Dolphin & Whale Watching
Capital of the World
Offering the World’s Best Year-Round Dolphin and Whale Watching
- More dolphins per square mile than anywhere else in the world with over 450,000 dolphins
- Dana Point made the “dolphin stampede” famous.
- Year-round whales include blue whales, fin whales, gray whales, humpback whales, and minke whales.
- A plethora of rare whales and dolphins, including killer whales, pilot whales, sperm whales, false killer whales, Dall’s porpoises, and more
- One of the best places in the world to view the largest animal to have ever lived on earth: the magnificent blue whale
- Best small harbor with quick and easy access to the open ocean
- Best year-round weather — Unlike many other locations, Dana Point usually has moderate weather and mild ocean conditions throughout the year.
- Underwater coastal canyons and large kelp beds within a mile of shore provide rich habitats for numerous species of marine life, including the kinds of fish that dolphins and whales love to eat!
- Unlike other Southern California harbors, Dana Point has no towering buildings, oil rigs or large ships that distort the whale watcher’s sense of the pristine and spectacular encounters.
- Home to the world’s first and longest-running annual whale festival, celebrating whales since 1971
- Home to Orange County’s Large Whale Disentanglement Team