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Whale Watching

WHALE WATCHING OVERVIEW

Dana Point Harbor is known as the Whale Capital of the West. From migrating gray whales in the winter to Blue Whales in the winter, Dana Point Harbor is a reference “landmark” for the whales. Due to the unique shape of Dana Point Harbor, it is ideally located for easy and quick access to board a boat and be in open ocean in 5 minutes. You can whale watch with other whale watching public on a guided tour or you can get your own group together and charter a boat for a private guided cruise. The following companies offer various types of whale watching trips from public to private, contact each of them to set sail for your particular adventure.

Whale Watching
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Hit the high seas for whale watching, high-tech catamarans, underwater viewing pods, private charters, and more with Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. Great for families and corporate groups.
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|(949) 488-2828
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whalewatching

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whalewatching

Since 1971, at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whalewatching, every trip is an adventure. Whale watching, sportfishing, open charters, cruises, corporate events and a retail store.
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|(800) 590-9994
OC Ocean Adventures

OC Ocean Adventures

The Ocean Adventure Catamaran cruise is a journey to explore the living wonders of the ocean, including whales, dolphins, birds and more! With a capacity of 59ft, it is available for private charter for any occasion.
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|(949) 496-5794
Ocean Institute

Ocean Institute

Visit the Ocean Institute for whale watching excursions, field trips, sails, maritime history & education, the Tall Ships Festival, and Jazz Festival. Gift shop and banquet facilities available.
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|(949) 496-2274
PRIVATE CHARTERS
Dick Simon Yachts

Dick Simon Yachts

Dick Simon Yachts offers the best in boat sales, boat charters, including private, custom sport fishing, sailing, private whale watching, luxury custom coastal and sunset cruises, Catalina Island trips and more.
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|(949) 493-2011
Dream Catcher Yachts

Dream Catcher Yachts

Sail off into the sunset with Dream Catcher Yachts. Yacht brokerage, sailing, Pacific seacraft, private whale watching, and charters.
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|(949) 248-7100
Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage

Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage

Visit Mariner’s Yacht & Ship Brokerage for yacht sales, private whale watching, and charters.
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|(949) 429-2628

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Whale Watching
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Hit the high seas for whale watching, high-tech catamarans, underwater viewing pods, private charters, and more with Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. Great for families and corporate groups.
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|(949) 488-2828
Curlew Charters

Curlew Charters

A 1926 Classic Sailing Schooner, Curlew offers a unique setting for corporate outings, family gatherings, romantic occasions, and memorials at sea. Unforgettable journeys for the adventurous at heart.
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|(949) 922-2759
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whalewatching

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whalewatching

Since 1971, at Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whalewatching, every trip is an adventure. Whale watching, sportfishing, open charters, cruises, corporate events and a retail store.
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|(800) 590-9994
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