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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.

September 2021 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
Sept 24 3 600 Common Dolphins
Sept 23 5 950 Common Dolphins, 130 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 22 4 150 Common Dolphins
Sept 21 3 2 Bryde’s Whales (Cow/Calf, See on All Trips), 15 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Sept 20 3 900 Common Dolphins, 10 Harbor Seals
Sept 19 6 2 Bryde’s Whales (Cow/Calf, Seen on All Trips), 800 Common Dolphins, 6 Harbor Seals
Sept 18 9 1,675 Common Dolphins, 400 Bottlenose Dolphins, 40 Risso’s Dolphins
Sept 17 5 4 Humpback Whales, 500 Common Dolphins, 122 Bottlenose Dolphins, 100 Risso’s Dolphins
Sept 16 3 500 Common Dolphins, 125 Risso’s Dolphins
Sept 15 2 800 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Sept 14 4 1,100 Common Dolphins, 1 Masked Booby, 1 Shark (Species Obscured)
Sept 13 3 300 Common Dolphins, 55 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Sept 12 4 1,200 Common Dolphins
Sept 11 6 2 Baleen Whales (Species Obscured) 320 Common Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola Mola
Sept 10 3 1,200 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 9 3 1 Humpback Whale (Twitch, Seen on Three Trips), 1,200 Common Dolphins
Sept 8 3 2,390 Common Dolphins, 33 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 7 3 1 Minke Whale, 1,100 Common Dolphins
Sept 6 7 3 Minke Whales, 3,300 Common Dolphins, 1 Great White Shark
Sept 5 11 7,200 Common Dolphins, 150 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 6 Harbor Seals, 1 Swordfish
Sept 4 11 1 Minke Whale, 6,500 Common Dolphins, 190 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Sept 3 3 1,120 Common Dolphins
Sept 2 3 1,600 Common Dolphins, 1 Mako Shark
Sept 1 3 400 Common Dolphins, 115 Bottlenose Dolphins

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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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