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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.

November-December 2022 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
Dec 5 1 500 Common Dolphins
Dec 4 3 6 Humpback Whales, 4 Fin Whales, 9,000 Common Dolphins
Dec 3 3 2 Humpback Whales, 4,000 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Dec 2 2 750 Common Dolphins, 70 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
Dec 1 1 100 Common Dolphins, 50 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 30 2 375 Common Dolphins
Nov 29 2 400 Common Dolphins
Nov 28 2 4 Fin Whales, 1 Unidentified Baleen Whale
Nov 27 3 11 Fin Whales, 1,100 Common Dolphins, 20 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 26 4 1 Humpback Whale
Nov 25 7 1 Fin Whale, 3,700 Common Dolphins, 1 Blue Shark
Nov 24 0 Happy Thanksgiving!
Nov 23 4 4 Humpback Whales, 900 Common Dolphins, 20 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Mola mola, 1 Elephant Seal
Nov 22 3 3 Humpback Whales, 6,000 Common Dolphins, 95 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
Nov 21 4 7 Humpback Whales, 4 Fin Whales, 2 Bryde’s Whales, 14,000 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 20 4 10 Humpback Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 7,000 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 19 4 4 Fin Whales, 4 Humpback Whales, 1 Bryde’s Whale, 12,000 Common Dolphins, 40 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 18 2 1 Fin Whale, 3,000 Common Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 17 3 1 Humpback Whale, 4,200 Common Dolphins
Nov 16 2 1 Fin Whale, 1 Humpback Whale, 5,300 Common Dolphins
Nov 15 3 3 Humpback Whales, 2,500 Common Dolphins, 80 Bottlenose Dolphins, 80 Risso’s Dolphins
Nov 14 3 2 Humpback Whales, 6,500 Common Dolphins
Nov 13 4 5 Humpback Whales, 2,800 Common Dolphins, 45 Bottlenose Dolphins, 2 Pacific White-sided Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
Nov 12 5 6 Humpback Whales, 7,000 Common Dolphins, 210 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
Nov 11 4 3,100 Common Dolphins, 120 Risso’s Dolphins
Nov 10 3 9 Humpback Whales, 4 Fin Whales, 4,200 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 9 2 100 Common Dolphins, 15 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 8 0 Inclement Weather
Nov 7 4 3 Fin Whales, 885 Common Dolphins, 80 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Nov 6 5 5 Humpback Whales, 4 Fin Whales, 2,500 Common Dolphins
Nov 5 6 10 Humpback Whales, 2,850 Common Dolphins, 195 Bottlenose Dolphins (Including Patches)
Nov 4 5 1 Minke Whale, 3,250 Common Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins
Nov 3 0 Inclement Weather
Nov 2 1 No Sightings
Nov 1 4 1,700 Common Dolphins

2022 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

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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