About Captain Nick

“Capturing lifetime memories with each trip!”~ Captain Nick

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Captain Nicholas (Nick) Nagel, owner and operator of Captain Nick’s East Meets West Excursions, has over 20 years of experience on the water to share with you. Having grown up on the East Coast, his offshore adventures have charted thousands of miles navigating the depths of the Mid Atlantic to the bountiful waters of the Pacific. His love for the ocean and fascination of boats, motivated him to earn his USCG Master Captain’s credentials at the youngest possible age of 19. Despite a promising Ivy league education at Dartmouth, Captain Nick always returned to a life on the water.

With saltwater pumping through his veins, his resume of operating, managing, and outfitting boats of all sizes, has given him the knowledge, passion, and ambition to found Captain Nick’s East Meets West Excursions, located on beautiful Balboa Island

We are Newport Beach’s premier Dolphin and Whale Watching tour / Sunset Harbor cruise charter boat!



We specialize in charters of 6 person(s) or less so we can provide you with the comfort and attention you deserve.
Our 5 star reputation is mandatory, not an exception.


Kid Friendly


"Thank you for spending the afternoon with us."-Captain Nick

“Thank you for spending the afternoon with us.”- Captain Nick

Couple and Group Friendly (maximum 6 passengers)


Common dolphins bow-riding within arms-distance of East Meets West Excursions, Newport Beach. Our charter spent the afternoon with two pods of common dolphins numbering 800. These dolphins were determined to excite as they playfully swam and performed for our very appreciative group onboard. Beautiful weather, great people, and acrobatic dolphins left everyone with treasured memories!






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