Experience Newport Beach’s Top Rated Whale Watching on Genuine U.S. Military Patrol Boats designed for safety and customized for comfort.

Newport Coastal Adventure takes just 6 Passengers at a time on a semi-private or private whale watching excursion. As a passenger, you will receive the personalized attention of your own captain to answer questions and to accommodate requests. We are proud to be rated #1 Outdoor Activity, #1 Tour, and #1 Whale Watching Company in Newport Beach on TripAdvisor.

Why Choose Us?

Fastest Boats

Passengers spend more time watching, less time traveling on board Newport Coastal Adventure. Our 20 MPH cruise is twice as fast as the competition, so you can see more than you would on other tours.


Open Front

The BEST place for watching dolphins at your fingertips is at the front of a boat. Our craft allow passengers to safely lean just above the water to closely observe the animals.

Friendly Crew

Our congenial captains are eager to share their “local knowledge” cultivated with years experience in our local waters.


Never crowded!

A strict limit of 6 passengers at a time ensures everyone has personal space and a piece of the action.

Pricing & Charter Options

$70 per person / Children 15 and under $55
(minimum age to ride is 5)

Groups of 5 are automatically upgraded to Private Charter.
Groups of 6 are eligible for automatic discount applied at checkout.


Things to Know

What To Wear

Because our boats travel at 20 plus miles per hour, there is a wind factor that can bring a chill. Layering with a jacket is your best option, with jeans or pants also being a wise choice. Our boat is a very dry ride in the majority of conditions, but its possible to catch a few drops of spray on a windy day.

Best Time of Day

There is no consistent best time of day for Whale Watching. Since the animals need to come up to breathe every few minutes, the viewing opportunities are available as long as there is light to see. However, it is easier for the captain to spot the whales and dolphin when the weather is calmest, and that typically occurs in the morning hours.

Before You Arrive

Please visit the restroom before you get onto the boat. There are no bathrooms onboard and the excursion lasts 2 hours. Also, allow for time to find parking, as Balboa Island has residential street parking. Another option is to park on the Balboa Peninsula and take the Balboa Island Ferry over as a pedestrian.

What if I get sea sick or don’t know if I get sea sick?

If you have experienced sea sickness before, it was most likely on a large boat slowly pitching and rolling on the waves, confined in a stale interior space. Newport Coastal Adventure is just the opposite…. We move fast and in the open air. Most likely you’ll be having too much fun to even think about it. But if you experience chronic motion or sea sickness, this may not be the trip for you.

Who Should Not Go

Our boat is equipped with soft cushion seats with backrests but even so, if you are pregnant, have a weak back or neck, or if you do not like going fast over the water, you should not go. Children must be 5 or older to ride. If you do not meet the criteria for our trip, or are concerned about going fast in a small boat, consider booking with our partner Newport Landing at this link: Newport Landing Whale Watching Ships



Enter Balboa Island from Pacific Coast Highway (1) via Jamboree Rd. Continue straight until making a right turn on Park Ave. Proceed straight until Agate street on your left. Our boat is at the end of Agate street near the ferry. Parking is also available on the “other side” of the bay at Balboa Peninsula Fun Zone or Pier lots.

Boarding Location:

Adjacent to the Balboa Island Ferry on the Balboa Island side. We meet on the sidewalk in front of 504 S Bay Front- look for the sign and boat!

  • Mailing Address:
    Newport Coastal Adventure, LLC
    PO Box 5272, Balboa Island, CA 92662

  • Contact:
    Captain Ryan Lawler
    [email protected]
    PH: (949) 922-8784.

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For Orange County fishing charters, contact our partner AllWatert!