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.
There is another company running 6 passenger whale watching tours out of Newport Beach that has imitated just about everything Newport Coastal Adventure has done but has non-licensed captains, illegal operations, and does not have the skill to find whales/dolphins, instead relying on following other whale watch boats around
Here are photos and videos taken off the coast of Orange County