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, 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.

IF YOU SEE A WHALE WATCH COMPANY ADVERTISING ONLINE THAT'S NOT LISTED HERE, DO NOT BOOK IT!

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

Humpback Whale

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 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
Gray Whale
Cow/calf humpback whale
Common Dolphin
Risso's Dolphin
Gray Whale