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Whether you’re visiting Dana Point or local resident looking for things to do, whale watching at Dana Point should be at the top of your list!

Dana Point is located in Orange County, California. Whale watching Dana Point adventures are perfect for visitors and locals of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Diego.

Whale watching Dana Point trips are unique because Dana Point has unusually deep underwater coastal canyons within one mile of shore, where anchovies, sardines, mackerel and squid live. These are the kinds of food dolphins love to eat! That means that on most whale watching Dana Point trips you don’t go much further than five miles to see magnificent whales and dolphins. One of the very few known specimens of the megamouth shark was caught off Dana Point in October 1990. This 2,000 pound animal was only the sixth time a megamouth shark had been seen by man.

Dana Point was named after Richard Henry Dana, Jr., author of Two Years Before the Mast. He described Dana Point as “the only romantic spot on the coast”. During your Dana Point whale watching trip you will likely enjoy mild weather. Sunny and 70 is the average! When it comes to year-round dolphin and whale watching sightings, great weather and easy accessibility, whale watching Dana Point wins five stars.

Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching Safari provides daily, year round, whale watching Dana Point trips aboard high-tech Sailing and Power Catamarans that can get you up close and personal with magnificent blue whales (May through October), gray whales (December through April), humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, killer whales, sei whales, bryde’s whales, five species of wild dolphins that can number in herds of up to 10,000, plus much more for an educational and incredibly exciting Dana Point whale watching experience.

Southern California has the largest concentration of blue whales of anywhere else in the world! Blue whales are the largest known animal to have ever lived. Whale watching Dana Point excursions typically see blue whales in the spring through the fall, though in 2013 we had our first blue whale sighting in February!

During the winter months whale watching Dana Point trips see gray whales making their annual migration. Gray whales travel 10,000 to 12,000 miles from the Chukchi and Bering Seas to the lagoons of Baja, California, where they mate and have their calves. Gray whales use whale watching Dana Point’s headlands as a landmark on their journey. In early March, whale watching Dana Point visitors celebrate the migration with the annual Festival of Whales.

Throughout their migration gray whales face numerous challenges and hazards one of which takes the lives of nearly 1,000 whales and dolphins every day. Scientists estimate that 308,000 dolphins and whales die because of fishing gear entanglement every year worldwide. Captain Dave organized Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group in 2008 and has successfully disentangled several gray whales, including Lily, whose disentanglement in Dana Point Harbor made national headlines. Capt. Dave recently launched his new catamaran, “Lily Whale Research/Rescue Safari”, a 62-foot luxury whale watching vessel that has also been specially equipped to rescue entangled whales and dolphins as well as conduct photographic recapture research.

Captain Dave’s Whale Watching Safari is the highest rated whale watching Dana Point excursion. Only on our high-tech catamaran sailboat you can be one of the pod and feel what it’s like to swim with Dana Point dolphins and Dana Point whales without getting wet in our Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods.

With a maximum of 49 passengers, our whale watching Dana Point boats are never crowded! Dana Point whale watchers will be pleased to discover that we are a real eco-tourism company! Our whale watching Dana Point safaris go out on boats that do only dolphin watching and whale watching. We don’t do whale watching on a fishing boat!

Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on all whale watching Dana Point trips. Learn more about our daily, year-round, whale watching Dana Point trips.