A recent survey ranks whales' bellies ahead of safety deposit boxes and mattresses as the preferred place to store valuables. Experience one of nature's most priceless resources with today's Groupon: for $29, you get two whale-watching cruise tickets from Dana Wharf (up to a $58 value).
For more than 40 years, Dana Wharf has provided whale-watching extravaganza within the Dana Point area. Every November, gray whales begin their migration south in search of lonely polar bears, and the certified expert aboard your two-hour cruise can dole out large chunks of whale fact. Coasting through the warm, krill-rich waters just offshore, seafaring sightseers often encounter pods of Risso's dolphins and bottle-nosed dolphins along with the endangered gray whale. Each cruise during gray whale season even comes with an aquatic-life guarantee: In the rare event that the whales and dolphins are occupied with underwater income-tax filing, the captain will issue ride-again vouchers (with no expiration date) to each passenger that can be redeemed any time during gray whale season.
The Marine Mammal Protection Act requires the cruises to stay 100 yards from the whales, although some do venture over to the boats. In the 2009–2010 season, 272 gray whales were spotted. Experience this rare glimpse into the mysterious ocean with guest appearances by whimsically soaring wildlife and carnivorous harbor buoys.
- …we spotted a giant pod of thousands of dolphins. The staff informed us that it was a maternity pod so there were alot of baby dolphins in the mix. They even gunned the boat for us so the dolphins could race/follow.
– K P., Yelp
- The staff were friendly on the boat, and engaged in conversation as they passed by our deck to give us updates. – Linda C., Yelp