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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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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

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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2 hours 30 minutes
from $80.00

High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point

The ocean near Dana Point provides the perfect spot for catching sight of all kinds of whales and dolphins, and this whale-watching cruise combines an intimate experience limited to 12 people aboard an RHIB. Your guide, a marine naturalist, knows the best times and areas to spot wildlife, and also provides facts and commentary as you cruise.
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2 hours
from $67.54
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euniceindallas wrote a review Sep 22
Dallas, Texas176 contributions7 helpful votes
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Capt Chuck, Hannah and Grayden were a great crew - Thank you! Great adventure on ocean and easy to social distance, stay safe and enjoy fresh air and sun. Boat was a Manute'a. Saw multiple pods of dolphins - 2 types of bottlenose dolphins and a couple seals. Back of boat is stable while the front of boat you feel the waves more. They sell Ginger in gift shop that helps prevent sea sickness. They also sell wide variety of drinks, snacks, food, t-shirts, hats if you need anything. Great souvenir photos too. Dana Point had small beaches next to their bldg.
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 3 days ago
Hi Eunice, thanks for your review and for sharing the lovely photos. We appreciate the wonderful feedback about our Captain and crew. I’m so glad they helped you get up-close and personal with some amazing marine wildlife during your recent safari! It’s great that you liked the unique souvenir photo collage too. Is there anything we could do to improve and earn a 5-star review from you next time? Thanks for choosing Capt. Dave’s. I hope we’ll see you again soon!
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dngrockstar wrote a review Sep 16
San Francisco112 contributions64 helpful votes
This was my second time doing this adventure! The first time we were able to see a whale and pod of dolphins. The second time we got to see a huge pod of dolphins and some sea lions out at sea! The entire tour itself lasted about 2.5 hours. When you check in, you can pick up some snacks and souvenirs while you wait before the tour starts. There’s a parking lot nearby, but I’d recommend getting there early enough to secure a parking spot. There’s a bathroom nearby and it’s smart to go before jumping on the boat. The boat does have a bathroom but hope to have good balance as it may be a challenge, as the boat tends to rock a fair bit. Not entirely sure what kind of vessel we were on but it looked like a catamaran. Captain Chuck and Buck were super cool and knowledgeable about all the marine animals we encountered. The vessel we rode had these viewing capsules below the deck where you can see the dolphins under water. You’ll have to climb down a ladder then lay on your stomach to get a glimpse of the underwater world. If you’re a dolphin lover, you’d enjoy this experience. To end the trip you’ll get these delicious brownies. Overall, the entire crew and experience was awesome and I’d definitely go again!
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 3 days ago
Hi, thanks for your review and for being part of our Dolphin Safari family! I’m so happy that you continue to enjoy spectacular dolphin and whale sightings with us, and that you like taking advantage of the special features of our unique catamaran Manute’a to get a really up-close view of the marine mammals. The photos you shared are beautiful! I’m so glad you had a great time and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
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RSheehan wrote a review Sep 15
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What a great idea for our staycation in 2020! The captain and crew on the whale watching boat in Dana Point could not have been more accommodating, informative, fun, and caring!! With only seven passengers on the boat, we were easily socially distant and still had a great great trip. 2020 is not a year for whale watching apparently, however the dolphins are making up for it. We had such fun riding with hundreds of jumping dolphins, and they make everyone happy The crew was attentive to everyone’s comfort and capability and helped us all get to the best viewing spots. And it’s a nice long boat ride with fresh air. Easy drive from San Diego locations. TOTALLY recommend Capt. Dave’s!!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 3 days ago
Hi, thank you for choosing Capt. Dave’s for part of your staycation this year. I’m thrilled that you enjoyed watching hundreds of delightful wild dolphins on our uncrowded catamaran. It’s wonderful that you were satisfied with our crew’s service and informative narration too. We appreciate the recommendation and hope you can come out with us again soon!
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Dalene F wrote a review Sep 14
Tulsa, Oklahoma13 contributions2 helpful votes
Surprisingly inviting, exciting, unexpected adventure! A great way to spend the afternoon and well worth the money.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 1 week ago
Hi Dalene, thank you so much for the 5-star review! I’m very glad that you had an exciting dolphin and whale watching trip with Capt. Dave’s. We appreciate the positive feedback and would love to see you for another adventure soon!
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Kate R wrote a review Sep 9
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The entire experience was fantastic! The crew was genuinely helpful and concerned for each traveler's comfort. We were able to move into and spend time in a pod of over 800 Common Dolphin, and then, with the consensus of all on board went out 10 miles offshore where we hoped to see whales. While we did not, we happily scooped up 5 mylar balloons which would be a danger to the marine life. The captain and others were extremely knowledgeable and were able to teach us all so much about the Dolphins and their lifestyles, their babies, the way the sleep, and eat and dive ... it was really more educational than a trip we did many years ago on the Ocean Institute's boat. Altogether a JOY!
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Kate, thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I’m so happy that you had a fantastic trip with Capt. Dave’s, spending time with hundreds of playful wild dolphins! It’s great that you liked our crew and found the trip to be educational as well as fun. We also appreciate your support of our eco-friendly efforts to maintain the well-being of our ocean and its inhabitants. Thanks again for coming out. I hope we’ll see you again soon!
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