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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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Address: 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
Phone Number: +1 949-488-2828
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Whale watch with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana...

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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Top notch whale watching experience

I have been whale watching with Captain Dave's twice and both outings were great experiences. The Manutea is equipped with viewing pods, which afford an underwater viewing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Makana N
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Dana Point, California
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Arlington, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What could be better than seeing a blue whale multiple times, and a ton of dolphins? We went out on an incredibly beautiful day. The crew on the boat were very knowledgeable about whales and dolphins and did their best to ensure that we had the best viewing experience. The trip was well worth it, and I would definitely recommend... More 

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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I have been whale watching with Captain Dave's twice and both outings were great experiences. The Manutea is equipped with viewing pods, which afford an underwater viewing experience unlike any other whale watching outfit out there. The first time out we saw a sizeable pod of common dolphins and the second time out we followed a gray whale mother and... More 

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Thank Makana N
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're somebody who could sit for hours watching dolphins swim and sitting in a boat, I would recommend this. Although, for me, after an hour I got the idea. At first, I thought it was really cool and just fascinating watching the Dolphins. They even had a place under the boat which was clear and you'd look at the... More 

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Thank VermontMama3
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your dolphin and whale watching safari. I’m so happy to read that you enjoyed viewing the dolphins as they swam and played around the boat, and that the unique Underwater Viewing Pods on our catamaran Manute’a enhanced this experience for you. I’m sorry that our 2.5 hour trip turned... More 

Dana Point, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Expect a wonderful time. Crew are friendly and the trip is educational. We saw a whale and plenty of dolphins! A few seals...

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Thank Crystal-0919
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Never has a business done so much or gone so out of their own way to make sure that a random customer was satisfied. I took my friend here on a date one morning and we were running late for our boat checkin time... (Remember to call ahead and check that because it's usually a full hour before the tour... More 

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Thank JeffKCine
Hudson, Massachusetts
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great experience! We were on the Lily and the boat was quite comfortable. You are allowed to bring food and beverages (including alcohol) on board as long as nothing in glass containers. The captain and his mates were excellent. We found a whale and were able to get very close and even smell his "whale breath". We followed a pod... More 

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Thank Anne A
San Jose, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were lucky enough to see some Humpback Whales and they are truly marvelous. Saw a bunch of Dolphins, got to see them swimming underwater through the underwater windows on the boat. We were able to see the Whales quite a few times as we shadowed them. We got pretty close on a couple of occasions and it was really... More 

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Thank TonyfromSanJose
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife convinced me to go whale watching... It's a very expensive boat ride to not see any whales. Saw dolphins but didn't care about those. Wanted whales. Very disappointed

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Thank Jim N
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi Jim, Thank you for your review. I’m sorry your recent dolphin and whale watching safari did not meet your expectations. Rest assured your Captain did his very best to locate wildlife, including covering a larger area of ocean than usual and even extending the length of the trip in search of a variety of animals. And I do wish... More 

Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Boat was clean, our 3 captains were fantastic. Experienced, knowledgeable and great interaction with us. June gloom made for a dismal 8 am trip but we ended up finding a pod of dolphin that were playing and bow-riding with us. It was just amazing to see them "in the wild" !!! Thank you and I highly recommend this!!!

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Phoenix, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had seen ad many times on trips to CA with hubby. I was too afraid to do. After hubby died of cancer, I wanted to see dolphins and go on Capt. Dave's for my first time on a boat.I was scared to death, just walking the plank to the boat. They were amazing. I ending up walking to the front,... More 

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