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, fin, and humpback whales that come here to feed. We also have minke whale sightings year-round along with several dolphin species including pacific white-sided, common, and bottlenose, and the more rare sightings of risso's and 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. The following companies are the only professional/legitimate whale watching tours in Orange County, there are other options that claim to be whale watching companies but are not listed here due to lack of respect for marine life, consistent false reported sightings, stolen photos used on website to appear as if legitimate, paid removal of negative reviews on Tripadvisor/Yelp with mostly fake positive reviews, and unsafe operations. If you see a whale watching company in Orange County advertising online that is not listed here, you are doing so at your own risk along with not supporting the legitimate whale watching tours here.
Here are photos and videos taken off the coast of Orange County