Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

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Dana Point, USA

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Delight in the exciting sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures off Dana Point in Orange County. Known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf’s ocean adventure cruises offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife and gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget. Search for whales, dolphins, sea lions and other exciting marine life! All cruises are narrated by expert captains who will educate you on the abundant ocean life on the coast. Trips are 2 hours long, plenty of time to discover the world that lies beneath. Remember that sightings of marine life are guaranteed.


  • Choice of several departures throughout the day
  • Excellent value for money
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Family friendly
  • Popular choice with kids
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment



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Average 4.58 out of 5 stars based on 60 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Multiple whale sightings
Cynthia P, Feb 2022 Verified
The whales surfaced many times. We also saw dolphins that swam along the boat, and seals. Crew was knowledgeable and friendly. Wear warm clothes/ jackets.
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Susan8467, Jan 2022 Verified
We had some complications during our travels so had to re-schedule this trip a few times (not to mention we missed seeing the request to arrive 45 minutes before departure to check in and got there only 15 minutes ahead of time) and they were always so nice and accommodating! We ended up on the 10am trip on a Wednesday with bright sunshine, beautiful blue skies and fairly calm seas. We did see up to 4 whales from a far which was exciting! There were 2 women crew on board who provided good information on the whales and other wildlife and were highly knowledgeable on a wide variety of topics to answer guests' questions and the Captain provided some information during the stops. The Captain and crew don't have much control over what wildlife is seen, but wish we would have seen more up close (first time they said they have never seen dolphins). For us, there was a 6-8 minute wait between sightings while the whale(s) were diving. We are boaters so enjoyed the ride either way and do recommend this tour group if you are in the area. We live far away or would go with them again in the hopes of catching more whales up close. Also of note, the galley served a wide arrange of food and drinks which was a welcome bonus (hot dogs, quesadillas, sodas & sports drinks, bagged chips & nuts, full bar, grilled cheese and more!) and again, the person who was working the galley (after assisting with the lines coming and going) was super-friendly. Note: there was a 50% pp discount on Tuesdays during this time (Jan 2021)
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
tiredconferencegoer, Jan 2022 Verified
Fun trip! Might have to stand for best view, but there are seats. Saw whales and dolphins. Would go again if I’m in the area.
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
SousaFamily, Dec 2021 Verified
Such a great day! At first we weren’t sure if we’d see anything. The captain went above and beyond his duty to make sure we saw dolphins!
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Susan_D, Nov 2021 Verified
This was a wonderful experience and the captain was very knowledgeable and provided interesting insight into the wildlife we saw.
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Anonymous, Nov 2021 Verified
The bait was very clean and comfortable and the crew was awesome. Saw tons of dolphins and. Enjoyed the whole experience.
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
MarkWest, Oct 2021 Verified
We enjoyed our 2 hour boat tour very much - more dolphins than we could ever imagine. Dolphins put on quite a show for a long time. Also had fun seeing sea lions up close! No whales but we knew it wasn’t the season. Highly recommend !
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Xlmermaid63, Oct 2021 Verified
What a great day! From checking in for our whale/dolphin excursion with Murphy(so friendly and nice) to going out on the very comfortable boat with friendly staff.. then a perfect day on the water calm and warm at very end of October to then being surrounded by hundreds and hundreds of dolphins with a LOT of babies out there. Everyone on that boat was smiling and happy…
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Gigi_kj, Oct 2021 Verified
Great staff and fun morning. Didn’t see any whales but did see a lot of dolphins. A fun activity and beautiful area. Highly recommend!
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
kenneth n, Sep 2021 Verified
Terrific boat for whale watching. Captain and crew were excellent. Duration of trip was about right--2 hours.

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