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Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point provided by Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing

Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
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About
A scenic harbor in Southern California known as the “Whale Capital of the West,” Dana Point makes an ideal spot for spotting majestic marine animals. On a boat designed specifically for whale watching, come face-to-face with the gentle giants on this exciting cruise off the coast. Listen to fascinating commentary from your captain, and keep an eye out for sea lions and dolphins.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • A scenic whale watching tour off the Orange County coast
  • Observe whales, dolphins, and sea lions
  • Year-round wildlife sightings
  • Comfortable ship with salon and viewing deck
  • Snacks and drinks for purchase 
  • Hear commentary from a real-life sea captain
  • Learn about the California coast’s unique ocean life
What to expect
  • Climb aboard the Dana Pride to begin your wildlife tour of the Californian coast. Built exclusively for whale watchers, the sleek vessel features a viewing deck, a large salon, and a snack bar, so you are able to observe the action in high style. Head to the open-air deck to listen to the calls of seabirds while you keep an eye out for cresting whales. Or settle in below deck, where you can enjoy the view from a window as you sip a drink. Listen to the captain’s commentary about the variety of underwater wildlife you encounter during the tour. Thousands of dolphins, whales, sea lions, and sharks can be found year-round off the scenic coast of Orange County, so you are guaranteed plenty of exciting sightings. Lean back and enjoy the abundant ocean life without leaving the comfort of the ship.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • A scenic whale watching tour off the Orange County coast
  • Observe whales, dolphins, and sea lions
  • Year-round wildlife sightings
  • Comfortable ship with salon and viewing deck
  • Snacks and drinks for purchase 
  • Hear commentary from a real-life sea captain
  • Learn about the California coast’s unique ocean life
What to expect
  • Climb aboard the Dana Pride to begin your wildlife tour of the Californian coast. Built exclusively for whale watchers, the sleek vessel features a viewing deck, a large salon, and a snack bar, so you are able to observe the action in high style. Head to the open-air deck to listen to the calls of seabirds while you keep an eye out for cresting whales. Or settle in below deck, where you can enjoy the view from a window as you sip a drink. Listen to the captain’s commentary about the variety of underwater wildlife you encounter during the tour. Thousands of dolphins, whales, sea lions, and sharks can be found year-round off the scenic coast of Orange County, so you are guaranteed plenty of exciting sightings. Lean back and enjoy the abundant ocean life without leaving the comfort of the ship.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 8707P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Narration by captain
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
Duration
2h
Departure details
  • Dana Point, Dana Point, California Departure Point: Dana Wharf Address: 34675 Golden Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 Located in Dana Point Harbor
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Inclusions
  • Narration by captain
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
Departure details
  • Dana Point, Dana Point, California Departure Point: Dana Wharf Address: 34675 Golden Lantern Dana Point, CA 92629 Located in Dana Point Harbor
Duration
2h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Popular mentions

5.0
262 reviews
Excellent
225
Very good
27
Average
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Poor
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Terrible
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brucew72021
1 contribution
Whale watching
Aug 2021
Really a great time, well worth the money. We are planning to go again soon. The boat and the crew were top notch and it was a great day to go out and enjoy the water.
Written 9 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Ryan Y
36 contributions
We saw an enormous pod of dolphins!
Aug 2021 • Friends
As soon as we pulled out of the wharf and hit the big water we came upon a pod of hundreds of dolphin. It was an incredible experience! Smooth boat, nice and clean, friendly captain and first mate. We went with this same outfit in 2014 and saw many whales, this time no whales but more than enough dolphin. The dolphin surfed off the bow of the boat and we got some incredible videos (unfortunately Trip Advisor doesn’t allow video uploads).
Written 7 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Oceanfan818
1 contribution
A wonderful time!
Jul 2021
This was the third time I’ve done the whale watch at Dana Point. Although we didn’t spot any whales this time, the hundreds of dolphins were a beautiful sight! The team on the boat are friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. I love the discounts they offer on Tuesdays! Give yourself a treat you won’t regret!
Written 6 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

DanfromMD
1 contribution
Nice Day On the boat
Aug 2021 • Family
We enjoyed our 2 hours on the boat and found the crew helpful and professional. We did not see any whales on this trip, but some great dolphins.
Written 6 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

BeaTraveler761410
Irvine, CA1 contribution
Relaxing and enjoyable
Aug 2021 • Family
It was an amazing trip we have seen a lot of dolphins even a few baby dolphins in a close sight, haven’t seen the whale but it’s worth to go and to be exposed to the open ocean and dolphin energy
Written 6 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

isidorofranco19
Yorba Linda, CA1 contribution
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Jul 2021
Awesome!
I have never seen so many dolphins in my life!
Our team of health coaches had so much fun while we went out to see our beautiful sea mammals.
Written 4 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

albheb12
Prescott, AZ1 contribution
July Whale Watching.
Jul 2021 • Family
We’ve had an amazing experience the past two years (2019 and 2020). This year was just so so. We love the whale watching tour and were disappointed in the change in boat this year, that lacked seats for my family, and a safe opportunity for my 5 year old to observe. If possible, it would be great to bring back the other boat that allowed for seating for everyone, sun coverage, and safety for little ones to observe dolphins and whales during their trip. I didn’t have any engagement with a naturalist on board this year. That could’ve been coincidental.
Written 4 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

claudia h
Orange, CA6 contributions
Wonderful time for all ages
Aug 2021 • Family
We love well watching an Dana Point. We always see lots of sea life and the ship is never overcrowded and has lots of seats for everyone indoor or outdoor. Also has a snack bar which the kids love and even sells alcohol. The workers on this boat are very friendly and outgoing and knowledgeable. This is a fun day trip for all ages. Free parking And lots of it. Easy access to the dock. The kids even got free stickers and a sea life book at the end of the trip. Definitely recommend.
Written 3 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We are honored by the review you posted about your experience with us. While we are constantly told face to face how much customers enjoy our service, it takes a very special person to proclaim to the online world that they should check us out. You are one of those individuals and we are proud that you do business with us.
Written 9 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Tiffania123
1 contribution
Great tour
Jul 2021
Staff was excellent. Cap slowed boat for a family to get grandma to a comfy seat. We seen thousands of dolphins it was beautiful
Written 31 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

krystajhassett
1 contribution
Great trip, great staff!
Jul 2021
After hearing that the first boat of the day saw nothing, our captain drove way past the usual area and we ended up in a large pod of dolphins. The two ladies on board were so knowledgeable and sweet, really made it that much more enjoyable. I watched them take time with the littlest passengers to the oldest. Would definitely go again
Written 31 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing
TGideon
TGideon
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Awesome Experience
The boat was so much fun. We saw dolphins and sea lions on the trip out. Very polite and professional crew. We went
sanchezcarla33
sanchezcarla33
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Whale watching
Was a great trip,my kids really loved it. Can’t wait to go back again! We seen lots of dolphins, they were eating.
Scenic698383
Scenic698383
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Really nice trip. You need to take credit cards for snakcks etc.
We enjoyed our trip and we saw dolphins. We wanted to purchase feom the snack bar but didn’t have cash. We would h
leesil82
leesil82
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Wonderful Experience with Dana Wharf Whale Watching
It's really an unforgettable and amazing experience to go whale watching with Dana Wharf Whale Watching. Even thoug
Michael S
Michael S
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Great outing
We had a wonderful time. Well worth the money and we were able to view plenty of dolphins. We did not see any of th
GrandTour802311
GrandTour802311
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Great Trip
Short on whales but long on dolphins. Excellent boat and crew. I’ll go again. I won’t do another review that requir
denniswN2424AZ
denniswN2424AZ
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No narration from pilot during the entire voyage.
Thursday, September 23rd 2021 3 pm whale watching tour. During the entire 2 hours of the whale watching trip the p
SoCalAl107
SoCalAl107
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Beautiful whale watching experience
So glad to have been out on the water last Sunday - calm seas and comfortable overcast start with great visibility
Holly R
Holly R
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Fun excursion
Enjoyed our time on the ocean saw dolphins and seals. Crew was polite and safe. Craft was clean and comfortable.
macarrus
macarrus
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We had a great time.
We saw a large pod of common dolphins and a mother whale and her calf. The crew kept us as close as it was safe to
Sally B
Sally B
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Wonderful day
We had friends from out of town and thought this would be a great experience. We’ve experienced this trip before an
fr0zenr0pe11
fr0zenr0pe11
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Dolphins galore
We may not of seen any Wales. But we did run into a pod of dolphins that was absolutely phenomenal. Good time for a
munpat2021
munpat2021
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Love the dolphins
Although we did not see any whales, we enjoyed seeing the dolphins and the information provided by the Naturist. Th
CaliGirlForever75
CaliGirlForever75
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Dolphin Watching
We had a wonderful experience. Although we didn't see whales, we saw an amazing group of dolphins. It was a beautif
fun640
fun640
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So much fun!
This was the best trip! We got very lucky and saw a huge pod of dolphins right at the beginning and then just went
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