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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 2023 Daily Whale Watching Sightings Log

Date No. of Trips Sightings
Sept 20 5 6 Humpback Whales, 12,000 Common Dolphins
Sept 19 5 1 Minke Whale, 2,050 Common Dolphins, Bluefin Tuna
Sept 18 4 1,500 Common Dolphins, 35 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 17 4 2 Fin Whales, 850 Common Dolphins, 73 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 16 7 7,100 Common Dolphins, 150 Bottlenose Dolphins,
Sept 15 3 1 Minke Whale, 1,700 Common Dolphins, 30 Risso’s Dolphins, 1 Fur Seal
Sept 14 3 450 Common Dolphins, 60 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
Sept 13 4 1,600 Common Dolphins, 4 Fur Seals
Sept 12 4 2 Minke Whales, 1,200 Common Dolphins, 15 Bottlenose Dolphins, 7 Fur Seals
Sept 11 3 1 Bryde’s Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 2,000 Common Dolphins
Sept 10 5 2 Bryde’s Whales, 2 Minke Whales, 4,700 Common Dolphins
Sept 9 6 3 Minke Whales, 2 Fin Whales, 2,150 Common Dolphins, 75 Risso’s Dolphins, 27 Bottlenose Dolphins, 1 Fur Seal
Sept 8 3 2 Minke Whales, 1,800 Common Dolphins
Sept 7 5 4,100 Common Dolphins, 1 Mola mola
Sept 6 2 2 Fin Whales, 1 Bryde’s Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 2,000 Common Dolphins, 10 Risso’s Dolphins
Sept 5 2 2,000 Common Dolphins, 1 Fur Seal
Sept 4 6 3 Humpback Whales, 5,000 Common Dolphins, 100 Risso’s Dolphins, 60 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 3 8 3,100 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins
Sept 2 5 2 Bryde’s Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 1,750 Common Dolphins, 60 Risso’s Dolphins, 8 Bottlenose Dolphins, 4 Fur Seals
Sept 1 3 2, 075 Common 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

2022 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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