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 along. 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.
If you see a whale watching company advertising online that's not listed here, DO NOT book it, the following companies are the only legitimate whale watching tours in Orange County. Illegitimate operations include those with fake online reviews/ removal of bad reviews, incorrect whale sightings log to appear as if seeing more whales, illegal operations, fake/paid Instagram followers
Here are photos and videos taken off the coast of Orange County