boat, with a bar and covered seating area downstairs and “shaded” viewing upstairs. We were on the 1pm tour. Very hot in September, so make sure you’re suitably protected. The tour set off on time. Takes about 20m to get out out of the bay and another 20m to get back in. A longer tour might get you a little further out, but I’m not sure it would make a big difference Staff were friendly and polite. Unfortunately we didn’t see any whales. Only sea lions and (loads of) dolphins. I didn’t feel cheated as we didn’t expect to see whales, only hoped given the time of year. They’re wild animals...Seaworld this isnt. We got a great deal and were not disappointed. Next time we come, I’d do it again.
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cirstenkoch
Hamburg, Germany
"Whale watching"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed October 08, 2019
It was a great experience, we got a good place on board, the stuff was very kind. Luckily the sea was calm, perfect weather, we saw sea lions, a lot of dolphins and a whale. It was a perfect day
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