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Educator Package: Includes educational resources, interactive project ideas, trip organization, direct experiential opportunities to help better connect the experience with your students and complimentary chaperone ticket. Does not include student ticket.


Student Package: Includes engaging pre and post educational field trip activities, trip organization and student ticket.



About Davey's Locker Whale Watching

Davey's Locker Whale Watching, located in Newport Beach, offers an unforgettable and educational experience for visitors looking to observe marine wildlife and learn about ocean ecology. With decades of experience, Davey's Locker is renowned for its exceptional whale watching tours that highlight the rich marine life along the Southern California coast.


Each trip lasts two hours, providing ample time to explore and discover the fascinating underwater world.


  • Seasonally, over 1,500 gray whales can be observed, and during the summer, blue whales are a common sight.
  • Year-round, visitors may encounter fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and even sharks.


Wildlife to See:

  • Gray Whales (November – May): These friendly giants can reach up to 65 feet in length.
  • Blue Whales (May – November): The largest animals on the planet, they can grow up to 100 feet long and weigh up to 100 tons.
  • Year-Round Sightings: Including fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and more.
  • Dolphins: Capture memorable photos as playful dolphins frolic around the boat.
  • Other Marine Life: Including sea lions, pelicans, various seabirds, and occasionally sharks (mako, hammerhead, and great white).


Here’s a brief educational overview for students and families visiting:


Historical Overview

  • Foundation: Established in 1948, Davey's Locker has a long history of providing premier whale watching and deep-sea fishing experiences. The company has grown to become a trusted name in marine excursions.


Key Features and Activities

  • Whale Watching Tours: The primary attraction at Davey's Locker is the whale watching tours, where visitors can see a variety of whale species, including gray whales, blue whales, humpback whales, and occasionally orcas, depending on the season.
  • Dolphin and Marine Life Cruises: Tours often include sightings of playful dolphins, sea lions, and other marine wildlife, providing a comprehensive view of the diverse ocean ecosystem.
  • Educational Narration: Each tour is narrated by knowledgeable marine naturalists who provide insights into the behaviors, migration patterns, and conservation of the marine animals observed.


Interactive Learning

  • Marine Biology Education: The on-board naturalists offer detailed information about the marine biology of the area, helping visitors understand the ecological significance of the marine species observed.
  • Conservation Awareness: Tours emphasize the importance of marine conservation, discussing the threats to marine ecosystems and the measures being taken to protect them.
  • Interactive Q&A Sessions: Visitors are encouraged to ask questions throughout the tour, allowing for a deeper understanding of the marine environment and its inhabitants.

Visiting Tips for Families

  • Plan Ahead: Check the Davey's Locker Whale Watching website for current schedules, tour options, and any special events to make the most of your visit.
  • Dress Appropriately: Wear layered clothing and bring a jacket, as it can be cooler on the water. Comfortable shoes and sun protection (sunscreen, hats, sunglasses) are also recommended.
  • Bring Essentials: Bring binoculars, cameras, and snacks or drinks (if allowed) to enhance your experience and capture memorable moments.
  • Engage with Naturalists: Take advantage of the knowledgeable naturalists on board by asking questions and engaging in the educational commentary provided during the tour.
  • Respect Marine Life: Follow guidelines provided by the tour operators to ensure respectful and safe interactions with the marine wildlife, helping to preserve their natural behaviors and habitats.

By visiting Davey's Locker Whale Watching, students and families can enjoy the thrill of observing majestic whales and other marine life up close, learn about the complexities of ocean ecosystems, and gain a greater appreciation for the importance of marine conservation. The experience promises not only to be educational but also to create lasting memories of the wonders of the ocean.


*This venue does not fit the approval guidelines of IEM Charter 

Davey's Locker Whale Watching

PriceFrom $49.00
  • Please use the information on this page (package type, venue name, price, etc.) to submit an order request with your school. Once your order is approved, your school will forward the request to us. We will then reach out to you with instructions on how to finalize your trip details and access accompanying resources. Once finalized, you will receive your e-tickets and any additional materials directly to your inbox within 1-3 business days. If you don't see our email(s), please check your spam folder prior to contacting us.


    To ensure a smooth process, it is generally recommended to submit your order with your school AT LEAST 10 business days prior to your trip date, unless you are booking a venue that requires more advanced planning. *Please be mindful of your school's processing times and plan accordingly.

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