Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour

Our most popular trip!

Join us for an adventure like no other!

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 with Dana Wharf the pioneers of the industry.


Adults (ages 13 to 54): $49.00
Children (ages 3 to 12): $29.00 in December for FREE with purchase of adult ticket
Seniors (ages 55 and older): $39.00 | $24 for November
Military (Active duty must show valid ID at check in): $39.00
Toddlers (ages 2 and under): FREE


1/2 PRICE TUESDAYS all year round!
Half price off the usual adult fare!
Sunset cruises are only $29 on select dates!
Please note that Tuesday trips generally sell out, so for a less crowded boat please book a full-priced ticket for a different day of the week.

Senior Special for November!
During November, Senior price is $24 instead of $39 – a savings of $15 on every ticket. No promo code needed!

Veteran’s Day
Monday November 11th, Veterans ride Free on any whale watching day trip. Non-Veteran military receive military discounts!


About the Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour

Join DANA WHARF OC’s first (and locals favorite) whale watching company and delight in the exciting sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures at Dana Wharf. Known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf’s Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tours offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife and gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget.

This season we saw over 1500 Gray Whales, and last summer we saw over 750 Blue Whales. Every trip is a new experience, so be sure to come out often! Whale Watching season is year round, marine mammal sightings are guaranteed, meaning that if you do not see a whale OR dolphin, we’ll give you a voucher for a free trip!

Trips may be aboard our Ocean Adventure Catamaran , the only Catamaran with a raised viewing EYE SPY platform not a net so you never get wet!!


Every trip is a new experience, so be sure to come out often! See attractions such as:
• Gray Whales (November – May) – These friendly Whales are up to 65 feet!

Blue Whales (May – November) – They can grow up to 100 feet long and weigh up to 100 tons – you will not believe your eyes if you’re lucky enough to see on of these impressive marine mammals!

Dolphins – take memorable photos as schools of playful dolphins frolic around the boat!

• Sea lions, pelican and other sea faring birds

All of our cruises are narrated by our expert marine naturalist 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!

Special 4 Hour and 8 Hour Trips departs at 8am , half day adventure or all day adventures on our fast , luxury vessel the Ocean Adventures Catamaran to search for whales of all kinds and many more cetaceans we see led by our all star crew Captain Frank Brennan or Captain Corey Hall, lead naturalist Jason Kunewa and photojournalist Carla Mitroff, SPECIAL GUESTS may include Captain Todd Mansur , Bernardo Alps , Alisa Schulman-Janiger , Doug Thompson, Dr. Lei Lani Stelle , and many more you never know who may surprise you.

(We will have a galley open for other beverages and food. Pre paid reservation required at time of booking. sorry no discount of any kind are accepted on this trip! See schedule for dates)

GUARANTEED MARINE MAMMAL SIGHTINGS- If you don’t see a good showing of marine mammals (whale or dolphins), get a free Marine Mammal Rain Check to come back for another trip!

About Dana Wharf

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorado. Whether you’re looking for boat rentals in Dana Point to enjoy a private boat charter, sailboat or catamaran, coming for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise or wanting to create memories onboard our sportfishing charters, one thing is for certain: your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Dana Wharf is conveniently located in Dana Point, Orange County, just south of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach – about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego.

World Cetacean Alliance logoProud Partner of the World Cetacean Alliance
The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans). Partners of the WCA aim to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, to ensure their continued survival.