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  • Brand new 2018 Super RIB, custom built just for whale watching.
  • Mammals are so close you can almost touch!
  • A faster speed (25 miles per hour) means more sightings and longer viewing times.
  • Onboard flat screen TV displays live drone feed on most cruises. The only company to offer this!
  • Highest Rated Whale Watch in Southern California. 5 Stars on Yelp, TripAdvisor, & Google.
  • Departing from beautiful Newport Beach, CA


  • Mar 16 – Oct 31 (Weekends & Holidays): 8am, 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm with added 5:45pm cruise from Jun 11 – Sep 3
  • Mar 16 – Oct 31 (Weekdays): 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm
  • Nov 1 – Mar 15 (Weekends & Holidays): 8am, 10am, 12:30pm, 3pm
  • Nov 1 – Mar 15 (Weekdays): 10am, 1pm, 3:30pm

Here’s What People are Saying about Newport Coastal Adventure!

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Absolutely awesome. Captain Ryan was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable. Boat was great. Love the smaller size and the ability to have a more custom/private experience. No fighting with gaggles of people to catch a glimpse of something in the distance. Saw tons of Common Dolphin and had a cool and unique encounter with a Minke whale. If I could rate this 6 stars I would.Gavin M
My family and I had a blast with Captain Taylor. I highly doubt we will ever go on another whale watch in a boat that isn’t a zodiac. We were able to zip from spot to spot, depending on where the action was located. We saw several whales, including two separate blue whales, as well as a huge sunfish. This is a must do if you are near Newport Beach!Mark F
“Possibly one of the best things I’ve done. We had a fantastic time out with the really knowledgeable Captain Alex. We were lucky enough to see two species of dolphins, sea lions and two minke whales on our trip. The small boat was great for exploring a large area of the ocean. The company have three fast boats that allows them to locate wildlife as a team – we had a whole boat for our family of five. “Martyn W

We are Proud to be Rated #1 Whale Watching Company in Newport Beach on TripAdvisor

The NCA Advantage

Fast Boats

Passengers spend more time watching animals, and less time traveling on board Newport Coastal Adventure. Our 20 MPH cruise is twice as quick as the competition, allowing you to see more than you would on other tours.

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Open Front

The BEST place for watching dolphin is at the front of the boat. Our craft uniquely allow passengers to safely lean just above the water to closely interact with dolphin. We provide the safest way to enjoy this truly magical experience!

Friendly Crew

Our congenial captains are eager to share their local knowledge, cultivated with years of experience spent plying these waters. We are a homegrown company owned and operated by Newport Beach natives eager to show you our backyard.

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Never crowded!

A strict limit of 6 passengers at a time ensures all passengers are under the direct care of the captain, have adequate personal space, and a piece of the action.

Pricing & Charter Options

Starting at $66.50 per person / Children 15 and under $56.50
(minimum age to ride is 5)
Private rentals available starting at $299 for 1 to 6 passengers.

Meet Your Captains

Captain Ryan

A Newport Beach native, Ryan has spent virtually his entire life on the waters surrounding his home. From a young age, he has been captivated by the creatures of the sea. Read More

Captain Taylor

Since 10 years of age, Capt. Taylor figures that he’s spent almost every day of his life either in or on the water. That’s because starting young, Read More

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



Please note: We have TWO locations, depending on which Product you’ve selected.

“Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure” is the 15 Passenger Boat departing from 309 Palm Street on the Balboa Peninsula. (This is the same dock and office of Newport Landing Whale Watching)

“Private Whale Watching Adventure” is the 6 Passenger Boat departing from 504 South Bay Front on Balboa Island.

Our recommendation is you park on Balboa Island no matter which trip you’ve selected. This is because Balboa Island parking is free, has less restrictions, and is generally more plentiful than Balboa Peninsula parking. Then, simply take the Balboa Island Ferry across the harbor to 309 Palm Street if you’re on the 15 passenger Zodiac.

Balboa Island Parking directions: Enter Balboa Island from Pacific Coast Highway (1) via Jamboree Rd. Continue straight until making a right turn on Park Ave. Proceed straight until Topaz Ave. Make a left and begin looking for street parking on Topaz, Opal, or Agate streets.

Boarding Location and Address for “Private Whale Watching Adventure” :

504 S Bay Front Newport Beach, CA 92662

Boarding Location and Address for “Ultimate Whale Watching Adventure” :

309 Palm Street Suite A Newport Beach, CA 92661


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

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