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About Dana Wharf

In 1958 While running several sport fishing boats off the San Clemente Pier, Don Hansen, decided to take children out on a whale watching excursion at the urging of friend and local educator Philip Grignon. For years Hansen and his fellow captains had been watching Gray Whales pass by them but no one was really watching this majestic Whales at the time. And just like that, whale watching was born.

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Voted Best of Dana Point in 2019

Best of Dana Point voted Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching the Best Whale Watching, Tackle Shop and Harbor Excursion for 2019! We are also the Golden Lantern Winner 11 years running! Thank you for 49 years of the best adventures and life-long memories. Here’s to many more!

Over 2,300 Five-Star Reviews!

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Great time

I took my daughter on a fishing trip with Dana Wharf Whalewatching and Sports fishing. We had a blast. She caught 4 fish, and I caught 3. Amazing experience for my daughter and I.

– Julie C., TripAdvisor
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Dolphins galore

Our captain was able to find us a huge group of dolphins that we were able to drive with and the continued to swim, jump and dance around our boat. 1000's of dolphins. We took our 3 yr old and 1 ye old and they both had a fantastic time.

– Stacy C., TripAdvisor
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Fun evening

2 childhood friends were visiting so I took them on the Dana Point wine tasting cruise around the harbor. It was a beautiful evening and very relaxing. Music was great and the wine pours were generous. I’ll go again! Lots of fun!

– Molly N., TripAdvisor
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Twilight fishing trip was top notch

Went out on the Twilight fishing trip and had a great time. The captain and crew were very professional and helpful, which was very nice as we were experienced in fishing the ocean. I would highly recommend them to anyone wanting an enjoyable fishing trip.

– clintj749, TripAdvisor
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Friendly staff, great sites!

Friendly and knowledgeable staff and large comfortable boat out on beautiful water. We saw loads of dolphins, sea lions and a humpback whale! Very good value and good period of time.

– Lydia C., TripAdvisor
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Morning 1/2 day fishing

We have fished all over the country and internationally. Dana wharf has top notch service, clean boats with fantastic crews. The crew was very friendly, helpful and supportive. They ensured everyone had a great time and caught fish.

– Richard H., TripAdvisor
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Sight of a lifetime!

Great staff and Captain. We saw the really big Dolphins and cruised with a 80 to 85' Blue whale. What a beautiful animal. He broke several times for us. What a sight!

– Bryan P., TripAdvisor
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So Many Dolphins!

This trip was awesome as we we traveling right next to a whole pod of dolphins for almost half the time of the trip. There were probably 200 dolphins surrounding our boat and right next to the boat. We got really lucky to see so many and had them give us a great show full of tricks on the water. The captain also provided some really cool information about them while we were watching them play next to us. Great trip!

– Amy O., TripAdvisor
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Visit Us in Dana Point

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.