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“Wonderful Experience of a Lifetime!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
+1 949-488-2828
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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!
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Clearwater, Florida
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“Wonderful Experience of a Lifetime!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014

My daughter and I went on Captain Dave's Whale Watching Safari this month. It was wonderful! We saw several grey whales, dolphins and sea lions. The whole experience was top rate from the beginning clear down to the homemade brownies we received at the end of our safari. The crew was very knowledgeable and shared their passion for the animals we were seeing. They wanted to educate their passengers as well as give them the best experience possible. This was my third trip on different whale boats in Hawaii and California, but Captain Dave's was by far the most enjoyable! They deserve their top rating!

Visited January 2014
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Hi Janet,
Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. I'm so happy you enjoyed all the animals, our crew, and the brownies! I hope we'll see again soon.
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“Amazing Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2014

We booked this trip based on previous reviews. We were not disappointed at all. Seas were very calm, boat very comfortable and crew extremely knowledgeably about area, whales and dolphins. We saw migrating Gray Whales, dolphins and sea lions. Trip was around 2 1/2 half hours however our trip was longer due to following a nice gray whale. Everything was first class, the experience was memorable, this trip would be well worth taking even if not marine life is spotted. The views of the coast are spectacular, crew pointed out several interesting areas along the coast, ever provided names of property owners. This trip is a must, we were staying in Pasadena for the BCS National championship game and had about a 2 hour drive. I'd do it all over again. Price is very reasonable too.

Visited January 2014
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review, January 20, 2014
Hi Bill,
Thank you for leaving us feedback about your dolphin and whale watching safari! I'm thrilled we were able to share our love of whales and dolphins with you. I'm glad you enjoyed the tour of our coastline too. I think that's one of the features that makes Dana Point whale watching trips standout above others. We have a breathtaking coastal view! I hope you'll come back and see us again soon.
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“Really fun!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2014

Had a wonderful two and a half hours on the water. Felt the crew really wanted us to see as many whales and dolphins as possible. They were very knowledgable and shared their enthusiasm. You can get down in the catamaran's pontoons which have viewing panels. Feels like you're swimming with the dolphins that are swimming all around the pontoons as the ship speeds along. A fabulous and unique perspective. Would go on this again and again.

Visited December 2013
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review, January 10, 2014
Thank you for writing a review about your dolphin and whale watching safari! I'm so glad you had fun and enjoyed seeing the dolphins in our Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Our Captains and crew really love what they do and are thrilled to share their excitement and knowledge of the animals with our guests. Have a Happy New Year and we hope to see you again soon!
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“What an experience.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2013

Six of us all had a great experience. Two of us wore our wrist bands to prevent sea sickness, but I'm not sure they were needed. The ocean was calm, staff friendly and dolphins plentiful. The catamaran was a perfect size with a great area in the front of the boat to watch the marine life up close and personal. The glass bottom was an unexpected experience. We saw a grey whale in the distance, dolphins and sea lions so close you could almost touch them. We want to do it again! Every trip would be different. As the crew says "this is not SeaWorld", nature has her own script. Every trip is unique. You just don't know what you"ll see.

Visited December 2013
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review, December 24, 2013
Thank you for writing a review about your dolphin and whale watching safari! I'm glad you were able to see all three marine animals, whales, dolphins and sea lions, as well as enjoyed the Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. You are absolutely correct about nature writing her own script. Every trip is different and I hope we'll see you again soon. Join us in the summer for a chance to see giant blue whales!
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“Totally awesome experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Dave's boat is a catamaran with viewing pods which was great for the children. I was not as mobile to get down there, but I enjoyed the catamaran experience. We saw pods and pods of dolphin who appeared and surrounded the boat almost like a disney experience only real! We also saw blue and grey whales. Daves crew made sure we had a fantastic experience manuvering the boat to a close but safe (for the whales) distance.

The boat is not cramped with people like some of the others that do whale watching so you get a much better experience. I would highly recommend this.

Visited December 2012
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review, November 27, 2013
Hello,

Thank you so much for writing a review about your dolphin and whale watching experience with us. I was very excited to read that you saw both blue whales and gray whales. We usually see those two species of whales at different times of the year. It is extremely rare to see both on the same trip. You are very blessed! Thank you joining us and I hope we'll see you again soon.
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