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Marine Discovery Tours

#1 of 9 Tours in Newport Features Animals
345 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365-4509
+1 541-265-6200
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Really the best. . memorial day weekend monday tour nice people , was a great weather day... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Ontario, Oregon

The seas were rough that day and it took 2 tries to reach the ocean. We found this thrilling and... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Nancy P
Pine, Arizona
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Welcome aboard Marine Discovery Tours - Oregon's #1 Whale & Sea Life Cruise! Whether you're traveling solo or with a group, we'd love to share our "Floating Adventure" endorsed by the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Teams of professional and friendly captains and naturalists tell stories that range from gray whales and other coastal sea life to the seasons of Oregon's largest fishing fleet! Fun activities await, as "volunteer deckhands" help with catch and release crabbing, plankton pulls with microscope viewing and navigation lessons. We are local experts who are passionate about delivering a fun, safe activity - you can count on our captain's seasoned knowledge to find the calmest routes on our ocean, bay and river ecosystems. We specialize in marine education field trips for over 7,000 students, annually. Tour groups love our "stretch limo" vessel with a heated cabin for all, seating and complimentary coffee and tea! We're happy to offer exclusive charters for Special Events from reunions to Celebrations of Life/Ashes at Sea - take over the Discovery as your own! Our cruise season is March - October - advance reservations are always a good idea!
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
345 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365-4509
+1 541-265-6200
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Really the best. . memorial day weekend monday tour nice people , was a great weather day so went to the ocean and yes we saw lots of whales maybe 100 yards off the boat and three whales where there most of the time popping...More

Thank andrewnatale
AnchorPierTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Marine Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks so much for your kind words - delighted to hear that you considered Marine Discovery Tours the highlight of your trip! You're right, the weather was amazing with great sea life sightings possible. Appreciate your note regarding our "quick grab" at the dock for...More

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The seas were rough that day and it took 2 tries to reach the ocean. We found this thrilling and were not disappointed that it was too rough to seek whales. There were plenty of other activities and educational opportunities presented, during which passenger participation...More

Thank Nancy P
AnchorPierTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Marine Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks so much for sharing your Marine Discovery Tours adventure - great write up... felt like I could feel the roll of the journey and taste the salt brine of our refreshing coastal air! We truly love exploring our three waterways of the ocean, bay,...More

Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

An absolutely amazing journey! A Bucket List must! Incredible Captain & Crew! Learned & saw so much beauty!

Thank EliseJ64
AnchorPierTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Marine Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Gee - Thanks for the kind words. We have a passion for showing off our slice of the Oregon Coast...You're right - so much beauty! Glad you could join us - Keep playing outside!

Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

April 1st was our anniversary. The staff and crew were so nice. Cap'n Kevin was awesome. We didn't see any whales but it didn't matter. My wife and I had a fantastic time. I Recommend do this anytime.More

Thank royivy14
AnchorPierTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Marine Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2017

Thanks so much for the awesome words - Our naturalists & captains love to spin the stories, fun activities and safety focus we deliver! Always happy to celebrate special events aboard the Discovery - glad you got to join us on your anniversary :) Springtime...More

Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

Fun little cruise first up the river, and then out to sea. We went along with a school group (we were given fair warning!) and it was a blast. We saw birds, seals, sea lions and 2 gray whales. We dredged up crabs and misc....More

Thank Elizabeth H
Reviewed 14 January 2017

I actually live on a sailboat and the Marine Discovery Tours goes right past my boat daily. I hear the marine education commentary as they approach. I sometimes hop out of my boat to say Hi to Captain Dan.

1  Thank Julie N
Reviewed 28 October 2016

We took this tour in October. Only saw three whales very briefly long ways away. My wife and I thought the tour would go further out into the ocean. We saw more whales at Otter Crest Loop before and after our boat tour. The tour...More

Thank Roland K
Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

Wonderful staff! We had so much fun! We saw 3 whales. Make sure you go on a good weather day when there is little to no fog and bring a sweater or coat. They don't let you bring pets but they will watch your pet...More

Thank Porterfamilyof5
Reviewed 1 October 2016

This marine tour was SO interesting! We spent part of the time out on the sea, and saw several grey whales, which feed in the area; and learned about the local crab and jellyfish populations. The captain, who was retired from the coast guard, and...More

Thank tallred727
Reviewed 26 September 2016

2 hours of Ocean experience and education on the town and buildings in Newport. Our guide was born and raised in Newport and a Marine Biologist. Our Captain was retired Coast Guard of 23 years. Saw a whale, scrabbled egg jelly fishes and had a...More

Thank Leanne R
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We'll be on Oregon coast July 4th week. Are there whales to see? Asking from Colorado where surprisingly there are no whales to see!
2 June 2017|
Response from Nancy P | Reviewed this property |
What? No whales lol? We didn't see whales on this trip, and I think they don't on most trips, depending on the weather and the time of year. This is more for exploration and discovery. We enjoyed the trip immensely despite... More
Sandy S
Does the boat have a restroom?
27 May 2017|
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Response from AnchorPierTeam | Property representative |
Indeed, as one of our nice guests replied - the Discovery has a modern marine "head" - visualize a compact RV. "We never leave home without it"! Looking forward to welcoming you aboard :)
Davan G
Hello!! My family and I plan to head out to see the cost and my mom really wants to go whale watching. So I was wondering what your prices are? There will one kid under 12 and a 15-year-old, and hopefully two adults, (dad does not know if he can make it. My mom is coming for sure.)
31 March 2017|
Response from AnchorPierTeam | Property representative |
Hi - Delighted to hear that you want to visit our spectacular Oregon Coast! We are a perfect family activity... something for all ages to enjoy: Largest passenger vessel on the coast with inside seating in a heated cabin... More