Whale Watching Orange County

Whale watching Orange County trips offers affordable excitement and adventure for adults and kids. If you are looking for things to do in Orange County, please consider our most unique and highest rated Orange County whale watching and dolphin watching trips.

Orange County, California, is home to Disneyland and only about one hour from SeaWorld. Orange County whale watching trips are perfect for visiting families and locals of Los Angeles, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Dana Point, and San Diego.

Compare Captain Dave’s educational and incredibly exciting whale watching Orange County excursions to a visit to SeaWorld. A family of four would spend $344 plus a parking fee going to SeaWorld (based on 06/2015 single day ticket prices). A single day visit to Disneyland Park for a family of four will run $384 plus parking. Or, a family of four could spend just $220, park for free, and enjoy wild dolphins, huge whales, and more, swimming freely in their natural environment during our Orange County whale watching safari!

Whale watching Orange County is the best dolphin and whale watching in the world! In places like Kaikoura, New Zealand, they have sperm whales year round and other whales at different times of the year but the weather is so terribly unreliable that they have to cancel 25 to 33 percent of their trips. The Azores have year round whales but they don’t even run trips in the winter because of the weather. Hawaii is great in winter, but doesn’t have baleen whales in the summer. Only whale watching in Orange County, just two miles from shore in normally calm seas, can you see huge herds of dolphin and the largest animals that have ever lived.

Capt. Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari provides daily, year round, Orange County whale watching and dolphin watching trips aboard high-tech Sailing and Power Catamarans that can get you up close and personal with majestic blue whales (May through October), gray whales (December through April), and throughout the year humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, orcas, pilot whales, and many more. We also see five species of wild dolphins that can number in herds of up to 10,000, as well as sea lions, birds, various species of sharks and fish and more for an educational and incredibly exciting whale watching in Orange County experience.

Watch highlights from our Orange County whale watching boat!

Southern California hosts the largest concentration of blue whales in the world during the summer months. Blue whales are the largest known animal to have ever lived. Orange County whale watching excursions  see blue whales in the spring through the fall, though in 2013 we had our first blue whale sighting in February!

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

With a maximum of 49 passengers, our whale watching boats are never crowded! Orange County whale watchers will be pleased to discover that we are a real eco-tourism company! Our whale watching Orange County 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 Orange County trips. Learn more about our daily, year-round, Orange County dolphin and whale watching trips.

There are many accommodation choices for Orange County whale watching guests. Here are a few hotel options:

Need transportation to and from the airport and from your hotel to our location for your whale watching Orange County trip? Here are a few methods of getting around Dana Point: