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Whale Watching in Dana Point

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Get the chance to see some of nature’s most magnificent creatures up close, and in their natural habitat, by going whale watching in Dana Point. There’s no place quite like Southern OC for seeing minke, orca, and humpback whales breach the surface and glide effortlessly through the glass-like waters. See these gentle giants for less by reserving a place on affordable tours with our whale watching coupons.


 

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Dolphin and Whale Watch Cruise for 1, 2, 4, 6, or 10 People at San Diego Whale Watch (Up to 54% Off)
Up to 54% Off Cruises at San Diego Whale Watch
1617 Quivira Road, San Diego
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3 Hour Whale Watch Cruise for 1 Person
2–2.5 Hour Whale Watching & Dolphin Cruise - Newport Landing Whale Watching (Up to 52% Off). All Fees Included.
Up to 52% Off Cruise from Newport Landing Whale Watching
309 Palm Street, Newport Beach15.0 mi
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Before 10 a.m. or After 5 p.m.: Whale Watching Cruise for One Adult; Valid Monday-Friday
Whale Watching for One or Two on Weekday or Weekend from Newport Legacy (Up to 48% Off). All Fees Included.
Up to 48% Off Whale-Watching Tours from Newport Legacy
309 Palm Street, Newport Beach15.0 mi
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$39.00 $22.00
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2.5-Hour Whale-Watching Tour with Drink for One; Valid Monday–Friday Before 10 a.m. or After 5 p.m.
One Adult Whale-Watching Ticket and One Drink at Ocean Explorer Cruises (Up to 46% Off). All Fees Included.
Up to 46% Off Whale Watching at Ocean Explorer Cruises
400 Main St., Newport Beach14.9 mi
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$39.00 $21.00
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One Adult Whale-Watching Ticket and One Drink; Valid Monday–Friday Before 10 a.m. or After 5 p.m.
Catalina Glass Bottom Boat
Catalina Glass Bottom Boat
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Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Zipline Adventure
Catalina Island Day Trip from Anaheim with Zipline Adventure
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Dana Point Kayak & Walking Tour
Dana Point Kayak & Walking Tour
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Dana Point Kayak & Walking Tour
Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour in Newport Beach
Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour in Newport Beach
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5.0
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Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Tour in Newport Beach

Dana Point (CA) Whale Watching Reviews

Very cool experience, knowledgeable staff and a nice boat. Will be back again for sure!

Davey's Locker

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This was such a great experience. Simply beautiful! We will do it again! Staff were amazing also! Overall a great experience! Thank you!

Ocean Explorer Cruises

We loved it and we are planning on going back really soon.

Newport Legacy


 

Whale Watching Deals in Dana Point: Frequently Asked Questions

Ready to hit the seas on a whale watching adventure? Before you strap on your life jacket and jump aboard, check out our FAQs to make sure you have all the information you need for the ultimate experience of seeing these wonders of nature at play. If you're unsure how to use your whale watching coupons, our Groupon Manual can help.

When is whale watching season in Dana Point?

The annual festival of whales runs throughout March, providing plenty of great opportunities to see whales in the wild. Majestic blue whales swim through the waters from May to September, with gray whales populating the area from November to April. Species like the orca, sperm whale, and pilot whale, often show up throughout the year too.

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Different whale species usually arrive in the waters of Dana Point at different times of year, depending on their natural migration habits. This means Dana Point's whale watching seasons changes depending on the type of whales you want to see – but there's normally always whales to see in the waters around the town.

What ocean life can I see when whale watching in Dana Point?

A whale watching tour is a fantastic opportunity to see a whole host of marine wildlife – not just whales. On your trip, keep an eye out for dolphins and sea lions, too.

Dolphins and sea lions appear in the waters around Dana Point in large numbers throughout the year. In fact, Dana Point has more dolphins per square mile than anywhere in the world.

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You'll also be in with a chance of catching a glimpse of whale species including humpbacks, fin whales, orca (killer whales), sperm whales, and gray whales – to name a few.

Where can I go whale watching in Dana Point?

Head to the water almost anywhere in Dana Point and you'll find whale watching tours operating. The harbor is one of the most popular places in the US for getting a look at some of the biggest creatures in the sea.

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Newport Beach is another popular spot for whale watching and home to many places offering great experiences out on the coastline. Some of our favorites include:

What fun activities can I do in Dana Point?

There are many great things to do in Dana Point aside from whale watching. Outdoors, you can take to the skies in a hot air balloon for an entirely different view of the city. If you want to stay inside, keep your feet on the ground by joining a pottery class.

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Our favorite things to do in and around Dana Point include:

  • Horse riding at Sara Blann Training – learn to ride with experienced professional riders.
  • Archery with Orange County Archery – improve your shooting posture and boost your accuracy with guided instruction.
  • Rock climbing at Hangar 18 – reach new heights as you scale the 10-foot high climbing wall.

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