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 $29, 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 Cruise
(949) 496-2274 | www.ocean-institute.org
Ocean Institute Gray Whale Adventure Cruise – Join the R/V Sea Explorer on a Whale Watching Cruise to view the whales and dolphins that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home. Each 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! Cruise times are 2.5 hours long beginning at 10 AM and 1 PM on Festival weekends. 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
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! Capt. Dave’s high-tech catamarans are never crowded with a maximum of 49 passengers and offer an educational and incredibly exciting whale watching experience. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on every safari. Mention this online ad for $10 discount; good during Festival of Whales only; discount not applicable on private charters.
Exclusively aboard Capt. Dave’s catamaran sailboat MANUTE’A can you feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales, underwater without getting wet, in the Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave’s original sailing catamaran DOLPHINSAFARI.COM 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 seating on the bow and throughout the boat, full galley, beautifully appointed interior, shaded upper sundeck, and state-of-the-art whale research equipment. Our new rigid hull inflatable catamaran, FAST CAT, is turbo charged for fun and with speeds up to 30 knots a small group of up to 12 passengers will spend less time looking for animals and more time enjoying them. ORCA, our luxury motor yacht, is available for intimate whale watching charters for up to 6 guests.
Captain Dave is a marine naturalist, conservationist, photographer, award winning filmmaker and author, and whale watching captain. Frequently called upon as an authority on wild dolphins and whales, he has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and more. Captain Dave has been featured on the Ellen Show and CBS Morning News for his conservation efforts and successful disentanglement of whales. Most recently Capt. Dave was a keynote speaker at the LA Drone Expo where he talked about flying his drone over water in challenging conditions while filming dolphins and whales, including his acclaimed video “Drones Over Dolphin Stampede and Whales off Dana Point and Maui”.