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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

Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
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About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
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
What to expect
  • Meet your group at Dana Point Harbor. For your convenience, there’s free parking by your meeting spot on the harbor. Your departure time may vary by the date you choose, so please take note the service provider contacts you after booking to confirm available times for the date you’ve picked. Meet at the Dolphin Deck before the departure time of your whale and dolphin watching eco-safari. Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. Keep your eyes open for sea lions, marine birds, and other creatures, as this is a great place to spot them. As your captain takes you further out, your group spots dolphins, whales, and sometimes sharks. Some whales you might see on your journey include Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, and occasionally Orcas (Killer Whales). Also, keep in mind, there are various species of wild dolphins that might cross your path, too. As you cruise, enjoy commentary from a naturalist who fills you in on the sea creatures, their lifestyles, their natural habitats, and what’s being done to protect them. If you’d like, you can head down to the underwater viewing pods on your catamaran to catch sight of the ocean life from an underwater vantage point. After your adventure, your boat docks back at the harbor, and you’re sent on your way with a complimentary triple-fudge brownie.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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
What to expect
  • Meet your group at Dana Point Harbor. For your convenience, there’s free parking by your meeting spot on the harbor. Your departure time may vary by the date you choose, so please take note the service provider contacts you after booking to confirm available times for the date you’ve picked. Meet at the Dolphin Deck before the departure time of your whale and dolphin watching eco-safari. Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. Keep your eyes open for sea lions, marine birds, and other creatures, as this is a great place to spot them. As your captain takes you further out, your group spots dolphins, whales, and sometimes sharks. Some whales you might see on your journey include Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, and occasionally Orcas (Killer Whales). Also, keep in mind, there are various species of wild dolphins that might cross your path, too. As you cruise, enjoy commentary from a naturalist who fills you in on the sea creatures, their lifestyles, their natural habitats, and what’s being done to protect them. If you’d like, you can head down to the underwater viewing pods on your catamaran to catch sight of the ocean life from an underwater vantage point. After your adventure, your boat docks back at the harbor, and you’re sent on your way with a complimentary triple-fudge brownie.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 44596P2
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
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
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
  • 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA Please check in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. We're located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center.
Additional information
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Entry into the Underwater Viewing Pods requires the use of ladder-like steps. Persons with a disability or limited mobility may have difficulty.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Trip times may vary by date.
  • 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
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
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
  • 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA Please check in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. We're located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center.
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Entry into the Underwater Viewing Pods requires the use of ladder-like steps. Persons with a disability or limited mobility may have difficulty.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Trip times may vary by date.
  • 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
Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: Jun 15, 2021
A note from Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Per CDC and California Department of Health guidelines, guests who have been fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face mask. Guests who have not been vaccinated, and are over the age of two, agree to wear a face mask throughout the experience.
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Popular mentions

5.0
254 reviews
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230
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Average
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Terrible
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Melanie W
1 contribution
Dolphins Ahoy!
Nov 2021
We took Captain Dave's tour on November 16 with a small group, which meant that we all had plenty of room to spread out and never felt crowded. Captain Neal, Stacy and Hannah took us on a wonderful tour - we didn't see whales, but we saw hundreds of dolphins as up close and personal as you can get without being in the water. It was relaxing, refreshing, educational and just plain fun. I would definitely do it again!
Written November 21, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Melanie, thanks for reviewing Capt. Dave’s. It’s fantastic that you had a fun excursion with us recently, and I’m thrilled that you were able to spend time with hundreds of playful wild dolphins up close. I’m very pleased that you felt comfortable on board and liked our crew. We appreciate the 5-star rating, and hope you can come out with us again soon!
Written November 27, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Kathy B
16 contributions
Great day on the water!!
Nov 2021
Soooooo many dolphins, soooo close up! I was hoping to see whales but alas that was not meant to be on this trip. That being said, the dolphins were amazing, no matter where you were, front, back or in the viewing pod (REALLY COOL) they were everywhere. I have had the pleasure of watching 100s of dolphins as they swam w/ our cruise ship in the Galapagos Island and along Milford Sound. I was not expecting to be nearly as impressed as I was by this dolphin adventure, what a pleasant surprise!!
Capt. Marie and her mates were very informative and the boat was great. I will revisit this adventure if the opportunity presents itself!
Written November 20, 2021
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Hi Kathy, thank you so much for the review and high rating! I’m thrilled that we were able to exceed your expectations and show you huge pods of beautiful wild dolphins on your recent trip out with us. We appreciate the wonderful feedback about our Captain and crew, and we would love for you to join us again soon for another unforgettable trip!
Written November 21, 2021
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Corinne V
1 contribution
Amazing Experience
Nov 2021 • Friends
This was our fourth trip and as always it was wonderful. We were there this past Tuesday and were treated to a spectacular dolphin show. The crew was wonderful. Friendly and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this activity if you are going to be in the area.
Written November 17, 2021
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Hi Corinne, thanks for the review and for being a valued returning guest of Capt. Dave’s! I’m so happy that you had a spectacular time out on the water with us, viewing the lively wild dolphins up close. I’m so glad you liked our crew too. We appreciate your recommendation and hope you can come back and visit us soon.
Written November 18, 2021
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Tracy S
1 contribution
Fantastic Whale and Dolphin Trip
Nov 2021
We had a fantastic time viewing 3 different types of whales and thousands of dolphins. Captain Neil and Hannah were terrific and we learned a lot about the marine animals. Their enthusiasm, passion and knowledge was extraordinary. I highly recommend this trip and we will go on another the next time we are in California.
Written November 16, 2021
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Hi Tracy, thank you very much for the 5-star review and wonderful feedback about our Captain and crew! It’s so good to read that their passion for what they do was reflected in the top-notch, exciting, and educational safari that you experienced with us. It was a pleasure to show you multiple whales and huge pods of wild dolphins! And we hope you can join us for another safari soon.
Written November 18, 2021
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Ellen P
1 contribution
A great outdoor experience for all ages
Oct 2021
My husband, brother, his special lady, and I went on Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching 2-1/2 hour safari. This was our first experience dolphin and whale watching in SoCal, and we were not disappointed. Captain Marie and her crew, Hannah and Kaitlin, were awesome. They found two dolphin pods, one fairly close to shore with young dolphins and their moms, and another larger pod of bottlenose dolphins further out. We saw a whole lot of dolphins, and the captain and crew gave us many details about their features, behavior, and habitats. We also saw some sea lions on the way back to the pier. The weather was picture perfect, and the whole experience was amazing! I was particularly impressed with the crew's concern when one of our group got a little seasick. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to enjoy the sea life around Dana Point.
Written October 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Ellen, thank you for the amazing review. It’s so good to read what a great time you and your family had recently with Capt. Dave’s! I’m so glad you enjoyed watching the dolphin families and sea lions, and it’s wonderful that you were satisfied with our crew’s service and knowledge. We appreciate your recommendation and hope to see you again soon.
Written October 31, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

kn56
Minneapolis, MN208 contributions
No whales but still amazing
Oct 2021
We didn't get to see any whales, but that's really beyond their control. We did see tons of dolphins and got to be incredibly close up to them. You can stand out at the front of the boat and be just a couple feet away from the dolphins and they also have underwater viewing pods.

The crew was friendly and very well-organized. Also, the entire area around Dana Point is beautiful. We were very glad we decided to do this tour.
Written October 27, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Thank you very much for the 5-star rating! It’s wonderful that you enjoyed viewing the delightful wild dolphins up close, and that you were able to enjoy all the different perspectives provided by our unique catamaran. We appreciate the positive feedback about our crew too. Thanks again for coming out. I hope we’ll see you again soon!
Written October 28, 2021
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Miriam F
Santa Monica, CA21 contributions
Mémorable day!
It’s a nice, spacious boat and they do not overcrowd. Crew is knowledgeable and friendly. Beautiful ride, saw many dolphins and a whale. A very relaxing and memorable experience.
Written October 16, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Miriam, thanks for letting us know that you enjoyed a memorable, uncrowded safari with Capt. Dave’s! I’m so glad you were able to experience up-close views of beautiful wild dolphins and a magnificent whale. It’s also wonderful that you were pleased with our crew. I hope you can visit us again soon!
Written October 16, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Suzanne O
2 contributions
Magical Day at Sea
Oct 2021 • Family
The trip was gorgeous! So thankful for the perfect weather and calm seas☺️ Captain Marie guided us towards a large pod of common dolphins. 200 - 250 were spinning and jumping all around our vessel. It was magical to see so many young calves among the group.
I didn’t go in a viewing pod, but I did stand up front and watched them skirt all around the bow. Alas! Only one shy SEI whale made a quick (and semi rare) appearance on the surface. We were heading back so that made for a nice finale to the day.

The crew was great. I really appreciated the extensive marine life knowledge they had to share. Can’t wait to go again during grey whale season!
Written October 15, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi Suzanne, thank you for the amazing feedback! I’m very pleased that you enjoyed spending time with the beautiful wild dolphins, as well as the magnificent Sei Whale! It’s great that our unique catamaran provided you with such up-close views, and I’m so glad you liked our Captain and crew too. We appreciate the 5-star rating, and we’d love to see you for another trip soon!
Written October 18, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Mark
El Paso, TX1 contribution
Best Whale/Dolphin Watch Tour Ever!
Captain Marie and crew were excellent! We got to see a beautiful pod of Bottlenose Dolphins and had a great time out on the water. We have tried all the whale/dolphin watching tours in the area and Captain Dave’s is by far the best. And to top it off, Captain Dave’s brownies are delicious. We will be back.
Written October 14, 2021
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Thanks for the review and high rating, Mark! We are thrilled that you were satisfied with the service and expertise of our Captain and crew during your recent dolphin and whale watching safari with us. We are so proud to be the best that you have experienced! It’s wonderful that you had a great time, and that you enjoyed Mrs. Capt. Dave’s complimentary brownies. We hope to see you for another adventure soon!
Written October 16, 2021
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SLPShereen
3 contributions
Awesome
Sep 2021 • Family
Captain Marie, marine biologists Hannah and Katelyn, and media dude Ryan were amazing! Was a weekday so we had plenty of room to move around the boat to catch different views. The crew took extra time to ensure we caught a view of a minke whale, which was astounding. Bucket list checked but this was so wonderful we will definitely come back at a different season to view other marine life.
Written September 30, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Hi, thanks so much for the 5-star review! It’s wonderful that you liked Capt. Dave’s small-group safari, and that you were pleased with our crew’s service and expertise. I’m so glad you had the chance to spend time with a magnificent Minke Whale! We appreciate your feedback and hope you can come out with us again soon.
Written October 7, 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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By: Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
laughayette
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Dana Point’s best Whale Watch company!
It’s always a joy going on a trip with Capt. Dave’s! Went out Nov 26 with Chuck & Hannah. We saw two Fin whales! Th
anitawD3408NG
anitawD3408NG
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Best viewing of Humpback whale, EVER!
The BEST trip, EVER! I have been on many trips with Capt. Dave's, but yesterday was the best I have had, in Califor
edwardmP2007HS
edwardmP2007HS
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Great for out of town visitors
We have taken out of town friends on this tour as part of their visit. This is the first time for the fast zodiac b
Sharon C
Sharon C
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Dolphins, whales and beautiful views!
We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon with Capt. Chuck and his knowledgeable crew. We saw a huge pod, probably 100's
972karenc
972karenc
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Dolphins aplenty!
Captain Chuck and crew were fabulous! We viewed a pod of hundreds of dolphins and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. Hi
Kevin M
Kevin M
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Awesome Dolphins sighting trip.
My wife and o along with two other couples did the Zodiac cruise. With having six in our party we elected to pay t
jeanies984
jeanies984
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Lots of dolphins
My daughter and I had an awesome time on our tour last week This was my third trip with Captain Dave’s and my first
Nora G
Nora G
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Great time!
Our guides were very friendly and knowledgeable! Plus, we had an all female crew which was super cool!
a2brutea
a2brutea
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Dolphins Galore
This was a lovely tour, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is in the area. Captain Marie did a wonderful
onenates
onenates
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Aii hi pet friendly staff
Captain Chuck was great, he led us to 100’s of dolphins! 🐬 We had an amazing experience, it was a day we will neve
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Delivered a very good experience
How much of this perfect thank experience can I place on Capt. Dave’s crew, Chuck & Stacey? The answer is I could n
Sherpa575870
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Would go again!
Great captain and crew! They made sure we saw something! Offered quality insight to the wildlife of the area. The
zanniemarie
zanniemarie
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A perfect experience on the Zodiac!
Captain Gary and 1st Mate Josh were both amazing. So knowledgeable and accommodating to us all. We saw hundreds of
cincyjw
cincyjw
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Zodiac boat is awesome
Captain Jim and Joshua were fantastic. We loved the high speed boat and the dolphins. Great 2 hours!
nikiib2015
nikiib2015
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Zodiac was an exhilarating experience
This is my third trip with this company but my first on the Zodiac. What a fun experience. Captain Marie was very
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