Whale Watching Specials
- 1/2 PRICE TUESDAYS all year round!
- Half price off the usual adult fare!
- Sunset cruises are only $29 on select dates!
Private Whale and Dolphin Watching Tours Available!
See the whales, dolphins, other sea life, and breathtaking coastal views during your private and unique experience at Dana Point. Your Captain and Marine Life Expert will be your personal narrator during your 2-hour adventure.
Whale Watching Events
Earth Day Whale Watching Details
- Saturday, April 20th from 5-7pm.
- In celebration of Earth Day, this special Sunset Whale Watching Adventure will focus on the clean up of marine debris.
- Starting at $19 for Children and $34 for Adults. Passengers will receive a tote bag/reusable water bottle with their purchase.
- Portions of the trip fees will be donated to the Gray Whale Foundation.
Pelagic Bird Watching
This 4-hour long adventure will give us more time to travel farther offshore in search of pelagic birds, whales, and dolphins. Each trip will have a local Bird Expert on board. At the end of our trips, we will recap what we saw and make sure that we log what everyone saw as well. This trip is the perfect outing for the beginning birder or the expert or for anyone that just loves the longer adventure.
Animals We Encounter
More Whale Watching Info
2017 Whale Sightings
65 Fin Whales, 959 Gray Whales, 82 pairs of Gray Whale cow/calves (these are in addition to the single whales), 177 Humpback Whales, 8 pairs Humpback cow/calves (also not included in single whales), 73 Minke Whales, 9 Killer Whales (Orcas), 38 Blue Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales, 13 Sei Whales, 37 Great White Sharks
2016 Whale Sightings
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
2015 Whale Sightings
952 to Gray Whales, 419 Blue Whales, 75 Fin Whales, 76 Minke Whales, 116 Humpback Whales, 90 False Killer Whales, 156 Pilot Whales, 100 Sperm Whales, 21 Bryde’s Whales, 29 Orcas, 5 Great White Sharks, 12 Mako Sharks, 13 Hammerhead Sharks, 1 Thersher Shark
2014 Whale Sightings
2013 Whale Sightings
598 Gray Whales, 32 Fin Whales, 49 Minke Whales, 21 Humpback Whales, 375 Blue 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!
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.
Proud 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.