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Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Use promo code Fow20 to save $10 off all tickets (excludes special 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. trips.)

Quick Details

Cruise and lecture admission sold separately. Lecture admission is $5 at the door; children are free.

Original 2 Hour Whale Watching Trip
Seniors & Military
Children Ages 3-12
Infants Age 2 & under
8am Trip Special
4pm Sunset Whale Watch Trip
2 1/2 Hour Catamaran Adventure
Children Ages 3-12
Infants Age 2 & under

The Original 2-Hour Whale Watching Trip

This is simply the best whale watching tour, 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’s 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 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the festival weekends, and every trip is approx. two hours.

8 a.m. Trip Special

Want a whale of a deal? $15 per person on all 8 a.m. trips! Hurry, the best deal in town sells out fast. Regular price is $49 — huge savings!

4 p.m. Sunset Whale Watch Trip

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 p.m. – 6 p.m. trip are just $29 for adults and seniors and $29 for kids, compared to our usual $49 rate for adults and $39 for seniors. No other discounts accepted on this trip.

The 2.5-Hour Catamaran Adventure

Join Dana Wharf on a special 2.5-hour whale watching adventure both weekends at 11:30 a.m. Board Dana Wharf’s luxurious 63-foot, state-of-the-art, custom-built Ocean Adventures Catamaran or the new 50-foot Lot ’a Fun for a unique adventure. Featuring a smooth ride and an incredibly spacious viewing deck, these are the perfect vessels for whale and dolphin watching. Hurry, these trips sell out quickly.

Our famous rain check for marine mammal sightings guarantee applies to these trips as well, ensuring you see a good show of whales or dolphins or your next trip is FREE! Tickets that include whale watching, pre-trip lecture, and continental breakfast are $59 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.

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