Whale Watching Cruises
In Dana Point

If you want to find whale watching cruises in Orange County California, you'll find them leaving from Dana Point Harbor.

From November to April is whale migration time for the Gray Whales, while May through November the Blue Whales are passing through.

There are various companies in Dana Point that offer whale watching:

Aventura Sailing
Quiet whale watching from luxury sailboats. 2 1/2 hour trips. Call 949-493-9493.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching
Since 1971. They have various boats including a 63 foot catamaran. They are known for their half price Tuesdays if you can take that day off from work.

Captain Dave's Whale & Dolphin Safari
See whales and herds of dolphins from one of their high tech catamarans. Call 949-488-2828.

The Ocean Institute
Marine Mammal Cruise purports to take you out to see not only whales, but also dolphins and sea lions. You will also learn a lot about their feeding strategies, behaviors and migration patterns. Call 949-493-9493.

Here's a short whale watching video featuring a cruise out of the Ocean Institute:

You can also get whale watching cruises out of other marinas and harbors such as Santa Barbara, San Diego, Ventura, Newport Beach and more. I saw my first whale in February just inside Newport Beach Harbor. I didn't see the tail, but a hump and a spout. Others said there was a baby nearby too!

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