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
(800) 979-3370 or (800) 590-9994 | www.danawharf.com
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 dolphin 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 $25, Children 2 and under are always FREE. For reservations call 888-224-0603 or Check out our schedule and purchase online
8am 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
4pm 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 4-6 PM trip are just $29 compared to our usual $45 rate! 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 11:30AM and 2PM. 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
Ocean Institute Gray Whale Adventure Cruises
(949) 496-2274 | www.ocean-institute.org
More than just a whale watch, this cruise introduces participants to whales and many other marine animals using research equipment including plankton nets, sediment samplers, video microscopes, and underwater cameras. Experience these magnificent animals and learn about feeding strategies, migration, and behavior patterns. Cruise times are 2.5 hours long beginning at 10 AM and 1 PM on Festival weekends. Member pricing is $22/adult and $19/child (4 – 12 years old). Non-member pricing is $35/adult and $22/child (4 – 12 years old). Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the cruise ticket purchase.
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari
(949) 488-2828 | dolphinsafari.com
Join the Dana Point whale watching trip rated #1 on TripAdvisor, Google+ and Yelp. Dolphin and whale watching with Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods that let you feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales underwater without getting wet. Our high-tech catamarans provide excellent viewing of gray whales, fin whales, minke whales, and more, plus five species of wild dolphins that can number in herds of up to 10,000 for an educational and incredibly exciting whale watching experience. Our boats are never crowded with a maximum of 49 passengers. Hear dolphins below the surface with our hydrophone and explore the artifacts in our whale and dolphin micro-museum. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat. Exclusively aboard our catamaran sailboat MANUTE’A you can be one of the pod in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave’s original sailing catamaran DOLPHIN SAFARI is so close to the water that it’s like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. Both catamaran sailboats feature our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets to give you a really up close encounter! LILY, our power catamaran, offers luxury whale watching with features that include cushioned bow seating, full galley, beautifully appointed interior, and state-of-the-art whale research equipment. ORCA, our luxury motor yacht, is available for intimate whale watching charters for up to 6 guests. Mention this listing for $10 discount; good during Festival of Whales only; discount not applicable on private charters.