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Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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Dana Point, CA, USA
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About Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Whale watch with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana Point on our high-tech sailing catamaran year round, with two Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. For 20 years Captain Dave's has provided daily trips to see dolphins, up to 10,000 strong, leap and play right off our bow, plus Gray Whales (December through April), Blue Whales (May through November), and year round Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, and so much more. Go underwater with whales and dolphins without getting wet during your whale watch in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods aboard Manute'a. 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. Mrs. Capt. Dave's famous triple-fudge brownies make this a one-of-a-kind dolphin and whale watching adventure unforgettable. We are a real Eco-tourism company providing only sustainable wildlife viewing. Ask about Fast Cat, our upscale Rigid Hull Inflatable Catamaran and the newest boat in our whale watching fleet.
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lmpaul wrote a review Nov 2021
Memphis, Tennessee1 contribution
The crew was safe, kind, and knowledgeable. See the dolphins from the underwater pod was so neat! Our whole group, ages 2 to 70, had a wonderful time.
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laughayette wrote a review Nov 2021
Riverside, California19 contributions5 helpful votes
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! Thank you Chuck & Hannah for a great trip!
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 6 days ago
Thanks for the wonderful review, Laughayette! We are thrilled to have you in our Dolphin Safari family. I’m glad you had fun this time with Capt. Chuck and Hannah on our exciting zodiac-style vessel. We’d love to see you again soon for another unforgettable dolphin and whale watching trip in beautiful Dana Point!
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Melanie W wrote a review Nov 2021
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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!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 6 days ago
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!
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Kathy B wrote a review Nov 2021
16 contributions19 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 1 week ago
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!
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Anita W wrote a review Nov 2021
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The BEST trip, EVER! I have been on many trips with Capt. Dave's, but yesterday was the best I have had, in California. We went out on the Zodiac, and were able to spend over an hour enjoying a humpback feeding on multiple Bait Balls of fish, with over 8,000 dolphins enjoying the same food.
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Date of experience: November 2021
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Anita, thanks for reviewing us! We appreciate that you continue to choose Capt. Dave’s for exciting dolphin and whale watching tours. It’s so exciting that you encountered a Humpback whale feeding, and I’m glad you liked our fun zodiac-style vessel. Thanks for the high rating. We hope to see you for another safari soon!
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