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Whale Watching

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.

SPECIALS

Saturday & Sunday – 8AM Whale Watch Trip ONLY $29, BOOK NOW!

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.

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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.

 

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; Seniors (55and over) $35, Kids – $29 ( 3-12) 2 and under are free

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 also we are running 4 hour and 8 hour trips see our schedule.

 

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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Whale Sightings Log

Whale Sightings (Jan. 2017 – Current):

831 Gray Whales, 41 Humpback Whales, 9 Fin Whales, 3 Minke Whale

Whale Sightings (Jan. 2016-Dec. 2016)

1363 Gray Whales, 390 Humpback Whales, 120 Fin Whales, 40 False Killer Whales, 61 Minke Whales, 118 Blue Whales, 2 Brydes Whale, 120 Killer Whales (Orca), 4 Basking Sharks, 12 Mola Mola (Ocean Sunfish), 6 Elephant Seals, 5 White Shark, 2 Mako Sharks, 3 Green Sea Turtles, 7 Hammerhead Sharks, 1 Pelagic Stingray, 1 Blue Shark , 1 Striped Marlin

Whale Sightings (Jan. 2015-Dec. 2015

29 Killer Whales (Orcas), 2052 Gray Whales, 478 Humpback Whales, 233 Fin Whales, 184 Minke Whales, 90+ False Killer Whales, 838 Blue Whales, 156 Pilot Whales, 100+ Sperm Whales, 21 Bryde’s Whales, 2 Whale Sharks, 5 Great White Sharks, 12 Mako Sharks, 13 Hammerhead Sharks, 1 Thresher Shark

Whale Sightings (May 2012 – Dec. 2013)

1078 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!

Dana Point Whale Watching Adventures

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 “Mammal Checks” never expire.

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, albacore, and dorado. Whether you’re coming to Dana Point for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise, creating memories onboard our sportfishing charters or privately chartering a boat, sailboat or catamaran, 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.