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Whale Watching Tips for Kids

The sound of children’s laughter wafts through the open ocean air as the crest of the wave across the boat’s bow. Dolphins porpoise out of the water, and as the giant whale spouts can be seen in the distance, the sounds of children laughing, clapping, and cheering become infectious. Does this sound like an experience…

Are Blue Whales Friendly?

May is the unofficial start to blue whale season, and seeing one of the world’s magnificent gentle giants roaming free in the sea may be rare in other parts of the world, but right here in Dana Point, California, we anxiously await this time of year! If you wonder, “are blue whales friendly” and are…

Can You See Whales from the Shore in Dana Point?

Seeing whales from the shore is not an uncommon sighting and has made Dana Point, California, the Whale Watching Capital of the World®. South Orange County is home to some of the country’s best whale watching off Dana Point because our oceans are filled to the brim with various species of dolphins and whales, pinnipeds,…

What Should You Look for When Watching Whales?

More than 139,397,000 miles of salty seawater cover just over 70% of planet earth. With so many miles of ocean, it can feel overwhelming just thinking about how to spot whales amongst the vast miles of waves and swell. Searching what can feel like an endless sea, looking for any sign of life, can be…

What Do You Wear and What to Bring on a Whale Watching Tour

Whether you are planning an upcoming trip or you already have one booked and you’re ready to climb aboard, there are a few essentials for boating you’ll ‘dolphinately‘ want to bring with you on the day of your dolphin and whale watching experience. To ensure the best whale watching possible, be sure to read our list below of…

Are Whale Watches Fun?

Have you ever wondered, “is whale watching worth it?” According to the Animal Welfare Institute, “…over 13 million people across over 100 countries go whale watching every year.” So, is whale watching fun? Yes! “To have a huge, friendly whale willingly approach your boat and look you straight in the eye is, without doubt, one of the most…

10 Things That Are Amazing About Pacific White-Sided Dolphins

The Pacific white-sided dolphin has so many standout characteristics – we can’t wait to share with you “b-low! Often referred to as “Lags,” a shortened version of their scientific name Lagenorhynchus obliquidens, these vivacious and gregarious bi-colored oceanic dolphins have striking blackish grey and white markings and always wear a friendly smile you won’t forget. Passengers often…

What’s it like to be a Marine Naturalist in the Whale Watching Capital of the World

“What is it that you do for work?” A normal question most people get when meeting or getting to know  someone for the first time. A small smile always crosses my lips right before I answer, knowing the shocked or  confused face that will follow as I answer, “I’m a Marine Mammal Naturalist with Dana…

Super-Safe Whale Watching in the United States

Is the thrill of riding the crest of open ocean waves calling out to you? Then visit the Dolphin and Whale Capital of the World® in Dana Point, CA. Bring your friends and family on an educational, safe and, exhilarating trip out at sea whale watching in the United States aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and…

See Whales Up Close on an Unforgettable Whale Watching Tour

Are you looking for an unforgettable family experience with a chance to see whales and dolphins up close? Read below to learn more about our incredible boating trips, our whale watching FAQs, and what each one of our trips offers our passengers to ensure the next whale watching tour you book is the best one…

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If you’re looking for whale watching near Dana Point, we guarantee you’ve never experienced anything like this. Our exclusive underwater glass viewing pods put you face to face with some of the largest creatures on earth! Book your seat today!