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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 10 activities in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Waterford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

While we were in California, my wife and I wanted to go whale watching. We found 3 places that looked decent, and ended up choosing Capt. Dave's. I am glad we did. The boat ride was informative, and you could tell the speakers really loved what they did. We found hundreds of dolphins, some sea lions, and eventually spotted a... More

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

After finding this place through internet explorer I booked a trip three weeks out. We had the greatest time with our six year old. We did not see any whales so that was a bummer but the staff were so friendly, helpful and accommodating. They took us right to a pod of dolphins and we hung around them for at... More

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Nampa, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

When we got to San Diego to start our family vacation, we were blasted by a billion brochures in the hotel lobby advertising all the different companies that offer whale watching. The hotel shuttle driver (who is a local) literally took all the pamphlets out of my hand and gave me the one for this company instead. Start to finish,... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The crew behind Captain Dave have their priorities straight -- they look out for the wildlife and for their guests. Last weekend we did the 12 pm trip and immediately had about 30 minutes with a megapod of common dolphin. So beautiful. After that we shifted gears and saw 6 pacific gray whales. Very informative and really focused on exposing... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

The weather was great but unfortunately we didn't see any dolphins! However, 13 grey whales and 2 humpback whales made up for the lack of dolphins. The crew was professional and knowledgable. The size of the group was just nice - not too big so everybody got a decent spot on the boat to see the whales. A great way... More

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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! I'm sorry you didn't get to see any dolphins. It's been a strange season with whales outnumbering dolphins. Usually it's the opposite! We've had more gray whale sightings this year than any season before. I hope you'll join us again soon. More

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

My daughter and I were spending her spring break in Carlsbad and decided to Whale Watch with Capt. Dave. We were on the smaller boat and as the day started out cloudy, our captain, Peter, said this was his favorite boat on cloudy days as we would be at near water level with the whales and dolphins. Within 15 minutes... 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 us a review. I'm so glad you enjoyed the unique experience of being so close to the water and to the animals that our original catamaran "DolphinSafari.com" offers. I hope we'll see you again! More

Silt, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Always a good day when you can cross something off the bucket list. Saw 2 whales almost immediately and a gazillion dolphins. The crew was funny and informative. Making the reservation by phone was a breeze. Can't wait to do it again!

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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 us feedback. I'm thrilled you enjoyed your dolphin and whale watching safari and were able to see both whales and dolphins. This has been one of our best years ever for whale sightings. I hope we'll see on board the boat again soon! More

Fresno, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

We had a great time with Captain Dave and the team. If you are coming in on the weekend be sure to show up early to find parking. We were fortunate enough to see a couplenof Grey Whales but they were at a bit of a distance. Captain Dave extended our trip in order to see a pod of dolphins... More

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

Hi Michael, Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your dolphin and whale watching trip. I'm so glad you enjoyed your safari aboard "Lily" and were able to see dolphins and whales. I wish we could have gotten you closer to the whales but that is not always possible. We maintain a respectful distance from the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Captain Dave's provided a fun morning of whale/dolphin watching out if Dana Point Harbor. Grab a bite to eat before you leave as their is no food on board. While we predominantly saw dolphins on our trip we did spot one fun whale which the crew did a good job of keeping track of. Our boat had an underwater viewing... More

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

Hello Al, Thank you so much for leaving us a review. I'm very happy that you had fun on your dolphin and whale watching safari. Is there anything we can do in the future to earn a 5-star review from you? More

Bourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014 via mobile

What a brilliant trip. My husband and I went on the whale watching cruise and saw three very interested grey whales who swam with the boat for ages (possibly 30 minutes) including swimming directly underneath us, so close to the boat that we could almost touch them. If that wasn't enough, we then had a large group of dolphins who... More

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

Hello Kirsty, Thank you for leaving us a review! It sounds like you and Ivor had a blast seeing the whales and dolphins on your trip. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share these amazing wild animals with you. More

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