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.

June - July 2020 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
July 8 3 2 Humpback Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 1,300 Common Dolphins, 50 Risso’s Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
July 7 7 4 Minke Whales, 1,175 Common Dolphins, 3 Mola Mola
July 6 8 1,400 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
July 5 9 10 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 1,900 Common Dolphins
July 4 12 8 Humpback Whales, 6 Minke Whales, 1,900 Common Dolphins, 348 Bottlenose Dolphins,
July 3 10 4 Minke Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 3,180 Common Dolphins, 270 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including “Patches”), 54 Risso’s Dolphins, 1 Masked Booby, 1 Blue-Footed Booby
July 2 6 6 Minke Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 800 Common Dolphins
July 1 4 2 Minke Whales, 800 Common Dolphins, 1 Elephant Seal
June 30 5 2 Minke Whales, 900 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola Mola
June 29 3 2 Minke Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 1 Humpback Whale, 750 Common Dolphins
June 28 9 17 Humpback Whales, 5 Minke Whales, 3,400 Common Dolphins, 30 Risso’s Dolphins
June 27 8 6 Minke Whales, 3 Blue Whales, 1 Humpback Whale, 3,625 Common Dolphins, 125 Risso’s Dolphins, 33 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Stingray
June 26 9 18 Minke Whales, 2,940 Common Dolphins
June 25 7 10 Minke Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 1 Humpback Whale, 2,900 Common Dolphins, 30 Risso’s 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

830

Gray Whales

174

Blue Whales

229

Humpback Whales

427,279

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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