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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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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
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Updated 06/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 06/16/20 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.
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You'll start at
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
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 30 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Sherrie J wrote a review Jul 2020
Gilbert, Arizona17 contributions3 helpful votes
We enjoyed the Whale watching Excursion in Dana Point. The captain and marine biologist onboard were very knowledgeable and seemed to know when and where we might see whales. We saw 3 different types of whales and 2 sea lions. It was also fun just being on a little cruise in
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Donna K, General Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience!
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Philsters wrote a review Jul 2020
San Juan Capistrano, California18 contributions1 helpful vote
As a local resident, going whale watching is one of my favorite activities. There are other options, but we prefer Dana Wharf Whale Watching because they never disappoint! Yesterday was a fun and eventful day. We saw 3 types of "toothed" whales (dolphin) - bottlenose, Risso's
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Donna K, General Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for sharing your amazing experience and we are thrilled you had a great time! We appreciate you taking the time to write such nice comments and look forward to your next visit!
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Sunshine594750 wrote a review Jun 2020
Henderson, Nevada7 contributions
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I booked the tour for me and my 6 years old daughter. It was safe and exciting adventure for both of us. We saw whale,dolphins, and sea lions. It was great to.e for both of us. My daughter even received a free book about sea life which she loves:-) Thank you,Dana Wharf! P.S.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Donna K, General Manager at Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
Responded Jun 30, 2020
Thank you for selecting us and for revealing your positive view of our business with others. We strive to deserve accolades like yours every single day and we will never tire of hearing that we please our treasured customers and clientele!
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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 10, 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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Responded Mar 9, 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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By: Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing
shereewert85
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Amazing experience
My family and I attended and was hesitant if we were going to see anything and sure enough we saw 1 whale and lots
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E1201EOpaulak
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Kids Fishing
Our fishing club, FIB'ers, took a group of kids and their sponsors from Olive Crest on a twilight trip. The crew w
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TERESA-FROM-DALLAS
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Best in Dana Point
I have tried others in Dana Point, but this one was best. They depart timely and use a nice boat which allows easy
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zookeeper1970
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Twilight fishing on the Reel Fun
Reel Fun crew was so awesome, helpful, friendly, knowledgable, and fun on our twilight trip 8/8/2020. Highly recom
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Arog14
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Perfect family outing
Great trip. Current boat was beautiful and the captain and crew were awesome. Amazing to see large pods of dolphins
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psjarosz
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Superb!
We are so glad you reopened. This was our third trip with you since the shutdown. Your staff is always friendly,
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samcorrigan44
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Nice Trip
Went whale watching with a friend… That day we didn’t see any whales but we saw a whole lot of dolphins… Nothing to
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CarrieBSoCal
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Wonderful!
The trip and the crew were awesome. They did a great job with Covid safety measures. Got to see some beautiful dolp
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Trip16447054299
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No whales
I was hoping to see whales but we didn't see any, only a massive pod of common dolphins, including babies and a sea
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Sandy F
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A great day on the water :)
They always aim to please! Very friendly and in today's times with Covid-19, did a fantastic job keeping the boat c
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rwfarl
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Whale watch
Perfect weather, courteous efficient crew, decent beer selection, no whales, but great dolphin viewing.
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Guide776825
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Great Fishing Trip
Took the family on a PM Half Day trip on the San Mateo for my grandson's eight Birthday. Captain and crew were gre
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mcclaineaz
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Great crew and experience!
Clean and fun. Will be back again! Captain Steve and everyone were a joy. Ran even though they are not allowed c
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kaystahler
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Super Fun!!!
We had a great time! Saw lots of Whales and Dolphins!!! it was a nice day . It was so cool my kids loved it!!!
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Lakegirl1927
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Good experience! Good social distancing and mask wearing
I felt very comfortable on the Dana Wharf Whale Watching trip as they had a small amount of people on the boat and
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  • Duration: 2h
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