Whale Watching Specials
December Kids' Discounts
For the month of December, 2018, 2 children (up to age 12) are free with the purchase of a full price adult ticket.
A savings of $29.00 per child!
- 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.
2019 Annual Whale Watch Pass
Join us on any 2 hour whale watch any day, as many days as you would like in 2019 . Whale watching is year round here in Dana Point, we are the Whale Capital of the west – join us any time as long as seats are available!
- $399 for Adults and $195 for Children!
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
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
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
2013 Whale Sightings
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!
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.