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

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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.
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Dana Point
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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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Dana Point
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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 cancelled 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.
143Reviews
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Bruce B wrote a review Mar. 2020
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My family had a great time, saw Whales and Sea Lions. Captian did a good job keeping us on top of the whales, despite the competition from other boaters.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded Mar. 9, 2020
Thank you safety to the whales is our first priority and Capt Tom does an outstanding job . Thank you again for coming out we hope to see you again
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John C wrote a review Mar. 2020
Temecula, California4 contributions1 helpful vote
We saw 4 whales and a couple of different schools of dolphins including young dolphins. It was a wonderful experience. Would definitely recommend this place for whale watching.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded Mar. 8, 2020
Thank you for taking some of your valuable time to provide fellow consumers with your rich perspective. We appreciate the feedback and look forward to seeing you again soon.
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Debelizabeth wrote a review Feb. 2020
Trabuco Canyon, California76 contributions22 helpful votes
The captain did a great job finding and following the whales. We followed 4 northbound grey whales for about an hour.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded Mar. 8, 2020
Every review like yours helps us get the word out that we represent great value and caring service. Thank you
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Vanessa R wrote a review Feb. 2020
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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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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded Feb. 26, 2020
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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SoCalArlene wrote a review Feb. 2020
Laguna Niguel, CA22 contributions19 helpful votes
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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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Donna K, Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded Feb. 26, 2020
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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About the operator

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By: Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing
riweagley
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We had a great time!
At check in there was some confusion as to what our total price was and whether or not we could use our gift cards.
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Cheryl Q
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Field Trip
Our Field Trip was cancelled due to Covid19. They offered me a refund or to rebook next year at the same low price.
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lauralopez4286
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Best Whale Watching Company
Dana Wharf Whale watch was the first to start whale watching in Orange County 49 years ago! They always have exper
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jaimekirsche
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Great experience! Highly recommended
We had a great experience on this whale watch. Entire crew was very friendly, knowledgeable. Highly recommended!!
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Carl W
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Best Whalewatching in OC!!!
Having taken several whale watching trips out of Newport Beach and Dana Point, I think Dana Wharf Whale Watching pr
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me2ca03
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Great outfit!
It was an easy check-in. Friendly staff. Clean boat,etc. Would recommend! Had small children with us (there were
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mstry12020
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Whale watch
Second time here. Awesome. Will come again. Thank you for an amazing trip. Crew were informative and helpful.
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weivan5
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Saw Whales and Dolophins
Had a great time. Would highly recommend this to anyone interested in seeing whales. We would definitely go again
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markpF6784AW
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Great Two Hours
Three whales and dozens of dolphins. Both the grandparents and kids (ages 4 and 6) loved it! Will highly recommend
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skye514
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5 whales
I heart data wharf, it's always a great time even if there not whales. but this time we saw 5! Thanks to the cap
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susanclifford13
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“Best day of my life”
Quote from our 6 year old. We had a great time. We saw a few whales but dolphins played with our boat. We will def
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0320KKW
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Enjoyable excursion
The weather was beautiful, we saw several dolphins which swam near the catamaran but unfortunately we only saw one
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Randygonefishing
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Overnight fishing with the fury.
Always an excellent time fishing with the fury.. exceptional crew who are knowledgeable. I highly recommend the ove
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anisahoie
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Whale Watching
We enjoyed our whale watching trip with Dana Wharf. Very experienced, friendly,knowledgeable crew! Boat was clean
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jspring805
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Fabulous boats and crews
Such a great time on these boats. Great environments and crews! Nature is so variable but the crews try their harde
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  • Duration: 2h
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  • Languages Offered: English
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