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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
+1 949-488-2828
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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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24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
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Reviewed August 5, 2017

We went on a whale-watching cruise and, sadly, saw no whales. I was doubtful that we'd see any, considering it's summer and they have probably moved to cooler waters. We did see hundreds of dolphins, though! I have never seen so many dolphins in my...More

1  Thank dawn h
Reviewed July 29, 2017

The best 3 hour tour ever! Saw tons of common dolphin, grew whales, and a few sea lions hanging out on a bouy!

Thank LaRue727
Reviewed July 25, 2017

We were so grateful to see over 1000 dolphins yesterday! They surrounded the boat and we watched them play and jump for over an hour. The small size of the boat and friendly crew made the experience intimate. I appreciated the narration by naturalize and...More

Thank Robin M
Reviewed July 20, 2017

We booked two trips to increase our chances to see whales but unfortunately, we didn't see any on either trip. While it would have been great, we really appreciated how respectful and non-intrusive these trips were. Our captain made it clear that while we were...More

Thank Leeluu28
Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

We went to Capt. Dave 5 years ago and saw blue whales within close range of Dana Point and plenty of dolphins on the way there and back. This time the whales were absent and we went out a long way to see the dolphins....More

Thank Anco M
Reviewed July 13, 2017 via mobile

I've gone on this tour many times. The guides are friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this company.

Thank Dee M
Reviewed July 11, 2017 via mobile

Almost 3 hours at sea with so many dolphins! Large and safe boat with a friendly and experienced crew. Highly recommend for families with kids. Cool experience for adults, too. Easy to make reservations. Not cheap, but moderately priced tickets. Easy to find in Dana...More

Thank dood636
Reviewed June 20, 2017

Wonderful trip! Staff knowledgeable and courteous. We were lucky to see 2 humpback whales and 1 Minke + scores of dolphins. I really liked that the Captain went out of his way to steer the boat over to a raft of mylar balloons so that...More

Thank Karla W
Reviewed June 20, 2017

The boat Lily is a large boat with plexiglass around the railings (which serves as a windbreaker as well as a safety for little children), has cushioned seating and cushioned backrests for customers, a bathroom, and a snack bar. You will want to bring a...More

Thank familycircus2017
Reviewed June 20, 2017

My two kids (11 and 13) and I had an incredible experience on the 12-seater FAST CAT boat. Wow. I wasn't expecting much because I've whale-watched before with little success, and I even commented that even without seeing anything, it was fun just to be...More

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November 6, 2016|
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari | Property representative |
Hi, Thanks for contacting Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. I like to think that whales are smarter than us humans because they don’t bother with wearing watches or carrying cell phones. They eat when the... More
March 5, 2016|
Response from ArielleA | Property representative |
Hi. There is not a particular time of day when you’re more likely to see animals. We see whales and dolphins at sunrise, mid-day, and sunset.
November 6, 2015|
Response from ArielleA | Property representative |
Hi Tim. We see whales, and dolphins too, all year round! During the months between December through May we see gray whales on their annual migration between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja. In the months... More