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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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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...more
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24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went out for sunset trip Sunday 9/15/18. LOVED IT! The crew went out of their way for all of us. We found the Orcas were still up near Newport and took of to find them. The Captain was very skilled pilot, marine biologist on board...More

Thank Pamela L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great excursion and successful at finding a blue whale to see! Great experience! There are so many dolphins it’s crazy. It’s amazing. But honestly, seeing a blue whale takes the cake. That is the largest animal on earth and we got a look up close...More

Thank PaulM13282
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi, Thank you so much for your review and for posting the beautiful photos. I’m so happy you enjoyed the up-close encounters with the awe-inspiring, endangered Blue Whale! I’m also glad you liked spending time with the multitude of fascinating wild dolphins. It’s wonderful that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great time my grandson and I. We saw 3 different pods of dolphins. Baby dolphins too. The capt said over 1000 dolphins that trip plus a hammerhead shark. Amazing stuff and the drone photos of the shark and dolphinsMore

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you very much for your review. I’m thrilled that you and your grandson had a memorable time on your recent safari with Capt. Dave’s, viewing a cool Hammerhead Shark as well as large pods of wild dolphin families. I’m glad you liked the...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a really nice way to spend a sunny day on the southern California coast - really nice vessel (catamaran) with 2 below water viewing pods and an excellent viewing/standing area on the front of the boat. Very entertaining crew and an excellent opportunity...More

Thank Robert F
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks so much for your positive review. It’s wonderful to read that you enjoyed your recent safari and our crew’s service. I’m also happy that you liked our boat and had fun watching the hundreds of wild dolphins in their own environment. Thank you...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The boat ride would have been fun and informative even without the animals, but we saw a humpback whale, a minke whale, some sea lions, and about a hundred dolphins that seemed to be putting on a show just for us!More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you for your review. I’m so glad you had the chance to view some amazing wildlife in the beautiful Dana Point area. It’s exciting that we were able to show you a large, playful pod of wild dolphins, sea lions, a gorgeous Humpback...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The crew of the boat is extremely professional and friendly. I had a spare day on a business trip and booked the trip sort of last minute. The Manute'a is a fairly large boat with plenty of seating. They are very safe and the information...More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for your review and beautiful photos. I’m so happy we were able to help you relax on your day off with a fun, educational trip out on the water. It’s wonderful that you enjoyed watching the lively wild dolphins, and I’m glad...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved our morning on the boat - was a bit worried we wouldn't see anything when there were no sightings after an hour but we got bottle nose dolphins and a humpback whale. Being out on the front was brilliant too, kids loved it.More

Thank Andy K
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for coming out with Capt. Dave’s for amazing, up-close sightings of marine wildlife. It’s fantastic that you spent time watching an impressive Humpback Whale, as well as playful wild bottlenose dolphins. I’m so glad to read that you and your kids had...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great trip! We saw no whales but plenty of other sea life. This trip is really informative... you can find cheaper but , in my experience they are not as good.More

Thank julie s
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to post a review to let us know how we did! I’m so glad that you considered your recent trip with Capt. Dave’s to be fun, educational, and a good value for the price paid. It is our passion...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Capt Chuck and his crew took extra care that we saw all that was in the water that day. Although no whales were seen, the dolphins were wonderful as the pictures show. I loved the pics you took and the ones I took were also...More

Thank David E
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for posting the kind review and beautiful photos. It’s wonderful to read how much you liked your recent dolphin and whale watching safari with Capt. Dave’s, including our Captain and crew, as well as the unique Underwater Viewing Pods to get a...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been on whale watching trips with Capt. Dave for a few years now. In the past I have been lucky enough to see blue whales and that was very memorable. Any time you can see a whale out in the open water is...More

1  Thank Diane L
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for your review, and for being a valued returning guest of Capt. Dave’s! I’m so pleased that you have found our trips to be educational and fun. It’s great that you enjoy our catamaran’s unique features, such as the Eye-Spy Dolphin Netting...More

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NancyB3606
20 April 2018|
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari | Property representative |
Hi Nancy. Children of all ages are welcome aboard our regular 2.5-hour safaris. We do have Coast Guard approved PFDs (personal flotation devices) for children, however they are a big horse-collar type of flotation, and not... More
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prepper
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
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jmurph70
6 March 2016|
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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.
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