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Whale Watching

Whale Watching All Year Long!

Dana Point is Orange County’s best year round whale watching destination. With migrating Gray Whales from November through April and Blue whales visiting from May through November, the harbor is uniquely close to the spots where these mammals are most often seen.

Keep your eyes peeled, as the Orca whales have also been spotted in our warm coastal waters.

Each service provides daily cruises and offers their own style of cruising, so check them out before you decide on your whale watching experience. (Click on links to each operator for more info.)

Dana Wharf Whale Watching
Call our ticketing company, Zerve at (888) 224-0603
Dana Wharf originated whale watching in Orange County and has been Whale Watching since the Harbor opened in 1971. We offer the best value ocean experience, and our fleet of boats include the new 63 foot calm ocean Catamaran the OCEAN ADVENTURES, and the 95 foot DANA PRIDE.  All of our cruises are narrated by expert captains who will educate you on the abundant ocean life on our coast. Trips are all 2 hours long, plenty of time to discover the world that lies beneath! Remember that sightings are guaranteed and our landing is only 5 minutes from the mouth of the harbor! 


Captain Dave’s Whale & Dolphin Safari
Tel. 949.488.2828
#1 rated Orange County whale watching company. Highest rated whale watch on: Trip Advisor, Google+, and Yelp. Whether it’s getting Eye to Eye with wild dolphins and sometimes whales in the world’s only Underwater Viewing Pods, or listening to dolphins over our hydrophone on our never-crowded 49 passenger high-tech, high-speed, catamaran sailboat, or having your friends and family tune in to our live broadcast to see you live on the boat with the whales and dolphins you won’t find a better trip anywhere in the world!


Ocean Institute
Tel. 949.496.2274
Journey to sea with Ocean Institute scientists as they introduce you to the local marine wildlife; including an astounding variety of fish, microscopic plankton, and the animals that live in sediment retrieved from the ocean floor. Encounter a pod of playful dolphin or witness the majesty of a traveling whale.


Aventura Sailing
Whale watching by private charter.
Tel. 949.493-9493
Enjoy the only whale watching excursion powered by the wind aboard one of Aventura’s luxury sailboats.   Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the serenity of being under full sail while you listen to the sounds of the sea and whales as they breach. Bring your cameras and capture the whales as their tails fly high!


Dick Simon Yachts & Charters
Whale Watching by Private charter…your choice of sail or motor yachts.
Tel: 949.493.2011


Dream Catcher Yachts
Whale watching by private charter.
Tel. 949.248.7100