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Whale Watching Orange County

Whale Watching Overview

Whale Watching

Whales that migrate off the California coast include Humpback Whales, Gray Whales, Blue Whales, Killer Whales (Orca), Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, Minke Whales, Fin Whales and Baird's Beaked Whales. Spotting whales is possible year round as migrating whales pass by our coast twice a year on their way between the cool waters of Alaska to the warm waters of Baja California. Nearly every major marina, port or harbor along the California coast offers some sort of whale tour from up close kayak tours to tours aboard luxury yachts. Orange County locations includes Newport Beach and Dana Point. Migrating whales such as the Humpback Whale and Gray Whale are the most commonly seen and pass by the Central Coast twice a year between December and May. Killer Whale sightings are most common March through May but can be spotted year round. Blue Whales are the largest at nearly 100 feet in length and frequent Central Coast waters during the summer months. Additional marine life you may encounter include dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea lions, sharks, sunfish, marlin and swordfish. Listed below are whale watch charters from the Newport Coast to Dana Point.

Newport Beach

Newport Landing Whale Watching

Newport Landing is located off the 405 Freeway in Newport Harbor. Join a whale watch tour in one of several large 70-85-foot fishing boats, complete with restrooms and snack bar. Newport Landing specializes in spotting whales off Newport Beach and offers year round whale watch tours.

Newport Landing
309 Palm Street
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 675-0551

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Davey's Locker at Balboa Pavilion

Davey's Locker is located off the 405 Freeway in Newport Harbor. They offer whale watch tours in a 65-foot fishing boat, complete with restrooms and snack bar. Davey's Locker runs fishing and 2½-hour, year-round whale watch tours.

Davey's Locker
400 Main Street
Newport Beach, CA 92661
(949) 673-1435

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Dana Point

Whale Watching Dana Point

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari is located off Interstate 5 in the harbor. They offer whale watch tours in one of several specially modified catamarans, complete with restrooms, up-close viewing nets, live-feed cameras and an underwater viewing pod. Captain Dave's specializes in spotting whales off the Orange County Coast and offers 2½ to 3-hour, year-round whale watch tours. All tours meet near the Aquarium at the north end of the harbor.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 488-2828

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Dana Point Sportfishing

Dana Wharf Sportfishing is located off Interstate 5 in the harbor. They offer whale tours in either a 63-foot catamaran or a 95-foot fishing boat, complete with restrooms and snack bars. Dana Wharf runs fishing and 2-hour whale tours.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-5794

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