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
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.
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!
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 $25 compared to our usual $45 rate! Check out our schedule and purchase online at http://www.zerve.com/DanaWharf/OceanAdv
MARINE MAMMAL LECTURE AND WHALE WATCHING ADVENTURE Join Dana Wharf on a special 2 1/2 hour Whale Watching adventure following the exclusive Marine Mammal Lecture – both weekends at 11:30 AM & 2 PM. The special lecture from 10 am to 11 AM includes continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s. Perfect for those who want a one-on-one educational experience, guest marine biologists present recent findings on local whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. 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 viewing deck, this is the perfect vessel for whale and dolphin watching – - 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 800.979.3370 or 800.590.9994 or visit www.danawharf.com
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 state-of-the-art equipment including satellites, plankton nets, sediment samplers, and video microscopes. 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 1:30 1:00 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 Whale & Dolphin Safari
(949) 488-2828 | dolphinsafari.com
Most unique Whale Watch in the world! Be one of the pod in our two exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods – it feels like swimming with wild dolphins and whales but without getting wet. Our hi-speed, hi-tech, catamaran sailboat comfortably carries only 49 passengers or our smaller more intimate catamaran carries 20 passengers so our trips are never crowded. Hear below the surface with research hydrophone while an experienced marine naturalist narrates how the animals live, including Capt. Dave Anderson, whose award winning film on Wild Dolphins & Whales has drawn people worldwide to Dana Point. The fronts of our boats are low to the water to get you up close and personal with the animals and on board whale and dolphin micro-museum is fun and educational. Trips are broadcast LIVE on WhaleWatchingTV.com so you can wave to family and friends! And we saved the best for last – Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back. Mention this ad for 10% discount. Good during Festival of Whales only.