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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari provided by Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

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Overview
It’s possible to spot whales and dolphins around Dana Point all year-round. On this tour, maximize your chance of a sighting on-board a purpose-built catamaran and enjoy incredible close-up views from the underwater viewing pods. Look out for whales, dolphins, sea lions and more; and learn more about the magnificent sea creatures from your guide.
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You'll start at
24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr
24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USAPlease check in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. We're located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center.
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    Dana Point Harbor
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Pass by Baby Beach
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    Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
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You'll end at
24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr
24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USAPlease check in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. We're located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center.
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Highlights
  • Magnificent views and wildlife sightings from the water
  • Chance to spot various whale and dolphin species
  • Underwater viewing pods: get up close without disturbing the wildlife
  • Live on-board commentary from a naturalist guide
Important Information
Departure Point
24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
Duration
2h 30m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified vessel
  • Licensed Captain and professional crew
  • Live commentary on board
  • Cetacean Declaration - Join us again for free within one calendar year if you don't see any dolphins or whales
  • Entry/Admission - Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
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Additional Info
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Entry into the Underwater Viewing Pods requires the use of ladder-like steps. Persons with a disability or limited mobility may have difficulty.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Jane L wrote a review Jul 2
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What a great trip! I love the catamaran boat and being so close to the water. And we saw so many dolphins, and then a blue whale! About 100 feet in front of us - a truly beautiful blue whale that we were able to watch surface and dive several times. A truly great trip.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Responded 1 week ago
Hi, thanks for taking the time to write us a review. I am thrilled that you had the chance to encounter a marvelous Blue Whale, the largest animal ever to exist on earth! It’s wonderful that you enjoyed spending time with the playful wild dolphins too. It was our pleasure to make your trip unforgettable – and I hope we’ll see you again soon!
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SJCLawyer wrote a review Mar 2020
Dana Point, California46 contributions25 helpful votes
My daughter was home from college for Spring Break and some of our planned activities had already been canceled due to the coronavirus. We decided to take a whale watching excursion (please note that this was BEFORE basically ALL activities were shut down) as we would be
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Responded Mar 21, 2020
Hi, thank you for the detailed review and for posting the beautiful photos! I’m so glad you had the chance to join our small-group tour to get up-close with fantastic whales and large pods of playful wild dolphins! The ocean wildlife can be seen all year long, in all weather conditions, and it’s wonderful that you enjoyed it. It’s so nice to read that you liked our crew’s service and expertise, as well as Mrs. Capt. Dave’s delicious, complimentary triple-fudge brownies! Thanks again for choosing Capt. Dave’s. I hope we’ll see you again soon!
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cyndi t wrote a review Mar 2020
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it was amazing we were able to see hump back whales and dolphins and sea lions. they went out of their way to make sure we had a great time. I would do it again tomorrow.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Responded Mar 18, 2020
Hi Cyndi, I’m so happy that you had a great time on the water with Capt. Dave’s. It’s wonderful that we were able to show you impressive Humpback Whales as well as delightful wild dolphins and sea lions! Thank you so much for the high rating. I hope you’ll be able to come out with us again soon!
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Matt S wrote a review Mar 2020
Brighton, Michigan1,866 contribution357 helpful votes
This whale/dolphin watching experience was a pretty good use of an afternoon. The staff here was fantastic, both dock-side, and while on the water. We definitely did get to see quite a bit of dolphins, and even a sea lion, which was fantastic. It was a beautiful day to be
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Responded Mar 14, 2020
Hi Matt, thanks for your review and high rating. It’s wonderful that you were satisfied with our boat, crew, and the amazing wildlife sightings on your recent trip out with Capt. Dave’s! I’m sorry you felt that there was so much “down time”. We are fortunate in the lovely Dana Point area to be much closer to the open ocean, just minutes in fact, compared to other harbors in the area. And we have the closest proximity (less than a mile) to the deep coastal canyons where the dolphins and whales find their food. We will take your concerns into consideration and try to do better on future trips that may experience a similar wait before encountering the animals. We appreciate your positive feedback and would love to see you again soon!
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NYTravelerBD wrote a review Feb 2020
Larchmont, New York919 contributions259 helpful votes
My wife and I were hugely skeptical of whale watch tours, which often seem to disappoint. But Captain Dave's was absolutely incredible. We saw an estimated 800 dolphins swimming close to our ship, and my daughter was thrilled to watch them up close/under water in the glass
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Responded Feb 28, 2020
Thanks for taking the time to review us! It’s wonderful to read that your whole family had an unforgettable time viewing hundreds of playful wild dolphins at the surface and also below, via our unique Underwater Viewing Pods. I’m glad you encountered multiple lively Humpback Whales too! It was our pleasure to have you aboard for these amazing sightings. We appreciate your strong recommendation, and I hope you can join us again soon!
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Kermie22
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Trifecta of Marine Mammals +
Great day for a whale watching cruise and Capt. Dave’s Capt Tom got us to a spot he thought would have the best wha
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Suzie W
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Always worth it!
Never fails to see wonderful sea life and birds! The crew is kind and knowledgeable in the oceans surprises. On t
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melissastoloff
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Excellent, family friendly private tour
We had an excellent experience with Captain Dave's. They were friendly during booking the trip and check-in. Our ca
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Eaol13
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Whale watching
Was very good, Captain and 1st mate were very knowledgeable. My family was very happy with this trip, we will come
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kelpzone
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3rd (but hopefully not last) time; consistantly excellent experience
Our 2/28/2020 morning trip on the Manute'a is our third time, and we plan to return. Our trip's Captain Craig and t
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donnalf325
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4 grey whales!!
Weather didn't stop us! We saw 4 whales, and were so glad the boat went out, even in the rain. The crew was cautiou
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diannejw61
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Excellent adventure!
We saw grey whales (so amazing!), dolphins and sea lions and the pods were such a cool way to watch the dolphins sw
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Amber142
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Highly recommended
We loved everything about Dave's dolphin Safari. The crew Capt Steve, Grayson & Buck were awesome. This was our fir
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llefebvre2020
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Great time!
The captains were very knowledgeable. They took us directly to where the whales and dolphins were. Looking forward
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U3401IOmichaels
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Absolutely Fantastic
My family and friends went on the tour and it was fantastic. We saw dolphins, grey whales, and humpback whales. The
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patriciaa159
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Fabulous Whale & Dolphin trip in Pacific off Dana Pointe
3 types of dolphin (Common, White sided & Bottle nose) & 2 types of Whale (humpback & gray) made this outing the hi
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Roy S
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Whale watching in Laguna Beach
Grey whales were shy today, and only had a quick peak ... captain was great, extended by 1 hour to find
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Swil3
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Wonderful experience!!!
The crew was so very nice. They wanted us all to have a great time and really seemed to enjoy their jobs!!! Captain
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Martin D
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Best time!
We had an absolutely wonderful time on this boat...crew was knowledgeable and fun. They really worked hard to get
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Janet B
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Loved it!!
We had so much fun on our whale/dolphin expedition. Captain Maria and her crew were so knowledgeable about the area
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  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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