Newport Coastal Adventure utilizes boats that are manufactured for the US Military and later customized to be ideal whale watching platforms. We choose Zodiac and Boston Whaler for the same reason the Navy and Coast Guard do: safety, reliability, and utility. All of our boats feature an “Open Bow” design, allowing passengers to safely participate with the action at the front of the boat, a key element of the Newport Coastal Adventure experience. And while these boats can attain top speeds over 40 mph, we typically travel around 20 mph. Our speed capabilities allow us to cover more ground in less time to increase our chances of finding dolphins and whales, providing a key advantage over our slower competitors. Each boat is restricted to 6 passengers at a time, no exceptions.
We meet United States Coast Guard (USCG) standards for commercial operation and our boats have radar, a chartplotter, and a VHF and 2-meter radio for the highest level of safety. Your captains are licensed by the USCG and have broad knowledge of the local coastline and conditions. For some background on your skippers, Click Here to Meet your Captains
And visit our Whale Watching News Page to read more about Newport Coastal Adventure in stories featured in newspapers and websites around the world!