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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.

April - May 2021 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
May 9 17 7 Humpback Whales (Including Twitch), 2 Fin Whales, 12,415 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
May 8 14 4 Humpback Whales (Including Twitch), 14,300 Common Dolphins, 6 Mola Mola
May 7 4 2,000 Common Dolphins, 125 Bottlenose Dolphins
May 6 3 4 Gray Whales (Cow/Calf), 2 Minke Whales, 208 Bottlenose Dolphins, 20 Common Dolphins, 3 Mola Mola
May 5 3 1,700 Common Dolphins, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
May 4 4 5,000 Common Dolphins, 4 Mola Mola
May 3 5 4 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 900 Common Dolphins
May 2 6 9 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 2 Humpback Whales (Cow/Calf), 1,335 Common Dolphins, 6 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
May 1 8 8 Fin Whales, 2,075 Common Dolphins, 3 Mola Mola
April 30 5 3 Fin Whales, 600 Common Dolphins, 75 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
April 29 3 2,500 Common Dolphins, 1 Blue Shark
April 28 6 14 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 11 Fin Whales, 475 Common Dolphins, 7 Bottlenose Dolphins
April 27 3 4 Fin Whales, 225 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins
April 26 2 3 Fin Whales, 500 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
April 25 9 15 Fin Whales, 14 Gray Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 1,700 Common Dolphins, 31 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
April 24 14 19 Fin Whales, 925 Common Dolphins, 5 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
April 23 5 12 Fin Whales, 2 Common Dolphins, 1 Bottlenose Dolphin
April 22 4 8 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 1 Fin Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 900 Common Dolphins, 5 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
April 21 6 2 Fin Whales, 350 Common Dolphins, 100 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
April 20 5 6 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 1 Fin Whale, 77 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
April 19 4 8 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 200 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
April 18 9 26 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 15 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 400 Common Dolphins, 46 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
April 17 13 5 Fin Whales, 3 Gray Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 3,470 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 14 Mola Mola
April 16 9 14 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 2,325 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
April 15 3 4 Fin Whales, 2,900 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola, 1 Harbor Seal
April 14 2 4 Fin Whales, 1 Gray Whale, 200 Common Dolphins
April 13 5 8 Fin Whales, 5 Gray Whales, 1,550 Common Dolphins, 13 Mola Mola
April 12 3 4 Gray Whales, 300 Commn Dolphins, 9 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
April 11 11 8 Gray Whales, 5 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 3,400 Common Dolphins, 35 Bottlenose Dolphins, 8 Mola Mola
April 10 16 31 Gray Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 535 Common Dolphins, 70 Bottlenose Dolphins, 6 Mola Mola
April 9 13 2 Gray Whales, 2,190 Common Dolphins, 120 Bottlenose Dolphins, 60 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 11 Mola Mola
April 8 11 1 Gray Whale, 5, 700 Common Dolphins, 3 Mola Mola, 1 Great White Shark
April 7 14 24 Gray Whales, 3,750 Common Dolphins, 25 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
April 6 8 2 Gray Whales, 1,400 Common Dolphins, 5 Mola Mola
April 5 10 9 Gray Whales, 2,840 Common Dolphins, 30 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 3 Bottlenose Dolphins, 4 Mola Mola
April 4 0 Happy Easter!
April 3 19 37 Gray Whales, 2,780 Common Dolphins, 285 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, 3 Mola Mola
April 2 13 44 Gray Whales, 345 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 285 Common Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
April 1 10 11 Gray Whales, 2 Humpback Whales, 1,750 Common Dolphins, 405 Pacific White-sided Dolphins

2021 Archive Whale Watching Sightings Log

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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

647

Gray Whales

230

Minke Whales

555

Humpback Whales

477,876

Dolphins

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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