Dana Point

Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

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From $42.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Cruise the Pacific Ocean off Dana point on a whale watching excursion aboard a comfortable 95’ vessel. Enjoy live narration from your experienced captain as you watch for whales, sea lions, and dolphins, and learn about the stunning diversity of marine life that flocks to the California coast. Listen to the distinctive calls of seabirds from a seat on deck, or relax by a window in the fully-enclosed cabin where food and drink are available for purchase.
  • Whale watching tour on a comfortable vessel
  • Learn about California's marine wildlife
  • Watch for whales, dolphins, and sea lions
  • Enjoy live narration throughout the trip

What's Included

  • Narration by captain
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 34675 Golden Lantern
    34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA


End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

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 travelers can participate
  • If you are lost please call 949-496-5794. There are no refunds or rescheduling for no shows.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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451 reviews
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Grandkids Adventure!
Larena_B, Feb 2023
Everything. Saw whales, shark and dolphin! The Boat crew was also great! My grandchildren loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We are so happy to hear you and your family had such a great experience on your trip. We hope to see you again soon.
A highlight of our vacation!
Harpreet_K, Feb 2023
Absolutely fantastic and highlight of our vacation so far! We went with 3 kids including a baby. There is stroller/wheelchair access which is great. It’s super cold once you’re out at sea so wrap up warm! There is food and drink available to purchase on the boat (burgers, hot dogs etc). The crew are so friendly and knowledgeable. We were fortunate enough to not only see the beautiful bottle nose dolphins but also two grey whales! It was pretty special. I’d highly recommend.
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We are so happy to hear your trips was so amazing. We hope you can come visit us again soon.
Great Day
Erin_R, Feb 2023
It was a beautiful day! We didn’t see any whales today but the dolphins put on quite a show! I would definitely go again!
Response from Host, Mar 2023
We are glad to hear you had a fun trip. We hope you can come out with us again soon
Whale and Dolphin watch was a success ☀️
lumybermudez, Jan 2023
The tour guide was very knowledgeable about the whales and dolphins. We saw 2 whales, they just don’t get close enough so they are not bothered. The boat was nice and neat. We felt safe. Awesome experience! I would recommend.
Response from Host, Feb 2023
We are so glad to hear that you had such a great experience with us and hope you can join us again in the future!
Would go again!
Sherri_S, Dec 2022
We thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. We saw a whale from a distance, however, the best part was seeing the hundreds of dolphins swimming around the boat. They were amazing. The naturalist was knowledgeable and the ride was smooth. Beautiful day and so much fun.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for sharing your experience and the wonderful 5 star review !
Would be nice to see a whale in whale watching tour
Fredielyn_C, Dec 2022
Did not see a whale. Wish it was said in the website that seeing a whale is not guaranteed. They gave us a voucher if we want to give another try, but ehhh. Sorry!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
So sorry you had a bad experience it is nature and we can't guarantee the Whales will be in the area every day . We do try our best, work with other boats to find marine life , we do hope you will try again as those passes never expire.
Great whale watching trip!
Spencer_W, Nov 2022
We had an amazing time! Saw pods of dolphins and just when we were leaving we saw a beautiful humpback whale!
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so lucky to see a beautiful Humpback Whale!
Fun trip, lots of dolphins!
John_K, Nov 2022
Very fun experience, saw a lot of dolphins and a humpback whale. Relatively smooth boat ride, very nice excursion. . The crew was informative and helpful.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us .
CA Trip
Rita_C, Nov 2022
We saw a large pod of bottlenose dolphins, & they were very active. Great feedback & explaining by the naturalist, Cathy.
Response from Host, Jan 2023
Thank you for coming out !
Will go back very soon
Vivian_V, Oct 2022
Great staff Good champagne Whales and dolphins Impressed that they actually went back to take a balloon out of the water
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We are glad to hear you had a great experience with us on your trip. Thank you for the review.
A “WOW” experience.
Anonymous, Oct 2022
Wonderful boat outing. Staff was wonderful, naturalist so excited and informative. Would go again in a minute.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
Thank you for the review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your trip with us.
Relaxingand exciting experience
Guadalupe_C, Oct 2022
The crew were all great and overall had a wonderful time. Also glad at how we were able to spend enough time observing a whale even though we were running out of time on the trip, thank you for those extra moments, will likely be back during the summer next year.
Response from Host, Dec 2022
We are so happy you got some extra moments with the animals. We hope to see you again. Thank you for the review.
Relaxing trip!
Edwina_S, Oct 2022
Relaxing trip! Friendly crew! Fun passengers with kids who were delighted by the dolphins. Fun to watch their delight of seeing dolphins in the wild for the first time.
Response from Host, Oct 2022
Thank you for your review!
Perfect trip with perfect weather
Janine_N, Sep 2022
The hundreds of dolphins, the crew and the information about the types of whales and dolphins. I can’t wait to go again.
Excellent adventure!
Judy_P, Sep 2022
We had a wonderful time the crew was fabulous. Saw common dolphins and Rizo dolphins! This is our second trip and it is fabulous during any season!
Hundreds of dolphins and...
Todd_M, Sep 2022
Hundreds of dolphins and a big blue whale who came back for a few encores. Friendly and informative staff and not too crowded on the boat
Was blessed to see a...
Jose_L, Sep 2022
Was blessed to see a humongous whale, unbelievable, this experience I would recommend to you all, the whether was great, the team was great, and all who were on the boat were very respectful..
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you this is a great 5 star review we are so happy you were able to see a Huge Blue Whale
Seeing so many dolphin...
Kitty_J, Sep 2022
Seeing so many dolphin and the beautiful weather. Really enjoyed the Naturalist’s commentary. Great outing for a very hot day in So Cal.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you for this very nice review !
What a beautiful day in sunny SoCal.
Julia_K, Sep 2022
So cool 😎 Went out two days. First saw the Fin whale then today a Blue whale. This was an excellent experience 👏
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Julia oh my you are lucky how did you manage that first off we had not seen a Fin Whale for a while that was so exciting and then to also see a Blue Whale the next day wow - Thank you for coming and bringing us a luck , today we are also seeing a Blue! You have now seen the Largest and the 2nd largest animal on earth!
Still a nice boat ride
diann_M, Sep 2022
Lots of dolphins, I know they can’t control what we see however disappointed we only saw dolphins. Narration was informative
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you yes we have Blue whales come and go and we appreciate that you understand we can't control nature although we wish we could. Thanks for the Review