Captain Nicholas Nagel, owner and operator of 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 East Meets West Excursions – Newport Beach’s premier whale watching and sunset cruise charter boat in its class!To visit East Meets West Excursions on your trip to Newport Beach, use our Newport Beach trip builder site.
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Highly recommend! Obviously they cannot guarantee whale sightings, but we were fortunate to see 11 gray whales including a mother and her calf. The captain keeps in contact with other boats and keeps.... more »
Captain Dan was awesome! Very friendly and knowledgable. We had and amazing experience! We saw 4 humpback whales, including a mama and her calf, sea lions and hundreds of dolphins! I highly recommend.... more »
My wife and I are from St Louis. We took the private sunset whale/dolphin tour for our anniversary, and it was a wonderful trip. Just being on the water at sunset would have been worth it, but we also got to see 3 whales, a bunch of dolphins and Sea Lions, and a huge grouping of diving Seagulls which was really fun to watch. Capt Nick was knowledgeable about the sea life, and he had a really sharp eye for spotting them. When he called out that there were dolphins ahead, I couldn't see a thing to indicate that there was anything ahead. However, 3 minutes later we were watching dolphins swim and play all around us. It was perfect timing also. We watched the dolphins and Sea Lions play as the sun set over the horizon. It was such a beautiful scene, and it couldn't have been more perfect. The tour made this anniversary the best one to date.
We have been out with Captain Nick probably ten times photographing dolphins. He is incredibly knowledgeable of the local marine life and just a super chill dude to hang with. He goes out of his way to find exactly what you're looking for. We have been with him on regular tours and private tours, all fantastic experiences. Highly recommended!
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