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Climb aboard the Dana Pride to begin your wildlife tour of the Californian coast. Built exclusively for whale watchers, the sleek vessel features a viewing deck, a large salon, and a snack bar, so you’ll be able to observe the action in high style.

Head to the open-air deck to listen to the calls of seabirds while you keep an eye out for cresting whales. Or settle in below deck, where you can enjoy the view from a window as you sip a drink. Listen to the captain’s commentary about the variety of underwater wildlife you’ll encounter during the tour.

Thousands of dolphins, whales, sea lions, and sharks can be found year-round off the scenic coast of Orange County, so you’ll be guaranteed plenty of exciting sightings. Lean back and enjoy the abundant ocean life without leaving the comfort of the ship.
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Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing

A scenic harbor in Southern California known as the “Whale Capital of the West,” Dana Point makes an ideal spot for spotting majestic marine animals. On a boat designed specifically for whale-watching, you’ll come face-to-face with the gentle giants on this exciting cruise off the coast. Listen to fascinating commentary from your captain, and keep an eye out for sea lions, dolphins, and sharks.

  • A scenic whale-watching tour off the Orange County coast
  • Observe whales, dolphins, sharks, and sea lions
  • Year-round wildlife sightings
  • Comfortable ship with salon and viewing deck
  • Snacks and drinks for purchase 
  • Hear commentary from a real-life sea captain
  • Learn about the California coast’s unique ocean life
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago
great time there

Great trip! We had a great time there. Everything was what we expected. We will come back next time with our family.

Thank Feizhi D
Donna K, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your patronage. We consider reviews by actual customers to be an important part of our business because it reflects upon how well we serve our customers. We will continue to work extremely hard to please everyone who comes through our doors.

Reviewed 13 August 2018
Great Time

My boyfriend and I went on this excursion and enjoyed our selves. All crew members were very professional and with a fun attitude. We saw 1 whale and dozens of dolphins. I would highly recommend any one to enjoy this cruise.

Thank Charleen D
Donna K, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We appreciate your positive rating. It’s always appreciated and gratifying when we receive positive marks from our customers.

Reviewed 8 August 2018

The captain and crew were fun and interesting. We did not see any whales on our 10 AM excursion, but we literally sailed along with hundreds of dolphins jumping and diving alongside our boat for most of the trip. They were glorious and beautiful to...More

Thank Rick-Kathy W
Donna K, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your kind words about Dana Wharf Whale Watching. It is always a great pleasure to hear that we are serving our customers well. We look forward to serving you again soon. Gratefully,Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Reviewed 6 August 2018
Great Crew, Scenic Cruise, Nice Boat, but Parking Varies

Dana Wharf Whale Watching has a knowledgeable crew who know the ecosystem and are concerned to keep us and the whales and dolphins safe and happy. It's a cute smaller boat so it's agile, but plenty of room to sit and a shaded area from...More

Thank HappyKatya
Donna K, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting with us. It is always pleasing when our customers elect to write a review so our future customers can see what we are all about… thank you. We appreciate your comments about our pricing, service and products.

Reviewed 22 July 2018 via mobile

My family and I went on a whale tour for the first time and loved it! Although we were not lucky enough to see a whale, we did get to see dolphins. Seeing a whale or not was fine with us! We just enjoyed the...More

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Donna K, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded 26 July 2018

It was a pleasure to have you as one of our guests and hope to have the same opportunity often in the future. We appreciate your kind words about our staff and how you enjoyed your visit.

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Response from SKeena49 | Reviewed this property |
As I have worked with Dana Wharf for years for research and been on all of their vessels hundreds of times, my suggestion for your wife sun wise and sitting wise would be to make sure you do the Ocean Adventure vessel. It is... More
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Response from Gloriazz | Reviewed this property |
I think the best time to go is the first thing in the morning. You do not have as much boat traffic and the whales and dolphins seem to be more active. I have been out in the early am and around 12 and 2 and the early... More
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