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Whale Watching Huntington Beach

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Adults Ages 13+
Seniors Ages 55+
Children Ages 3 to 12
Infant Ages 2 and under
July & August
Adults Ages 13+
Seniors Ages 55+
Children Ages 3 to 12
Infant Ages 2 and under
EPIC 4 Hour Whale Watching Adventure -
12 People Max
Per Person Ages 5+

Discover the Thrill of Huntington Beach Whale Watching

Looking for a unique and thrilling experience in Huntington Beach? Look no further than whale watching! Huntington Beach offers some of the best whale watching opportunities in the world.

Why Huntington Beach is the Perfect Spot for Whale Watching

Prime Location for Whale Migration

Huntington Beach is situated on the Pacific coast, providing an excellent location for whale watching. Every year, thousands of whales migrate from the frigid waters of Alaska to the warmer waters of Mexico. This migration path passes directly by Huntington Beach, offering you a remarkable opportunity to observe these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.

Variety of Whale Species

Huntington Beach is a great place for whale watching as there are a diverse range of whale species that you can see. Some of the most common species that you can spot include gray whales, humpback whales, blue whales, and even orcas. Each species has its own unique characteristics and behaviors, which make every whale watching trip a unique experience.

The Best Time for Whale Watching in Huntington Beach

The prime period for whale watching in Huntington Beach is from December to April. During this period, the gray whales migrate from Alaska to Mexico, and the probability of sighting them is highest. Nevertheless, whale-watching tours are available throughout the year, and you may have a chance to spot other whale species during different times of the year.

Dana Point: The Whale Watching Capital

Dana Point is a beautiful coastal town located about a 30-minute drive south of Huntington Beach. It is best known for its whale-watching activities and is considered the “Whale Watching Capital of the World.”

The Highest-Rated Whale Watching & Dolphin Tour in SoCal

Dana Wharf Whale Watching was established in 1971, marking the inception of whale watching in Orange County. As pioneers of the industry, we have now become the leading year-round whale watching facility in Southern California. If you are planning to go whale watching, Dana Wharf in Dana Point should be your ultimate destination.

Our whale and dolphin watching cruises are all led by expert marine naturalist captains, who provide informative narration about the diverse ocean life along our coast. Each trip lasts for two hours, providing ample time to explore the fascinating world that lies beneath the ocean.

About the Whale Watching & Dolphin Adventure

Come and join Dana Wharf, the first and favorite whale watching company among locals, to enjoy the thrilling sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures in Dana Point. It is a landmark destination for marine life sightings, where you can witness rare glimpses of a variety of underwater wildlife and breathtaking scenic views that you will never forget.

During the whale watching season, we spot over 1,500 gray whales, and in the summer, we see blue whales. Throughout the year, we also get to see fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and even sharks.

Every trip with us is a unique experience, so make sure to come out often! We provide year-round whale watching tours, and we guarantee marine mammal sightings. If you don’t see a whale or dolphin during your trip, we will give you a voucher for a free tour that never expires!

You can observe different types of wildlife such as:

  • Gray whales (November – May) – These friendly whales are up to 65 feet long!
  • Blue whales (May – November) – They can grow up to 100 feet long and weigh up to 100 tons – you will not believe your eyes if you’re lucky enough to see one of these impressive marine mammals!
  • These whales visit year-round – fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and more.
  • Dolphins – Take memorable photos as schools of playful dolphins frolic around the boat!
  • Sea lions, pelicans, and other seafaring birds, plus possible sightings of sharks (mako, hammerhead, and great white).

Trips may be aboard our Dana Pride, the Queen of our fleet and our largest vessel; the Lot’ A Fun, our brand new state-of-the-art catamaran with incredible unobstructed 360-degree views; or our Ocean Adventure, a luxury eco-friendly catamaran with a raised EYE SPY viewing platform. We guarantee the best whale watching experience in Southern California!

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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 two-hour adventure.