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4 Reasons to Go Whale-Watching in Newport Beach This Winter

January 24, 2023

Looking to add some adventure to your winter calendar? Rated as one of the top activities in Southern California, whale-watching is a great way to get out on the water and catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures up close! Gray whale season is in full swing between the months of December and April, so there’s no better time to book a tour. Here are four reasons to go whale-watching this winter in Newport Beach!

Gray Whale Migration

Gray whales make the longest journey of any marine mammal, migrating annually along the Newport Beach and Laguna Beach coastlines. They travel in pods from the Baja California lagoons to the feeding grounds in the Bering Sea during the months of December through April. During their migration, it’s not uncommon to see five or more, making it the perfect time to grab your binoculars and set sail.

Whale Watching

Expert-Led Tours

You can book a special whale-watching tour through one of Newport Beach’s local businesses! Several companies, such as Newport Landing, Davey’s Locker and Newport Coastal Adventure, offer daily whale-watching adventures guided by experts who know all the facts. Each boat is also custom-designed just for whale-watching, featuring a low-to-water design and a 360-degree view from anywhere onboard.

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Creature Encounters

Not only will you spot gray whales on a tour, but you’ll also catch a glimpse of other marine species. Dolphins can be seen year-round, and with each boat’s low-to-water design, you’ll be so close you can almost touch them. Other animals you may encounter include birds, sea lions and porpoises. Don’t forget to take in the scenery, too—Newport Beach boasts some of the most beautiful sights on the west coast!

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Education Opportunities

With an expert as your captain, you’re sure to learn a fact or two about marine life. Whale-watching poses a stellar education opportunity for people of all ages, including kids! Make it a family day and learn all about gray whale behaviors and ocean conservation efforts. There’s no better way to see these mammals up close and connect with the beautiful place we call home. To book a tour, visit www.visitnewportbeach.com/things-to-do/whale-watching

Written by: Kaylin Waizinger

Written by Visit Newport Beach

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