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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 2 days ago

This company really pays attention to the details and that makes a big difference. They have the whole thing streamlined, and yet you don't feel like you're a bunch of tourist sheep. They're super efficient and they make you feel special! The pace is relaxed...More

Thank rambler22
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went on a 2.5 hr whale & dolphin watch on the Manute'a catamaran. Capt. Chuck piloted the trip. The excursion exceeded my expectations. First we found a pod of dolphin and were following that. Then they spotted a blue whale and began to follow it....More

Thank Janet S
Reviewed 6 days ago

I cant help but wonder if these guys happen to have a group of dolphins, and a few whales, working for them? Of course, this sounds impossible, but we saw both in our 2.5 hr trip. I think we have been on four previous whale...More

Thank Roland C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a beautiful day weather wise. Boat & crew were awesome. The boat had lots of room for everyone. Saw lots of dolphins, a few sea lions & a shark fin. Although we weren't able to see any whales, it definitely wasn't due to...More

1  Thank travellingreaders123
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This trip was gifted to us. We went in January and still had a blast. We got to see multiple humpback whales. Lots and Lots of dolphins! When you check in there is a little gift shop/cafe that you can get a morning cup of...More

Thank bayareatechie2000
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We loved the boat and the crew. The small size of the boat was a plus over most whale watching excursions. We were lucky in that there seemed to be hundred of dolphins in the pods around us. There were 3 whales, 2 of which...More

Thank Carol M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The day we planned to visit the weather decided to be entirely unexpected for August with fog and high winds however we were given the option to come back on an alternative day as sightings were unlikely. However due to our schedule we decided to...More

Thank Travelling-Dave1961
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It has been several years since we were out on one of Captain Dave's catamarans. We were celebrating my sister's 60th birthday and had a group of nine people on the boat including my three-year-old nephew. As before, they have it down to a science...More

Thank sean92056
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Such an awesome tour! We've been on a few whale and dolphin tours over the years, but this one has been the most worthwhile experience by far! Capt. Tom was excellent! He and Dominic were a great team -- very diligent in looking for whales...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We booked at the last minute and it turned out that there were only 7 people booked in. The trip still went out which was great. The boat was a catamaran with pretty much 360 degree views and there were two staff including Mako the...More

Thank munchersly
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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
5 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.
6 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