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The Dolphin & Whale Watching Capital of the World®

Offering the world’s best year round dolphin and whale watching

Drone view of dolphin mega-pod off Dana Point

More dolphins per square mile than anywhere else in the world. Over 450,000 dolphins reside off Southern California.

Drone flies over gray whale during Dana Point whale watch

Dana Point made famous the “dolphin stampede”.

Dolphin stampede during Dana Point whale watching trip

Year-round whales regularly viewed include Blue Whales, Fin Whales, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, and Minke Whales.

Mother and calf orcas during Dana Point whale watching tour

A plethora of rare whales and dolphins including Killer Whales, Pilot Whales, Sperm Whales, False Killer Whales, Dall’s Porpoise and more.

Drone view of blue whale off the coast of Dana Point

One of the best places in the world to view the largest animal to have ever lived on earth: the magnificent Blue Whale.

Overlooking Dana Point Harbor

Best small harbor with quick and easy accessibility to open ocean.

Gray Whale tail in front of Dana Point Harbor

Best year-round weather. Unlike many other locations, Dana Point usually has moderate weather and mild ocean conditions throughout the year.

Sea lion napping on red buoy near Dana Point

Underwater coastal canyons and large kelp beds within a mile of shore provide rich habitats for numerous species of marine life; including the kinds of fish that dolphins and whales love to eat!

Humpback whale surface lunge feeding on small fish near Dana Point

Unlike other Southern California harbors, Dana Point has no towering buildings, oil rigs or large ships that distort the whale watcher’s sense of the pristine and spectacular encounters.

Dana Point's pristine landscape enhances whale watching trips

Home to the world’s first and longest running annual whale festival, the Dana Point Festival of Whales, celebrating whales for almost 50 years.

Dana Point Festival of Whales Sand Sculpture

Dana Point Whale Watching

Dana Point, California, USA

The Dolphin & Whale Watching Capital of the World®

A Whale Heritage Site

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