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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 1 week ago via mobile

Our group of eight adults, ranging in age from 21 to 74, booked a whale-watching trip. Though no whales presented themselves, we saw at least three types of dolphins and two types of seals. At one point, we were allowed to lie across the bow...More

Thank Robin B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Having taken excellent whale watching safaris in the past with Dolphin Safaris, I was very pleased to join Captain Dave and his family for the Dana Point Harbor Christmas Boat Parade. We joined the parade and had a great view of all the other boats...More

Thank clauderains2017
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile


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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We always come to your whale watching expeditions and bring our family and friends because the experience your offer to all guests supersedes any or all of our expectations.

Thank andreejeannotte
Reviewed 24 November 2017 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 17 November 2017

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 13 November 2017 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 9 November 2017 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 5 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
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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