Orange County Whale Watching Tours By Plane

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.

For whale watching in Orange County, Newport Landing is partnering with Riter Aviation to offer the only whale watching tours viewing whales and dolphin by air in Orange County. These air bound whale watching cruises last between 1 and 1½ hours and can travel hundreds of miles to locate whales and dolphin in record time. Along with viewing whales, dolphin, giant swordfish, sunfish, and many other types of marine life is often viewed from a very unique prospective from above.


See giant blue whales from head to toe at over 100 feet in length, see grey whale calves with their mothers during their annual winter and spring migration, and mega dolphin pods in the thousands. Along with viewing the amazing wildlife from above, air whale watching cruises departing from John Wayne Airport can view the amazing coastlines of Laguna Beach, Dana Point, Huntington Beach, and on out to Catalina Island. The ability to cover a great amount of area in a relatively short amount of time offers many customized options which can be completely marine mammal viewing based or can be modified to also view other sites in Orange County.

SWhale watching tours by plane are done from a Piper Seneca II twin engine aircraft flown by Chief Pilot Robert Riter. Chief pilot Robert Riter is an FAA Gold Seal Instructor with 20 years of teaching experience. The aircraft travels from 700 feet to 1200 feet from ground level and can travel a 25 mile radius from one of several airports. For Orange County departures John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, Orange County is the primary airport.

Riter Aviation is a training center for both pilots and aircraft management and your air whale watching pilot Robert Riter is the chief FAA Gold Seal Instructor and owner of Riter Aviation. Safety is first and foremost and with over 20 years of teaching all facets of flight and air craft mechanics, there could be no better person to safely provide this amazing whale watching experience.

Private Whale Watching Tour Plane Rentals Available For Up To 5 Persons at $395 per hour. For Los Angeles departures, click Whale Watching Los Angeles.


Trip Price
45-minute Air Whale Watching Tour $65 Adults || $45 Juniors
45-Min Tour + 2.5 Hour Ocean Cruise Package $95 Adults || $70 Juniors

Private Whale Watching Tour Plane Rentals Available For Up To 5 Persons at $395 per hour.