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“Blue whales and many dolphins”

Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed September 25, 2012 via mobile

Even though the weather was foggy our Captain was very accommodating and upbeat. We ended up finding a Blue Whale which was very cool. Later we saw a huge pod of about 100 dolphins which Captain Tom thought was small, having seen pods as large as 1000! What a great trip. We ended up getting 2 for 1 tickets, $55 for 2 for over a 3 hour cruise. Eat before you get there and bring your own drinks as they have none on the boat. They do have sandwiches and bottled sodas and such at the store but just a small selection. They also have a plexiglass viewing area at the front of each of the catamaran hulls. Very nice. Overall great trip and good value.

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Reviewed September 24, 2012

Did not see any whales but saw dolphins and had a great time The boat was smooth, roomy and with 50 people on board we had lots of room. Captain was well informed and told us lots about sea life in Dana Point and the different Whales and dolphins in the area.
WE did the 12 noon sailing on one of the hottest days of September, on the water was the place to be!
We highly recommend Capt Dave's trips.

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Reviewed September 23, 2012

Have been on many dolphin watches, including Florida and Hawaii. This is truly the best! Saw hundreds of dolphin, 2 blue whales (not really the season), but that's ok. The dolphins, sea lions and the 2 whales were awesome. We hung at the very front of the boat, our feet got wet, who cares, tons of dolphin swam right under our noses! They are amazing to watch! Seriously folks, you will not be disappointed. Every age from kids to senior citizens will love it, believe us! Have an awesome adventure, wish we could join you!

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Reviewed September 21, 2012

I went out on Capt Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari September 8th. The excursion prior to our was late because they saw a whale, making our trip about 45 minutes behind. A couple people decided to cancel and come back another time, we did not and I was happy for it. The crew took us out to the cusp of newport and dana point which was about an hour ride.
Along the way I saw some sun fish but nothing was as great as seeing a blue whale. We got to see 2 cycles of the whale and it was amazing!! It even got up close to the boat and stayed up longer than usual. The crew was incredibly knowledgeable and overall great trip. Would go again if it weren't for my seasickness :)

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Reviewed September 20, 2012

I'm a marine biologist and I've been on whale watching trips all over the globe. Captain Dave's is one of the best operations I've experienced. Their staff is outstanding, the boat is exceptional (underwater viewing pods are UNREAL) and their knowledge and concern for wildlife and conservation issues is obvious in everything they do. I cannot recommend them highly enough. You will have a wonderful time, no matter what time of year you go. Just be aware that there are seasons of wildlife, so if you've got a favorite species in mind, do your homework or check Capt. Dave's website for wildlife calendars.

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