Shanna B. Menomonee Falls, WI 3/27/2019
What a fantastic journey. Captain Nick runs a smaller vessel, seating only 6 individuals, so everyone gets the full up close experience. He’s working with other boats to track down the whales. And teaches the passengers how to help spot whale activity.
Super friendly and very knowledgeable about the water, the marine life, what an amazing resource. I highly recommend Captain Nick’s tour over those larger vessel options. Yes, it means you’ll want to dress accordingly and will probably get wet, but it was worth it to be up close with the dolphins, and have a great view of the grey whales.
It’s an open air front bow where the 6 passengers sit. Bring a jacket and sunglasses. Fog in the bay equates to sprinkles in your face. You’ll appreciate having an extra layer.
Really personable. He even let the young boy drive the boat once we were back in the marina. Altogether such an awesome experience. I highly recommend taking the tour.
Randy P. Laguna Niguel, 12/24/2018
I initially found EMW on Yelp and based on reviews concluded that the smaller boat option was going to justify the inconvenience of driving past Dana Point and finding a parking space on Balboa. It was all well worth it! Captain Nick provided the four of us with the experience of a life time – we came up very close with two whales, multiple types of dolphins, and seals. Kudos to the friendly crew of EMW and those amazing whales!
Laura N. Santa Ana, CA, 6/14/2018
My brother and I wanted to do a small celebration for my parents’ retirement. They didn’t want a big party, and so after little research, we found this which my parents were super excited to go to.
Communicating with Captain Nick was professional and easy. I was able to set up a great time and on the date I wanted without issue. I immediately received a handy confirmation via e-mail with reminders and helpful notes for where to go on the day of (sounds small, but was very nice to have!)
Allen S. Parker, CO, 6/27/2018
Captain Nick was awesome! My wife has always wanted to do some whale watching, so I surprised her with this excursion. After reviewing all the other companies in Orange County that had bigger boats, I decided to take a chance with Captain Nick. No regrets at all! He’s basically just a guy with a boat. His tours are limited to 2-6 passengers. Ours had 6 total, plus Nick. Buying tickets was easy on his website, with clear instructions on when and where to meet. We were staying in Newport Beach, so his dock on Balboa Island was convenient. There isn’t a bathroom on his boat, but public restrooms were adjacent to his dock. Nick is friendly, personable and knowledgeable. His boat is faster and more agile than the larger tour boats, allowing him to go further in search of whales. We saw huge pods of dolphins, two whales and quite a few sea lions sleeping on a buoy. We highly recommend Captain Nick!