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Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point provided by Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing

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Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 21-04-01 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 21-04-01 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
A scenic harbor in Southern California known as the “Whale Capital of the West,” Dana Point makes an ideal spot for spotting majestic marine animals. On a boat designed specifically for whale watching, come face-to-face with the gentle giants on this exciting cruise off the coast. Listen to fascinating commentary from your captain, and keep an eye out for sea lions and dolphins.
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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Important Information
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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Adam M wrote a review Apr. 2021
Tustin, California22 contributions7 helpful votes
I have been whale watching with my wife a few times with severel companies and have not seen a whale until yesterday we went out with dana wharf and we saw 2 fin whales! it was both our first times seeing whales, lots of dolphins too! we also saw sea lions on the way in
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Donna K, Owner at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 4 days ago
Wonderful! Thank you so much.
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lisagpatino wrote a review Apr. 2021
San Juan Capistrano, California38 contributions18 helpful votes
You never know what to expect on these yours but 4/3/21 was MAGICAL!!! We saw 3 grey whales and at least 200 dolphins. Not your ordinary dolphins but ones that jumped for joy and showed off for us. Loved the drinks and popcorn! Don’t forget sweaters and dress warm. It’s chilly
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Response from Donna K, Owner at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 3 weeks ago
We love it Lisa...best day ever! That is music to our ears. So happy you had a great time and we hope to see you again sometime.
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CarolG wrote a review Apr. 2021
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Went out on 2 different whale watching private charters. What a delightful experience both times! The captain and crew were professional, friendly and very knowledgable. We saw whales, dolphins and a mola mola! We were thrilled after both trips. The boats were clean and very
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Response from Donna K, Owner at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 3 weeks ago
We deeply appreciate your very positive review of our business. We are very pleased that you got to enjoy many favorite aspects of what we have to offer. It is always most rewarding to hear directly from our customers and especially those willing to provide their positive perspective with the online world. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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MaryAnn I wrote a review Jan. 2021
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Always a pleasure to go out on the water with Dana Wharf. The nicest crews, impeccably clean boats, and a great galley. I have been going out with this company for years and I am never disappointed.
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Date of experience: January 2021
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Response from Donna K, Owner at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded Jan. 24, 2021
Thank you for both your patronage and for posting such generous comments regarding our business. We work very hard to ensure that we please wonderful customers like you. Thank you for validating that we are accomplishing that goal.
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Michael V wrote a review Dec. 2020
3 contributions2 helpful votes
Just a fantastic day with my kids. Perfect weather, plenty of free parking, easy check in process, clean boat with plenty of room to spread out, mandatory masks, friendly and professional crew, informative experts, and we saw a gray whale and about 50 dolphin that swam right
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Date of experience: December 2020
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Response from Donna K, Owner at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded Dec. 20, 2020
Thank you so much Michael for taking the time to share your experience and we couldn't be happier you had a great day! We look forward to your next visit.
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By: Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing
bjsreg
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Wonderful whale and dolphin watching excursion!
The whale watching trip was great! My 2 friends and I are experienced volunteer naturalists so we've been on many w
Richard M
Richard M
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Great Gift!
My sister and her new husband enjoyed the cruise. My sister doesn't always have "sea legs" but she enjoyed the crui
entropymond
entropymond
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Fishing Trip
I really enjoyed fishing with Dana Warf, the sailors were super helpful and supportive. I would have liked to fish
Michele4522
Michele4522
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Delightful whale and dolphin tour!
Such a wonderful trip where we saw a Fin whale multiple times and so many dolphins! They were swimming along with o
bostonlegal3
bostonlegal3
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Whale watching
The crew was friendly and gave us a lot of information, and then they did everything they could to ensure we got th
reisenundwandern
reisenundwandern
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Awesome Boat Ride
Absolutely wonderful whale watching boat tour. We saw both a whale and many dolphins. The naturalist on board was v
divyyne1
divyyne1
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AWESOME EXPERIENCE
IT was so awesome. the staff was so polite and helped us with any questions we had. there was 23 of us all family
Dvpimages77
Dvpimages77
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Great Experience
It was a great experience on this amazing tour. We seen lots of dolphins and like 5 whales 🐳 it was amazing!!!!! A
abogadobob
abogadobob
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Great Company
Nice boats, reasonable price, lots if dolphins, sea lions, birds, and usually see whales (nobody can guarantee). Gr
tameraschulz98
tameraschulz98
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Fun Fins
Common dolphins made for an uncommon day! Like Flipper! Plus Fin whales!! Fun and great value on Tuesday half off!
krismmancilla
krismmancilla
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Great experience!
My husband and I took our two boys (2 & 4) on a whale watching trip and had the best time! The staff is incredibly
GaryLaurieK
GaryLaurieK
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Beautiful Day off Dana Point
Great trip - whales and dolphins. Even saw a Moola-Moola - fabulous ocean sunfish. Good boat crew - great snacks a
DonHorel1
DonHorel1
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Great Mid Day Trip
This was our 2nd trip with Dana Wharf. The first was in August 2019, and the 2nd was in early April 2021. Regardl
859gary
859gary
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Wonderful Whale Watching
Excellent tour in which a pod of Dolphins came along playfully beside the boat. Hit the jackpot with seeing 4 or 5
brianna654
brianna654
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AWESOME EXPERIENCE!!!
Dana Warf exceeded my expectations! It was my very first whale watching experience and I couldn't of picked a bette
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