Whale Watching Santa Barbara Visitors | Newport Landing

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Whale Watching Santa Barbara visitors, was designed for residents and visitors who are looking to take a whale watching excursion. Trips depart several times a day year-round from beautiful Newport Beach, and allow for great opportunities to view marine life in their natural habitat. Newport Beach is about an hour and a half south of Santa Barbara and is situated within one of the most highly populated whale and dolphin locales of Southern California. Our 2.5 hour tours are the perfect length to soak in the infinite potential of Southern California marine life..

Summer and fall sightings frequently involve Blue whales, Finback whales, and Minke whales while winter and spring coincide with the famous Gray Whale migration that brings a lot of travelers to participate in whale watching trips near Santa Barbara. Killer whales and Humpback whales are viewed off Santa Barbara here and there throughout the year. Along with the abundance of whales, large pods of Bottlenose and Common Dolphin are encountered on a regular basis throughout the year. The rare Risso’s Dolphin combined with other species of dolphin and Sea Lions are viewed regularly on Newport Landing’s whale watching tours.

The main whale watching tour boat from Newport Landing was built for the primary purpose of providing whale watching tours to guests and residents of Santa Barbara. An upper level observation platform houses a cozy indoor salon complete with snacks and drinks. Booth style seating accompanies large viewing windows inside the boat which provides maximum comfort while on your whale watching cruise. Our trained Captains have years of experience providing in-depth knowledge about all the marine life in the vicinity. Newport Landing has a 96% success rate when it comes to finding cetaceans. We hope you’ll join us for a fun and exciting adventure at sea!

Pricing & Specials!

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School Field Trips

$11 school/student rate is extended to all public and private schools and home school groups. Choose from any of our whale watching cruise times and days of the week or weekend. Education packets and other materials available through our education coordinator upon request.

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Group Pricing

Larger groups can take advantage of our group pricing and can save from 25% to 35% off retail rates. Typically group pricing is only extended to groups of 20 persons or more.

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Private Charters

Private whale watching ship rentals are available for all size groups and occasions. Cruises are typically 2.5 hours in length but trip length and departure/return times can be customized upon request. Looking for a unique and memorable event whale watching is a great option for all ages.

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Do you need help? You can also call us at (949)675-0551 to make a reservation!