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Whale Watching Laguna 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 Laguna Beach Whale Watching

Laguna Beach, California, is famous for its stunning beaches, beautiful weather, and vibrant art scene. But did you know that it is also one of the best places in the world for whale watching?

Every year, thousands of whales migrate along the coast of Laguna Beach, making it the perfect destination for anyone interested in witnessing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat.

When is the Best Time for Whale Watching in Laguna Beach?

Whale Migration Season

The annual whale migration season is the best time for whale watching in Laguna Beach. This season typically runs from December to April, during which thousands of gray whales travel from the cold waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Baja California, Mexico. This journey covers over 5,000 miles and is one of the longest migrations of any mammal. The whales often use the shallow waters of Laguna Beach as a resting point before continuing their journey, making it an ideal spot for whale watching.

Although December to April is considered peak season, there are opportunities to view other types of whales and marine life year-round, including humpback whales, minke whales, fin whales, and various types of dolphins.

Types of Whales You Can See in Laguna Beach

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Gray Whales

The most common type of whale seen in Laguna Beach is the gray whale. These whales can grow up to 50 feet in length and weigh up to 40 tons. They are known for their distinctive gray color and their heart-shaped blowholes.

Gray whales are also known for their friendly and curious behavior, often approaching boats and interacting with humans. They can often be seen breaching, spy-hopping, and fluking, making them a favorite among whale watchers.

Humpback Whales

Humpback whales are another common sight in Laguna Beach. These whales are known for their acrobatic displays, including breaching, tail slapping, and flipper slapping. They can grow up to 50 feet in length and weigh up to 40 tons.

Humpback whales are also known for their complex songs, which can last up to 20 minutes and can be heard from miles away. These songs are believed to be a form of communication between the whales.

Blue Whales

The largest animal on the planet, the blue whale, can also be seen in Laguna Beach during the migration season. These whales can grow up to 100 feet in length and weigh up to 200 tons. They are known for their distinctive blue-gray color and their heart-shaped blowholes.

Blue whales are not as acrobatic as other whale species, but they can often be seen breaching and fluking. They are also known for their loud and deep vocalizations, which can be heard by other whales from hundreds of miles away.

Dana Point: The Whale Watching Capital

Dana Point is a beautiful coastal town located about a 15-minute drive south of Laguna 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.