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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
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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-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 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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Knowledgeable and exciting crew. Told us at the beginning they were unsure what we would see do to the choppy waters. I had a 22, 19, and 14 year old with me that were happy the whole boat ride. Take Dramamine before you go. Some...More

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The trip was wonderful. We were able to watch a blue whale come to the surface several times. Toward the end of the watch we were able to see several schools of dolphins playing. Excellent watch.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 thrilled that you considered Capt. Dave’s to be a 5-star experience. It’s fantastic that you encountered a magnificent Blue Whale, the largest animal ever to exist on Earth, as well as a multitude of beautiful wild dolphins. We’re...More

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This was a great experience! One of the best parts of my return home to Southern California. The whales cooperated. I’ve never seen drones used to help spotters but this minimized search time and maximized view time!!! We saw lots of fins, tails and spouts...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 so much for your positive review and the lovely photos. It’s wonderful that you were pleased with your dolphin and whale watching safari, including the customer service, the knowledge of our Captain and crew, and of course, the amazing sightings of impressive...More

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My husband and I went on the 2.5 whale watching trip, and it was absolutely amazing! We saw 3 blue whales, sea lions, dolphins. It’s an experience we will never forget, and we will return and bring our children too. I highly recommend. Staff was...More

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

Hi, Thanks so much for your review and for posting your photos! I’m very happy to read about your spectacular sightings of multiple massive Blue Whales, basking sea lions, and fascinating wild dolphins. We appreciate your recommendation and your kind words about our staff. It’s...More

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Nancy B
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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