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Orange County Whale Watching Schedule and Rates

Whale Watching Offered by Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari

Orange County Dolphin Stampede

Our Orange County Whale Watching Safari has been voted the most unique whale watching experience in the world.

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We have daily, year-round Orange County whale watching trips departing from Orange County, California. We serve Dana Point, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Long Beach, San Diego, and Los Angeles. Whale watching departure times vary by season and vessels are subject to change.

Orange County Dolphin and Whale Watching Excursions:

Signature Dolphin & Whale Watching Trip:

When: 2 and 1/2 Hours, Daily
Orange County whale watching trip times vary by date. Please call (949) 488-2828 or reserve online.
Fares:
"Manute'a": 50' Catamaran Sailboat that accommodates up to 49 passengers
$59 adults, $39 children (2 to 12 years old). 1 and under are free.

"DolphinSafari.com": 35' Catamaran Sailboat that accommodates up to 24 passengers
$59 adults, $39 children (2 to 12 years old). 1 and under are free.

"Lily": 62' Luxury Power Catamaran that accommodates up to 49 passengers
$65 adults and children, all ages.

Read more about our Signature Dolphin and Whale Watching Trips

Private Orange County Whale Watching Charters:

Humpback Whale Flukes during Orange County Whale Watching Trip

"Lily": 2 and 1/2 hours - 62' Luxury Power Catamaran that accommodates up to 49 passengers
Price: $3,185 plus $330 grauity

"Manute'a": 2 and 1/2 hours - 50' Catamaran Sailboat that accommodates up to 49 passengers

Price: $2,790 plus $300 gratuity

"Dolphin Safari.com": 2 and 1/2 hours - 35' Catamaran Sailboat that accommodates up to 24 passengers

Price $1,350 plus $150 gratuity

"ORCA": 2 and 1/2 hours - 38' Luxury Motor Yacht that accomodates up to 6 passengers
Price $1,350 plus $150 gratuity

Learn more about Private Orange County Whale Watching Charters 

To reserve a private charter, or for more information, please call (949) 488-2828 to speak with our Charter Manager.

Orange County Ash Scatterings:

"Manute'a": 50' Catamaran Sailboat that accommodates up to 49 passengers

Ash Scattering Rate:  $1,040 plus $120 gratuity for 1 hour. Each additional 30 minutes is $520 plus gratuity.

"DolphinSafari.com": 35' Catamaran Sailboat that accommodates up to 24 passengers

Ash Scattering Rate: $675 plus $75 gratuity for 75 minutes. Each additional 30 minutes is $270 plus gratuity.

"Lily": a 62' Luxury Power Catamaran that accommodates up to 49 passengers
Ash Scattering Rate: $2,790 plus $264 grauity for 2 hours.

Learn more about Ash Scatterings 

Please call (949) 488-2828 for reservations.

What whale and dolphins will I see?

During the months of May through November is blue whale watching in Orange County. The Blue whale is, and always has been, the largest animal ever to exist on earth. This whale can grow to a length of 33m (110 ft) and weigh 200 tons, about a ton per foot, but on the average it is much smaller. The Blue whale is called a "rorqual" a Norwegian word for "furrow" and refers to the pleated grooves running from its chin to its navel. The throat grooves, in addition to streamlining the shape of the whale, allow the throat area to expand tremendously during feeding, and can hold 1,000 tons or more of food and water when fully expanded. By taking tons of water into its mouth and filtering out the fish or krill with its baleen plates a medium-sized Blue whale can eat over four tons of krill a day. Southern California has the largest concentration of blue whales than anywhere else on earth!

Gray whale watching in Orange County is December through April. Gray whales make one of the longest migrations of any mammal and are seen every winter off Orange County. The whales travel 10,000 to 12,000 miles from the Chukchi and Bering Seas near Alaska to the lagoons of Baja, California, where they mate and have their calves. Whale watchers often see gray whales within a mile or two of the shoreline. Many believe they use Dana Point's headlands as a landmark on their journey, making them a popular whale to watch. In early March, we celebrate the annual Dana Point Festival of Whales with ocean-themed events and activities that have an emphasis on education and environmental responsibility.

Throughout their migration gray whales face many challenges and hazards one of which takes the lives of nearly 1,000 whales and dolphins every day. Scientists estimate that 308,000 dolphins and whales die because of fishing gear entanglement every year worldwide. Captain Dave organized Orange County's first whale disentanglement group in 2008 and has successfully disentangled several gray whales, including Lily, a horrifically entangled Gray Whale that made national headlines when she stranded herself inside of Dana Point Harbor. To help raise awareness Captain Dave authored the book, "Lily, A Gray Whale's Odyssey", a magnificent photographic journey of a gray whale's migration based on her true story.

Throughout the year we also see huge Fin whales and also Minke whales. Occasionally, we get a special visit from Killer whales, Humpback whales, False Killer whales and Sperm whales. Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins than anywhere else on earth. Orange County whale watching trips see several species of wild dolphins, sometimes in herds of up to 10,000, all year long. Common dolphin, Bottlenose dolphin, and Pacific White-sided dolphin love to bow ride with our boats. Our unique catamaran sailboats are specially designed for dolphin and whale watching. Our Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods let you be underwater with dolphins without getting wet! And our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets on the bow can get you so close you feel like you can almost reach down and touch the dolphins!