If you’ve never had the opportunity to go whale watching now is the time to do it during your visit to Orange County. With miles of coastline directly in the migration path of 20,000 gray whales on their way to Baja California to give birth to their calves, Orange County is one of the best places in the world to see these giant mammals in their own environment.
Prime time for whale watching in Orange County is December through January for the southern migration, and February through March for the northern migration. Gray Whales generally travel alone or in pods of two or three: at the peak of migration, a dozen or more may be seen together. They cruise slowly near shore waters at a speed of two to six miles per hour.
Most whale watching tours are about three hours long and are narrated by captains who will help you spot the whales as they share interesting facts about them, sealife and the local geography. Whales are not the only form of marine life you will see on a whale watching cruise. Dolphins and porpoises are the travel companions of gray whales. Be sure to bring your camera to capture this once in a life time experience.
Here are some of the best whale watching companies in Orange County!
Dana Point Whale Watching
Dana Wharf Whale and Dolphin Watching in Dana Point offers whale watching cruises lead by educated guides and naturalists. The information they share with you about the Gray Whale and its habits, habitat, and migratory patterns will leave you in awe. It truly is one of the most wonderful mammals on Earth!
Hornblower Cruises and Events
If you love whales, dolphins, sea lions, and sea birds, hop on board for a breathtaking experience on the open ocean. They’ll speed out to sea on one of their large, comfortable yachts and pass barking sea lions and pods of leaping dolphins as you search for migrating gray whales. You’ll stay cozy and comfortable with both indoor and outdoor seating and a snack bar featuring hot food, a full bar, and souvenirs.