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whale watching in Newport Beach {how to stay quease-free}

A few weeks ago my daughter and I set off for Newport Beach, California to Newport Landing Whale Watching.  Originally, we were supposed to meet her Girl Scout troop but more than half the troop found themselves with the flu the week before and canceled.  I decided Savannah and I couldn’t miss this trip, so we went alone – and I am so glad that we did because it was an awesome experience, despite the motion sickness I never knew I had.

whale watching newport beach

whale watching newport beach california

Motion sickness, have you experienced it before?  If you have, you know how desperately hopeless you feel, especially out in the middle of the ocean on a boat.  Once your body starts to react to that relentless rocking motion, it is all you can think about, each rock bringing a new wave of nausea.  Your vision goes a bit wonky and the back of your throat starts to water and then the stomach starts to churn.  It is pretty horrific and near impossible to control.

whale watching newport beach

I’ve been on many boats in my lifetime and never have had much of an issue with motion sickness, but there was something about this particular ride that did not sit well with me.  Since we were hunting for whales and dolphins, the boat was often turning in circles, creating choppy water.  It was the peak of the grey whale migration so there were multiple watching boats out creating their own choppy waters, not to mention all of the local Balboa Island boaters.  The sea was a mess and we were constantly changing speeds and direction.

whale watching newport beach #Dramamine

Here’s the thing, I was not the first for nausea to hit, nor the last.  There were tables full of people with their heads covered and even some vomiting off the side of the boat.  I was super happy my daughter wasn’t afflicted but I felt like I really missed out on some of the experience.  I missed some amazing photo opps because my head was between my knees and I bet I missed some pretty incredible facial expressions my daughter had when a whale popped up out of the sea.

whale watching newport beach grey whale migration

Since the rest of the troop canceled, there was a rescheduled date.  My daughter had such a great time last trip, I couldn’t say no to us going back, but if I didn’t admit I was terrified of puking in front of her troop, I’d be lying.  Suddenly, this opportunity to try Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals fell into my lap like a gift from Heaven.  It is the first non-drowsy natural solution for motion sickness from Dramamine®, the existing leaders in motion sickness treatment.  I had to drive back home 2 hours after the excursion, so non-drowsy was absolutely key.


I’m a ginger enthusiast, and I always eat or drink it when I feel nauseous.  Many times it works, but motion sickness is powerful and requires a clinical dosage of ginger like that of Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals.  These prevent and relieve symptoms like dizziness, nausea and vomiting – just what I needed the last whale watching trip.  This time, I was prepared and ya know what? I felt awesome.  My nerves were a bit fierce, waiting for the nausea to kick in, but it never did and I definitely didn’t feel tired afterwards.  I even handed out some Dramamine to a couple on the boat who were getting sick.  These are ideal taken a 1/2 hour before engaging in activities like boating.

whale watching newport beach #dramamine

Dramamine® Non-Drowsy Naturals is safe for children two and up, so it is the perfect solution for those with kids who suffer from motion sickness.  So many great opportunities during the warmer weather to get out on the boats – don’t miss out!  Planning a cruise?  Don’t forget these.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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