When Pinocchio cried whale, everyone assumed he was up to old tricks until his nose became ominously static. Tell a whale of a tale that needs no embellishment with today's Groupon: for $14, you get one ticket for a two-hour gray or blue-whale-watching cruise from Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching (up to a $29 value). Gray whale tours take place through the end of April and depart the docks in Dana Point daily at noon and 2 p.m.; blue whale tours, which run May–September, depart at 4 p.m. Guests are encouraged to arrive 20 minutes early. Junior mariners under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
Currently celebrating their 40th year, Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching introduces land-logged humans to the watery wonders of the deep blue sea and its mysterious residents. Every winter until the month of April, gray whales emerge from their hibernation nests to showboat for breath-taken blowhole fans. From the comfortable vantage point of a whale-watching cruise coasting through the warm, krill-rich waters just off shore, seafaring sightseers may encounter the gentle giants as well as pods of dolphins hoping to one day be promoted to whale. Each cruise is narrated by a knowledge-saturated captain and even comes with an aquatic life guarantee: in the rare event that the whales and dolphins are occupied with underwater income-tax filing, each passenger will receive a ride-again voucher (with no expiration date) that can be redeemed at any time.
Encountering the sea's majestic creatures strikes awe and humility in the hearts of land lovers and nautical nomads alike. Since the beginning of this season in December, Dana Wharf's gray-whale tours have encountered 146 seafaring leviathans and more dolphins than the captain could count on his seashell abacus. Experience this rare glimpse into the mysterious ocean with guest appearances by whimsically soaring wildlife and tragically endangered harbor buoys.
While special discounts are offered on Tuesdays of each week, this Groupon still represents the best deal available.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching was featured in the Orange Country Register. Nearly 30 Yelpers give Dana Wharf an average of four stars, five Citysearchers award an average of three stars, and more than 1,065 Facebookers like it:
- There is no better use of your time on a beautiful day in Dana Point than to go whale watching .. and, Dana Wharf is by far the best touring company to use. – Bridget W., Yelp, 3/7/11
- I was amazed at how many dolphins we saw on our trip. The captains were super informative and came out throughout the trip to talk to the crowd. – Armando D., Yelp, 2/4/11
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching
Dana Wharf Whale Watching's expert crews and skippers glide their watercrafts on the open seas to soak up sunshine while searching for rare and endangered whales as they migrate south to avoid tax season. Expert captains steer crafts through frothy spumes and narrate each trip, educating passengers on the abundant life beneath the glassy waters. Guests can treat their eyes to breathtaking views of the scenic Orange County coastline and the beautiful Pacific ocean while surveying the seascape for natural wildlife. Voyagers can either venture into the boat's full-service galley for a hot meal or bring their own food and nonalcoholic drinks to stave off hunger and resist eating the ocean's jagged, hamburger-shape coral.
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, California 92629Get Directions