Whale Watching Excursions
See why Dana Point is the “Whale Capital of the West!” Most excursions are 2-3 hours long. Reservations recommended.
Dana Wharf Whale Watching
March 3, 4, 10, 11
The Original 2-Hour Whale Watching Trip
Simply the best – from the originators of whale watching in Orange County and voted #1 five years in a row by Dana Point Times!
Expert captains and certified naturalists narrate each excursion, detailing the whales’ movements through their natural migration path. As the originator of Whale Watching in Orange County, Dana Wharf remains family owned and operated and is exclusively endorsed by world-renowned marine life artist Wyland. Every trip is a new and different adventure, all showcasing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean underwater world right here, off the coast of Dana Point. Kids rock at Dana Wharf and often get to meet the Captain! Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphins or your next trip is FREE!
Excursions depart every hour, on the hour, from 8 AM to 4 PM during the Festival weekends and every trip is approx. 2 hours. Prices: Adults $45, Senior and Military $35, Children 3-12 years $29, Children 2 and under are always FREE. For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online. Use promo code Fow18 save $10 off all tickets excludes special 8am and 4pm trips.
8 AM Trip Special – Want a whale of a deal? $15 per person on all 8am trips! Hurry, the best deal in town sells out fast. Regular price is $45 – huge savings! For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online
4 PM Sunset Whale Watch Trip – Also take advantage of the wonderful sunsets in Dana Point on our specially priced Sunset Whale Watch trip. Sip cocktails or your favorite wine or beer from our on board bar as you take in the fabulous sunset. All tickets on this 4 PM-6 PM trip are just $29 for adults and seniors and $29 for kids compared to our usual $45 rate for adults and $35 for seniors. (No other discounts accepted on this trip.) For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online
The 2 1/2 Hour Deluxe Catamaran Adventure – Join Dana Wharf on a special 2 1/2 hour Whale Watching adventure both weekends at 11:30 AM and 2 PM. Board Dana Wharf’s luxurious 63 ft, state-of-the-art, custom-built OCean Adventures Catamaran for this unique adventure. Featuring a smooth ride and an incredibly spacious EYE SPY viewing deck, this is the perfect vessel for whale and dolphin watching for those seeking a more intimate, educational trip – not to mention a full-service deli-style galley. Hurry, these trips sell out quickly. Our famous “rain check” for marine mammal sightings guarantee applies to these trips as well. Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphin or your next trip is FREE! Tickets that include the whale watching adventure, lecture and continental breakfast are $55 for adults, $35 for Seniors and Children 3–12, and children 2 and under are always FREE! For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online. Use promo code Fow18 save $10 off all tickets excludes special 8am and 4pm trips.
Ocean Institute Tallship Sailing Adventure & Gray Whale Adventure Cruise
(949) 496-2274 | www.ocean-institute.org
March 3, 4, 10, 11
Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure 11 AM – From “Devil Fish” to “Friendliest Whale,” explore how time and discovery have shaped man’s perception of the magnificent Gray Whale. Join us for an exciting tallship sailing adventure as you gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California Coast as we sail in search of the Gray Whale.
Pricing: Adults: $60.00; Seniors & Active Duty Military: $50.00; Children (12 and under; minimum age 4): $40.00. Members receive a 10% discount. Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the sail ticket purchase.
March 3, 4, 10, 11
Gray Whale Adventure Cruise 8:30 AM, 11:30 AM, 2 PM – Join the R/V Sea Explorer crew on a whale watching cruise to view the whales and dolphins that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home. Each 2.5-hour cruise provides passengers with a one of kind experience in assisting our Marine Scientists with collecting samples from the ocean habitat. Our adventures also include hands on activities for the kids onboard! Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the cruise ticket purchase.
Pricing: Adults:$45.00; Seniors 55 and up: $35.00; Active Duty Military: $35.00; Children (4-17): $25.00; toddlers (3 & under): free. Ocean Institute members receive at 10% discount.
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
(949) 488-2828 | dolphinsafari.com
March 3, 4, 10, 11
Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari – Join Orange County’s number one rated whale watching tour on TripAdvisor, Google+ and Yelp. Celebrating 20 years!
Bring the kids, family, and friends for a chance to get up close and personal with gentle gray whales, as well as fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales and more, plus five different species of amazing wild dolphins, including mega-pods that can number in the thousands!
**SPECIAL OFFER**Mention this Festival of Whales website when making your reservations by telephone for a $10 discount. Discount good March 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018. Discount not applicable on private charters and cannot be combined with other offers. Please call (949) 488-2828 to reserve.
Why Captain Dave’s? Because you and your family deserve the very best!
Capt. Dave’s has a Five Star rating and is Dana Point’s No. 1 outdoor activity on TripAdvisor and offers the best customer service!
Exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods: Go underwater, without getting wet, and experience what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales while aboard our high-tech catamaran sailboat MANUTE’A.
Capt. Dave’s unique catamarans are never crowded with a maximum of 12 to 49 passengers, depending on the vessel, for an intimate whale watching experience.
We are a real eco-tourism company providing only sustainable wildlife viewing.
Orange County’s only U.S. Coast Guard inspected rigid hull inflatable boat, FAST CAT, is also available throughout the Festival.
Originators of the Eye-Spy viewing platform: Eye-Spy Dolphin & Whale Tram Nets on our catamaran sailboats put wildlife inches below your feet.
Our knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live for a fun and educational oceanic adventure that adults and children of all ages will love.
Captain Dave and rescue team members have been recognized worldwide for their conservation and whale rescue efforts.
Mrs. Captain Dave’s famously yummy Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every whale watching trip.
We are the home of Dana Point’s most viewed YouTube channel, featuring Captain Dave’s award-winning (Phinfest 2015) drone footage of whales and dolphins with over 12 million views. Subscribe to our channel!
Captain Dave is a marine naturalist, conservationist, photographer, award-winning filmmaker and author, and whale watching captain. A founder of Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group, Captain Dave was a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to raise awareness of bycatch from fishing gear entanglement. He is often called upon as an authority on wild dolphins and whales, and was a keynote speaker at the LA Drone Expo for his spectacular use of drones for filming whales and dolphins in his acclaimed video “Drones Over Dolphin Stampede and Whales off Dana Point and Maui.” Videos and photographs from Captain Dave’s safaris have been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “CBS this Morning,” “NBC Nightly News,” “The Today Show,” Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and in feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated Racing Extinction.