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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.
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The Western Pride is one of our auxiliary whale watching vessels. 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.
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The Nautilus is one of our auxiliary whale watching vessels. This 75' vessel has two decks and ample seating. The Nautilus is equiped with a full bar, snack bar, and two restrooms.
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  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 has over 8 years of experience and hundreds of whale watching cruises under his belt. 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. Feel free to say hi or ask some questions. He enjoys the conversation and likes to share his knowledge of whales.
  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 ď7 miles from Newport BeachĒ and ď7 miles from Dana PointĒ 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. Slaterís enthusiasm for the ocean and its inhabitants is unparalleled. 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. Brandonís 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 Iím a stunt man".
  Jessica is our education coordinator and whale watching naturalist for Newport Whales. She has a Bachelorís 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!
  Wesley is one of our whale watching naturalists and marine science educators at Newport Whales. Growing up in Boston, and receiving her Bachelorís 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!


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.
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