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Marine Discovery Tours

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345 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365-4509
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Fabulous local marine 2 hour boat tour

Educational boat tour. Very knowledgeable crew. Safe boat indoor bench seats with tables. Hands on... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Sandra O
via mobile
Learned a lot and had fun

This place does an excellent job showing and teaching the area while having fun. Kids (and adults... read more

Reviewed 3 January 2018
tyandjess
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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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“crab pot” (19 reviews)
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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345 SW Bay Blvd, Newport, OR 97365-4509
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Educational boat tour. Very knowledgeable crew. Safe boat indoor bench seats with tables. Hands on experience

Thank Sandra O
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Reviewed 3 January 2018 via mobile

This place does an excellent job showing and teaching the area while having fun. Kids (and adults) could take a turn piloting the boat. They dropped a couple of crab traps before heading out to sea to look for whales. Be forewarned it can be...More

Thank tyandjess
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AnchorPierTeam, Guest Relations Manager at Marine Discovery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2018

Thanks very much for your kind words! We have so many great stories we love to share, ranging from the latest in marine mammal and ocean research to using our crabbing activity to highlight what's happening in our Oregon fisheries... glad to hear you had...More

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Reviewed 25 October 2017

We had great weather and lots of time viewing several gray whales. Very informative and engaging. Time at sea reduced time in river. I want to return for that part.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Everyone was very informative and helpful. We saw gray whales in September along with many sea lions, harbor seals and native sea birds. Of course, every outing depends a lot on the weather and the cooperation of the wildlife so you can't blame the staff....More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We thought this was a great little tour - not really long, but packed with information about the Newport area. Yes, we happened to have a beautiful day and were able to go out into the ocean and yes we saw whale there. They are...More

Thank pam w
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Reviewed 11 September 2017

It was a great two hours. You can sit inside or be out on the deck. The waves on the ocean part of it were exciting (never felt in danger at all) and we saw four whale sittings. We put out to crab pots and...More

Thank MidwestEmptynester
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

This was an amazing experience for my wife and I. It was full of whales, crabs fishing, porpoise and a wonderful crew. They narrated the whole trip and even let you drive the boat and hold crabs if you want! I would have paid to...More

Thank Adam s
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Reviewed 4 September 2017

This is a tour for young children adults and oldies but goodies.The crew knew thier jobs which made our trip so enjoyable. We had a brief but accurate safety meeting and were told the sea was a bit choppy, then they told us where to...More

Thank Patricia L
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Reviewed 18 August 2017

As part of our Trafalgar tour, we went on a two hour cruise out into the ocean and bay looking at sea life. We saw a few whales, many sea lions and countless birds. The boat was handled by a very professional crew. Part of...More

Thank Henry B
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Reviewed 17 August 2017 via mobile

I have been on a few whale watching boats, but this was so much more. Don't think that you are going to spend all of the two hours out at sea. But I will say that you will have fun, and they will give you...More

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speedy102
19 February 2018|
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Response from AnchorPierTeam | Property representative |
Thanks for the great question! Our boat cruises with a minimum of 15, to a maximum of 49 per departure. Please keep in mind that we have seating inside our spacious cabin for 49, as well as upper and lower outdoor decks with... More
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MML4028
2 June 2017|
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Response from AnchorPierTeam | Property representative |
Thanks for the great question from Colorado and comments by Nancy P! We know that gray whales migrate in the spring, then feed during the summer and fall along Oregon's coast line. We have seen an increase lately with the... More
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