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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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Address: 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
Phone Number: +1 949-488-2828
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Description: Whale watch with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana...
Whale watch with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana Point on our hi-tech sailing catamaran year round, with exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing PODS™. Daily trips to see dolphins, up to 10,000 strong, leap and play right off our bow, migrating Gray whales December through April and Blue Whales May through November. Go underwater with whales and dolphins without getting wet during your whale watch in our Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Listen to dolphins during your whale watching safari with our underwater Hydrophone. Celebrity and certified naturalists make this exciting Dana Point whale watching excursion educational and entertaining too. Homemade triple-fudge brownies make this a one-of-a-kind dolphin and whale watching adventure unforgettable. You can see a live broadcast from our boat, the first and only place in the world where you can go dolphin and whale watching LIVE right from your computer during our daily dolphin and whale watching excursions!
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Fast Cat private charter trip

I took my 4 year old and my sister on a private charter last month on the Fast Cat. It was worth every penny. Captain Dave was very accomodating and tailored the trip to our... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

I took my 4 year old and my sister on a private charter last month on the Fast Cat. It was worth every penny. Captain Dave was very accomodating and tailored the trip to our interests. We spent a long time following dolphin pods which my daughter loved. We saw a humpback whale about 15 feet from the boat -... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Beautiful and moving tribute for spreading of loved ones ashes at sea. All made possible by the staff at Capt Daves! Highly recommend their tours and services. Its as though they timed the dolphins and blue whales to coincide with our ceremony! Was able to get great underwater footage of the dolphins with GoPro thanks to amazing boat piloting skills.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

After booking on the website, we received a confirmation by mail and a phone call confirming the details. The company operates a catamaran that is very close to the water so you can touch the dolphins when lucky. This day, captain Tom found us plenty of dolphins and a reluctant blue whale that chose to keep us at some distance.... More 

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Alicante, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

One of the most amazing experiences I've had so far. I told myself that if I didn't get to see a whale it'd be still worth it, because I love dolphins and I was almost sure we'd get to see those (oh, we did!) but the truth was that I would have been a little disappointed if I hadn't... (obviously... More 

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Orem, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were spending a few days in San Clemente with no concrete plans and a couple of friends of ours recommended we check out Captain Dave's Safari. I have always been interested in doing a whale watching tour but have always been nevervous because I am not a "seafaring" person. We finally decided to give it a... More 

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Louisville, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

everyone involved with the whale watch was helpful and professional and friendly. we saw 4 whales and a bunch of bottle nose dolphins. it was cool to be so close to the water.

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015 NEW

I love going whale watching with Captain Dave's. For the past two summers I have been out with this group and have marveled at seeing blue whales out on the ocean. Be sure to get there early because summertime parking is hard to find, but there are accommodations for whale watchers. The underwater viewing pod is a feature that other... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful calm day on the ocean with multiple pods of Dolphins. Great hosts with knowledge and good sense of humor. Well worth it and best photo of me and hubby ever ...

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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for leaving us a review about your dolphin and whale watching trip! I'm very glad to read that you liked the safari, our crew, and the souvenir portrait too. Is there anything we can do to improve and earn a 5-star rating from you next time? We sincerely appreciate any suggestions you may have! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

What a fantastic trip with Captain Dave. He had an excellent instinct as to where the whales would be and the timings on the whales rising to the surface. We stayed out an extra 90 minutes beyond what we were told. We had superb views of the blue whales, and 3 species of dolphins. Absolutely loved our trip with Captain... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

We booked this trip after seeing all the wonderful reviews. I booked online and then I received within 30 minutes of booking a wonderful phone call thanking me for booking an confirming a few things. How is that for customer service! We got to the location in plenty of time. The trip was a good as advertised. We thoroughly enjoyed... More 

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