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Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point

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Dana Point, United States
Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Cruise the Pacific Ocean off Dana point on a whale watching excursion aboard a comfortable 95’ vessel. Enjoy live narration from your experienced captain as you watch for whales, sea lions, and dolphins, and learn about the stunning diversity of marine life that flocks to the California coast. Listen to the distinctive calls of seabirds from a seat on deck, or relax by a window in the fully-enclosed cabin where food and drink are available for purchase.
  • Whale watching tour on a comfortable vessel
  • Learn about California's marine wildlife
  • Watch for whales, dolphins, and sea lions
  • Enjoy live narration throughout the trip
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Narration by captain
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
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34675 Golden Lantern , 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

Please CHECK IN for your boarding passes AT LEAST 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO BOAT DEPARTURE TIME and 45 MINUTES ON WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • If you are lost please call 949-496-5794. There are no refunds or rescheduling for no shows.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 35 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Sportfishing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Whale Watching Excursion in Dana Point.

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star-5
Vitamin Sea
Terrence_F
, Aug 2022
Beautiful weather and tons of dolphins - very smooth ride and staff very friendly and knowledgeable -
star-4
Great Day
Donald_D
, Aug 2022
Big pod of dolphins that were very playful. Smooth waters, nice breeze and clear slies. Beautiful day
star-4
Good ride. Nice staff....
Mahsa_M
, Jul 2022
Good ride. Nice staff. Saw dolphin but not no whales on our trip.Just arrived 10 minutes later than departure time which was a little annoying as we had kid staying in the heat. Otherwise overall good. Would Recommended.
star-5
Brilliant
Ian_L
, Jul 2022
Easy parking. Excellent experience. Didn't see any whales but lots of Dolphins, sealions, pelicans, shearwater. Fantastic experience. Got stuck in traffic- the roads are crazy busy. Phoned to say we will miss the trip. So friendly, just said keep going if you make it you make and if you miss it, we'll just put you on the next one. I don't know how we made it in the ridiculous traffic but we did, so problem averted! Would highly recommend. Daba Point is pretty, which was a nice bonus!
star-3
It's a Dolphin watching, not a whale watching
Bernadetted_G
, Jul 2022
We went for a whale watching, we DID NOT SEE ANY WHALE AT ALL. Although a lot of dolphins. Still a nice experience.
star-5
Everyone on the boat was...
Nicolena_M
, Jul 2022
Everyone on the boat was great and really try to get you your moneys worth. They did a great job of educating and making it a fun experience.
star-5
A trip not too be missed
Gareth_B
, Jul 2022
The captain found us a large pod of dolphins and a blue whale who we followed for half an hour truly amazing experience 👍🏻
star-5
A great way to spend a summer day….
Lois_V
, Jul 2022
Enjoyable way to spend an afternoon….and yes, we did see whales! Captain Steve and Laura provided interesting information about whales. Would definitely recommend.
star-5
Awesome trip!
Kim_I
, Jul 2022
The boat captain got word of a blue whale sighting and was able to turn up the speed and get us to the location in time to see him. Very exciting experience.
star-5
Wonderful experience
Mariah_P
, Jul 2022
Everything went so smoothly. The ride was smooth. They had food and drinks and bathrooms on board. The staff is so friendly and clearly enjoy what they do! Will definitely be going again!
star-5
Amazing Blue Whales
Lisa_B
, Jul 2022
What an amazing experience. Got to see blue whales up close.. One in particular circled the boat for most of the trip. The crew were very friendly and very informative. Would definitely recommend this excursion 😀
star-5
Great sunset whale watching tour!
Adam_H
, Jul 2022
Very friendly and knowledgeable staff made the experience that much better. Although we didn't see a whale we did see lots of other sea life. Great time highly recommend it.
star-5
Great time, Captain was...
Susan_M
, Jun 2022
Great time, Captain was good explaining the fish, teacher on board was awesome with the kids explaining different fish and whales they really paid attention great day
star-5
Great Day at Dana Point
Jamie_T
, Jun 2022
Didn’t see any Whales but lots of Dolphins. Trip was still a lot of fun and would highly recommend !!
star-5
Dolphins galore!
Kara_P
, Jun 2022
Incredible experience whale watching at Dana Point! We saw common and bottlenose dolphins, too many to count! The captain and nature guides were very informative. It was an excellent experience. I would highly recommend.
star-4
Would recommend this excursion
Chris_S
, Jun 2022
The trip was overall great. We did see grey Whales. Didn’t know the food on board was cash only though
star-5
Fun trip
Anna_P
, Jun 2022
This 2 hour dana point whale watching blew my mind off! The crews and captain were nice and friendly, and they sell snacks inside. most of all , dolphins' scene is a hit! It's amazing to watch them swimming by the boat, and they are the ones making beautiful scenery for this tour. We were expecting to see whales on the way back to harbor, but could not find it on that day. So it depends, I guess. Other than that, it was pleasure boating for our family to enjoy the oceans and dolphins. I would like to highly recommend 👌 👍 😊
star-5
Best boat & crew & family adventure
Rachel_D
, Jun 2022
This was a wonderful experience. They made sure we saw dolphins and sea lions. No whales but that is nature. We were given excellent facts on the whales and sea lions. The boat was perfect for viewing the beautiful dolphins. The pod was over a mile long! I took my grandkids and they had the best time on the boat. The dolphins and sea lions were an added enjoyment. I highly recommend this company and this type of boat for your whale watching experience.
star-4
Whale Watching excursion turns Dolphin Delight.
Tonya_R
, Jun 2022
Dolphins. Whales were preferred, but none visible. Meanwhile, the numerous schools of dolphins kept us entertained.
star-4
Nice ocean experience
Barbara_P
, May 2022
We really enjoyed it. The boat was clean and the side railings were safe for my kids. Staff was friendly and informative. Although we didn’t see any whales we loved seeing tons of dolphins swimming around the boat and some sea lions too. I would recommend it.

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