Hop aboard this sight-seeing vessel for a tour through one of O.C.'s hottest and most beautiful communities.. In Short Docking at Newport's Balboa Island, this touring fleet has hosted live, narrated tours of the Newport Beach area since 1948. The various 45-, 60- or 90-minute cruises can include whale watching, celebrity homes, sea lion observation and ocean and sunset excursions, depending on the season. The boats can also be rented for private parties, weddings and corporate events. Tours depart every half hour in the summer and every hour in the winter.