Year-Round Whale Watching

Why whale watch?

It's so great for the mind and soul to hop on a boat and enjoy an abundance of marine life that is not trapped in a tank. Not only is Orange County right along the gray whale migration route which takes place December through May, but in the summer we see blue and humpback whales that come here to feed, as well as minke and fin whale sightings year-round. We also get to see several dolphin species including common, pacific white-sided, bottlenose, risso's, and the more rare sighting of orcas.

How many options are there?

Dana Point and Newport Beach have whale watching tours which are both surrounded by great beaches and vast variety of lunch and dinner options which you can complete your experience with.

PLEASE NOTE

We are aware of operations advertising online that are not certified or inspected by the Coast Guard and not authorized to operate by the city. These operations include those with fake reviews and removal of all bad reviews, stolen photos on website, fake trip logs to make it seem like they're seeing more whales. The following companies are the only legitimate whale watch tours in Orange County and booking through another operator will be at your own risk. Also these following companies all communicate with each other on VHF radios to help find marine life, any other operators besides these listed below do not communicate and have much less odds of finding whales and dolphins.

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Newport Coastal Adventure

Newport Beach

Small boats providing a fast and intimate experience

(949) 922-8784

http://newportcoastaladventure.com/

IEX Helicopters

IEX Helicopters

Santa Ana

Helicopters departing from John Wayne Airport and Long Beach Airport offering a whole new perspective

IEX Helicopter

Davey's Locker

Davey's Locker/Newport Landing

Newport Beach

Large vessels with restrooms, snack bars, and indoor and outdoor seating

(949) 673-1434

http://www.daveyslocker.com/whale-watching/

Dana Wharf

Dana Wharf

Dana Point

Medium to large vessels with restrooms, snack bars, and indoor and outdoor seating

(949) 496-5794

http://danawharf.com/whale-watching/

Dolphin Safari

Dolphin Safari

Dana Point

Medium to large vessels with restrooms, snack bars, and indoor and outdoor seating

(949) 488-2828

http://www.dolphinsafari.com/

Blue Whale

Ocean Institute

Large vessel offering snacks and restrooms onboard. Departures vary depending on season and demand

https://www.ocean-institute.org/cruises

Here are photos and videos taken off the coast of Orange County

Humpback Whale
Bottlenose Dolphin
Transient Orca
Blue Whale
Gray Whale
Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
Gray Whale
Cow/calf humpback whale
Risso's Dolphin
Gray Whale
Common Dolphin
Gray Whale