About Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Landing Whale Watching has been offering whale watching cruises for over 20 years from Newport Bay. Our primary whale watching ship was built just for whale watching with unobstructed views from almost any location throughout the ship. Along with our great location and state of the art whale watching ship are staff is a really great group of people. Captain Dustin and Captain Austin are great at locating whales and dolphin and along with our ship crews and office staff will always do everything they can to make sure your trip is a success. Our education department is constantly working on enhancing our whale watching program and sharing this neat experience with schools and youth groups. Thanks for choosing Newport Landing Whale Watching for your whale watching experience.

Our Ships

Newport Legacy

The Newport Legacy is our new 2016 cataraman whale watching ship with two levels, huge bow with stadium seating, huge indoor salon with full bar, snackbar, 2 full sized restrooms, and windows throughout.

Ocean Explorer

The Ocean Explorer is our primary whale watching vessel. This 70' vessel has two full walk around decks making it perfect for whale watching. The Ocean Explorer is equiped with a full bar, snack bar, and two restrooms.

Western Pride

The Western Pride is our auxiliary whale watching vessel. This 85' vessel has a full walk around main deck and an elevated seating platform. The Western Pride is equiped with a snack bar and two restrooms.


80ft. 90 Passenger Max. Spacious and comfortable galley/snack bar with seating for 30. Ideal for large groups and company outings.


The Nautilus is our secondary whale watching vessel. This 75' vessel has two decks and ample seating. The Nautilus is equiped with a full bar, snack bar, and two restrooms.




Our Captains & Crew

Dustin has over 15 years of nautical experience with 8 of those years as Captain. Dustin is head Captain of our primary whale watching cruise ship the Ocean Explorer. Dustin spends hours planning each whale watching cruise. He researches terrafin and chlorophyll charts, weather patterns, and gathers firsthand sighting information from a network of sources. His hard work often pays off with successful sightings. The enjoyment can be seen on the faces of the whale watchers. Some even show appreciation in clapping which is a big pat on the back.

Mike is a crew member on the Ocean Explorer. He has over 5 years of nautical experience that includes hundreds of whale watching cruises. Mike has an amazing talent of spotting whales from great distances. He is also a very friendly guy. He will do whatever it takes to make sure whale watching guests have a wonderful time.

Robby is the primary Captain of the Nautilus and has over 20 years of experience. 15 of those years have been as a Captain. There is always a little friendly competition between the Nautilus and Ocean Explorer to see who finds whales or dolphin first. Robby has stated that he will never forget what it was like to see these amazing mammals for the first time.

Larry has been involved with the ocean for over 40 years. He has shown tens of thousands of people some of the amazing marine wild life that lives right off our coast. He made two movies "7 miles from Newport Beach" and "7" miles from Dana Point" illustrating all the species of whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks, birds and other marine species that live right in our back yard. Many guests have commented to Larry that being in such close proximity to these beautiful animals literally was a life-changing moment for them.

Kane has 10 plus years of experience on the water with 5 of those being a captain. Kane prides himself on being the first one in the fleet to be able to spot a whale. His dedication and determination makes him extremely successful in finding marine mammals for our passengers to enjoy.

Slater is our on board photographer and crew member. He has practically grown up on the ocean off the coast of Newport Beach. He has taken a personal interest in documenting the sea life off of our coastline via photos and videos that you can see on his Facebook Page Slater Moore Photography. The images he has captured not only bring joy to the passengers that he shares them with, but have also aided in reports of animals in need of assistance. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, the Orange County Register, and on local news stations.

Mike has over a decade of experience on the water. He is a fully licensed captain, but enjoys interacting with passengers as a crew member. His face to face time with passengers is a passion. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and engaging in conversations about all things nautical.

Paul is one of our crew members. His years of experience on the water has helped him develop a keen eye for spotting marine life. Paul is very friendly and informative, and makes himself available for questions on all trips.

Brandon has worked on the ocean for nearly 20 years. Brandon's background is in more adrenaline fueled fields such as parasailing, swift water rescue, and a stunt man. Working as a crew member on a whale watch vessel is a welcome and relaxing break. Although when asked what his favorite marine mammal was he responded with "Humpback whales, because of their acrobatic skills. It suits me being that I'm a stunt man".

Our Office Staff

Lia is our senior office staff member and has been with Newport Landing Whale Watching for 5 years. She possesses an unparalleled love of the ocean. She also finds excitement in greeting whale watching guests before their cruise, and then hearing about their fun stories of sightings afterwards. Lia has said many times that "it is great to be a part of something that you believe in." Her only concern is that she doesn't come across as too excited over the phone or in person.

Natalie is our senior office staff member at the Main street location. She has worked for Newport Landing Whale Watching during the summers while getting her undergrad degree. Natalie loves meeting new people and finds that whale watching is a fun and exciting conversation topic. When a senior position opened up at the landing Natalie was the first and right choice. She has been with us now for over 6 years, counting summers.

Our Education Staff

Jessica is our education coordinator and whale watching naturalist for Newport Whales. She has a Bachelor's degree in Biological Sciences and extensive hands-on experience in marine biology. Not only does she enjoy teaching others about the wonders of the ocean, but she has spends much of her free time as a volunteer for several organizations working with marine mammals, penguins, and sharks just to name a few. She's an avid S.C.U.B.A. diver, and our on-the-water educational programs have created a great platform for her to engage with youth, teach them about marine life and get them excited about our oceans. Who knew learning could be so fun! || CONTACT: jessica@newportwhales.com or call (949) 675-0551 ext.118

Wesley is one of our whale watching naturalists and marine science educators at Newport Whales. Growing up in Boston, and receiving her Bachelor's degree in Marine Biology from the University of Maine, she has a wealth of experience in marine research and has a passion for the outdoors. She is very happy to be on the water educating the public about the amazing whales we see here in Newport Beach!