Recreation - Whale Watching
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Dana Point is the prime location for whale watching is Southern California. Last year, nearly 300 Blue Whales were spotted right outside the harbor, and as many as fifty California Gray Whales migrate past Dana Point daily at the height of their season. There also are Fin Whales, Minke Whales, and dolphin by the hundred. danawharf.com/whalewatch
Capt. Dave‚Äôs Whale Watch and Dolphin Safari offers a unique eye-to-eye underwater viewing pod that puts you in the midst of the mammals while you watch up close and listen on stereo headphones.
The Ocean Institute runs educational excursions for observing the Gray Whales during their annual spring migration and open ocean searching for the elusive Blue Whale during the summer. Cruises are staffed by naturalists who lead discussions and answer questions about local wildlife.
If you’re a true Gray Whale aficionado, you can plan your Southern California vacation to coincide with the annual Dana Point Festival of Whales in March. It’s filled with activities from serious to entirely entertaining, including the Festival of Whales Parade, a “Whale of a Scavenger Hunt,” sand sculpting, a mammal lecture series and all kinds of whale watching cruises.