Catalina Island Whale Watching

With the sky above you, and an endless ocean before you, your whale-watching expedition awaits. While scanning the waters for creatures of the deep, you'll catch glimpses of colorful margin life in their natural habitat. It's truly an unforgettable experience.

Newport Landing's Catalina Island Whale & Dolphin cruise offers a day full of ocean adventures. Departing at 8am from Newport Beach, the cruise immediately begins with excellent viewing opportunities of whales and dolphins just outside Newport Harbor. For the next 3 1/2 hours, viewing opportunities continue as our cruise crosses the Catalina Channel. During this time opportunities to view blue whales, grey whales, humpback whales, fin back whales, and many more whale species are possible. Several types of dolphin and many other unique marine creatures are also viewed while traveling the Catalina Channel.

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The open ocean offers unique opportunities to view marine creatures that are not typically viewed on our standard whale watching excursion. Upon reaching Catalina Island, the cruise stops at Two Harbors for a 2.5 hour drop off. During the 2.5 hours you can get a bite to eat or explore Catalina. The Captain will provide you with the pickup time from Two Harbors prior to arriving at the dock on Catalina Island. Please remember to allow a little bit of extra time when planning your shore activities to ensure you make it back in time for the pick up.

Once the stop off at Two Harbors has concluded, the cruise continues along the coast of Catalina Island. The waters just off Catalina Island can be some of the most productive for spotting grey whales during their migration. With numerous sightings very possible, Catalina Island is a whale watching hot spot. While viewing the beautiful coastline of Catalina you may spot a bald eagle snatching a fish from the ocean's surface. Harbor seals are also found at play in the protected waters and expansive kelp forests that line the Catalina coast.

Soon it is time to head back across the Catalina Channel to the Southern California mainland. You will dock back in Newport Harbor around 6pm. A day on the ocean and touring Catalina is a wonderful way to experience the great diversity of the marine life that inhabits these unique areas. View coastal, open ocean, and island environments all on one fun filled trip. Take part in experiencing a side of Southern California that many never get to enjoy.

Trip Details

  • Departs 8am. Returns 6 pm.
  • Price $72 Adults $65 Juniors/Seniors
  • Beverages and food items available during cruise at additional cost
  • $5.00 per person boarding and departing tax additional
  • Indoor seating / Large upstairs sundeck with seating for 30
  • Fuel surcharge may apply


Newport Landing cannot be held accountable if you miss the pick up from Catalina. Please contact the Catalina Flyer to arrange a return trip. 48 Hour cancellation policy. Consignment tickets are redeemed 48 hours prior to departure.


Catalina Trips are sold out. More dates will be added. Click here for more info on daily Whale Watching Trips!

Trip Price
All Day Cruise $72 Adults
$65 Juniors/Seniors

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