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Public Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruises - Dana Point, CA

Uncrowded, eco-friendly public safaris and private boat charters are available daily.

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Choose from Our World-Famous Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruises!

Our public cruises depart from Dana Point, the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World®. Year-round whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more inhabit the waters just a few miles from shore. Learn more about our whale watching sightings.

Super-Safe Safaris are available every day. Departure times vary by date. Select a cruise below to view live availability and book online.

  • Book Now & Save 15%
  • Most Popular
From $89 $75.65

If you’re looking for whale watching near Dana Point, we guarantee you’ve never experienced anything like this. Our exclusive underwater glass viewing pods put you face to face with some of the largest creatures on earth! Book your seat today!

  • Live "Surf" Music
  • Catered Dinner
From $149 $99

Do you wanna get away from it all? No need to go down to Kokomo. For Fun, Fun, Fun summer concert cruises on our upscale power catamaran are a great way to enjoy live “surf” music and warm weather. Catered dinner included. 2-Hour Dana Point Harbor cruise.

  • Breakfast & Dinner Included
  • Snorkel Gear Provided
From $189

This summer, it’s fun days on Sundays with our relaxing Catalina Cruises! Unwind and connect with nature on an upscale catamaran that’s much more comfortable and less crowded than an express boat to Catalina. Continental breakfast, BBQ burgers, & snorkel gear provided.

  • Extended 8-Hour Cruise
  • Hot Lunch Included
From $175

Extended 8-hour dolphin & whale watching experience aboard upscale power catamaran, Hoku Nai’a. We’re heading offshore in search of blue whales, fin whales, and more. Lunch with flame-grilled burgers included. Book this can’t-miss cetacean celebration of the summer now!

  • Popular Annual Event
  • Catered Meals Included
From $199

Come aboard our upscale power catamaran, Hoku Nai’a, for a special cruise to view the incredible Pacific Airshow in Huntington Beach from the water. Catered meals included. En route to and from the airshow, we’ll be looking for whales & dolphins. One of our most popular annual cruises!

Whale Watching Sightings Video

Check out this interactive video of what you might see each month during your Dana Point whale watching experience.

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If you’re in Southern California wondering what there is to do in Orange County, going on a whale watching cruise needs to be on your bucket list! Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari offers some of the best opportunities to see dolphins, whales, and other wildlife in the area. Not only do our private rentals and cruises provide you with an upfront and personal experience of these sea creatures, you’ll have the chance to take in the beautiful landscape off of Dana Point.

Each of our whale watching cruises offers a different experience. Are you looking for a cruise with underwater viewing pods? Try the Manute’a. Do you have the need for speed? Jump on board the Fast Cat. If it’s your first time with us we’re happy to recommend a trip to fit your needs. If you’re coming back to embark on another journey, take a chance on something new. For more information, check out our FAQ page and book one of our upcoming safaris!