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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
+1 949-488-2828
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My son and I went on the 2.5 hr dolphin and whalewatching trip. We had a wonderful time...Captain Tom worked hard to get the dolphins to swim with us and they did and it was thrilling!! We also saw a humpback whale along with hundreds...More

Thank swarovskiwatch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Exceptional experience, 2.5 hours on the sea on a lovely catamaran, wind in your face, amazing mammals, depending on season I have seen white dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, whales and whale babies to name just a few, as well as witnessing crazy seabird feeding frenzies and...More

Thank 111kim111
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great trip. We found a huge pod of dolphins and followed them for quite awhile. Did not see any whales but it was not for lack of trying. The crew took the time to allow us to enjoy the dolphins and made...More

Thank Linda M
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Capital L Love Captain Dave’s tours!! Stayed out extra long to see a rare blue whale. Dolphins, sea lions, eagles so amazing to see God’s creation! This is worth every penny spent, every glorious minute of time and memories of a lifetime!

Thank ImLucyRichardo
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Thank Karla W
Reviewed 6 November 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable time out on the water with a gazillion dolphins. The viewing pods are a very different experience as you feel like you are swimming with the dolphins.

Thank mike2481632
Reviewed 1 November 2017


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Reviewed 30 October 2017


Thank Steven H
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Oh my word! I can't say enough about Captain Dave's Dolphin Safari. This excursion was fantastic. We spent about 3 hours out in the boat and saw 15 or so sea lions and hundreds of dolphin. The boat we were on had underwater viewing pods...More

Thank Kcgirl14
Reviewed 17 October 2017 via mobile

What a great experience! The staff were friendly and knowledgeable! We saw a fin whale several times which was amazing! They made sure everyone had a great view. The dolphins were fun as well as sea lions and seals. They let my 7 year old...More

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6 November 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
6 March 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.
7 November 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