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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour

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Please note that Tuesday trips generally sell out, so for a less crowded boat please book a full-priced ticket for a different day of the week.


  • 2 hours of nature sightseeing
Toddler Ages 2 and under

A Dolphin & Whale Watching Adventure like no other!

Known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf’s Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tours offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife and gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget.

Seasonally, we see over 1,500 gray whales, and in the summer we see blue whales. Year-round we see fin whales, Minke whales, humpback whales, and even sharks. Every trip is a new experience, so be sure to come out often! Whale watching season is year-round, marine mammal sightings are guaranteed, meaning that if you do not see a whale OR a dolphin, we’ll give you a voucher for a free trip that never expires!

All of our Orange County whale watching cruises are narrated by our expert marine naturalist captains who educate you on the abundant ocean life on our coast. Trips are all two hours long, offering plenty of time to discover the world that lies beneath!

GUARANTEED MARINE MAMMAL SIGHTINGS – If you don’t see a good showing of marine mammals (whale or dolphins), get a free Marine Mammal Rain Check to come back for another trip!

What To Expect

Every trip is a new experience, so be sure to come out often! See marine life such as:

  • Gray whales (November – May) – These friendly whales are up to 65 ft. long!
  • Blue whales (May – November) – They can grow up to 100 ft. long and weigh up to 100 tons – you will not believe your eyes if you’re lucky enough to see on of these impressive marine mammals! These whales visit year-round!
  • Resident whales – Fin whales, humpback whales, Minke whales, and more
  • Dolphins – take memorable photos as schools of playful dolphins frolic around the boat!
  • Sea lions, pelican and other seafaring birds – plus possible sightings of sharks (mako, hammerhead, and great white)

Private Charters

Can I book a private charter? Yes, all boats are available for private charters.

Our Customers Love Our Whale Watching With Us!

Absolutely Amazing!

"Have gone on multiple trips throughout my life growing up and they never disappoint. This past holiday weekend we went on two, the first one on Saturday we saw no whales but a HUGE pod of common dolphins that was truly a sight to see. Monday's trip we had the privilege of seeing 4 BLUE whales along with a fin whale. It was absolutely amazing!! Definitely will continue coming back."

– Daniel Sanford
Super Fun!

"Super fun! We saw some whales and lots and lots of dolphins, which are my favorite! The captain narrated facts and information about the whales and dolphins and that was pleasant as well. Friendly crew and Dana Point is a great atmosphere. We will return and would recommend to anyone. Also the boat was plenty spacious for everyone to get good views and pictures. This is a big deal to me because I do not like the crowd thing, and I did not feel crowded at all"

– Karen Derival
Incredible Experience!

"Incredible experience! We took the family out for my daughter's 6th birthday this past weekend and even though there was some serious visibility issues for the captain because of the marine layer we still managed to find ourselves amongst hundreds of dolphins. The boat was great and the crew was friendly and super knowledgeable. We will absolutely be back! This was a trip that will stay with us for years to come"

– Jessica Grimshaw