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Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

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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.
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    Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing
    Stop: 2 hours -
    Delight in the sights of these marine animals Blue Whales Gray Whales Fin Whales Minke Whales Humpback Whales Killer Whales (Orca) Common Dolphins Bottlenose Dolphins Risso's Dolphins Pacific White Sided Dolphins
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Highlights
  • A scenic whale watching tour off the Orange County coast
  • Observe whales, dolphins, and sea lions
  • Year-round wildlife sightings
  • Comfortable ship with salon and viewing deck
  • Snacks and drinks for purchase 
  • Hear commentary from a real-life sea captain
  • Learn about the California coast’s unique ocean life
What to Expect
Climb aboard the Dana Pride to begin your wildlife tour of the Californian coast. Built exclusively for whale watchers, the sleek vessel features a viewing deck, a large salon, and a snack bar, so you are able to observe the action in high style. Head to the open-air deck to listen to the calls of seabirds while you keep an eye out for cresting whales. Or settle in below deck, where you can enjoy the view from a window as you sip a drink. Listen to the captain’s commentary about the variety of underwater wildlife you encounter during the tour. Thousands of dolphins, whales, sea lions, and sharks can be found year-round off the scenic coast of Orange County, so you are guaranteed plenty of exciting sightings. Lean back and enjoy the abundant ocean life without leaving the comfort of the ship.
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Departure Point
Dana Point, Dana Point, California
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Narration by captain
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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My family of 3 young children, husband and I went out on a Whale Watching cruise yesterday from Dana Point. It was one of the most magical experiences I have ever had. We were lucky enough to see a Grey Whale, a Humpback Whale, a huge pod of dolphins and Sea lions. The weather
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to provide fellow consumers with your rich perspective. What a fun family day!! We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.
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This is a great experience as Dana Wharf Whale Watching has been doing these excursions for years. They know what they are doing which means you will have a whale of a good time!
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for your review , we are so happy that you came out with us and that you had a great time. You seem like you have been out a lot and are familiar with our business. We do try our very best to give everyone the best experience. Thank you
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Great experience. Dolphins were beautiful and we were able to see grey whales. We saw more marine animals on this two hour trip than we did on a seven day cruise to Alaska and it was far less expensive
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 2 days ago
We love being compared to a seven day cruise:)) Thank you for your wonderful review and we are happy that you joined us. Dana Wharf
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Dana Point has been designated as The Whale Capital of the World!!! So exhilarating to be out there and see them as most times they accompany schools of dolphin. It’s almost like these gorgeous species give you a show and know it!!! You won’t be disappointed to go on one of Dana
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for your rating of our business! Our team works hard to deliver a superior experience in a friendly and courteous manner. Your rating validates our mission, and we look forward to serving you again soon.
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What fun my hubby & I had yesterday out on water with this awesome tour company! On the way out they taught us a lot about all the different kinds of whales, porpoises, dolphins, and seal -/ and their migration patterns. And then on our 2 pm tour we saw 5 gray whales, many
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for your rating of our business! Our team works hard to deliver a superior experience in a friendly and courteous manner. Your rating validates our mission, and we look forward to serving you again soon.
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By: Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing
DWAYNE H
Winnipeg, Canada
103
Sportfishing
Nice boat, crew was great. Problem was lack of fish due to a sea lion following the boat and eating the bait, and
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Jeanmod
32
Great fun!
I took my sister and her 10 year old son out with Dana Wharf. We had a splendid time! There were plenty of
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minigal55
Aliso Viejo, California
10
Whale and dolphin watching
I took my grandkids to watch the dolphins and whales. The captain and staff were terrific in explaining what type
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Christy
Townsville, Australia
10
Returning Customer
I have cruised with Dana Wharf on their whale watching excursions about 50x over the past 10yrs. This was my
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B2369ZEjohn
10
Great whale watching adventure
We had an excellent whale watching tour. I realize whale watching tours are a crap shoot and you might see nothing
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JakeandNana
Dana Point, California
10
Whale watching & kids art project with cool poster to take home - we saw whales - was PERFECT !!
Whale watching And kids art project with cool poster to take home - we saw whales and dolphins and even though a
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chocobo128
Orange County, California
2137
My most favored outing around south Orange County, California
I have taken the Dana Wharf whale trips for years. It is one of the best run operations I have experienced. Years
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marci_seither
10
Best Day Ever!!
I took two little boys with me on the boat and it was amazing! We loved that the naturalist came around and talked
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Christina G
10
Once and a lifetime expierience
We got lucky! What an experience. Our team of 20 was in town for a basketball game and scheduled a private tour
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mommafisher
Rancho Cordova, California
10
Spectacular Vision
First time whale watching and was blessed with some awesome sightings! Saw serval Humpback Whales a couple others
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