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Capt. Dave’s Whale & Dolphin Sighting Log

Daily & Monthly Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings Log

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Typical Monthly Dolphin & Whale Sightings

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 2020 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
Sept 30 3 2 Fin Whales, 2,500 Common Dolphins
Sept 29 4 750 Common Dolphins
Sept 28 4 1 Humpback Whale, 800 Common Dolphins, 75 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 27 12 4 Fin Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 3,300 Common Dolphins, 330 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Pacific White-sided Dolphin, 1 Shark
Sept 26 14 15 Fin Whales, 4,150 Common Dolphins, 362 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 25 7 6 Fin Whales, 3 Minke Whales, 2,850 Common Dolphins
Sept 24 3 2 Bryde’s Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 400 Common Dolphins
Sept 23 4 3 Fin Whales, 600 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 1 Shark
Sept 22 3 2 Blue Whales (Including Notcho), 900 Common Dolphins
Sept 21 3 1,050 Common Dolphins
Sept 20 12 5 Fin Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 2,600 Common Dolphins, 32 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
Sept 19 14 5 Fin Whales, 1 Possible Blue/Fin Whale Hybrid, 1,850 Common Dolphins, 425 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 5 Flying Fish
Sept 18 4 1,600 Common Dolphins
Sept 17 2 1 Minke Whale, 35 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 16 4 1,300 Common Dolphins
Sept 15 3 600 Common Dolphins
Sept 14 3 880 Common Dolphins
Sept 13 7 973 Common Dolphins, 1 Mako Shark
Sept 12 11 1,315 Common Dolphins, 290 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 11 2 135 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Sept 10 2 400 Common Dolphins
Sept 9 2 2,000 Common Dolphins
Sept 8 4 200 Common Dolphins, 100 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 2 Mola Mola
Sept 7 10 1 Minke Whale, 270 Common Dolphins, 2 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Swordfish
Sept 6 15 1 Minke Whale, 2,375 Common Dolphins, 211 Bottlenose Dolphins, 10 Risso’s Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola, 1 Great White Shark
Sept 5 14 1 Minke Whale, 2,650 Common Dolphins, 225 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches), 5 Mola Mola
Sept 4 5 1,350 Common Dolphins, 1 Swordfish
Sept 3 3 1 Minke Whale, 650 Common Dolphins, 25 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Sept 2 2 400 Common Dolphins
Sept 1 4 1 Minke Whale, 450 Common Dolphins

2020 Archive Whale Watching Sightings Log

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.

2019 Whale Watching Stats


Gray Whales


Blue 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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