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Capt. Dave’s Whale & Dolphin Sighting Log

Daily & Monthly Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings Log

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Captain Dave’s Dana Point Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari is the first tour in Dana Point to offer year-round dolphin and whale sightings! We helped put Dana Point whale watching tours on the map by delivering breathtaking whale and dolphin watching in a warm and welcoming environment. On the very rare occasion that you don’t have any whales or dolphin sightings, we’ll be happy to provide a free whale watching tour to be used within one year.

July 2021 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
July 22 5 3,800 Common Dolphins
July 21 11 2,200 Common Dolphins, 165 Bottlenose Dolphins
July 20 8 1,850 Common Dolphins, 112 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola, 1 Possible Frilled Shark
July 19 9 1 Minke Whale, 1,500 Common Dolphins, 85 Bottlenose Dolphins
July 18 7 1,500 Common Dolphins, 13, Bottlenose Dolphins
July 17 10 1 Gray Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 1,650 Common Dolphins, 210 Bottlenose Dolphins, 3 Mola Mola
July 16 7 3 Blue Whales, 4 Fin Whales (1 Entangled), 450 Common Dolphins, 83 Bottlenose Dolphins
July 15 8 2 Minke Whales, 2,400 Common Dolphins, 150 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
July 14 8 1,450 Common Dolphins, 360 Bottlenose Dolphins
July 13 8 2 Minke Whales, 1,950 Common Dolphins, 35 Bottlenose Dolphins
July 12 6 1 Gray Whale, 2,275 Common Dolphins
July 11 10 1 Minke Whale, 1,040 Common Dolphins, 580 Bottlenose Dolphins
July 10 12 3 Minke Whales, 2,575 Common Dolphins, 390 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 1 Mako Shark, 1 Flying Fish
July 9 5 1 Blue, 400 Common Dolphins, 125 Bottlenose Dolphins, Bluefin Tuna
July 8 7 1,300 Common Dolphins, 210 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 1 Mola Mola
July 7 9 4 Blue Whales, 700 Common Dolphins, 85 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 3 Mola Mola, 1 Mako Shark, Bluefin Tuna
July 6 8 5,200 Common Dolphins, 1 Juvenile Great White Shark, 1 Green Sea Turtle, 1 Purple-striped Jelly
July 5 12 4,300 Common Dolphins, 7 Mola Mola
July 4 8 5 Blue Whales, 2,757 Common Dolphins, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins, 5 Mola Mola
July 3 12 6 Blue Whales, 3,580 Common Dolphins, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, 13 Mola Mola, 1 Mako Shark, 1 Elephant Seal
July 2 10 2,350 Common Dolphins, 110 Risso’s Dolphins, 74 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
July 1 6 2 Minke Whales, 3,400 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola

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See an Abundance of Wildlife Up Close and Personal

Dana Point is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World® for good reason! The gorgeous Pacific ocean is teeming with aquatic animals that are truly stunning to behold. Depending on which month you join us, you may see multiple varieties of both whales and dolphins. Every trip is special!

While dolphin and whale sightings are our bread and butter, we often run into other marine creatures, including sea lions, pelagic birds, sharks, seals, Mola mola, and more! Check out the months below to get an idea of what to expect on your visit. You can also check our daily whale and dolphin sightings log for details on the animals we saw on our latest adventures!

Create Memories that Last a Lifetime

Words and pictures simply can’t prepare you for the thrill of an up-close encounter with these majestic animals. As one of the best whale watching cruises in California, our hope is that connecting with the animals will change how you view the world and help you to form a lasting connection with nature. Your first whale sightings can truly be an eye-opening, life-changing experience. Heck, we’ve been doing this for over twenty years, and we’re still just as amazed to this day! Join us on an unforgettable adventure.

Learn More About Dana Point's Monthly Dolphin & Whale Sightings

2020 Whale Watching Stats


Gray Whales


Minke Whales


Humpback Whales



When is the best time to see whales in California?

You can see whales and dolphins off the coast of Dana Point, California, all year long!

May through November you can see blue whales, humpback whales, fin whales, and more. Between December and May, Dana Point whale watchers can see migrating gray whales, as well as fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and more. All year round several species of dolphins can be viewed, sometimes in mega-pods as large as 10,000! And throughout the year, rare species of whales and dolphins such as orcas (killer whales), Bryde’s whales, pilot whales, and sperm whales could be seen. Southern California has more dolphins and more blue whales than anywhere else in the world.

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