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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.

June-July 2022 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
July 2 11 6 Blue Whales, 2,400 Common Dolphins, 95 Risso’s Dolphins, 29 Mola mola
July 1 6 1,800 Common Dolphins, 100 Risso’s Dolphins, 23 Mola mola
June 30 5 705 Common Dolphins, 60 Bottlenose Dolphins, 13 Mola mola, 1 Swordfish
June 29 6 900 Common Dolphins, 165 Bottlenose Dolphins, 21 Mola mola
June 28 6 2 Minke Whales, 2,100 Common Dolphins, 13 Bottlenose Dolphins, 17 Mola mola, 1 Entangled Fur Seal
June 27 5 420 Common Dolphins, 186 Bottlenose Dolphins, 5 Mola mola
June 26 7 4 Minke Whales, 4,000 Common Dolphins, 8 Mola Mola, 2 Purple-striped Jellyfish
June 25 6 1,900 Common Dolphins, 30 Risso’s Dolphins
June 24 7 1 Minke Whale, 1,215 Common Dolphins, 3 Mola mola
June 23 3 500 Common Dolphins
June 22 8 1,050 Common Dolphins, 170 Risso’s Dolphins
June 21 7 10 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 2,000 Common Dolphins, 145 Risso’s Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
June 20 5 1,085 Common Dolphins, 3 Mola mola
June 19 12 7 Blue Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 5,175 Common Dolphins, 200 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola mola
June 18 8 3,775 Common Dolphins, 150 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
June 17 5 2 Fin Whales, 1,150 Common Dolphins, 2 Mola mola
June 16 5 1,800 Common Dolphins, 121 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 100 Risso’s Dolphins
June 15 4 1 Gray Whale (Entangled), 460 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
June 14 4 1,100 Common Dolphins, 300 Risso’s Dolphins, 2 Mola mola
June 13 3 200 Bottlenose Dolphins, 100 Common Dolphins
June 12 6 500 Common Dolphins, 300 Bottlenose Dolphins, 50 Risso’s Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
June 11 10 5 Humpback Whales, 2 Blue Whales, 2,800 Common Dolphins, 208 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
June 10 5 1,700 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Harbor Seals
June 9 5 500 Common Dolphins, 305 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 8 Pacific White-sided Dolphins
June 8 5 700 Common Dolphins, 140 Bottlenose Dolphins, 65 Risso’s Dolphins, 4 Mola mola
June 7 5 7 Humpback Whales (Including Cow/Calf), 1 Blue Whale, 950 Common Dolphins, 90 Bottlenose Dolphins, 50 Risso’s Dolphins, 2 Mola mola
June 6 3 450 Common Dolphins
June 5 6 6,400 Common Dolphins, 100 Bottlenose Dolphins, 51 Risso’s Dolphins, 2 Mola mola
June 4 7 5 Blue Whales, 2,150 Common Dolphins, 220 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 1 Mola mola, 1 Elephant Seal
June 3 4 2,350 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 1 Mola mola
June 2 4 275 Common Dolphins, 70 Risso’s Dolphins
June 1 3 1,300 Common 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

2021 Whale Watching Stats


Gray Whales


Fin 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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