Depoe Bay

Your visit to the “Whale Watching Capital of the Oregon Coast” is sure to be a memorable one. There is a resident pod of grey whales which makes its home off Depoe Bay from March through December. Visitors from everywhere come to whale watch either from the new Whale Watch Center, the many shore observation spots or you can take a charter out for a closer look.

Depoe Bay has the smallest natural navigable harbor in the world consisting of six square acres. Because of the proximity to the ocean, fishermen or whale watchers can be from dockside to viewing or fishing in a matter of minutes.

A huge sea wall runs the length of the downtown area which enables visitors to shop or dine always within view of the ocean. This is the only town on the entire coast with this amenity. Waves run beneath lava beds and build pressure to spout water as high as 60 feet into the air. These are known as spouting horns and are visible during turbulent seas and stormy weather.

Featured activities

  • Boiler Bay State Scenic Viewpoint

    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97301

    A miraculous and rugged, basalt-rimmed bay, Boiler Bay is a great place to watch wild surf action on the rocky spurs. This splendid panoramic viewpoint presents a good opportunity to see migrating and resident gray whales. Take your binoculars -- this is one of the best sites in Oregon to see oceangoing birds (like shearwaters, jaegers, albatrosses, grebes, pelicans, loons, oystercatchers and murrelets). In 1910, an explosion sank the J. Marhoffer, and you can see the ship's boiler at low-tide.

  • Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint

    Oregon 97341

    Rocky Creek is a spectacular ocean-front park on a forested bluff overlooking the ocean. Offshore rocks provide spectacular wave action in storms and are nesting areas for birds and sea lions. The viewpoint is an official Whale Spoken Here site for watching migrating and resident gray whales.

Featured accommodations

  • Oregon Beach Vacations in Depoe Bay

    Depoe Bay, Oregon

    Oregon Beach Vacations is the premiere vacation rental company on the Northern and Central Oregon Coast. Each rental property is unique in its location, decor and general feel. Oregon Beach Vacations offers over 250 homes and condominiums from North Bend to Gearhart with a wide variety of amenities including oceanfront locations, pet friendly homes, theatre rooms, hot tubs and gourmet kitchens. Discover the advantages of renting a cozy vacation home or luxury condominium from Oregon Beach Vacations. A professional team of reservation agents is ready 24/7 to help you plan your dream vacation at the Oregon Coast by providing helpful information about local activities, attractions and dining.

  • An Ocean Paradise Whales Rendezvous B&B

    147 N Hwy 101
    Depoe Bay, Oregon 97341

    Come & share our spectacular million dollar view of waves & whales, as we sit just 50 feet from the Ocean’s Edge. One look at the view from your suite or deck at the crashing waves below, will make you understand why this is named, An Ocean Paradise... Enjoy the vast Pacific Ocean views from every window of your suite. Each suite has its own private outdoor entrance and a large private outdoor area with a wood fire pit while you enjoy the amazing view. Our two suites come with elegant antiques, gas fireplace, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, WiFi, cozy robes, satellite TV, DVD, & binoculars to watch the whales...yes, a perfect place to whale watch, sometimes just off the rocks below, only 50 feet from you. Please go to our web site; 541-765-3455

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