The Original Whale Watching Company in Orange County

Dana Wharf Whale Watching began in 1971 and was the first whale watching company in Orange County. We are the premier year-round whale watching facility in Southern California if you are coming to Whale Watch you want to do it from Dana Point. We interact with over 1000 whales during the Gray whale migration in the winter and view hundreds of 90 feet Blue whales in the summer. In addition to whales, thousands of dolphins, sea lions, sea faring birds and even shark are found year-round in our waters, so we always have plenty of wildlife to see. We are also home to the original Dolphin Stampede video.

Coastal waters teaming with wildlife. Whales love to play on our coastline as seen on national television!

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2-Hour Whale Watching Adventure Cruise
Trips depart daily!

Delight in the exciting sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures off Dana Point. Known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf’s ocean adventure cruises offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife and gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget.

Join us as we search for whales, dolphin, sea lion and other exciting marine life! All of our cruises are narrated by our 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 of marine life are guaranteed!

Cost: Adults – $45; Kids – $25

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NEW! Deluxe Catamaran Adventure

Come aboard our specially built, luxurious catamaran for an incredible 2 to 2.5-hour Whale and Dolphin Adventure. A totally different, intimate and unforgettable experience!
2.5 Hour Catamaran Tours start back up in January.

 

Enjoy:

  • A limited number of passengers – this trip is NEVER CROWDED!
  • Amazing viewing platform- our passengers can view marine life and not get wet.
  • A faster and quieter journey – advanced technology engines assure you a smooth ride!
  • An up close and personal experience – get closer to marine life such as whales and dolphins and watch them as they swim beneath you.
  • An educational experience – get your questions answered by our on-board professional naturalist or marine biologist.
  • Bask in the sun on the sun bench in the back or ride the bow for an adventure!
  • Our enclosed cabin boasts a full view of the ocean and flat screen monitors so you can see the Captain’s navigation screen and more.

The 63 ft OCean Adventure is an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art catamaran, also available for charters. It is certified to carry up to 59 passengers and is fully equipped with an easy-access deli-style galley and full-service bar.

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Half Price Tuesday!

Every Tuesday, all our trips are half price! Take advantage of this special pricing and bring your friends and family!

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Click Here to Find Our What You See On Our Whale Watching Trips!

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Whale Sightings Log

Whale Sightings in the 2013/2014 Season (Nov 2013- Current):

1181 Gray Whales, 130 Humpback, 73 Fin Whales, 55 Minke Whales, 80+ False Killer Whales, 416 Blue Whales, 36 Pilot Whales, 100+ Sperm Whales, 1 Bryde's Whale, 5 Great White Sharks, 12 Mako Sharks, 9 Hammerhead Sharks

Whale Sightings last season 2012/2013 (May-Nov):

492 Gray Whales,750 Blue Whales, 21 Humpback Whales, 32 Fin Whales, 49 Minke Whales, 11 Killer Whales

Our sightings log is updated every Monday! Please note that there is NO better time for seeing whales or dolphin as they both move 24 hours/day!

Date
Sightings
10-24-142 Humpback Wales, Common Dolphin
10-23-142 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale, Common Dolphin
10-22-142 Humpback Whales, (Mr. October), Risso's Dolphin, Common Dolphin
10-21-142 Humpback Whales, 2 Minkes, 1 Fin, Common Dolphins
10-20-143 Humpback Whales, Common Dolphin, Pacific White Sided Dolphin, 1 Fin Whale
10-19-144 Minke, 3 Humpback Whales, Including "Mr.October" & Common Dolphin
10-18-141 Blue, 4 Humpback, 1 Minke Whales & Common Dolphin
10-17-1440 Pilot Whales & Common Dolphin
10-16-143 Humpbacks & Common Dolphin
10-15-143 Humpback Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
10-14-142 Minke, 3 Humpback Whales, Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
10-13-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
10-12-142 Fin Whales & Common Dolphin
10-11-14Common Dolphin
10-10-14Flying Fish, Risso's & Common Dolphin
10-09-141 Minke, Risso's & Common Dolphin
10-08-1411 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
10-07-14Common Dolphin
10-06-14100+ Sperm Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
10-05-146 Humpbacks & Common Dolphin
10-04-141 Minke, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
10-03-148 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
10-02-144 Humpback, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
10-01-141 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
9-30-141 Blue Whale & Common Dolphin
9-29-143 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphins
9-28-141 Humpback Whale, Risso's & Common Dolphin
9-27-14Common Dolphin
9-26-142 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
9-25-143 Humpback, 2 Minke Whales & Common Dolphin
9-24-143 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
9-23-14Common Dolphins
9-22-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
9-21-143 Blues, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
9-20-142 Blues, 2 Minke Whales & Common
9-19-141 Blue Whale & Common Dolphin
9-18-143 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
9-17-147 Blue Whales
9-16-145 Blue, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
9-15-147 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
9-14-142 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
9-13-141 Blue, 1 Fin Whale, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
9-12-143 Blues, 1 Fin Whale, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
9-11-144 Blues, 3 Humpback Whales, & 1 Elephant Seal
9-10-146 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
9-9-141 Humpback Whale & Common Dolphins
9-8-141 Blue, 1 Humpback, 1 Minke Whale, & Common Dolphins
9-7-141 Blue, 1 Humpback, 1 Minke Whale, & Common Dolphins
9-6-148 Blue, 1 Minke,
1 Humpback Whale, Mola Mola, 1 Hammerhead Shark & Common Dolphin
9-5-144 Blue, 1 Humpback Whale & Common Dolphin
9-4-1410 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
9-3-141 Blue, 1 Entangled Gray Whale & Bottlenose Dolphin
9-2-145 Blues, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
9-1-145 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-31-147 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-30-147 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-29-1410 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-28-1411 Blue Whales & Bottlenose Dolphin
8-27-141 Blue Whale, Large Swells Day
8-26-143 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-25-144 Blues, 2 Fin Whales & Common Dolphin
8-24-143 Blue & 3 Fin Whales & "By the wind sailers"
8-23-144 Blues, 1 Humpback Whale, Bottlenose, "By the wind sailers" & Common Dolphin
8-22-14Common Dolphin & "By the wind sailers"
8-21-141 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
8-20-148 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-19-145 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-18-142 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-17-147 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-16-1422 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-15-1418 Blue Whales
8-14-1416 Blue Whales
8-13-148 Blues, 3 Minke Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-12-142 Blue Whales & Pod of Common Dolphin
8-11-143 Blue Whales, 2 Hammerheads, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-10-144 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-9-141 Blue Whale & Common Dolphin
8-8-141 Blue Whale, 1 Minke & Common Dolphin
8-7-14Common Dolphin
8-6-142 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-5-142 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
8-4-144 Blue Whales, 1 Great White Shark, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-3-147 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-2-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
8-1-145 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-31-1410 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-30-147 Blues, 10 Pilot Whale, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
7-29-144 Blue, 1 Minke, 8 Humpbacks (Cow/Calf), Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-28-144 Blue Whales & Bottlenose Dolphin
7-27-1411 Blue, 10 Minke, 4 Humpback Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-26-144 Blue, 4 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
7-25-144 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-24-144 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-23-144 Blue, 2 Humpback Whales, 1 Hammerhead Shark & Common Dolphin
7-22-141 Blue, 1 Bryde's, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphin
7-21-144 Blue, 2 Humpback Whales & Common Dolphin
7-20-144 Humpback Whales, 1 Fin Whale, Risso's Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-19-141 Blue, 1 Fin Whale, Risso's, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-18-1417 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-17-146 Blue, 4 Fin Whales & Common Dolphin
7-16-142 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-15-144 Blue, 5 Pilot Whales, 1 Hammerhead Shark, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-14-1412 Blue Whales, 1 Hammerhead Shark, 1 Great White Shark, 1 Mola Mola & Common Dolphin
7-13-145 Blue Whales & 1 Hammerhead Shark
7-12-143 Blue Whales, 1 Hammerhead Shark, Elephant Seals, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-11-144 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-10-1410 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-9-144 Blue Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-8-147 Blue Whales, Bottlnose & Common Dolphin
7-7-147 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
7-6-143 Blue Whales, Bottlenose and Mega Pod of Common dolphin
7-5-141 Gray Whale, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-4-141 Mola Mola, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
7-3-14Bottlenose & a Mega Pod of Common Dolphin
7-2-141 Hammerhead Shark & Common Dolphin
7-1-145 Fin Whales, Bottlnose & Common Dolphin
6-30-14Mega Pod of Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
6-29-142 Blue Whales
6-28-142 Blue Whales, 1 Gray Whale, & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-27-14Mega Pod of Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, 1 Mola Mola, 1 Great White Shark
6-26-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-25-14Common Dolphin
6-24-142 Humpback Whales, Mega Pod of Common Dolphin
6-23-144 Blue Whales, Elephant Seal, & Common Dolphin
6-22-141 Minke Whale, Mega Pod Common Dolphins
6-21-14Common & BOttlenose Dolphin
6-20-143 Minkes & Common Dolphin
6-19-14Common Dolphin
6-18-14Common Dolphin
6-17-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-16-14Common Dolphin
6-15-14Common Dolphin
6-14-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-13-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-12-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-11-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-10-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-9-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-8-14Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
6-7-1430 Pilot Whale, 1 Minke Whale, Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
6-6-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
6-5-14Common Dolphin
6-4-142 Minke Whales & 2 Fin Whales
6-3-147 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, & Bottlenose Dolphins
6-2-14No Sightings
6-1-143 Blue Whales (1Calf) & Common Dolphin
5-31-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
5-30-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
5-29-14Common Dolphin
5-28-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
5-27-14Common Dolphin
5-26-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphin
5-25-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
5-24-141 Blue & Common Dolphin
5-23-142 Gray (1 Calf) & 1 Fin Whale
5-22-144 Blue Whales & Common Dolphin
5-21-144 Gray (2 Calf) & Common Dolphin
5-20-14Common Dolphin
5-19-142 Gray (1 Calf) Whales & Common Dolphins
5-18-146 Gray, 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
5-17-142 Gray Whales (1 Calf)
5-16-144 Gray & 4 Minke Whales
5-15-143 Gray & 2 Fin Whales
5-14-146 Gray Whales, Common & Bottlenose Dolphin
5-13-144 Gray Whales & Common Dolphin
5-12-1414 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
5-11-141 Gray Whale & Common Dolphins
5-10-1410 Gray Whales (3 Calf) & Common
5-9-142 Gray, 2 Humpback Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
5-8-142 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
5-7-14Common Dolphin
5-6-14Common Dolphin
5-5-1435 Gray, 1 Blue Whales & Common Dolphins
5-4-148 Gray Whales, (3 Calf) & Common Dolphins
5-3-1418 Gray Whales (7 Calf) & Common
5-2-148 Gray (2 Calf) 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
5-1-144 Gray (2 Calf), 3 Blue Whales & Common Dolphins,
First Blue Whale Sighting!
4-30-145 Gray Whales, (2 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-29-143 Gray Whales (1 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-28-1410 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-27-1413 Gray Whales, (3 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-26-14No trips, due to bad weather
4-25-143 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-24-1412 Gray (3 Calf), 1 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
4-23-149 Gray Whales, (2 Calf)
4-22-146 Gray Whales (2 Calf), Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
4-21-1418 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
4-20-141 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
4-19-146 Gray Whales (3 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-18-141 Minke Whale & Common Dolphins
4-17-145 Gray Whales (2 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-16-142 Gray, 1 Minke Whales & Common Dolphins
4-15-144 Gray Whales (1 Calf), Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
4-14-148 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-13-142 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-12-145 Gray Whales (1 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-11-145 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
4-10-1412 Gray Whales (2 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-9-145 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-8-145 Gray (1 Calf) Whales, 1 Fin Whale & Common Dolphins
4-7-145 Gray Whales (1 Calf) & Common Dolphins
4-6-144 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins + 3 Balloons
4-5-146 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
4-4-1411 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
4-3-143 Gray Whales, 1 Fin & Common Dolphins
4-2-14No trips, Due to bad weather
4-1-143 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-31-1413 Gray Whales (1 Calf), Bottlenose, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
3-30-145 Gray Whales (1 Calf) & Common Dolphins
3-29-1410 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-28-1412 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-27-14Common Dolphins
3-26-143 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-25-146 Gray Whales, 30+ False Killer Whales & Common Dolphins
3-24-145 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
3-23-1410 Gray Whales, 1 Great White Shark, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-22-1422 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
3-21-1416 Gray Whales & Whitesided Dolphins
3-20-148 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-19-146 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-18-1410 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
3-17-1415 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-16-1420 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-15-1431 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-14-1415 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-13-1412 Gray Whales & False Killer Whales
3-12-143 Gray Whales, 50+ False Killer Whales & Whitesided Dolphins
3-11-146 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-10-143 Gray, 2 Minke Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-9-1430 Gray, 2 Fin Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-8-1418 Gray Whales, Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-7-148 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Bottlenose Dolphins
3-6-1416 Gray Whales (2 SB) & Common Dolphins
3-5-147 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-4-147 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
3-3-148 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
3-2-1419 Gray Whales (1 NB), Offshore & Common Dolphins
3-1-1416 Gray Whales NB & Bottlenose Dolphins
2-28-14No trips due to weather
2-27-1415 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-26-142 Fin Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
2-25-143 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-24-141 Gray Whale, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-23-1413 Gray Whales (3 NB), Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-22-146 Gray Whales (2 NB), Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-21-146 Gray Whales (4 NB) & Common Dolphins
2-20-1415 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-19-141 Gray, 2 Minke Whales, Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-18-146 Gray Whales, Sealions, Bottlenose, Whitesided, Common Dolphins
2-17-143 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-16-1410 Gray Whales, Whitesided, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-15-1413 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-14-144 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-13-1413 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-12-142 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
2-11-147 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-10-145 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-9-1422 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-8-1418 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
2-7-149 Gray Whales, Offshore, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
2-6-146 Gray Whales
2-5-144 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
2-4-149 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
2-3-145 Gray Whales
2-2-148 Gray Whales (1 NB)
2-1-148 Gray Whales, Mega pod & Common Dolphin
1-31-1415 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-30-1412 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-29-144 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-28-1411 Gray Whales
1-27-142 Fin Whales (Cow & Calf), 12 Gray, Common & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-26-149 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins. 8hr Catalina trip we spotted:8 Grays, 1 Fin, 1 Minke, 1 Mako Shark, 1 Blue Shark, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-25-1410 Gray & 1 Fin Whale
1-24-142 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-23-144 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
1-22-145 Gray Whales, Offshore & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-21-147 Gray Whales & Whitesided Dolphins
1-20-143 Gray Whales (2 NB) & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-19-146 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-18-149 Gray Whales, 3 Calf, 2 Fin Whales & Common Dolphins
1-17-142 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
1-16-14Bottlenose Dolphins
1-15-147 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-14-147 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-13-145 Gray Whales & Common Dolphins
1-12-147 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-11-1415 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-10-143 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-9-149 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-8-14Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-7-1412 Gray Whales, Whitesided & Common Dolphins
1-6-1416 Gray Whales, 1 Calf, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-5-149 Gray Whales, 1 Calf & Common Dolphins
1-4-1410 Gray Whales, Offshore Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-3-143 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins
1-2-142 Gray Whales & Bottlenose Dolphins
1-1-145 Gray Whales, Bottlenose & Common Dolphins

Marine Mammal Guarantee

Dana Point Whale Watching Adventures: To Purchase By Phone, Please Call Our Ticketing Company At (888) 224-0603

If you don’t see A GOOD SHOWING of whales or dolphin, you will get your ticket back and are invited to come out again with us! These “whale checks” never expire.

Remember we have Special Seasonal Pre Sunset Specials where all tickets are just $25!

 

Buy Gift Certificates

Gift Certificates Available!

To buy a gift certificate by phone, call Zerve at (888) 224-0603.

Buy Gift Certificates

Looking for a great gift? You’ve come to the right place!

Now available online – buy a loved one or friend a gift certificate for a Whale Watching Cruise, Ocean Adventure Cruise, 1/2 Day Fishing trip, or 3/4 Day Fishing trip! Need a gift for kids? You can buy a kids club member ship online as a gift! Check out our Kid’s Club page for info!

World Famous Artist Wyland Endorses Dana Wharf Whale Watching!

Wyland Art Lesson

From January thru April every year we have special Wyland – Wyland’s Whale and Dolphin Adventure Art Lessons in the Wild trips for kids! Click here for more information!

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