Orange County has excellent whale watching year-round! Here is some information before booking your trip
Why whale watch in Orange County?
Orange County is fortunate to have year-round sightings, not only are we right along the gray whale migration route which takes place January through May, but in the summer, this is a hot spot for blue, fin, and humpback whales which come here to feed due to unique ocean floor topography. We also have minke whale sightings year-round along with several dolphin species including pacific white-sided, common, and bottlenose, and the more rare sighting of orcas.
How many options are there?
Dana Point and Newport Beach both have whale watching tours and they are both surrounded by great beaches and vast variety of lunch and dinner options which you can complete your experience with. There are other options for whale watching which are not listed below due to lack of respect for marine life, consistent false reported sightings, and/or lack of experience. If the company is not listed below, it is not worth your time.
What time of day is best to see whales?
Whales and dolphins are air breathing mammals so they always have to come up for air and therefore there are no preferred times.
Why go whale watching?
It is such an easy way to get away from the hustle and bustle by just hopping on a boat and relaxing for a couple hours, on top of that you will get experiences which are so great for the mind to be a part of nature and see marine life up close and not trapped in a tank. Many people don't even realize how fortunate they are to have so much marine life right here in their own backyard.
Here are photos and videos I've taken locally off the coast of Orange County from whale watching vessels