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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
949 488 2828
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Ranked #1 of 11 activities in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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! « less
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Salt Lake City, UT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014 NEW

This was the best tour I have ever done. We saw a blue whale and a huge pod of dolphins. We could see the dolphins swimming right next to us and under us.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 NEW

The staff was so wonderful we saw a blue whale and more dolphins then I could count!!! My son loved it!!! The pod was so amazing felt like we were right with them... I would highly recommend this trip to all ages!

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Corona, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We live within 45 minutes of Dana Point. We found that Capt. Dave's employees were very accommodating. They permitted my elderly companion who has mobility issues to pre-board. We were very comfortable and did not feel rushed to find a seat. They also offered to assist him to the front of the catamaran to get a better view. We saw... More

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Devon, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My daughters and I went on captain Dave's whale watching tour last weekend, it was absolutely by far the best thing I have ever done in my life. I am from Canada and I have never done anything like this and it was so amazing😄 we saw so many dolphins and even a whale, I was just like a kid... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This was so much fun! No whales, but lots of dolphins. Nature is fickle, you never know what you'll see. The dolphins swam right along and under the boat, and with an open mesh area and underwater pod area, you could see them up close and almost touch them! Went over 7 miles off shore. Great guides. We'll worth the... More

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Gilbert, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We were able to see whales and dolphins on our trip in early June, but the biggest source of satisfaction came when Dale and Scott both really went out of their way to make my kids feel great. My daughter broke her arm early in the week and we were a little nervous about going on a boat in the... More

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

Hi. Thank you for writing a review about your dolphin and whale watching trip. I'm thrilled you and your kids had fun. And I'm very happy to read that our crew went above and beyond to make the safari feel safe and comfortable for your daughter. We try very hard to provide a first-class trip for each passenger and our... More

Scottsdale, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

as you can see by all the reviews, this is an enjoyable excursion. we went in late may of '14. the crew was fun. we saw plenty of dolphins, but no whales. we were in the 'shoulder season', so we didn't expect whales. it was a nice way to spend a couple hours out on the water. a splendid time... More

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

Hi Billy. Thanks for leaving us feedback about your trip. I'm so glad you had an enjoyable experience. I'm sorry you didn't get to see a whale. Please consider joining us again - every trip is different! More

Long Beach, California
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

We have taken this trip a couple of times. Nature is fickle, but we are lucky and have seen different species of dolphina both times. The crew is amazing and very informative. The kids loved all the special attention the crew gave them. Bring a lunch and enjoy the ride.

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

Hi. Thanks for taking the time to write a review of your dolphin and whale watching safari! I'm so glad you enjoyed the trip and the animals. I hope we will see you again soon! More

Springfield, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

I think we are just going to give up on whale watching cruises. We have tried to see whales up close in lots of different places. I had been following Captain Dave's cruises on the internet and it seemed like Dana Point and Captain Dave were our best chance to see marine animals up close. But, as it turns out,... More

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

Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm sorry to read that you were disappointed with your dolphin and whale watching safari. You saw a minke whales, dolphins, and a mola mola. And, of course, our harbor jetty regulars - the sea lions. A trip with a nice variety of animals like that is usually a... More

San Diego
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Our family highly recommends Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari! The staff was informative and made us feel welcome. It was like spending the day with old friends.The boat was comfortable and plenty of room for the amount of people who were on board. We were lucky enough to see dozens of dolphins and the day was beautiful but if you don't... More

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

Hi Michelle. Thank you so much for taking the time to write a review about your dolphin and whale watching safari. I'm so glad you enjoyed the boat and the animals. I hope we'll see you again soon! More

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