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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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  • Very good9%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
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"brownie"
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"underwater viewing pods"
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"sea lions"
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"whale watching"
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"fast cat"
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"common dolphins"
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"smaller boat"
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"grey whales"
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"see whales"
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"great trip"
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"large pod of dolphins"
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"an incredible experience"
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"sea world"
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"other companies"
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"phone call"
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"their natural habitat"
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"marine life"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Best little cruise in the area. The info and atmosphere in the boat is just great. Such a beautiful area.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 5-star review! I’m thrilled to read that you loved your recent dolphin and whale watching safari with Capt. Dave’s in beautiful Dana Point. I’m glad you liked the boat and our crew’s informative narration. I hope we’ll see you again...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Chilly day when we went. Never saw dolphins, which they said was unusual. Was able to locate a group of three whales and followed them for awhile. Really had to be alert to catch glimpses of them, didn’t surface very long. So as far as...More

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

Hi, Thanks for your review and photo. I’m so glad you enjoyed your recent safari with Capt. Dave’s, viewing multiple beautiful whales in their natural habitat. It definitely is unusual for us to not see dolphins during our trips, I wish we could have shown...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My fiancé and I signed up for an early morning dolphin and whale watching for my 15 and 12 year old. The water was relatively choppy once we left the marina which set the stage for seasickness. This was on us because we were offered...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 the review and for posting your photos. I’m sorry the trip did not meet your expectations. In the Dana Point area, ocean conditions are usually mild, and our catamaran Manute’a provides a smoother ride overall than regular mono-hull boats...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

I have been on several tours with Capt Dave’s. Always fun. The crew is always upbeat and makes it fun. Great boats whether you choose the Fast Cat or Manatu’a Always a fun time. Lots of whales year round and usually many may dolphins too.More

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

Hi, Thanks for your review, and for being a valued returning guest of Capt. Dave’s. I’m so glad you’ve had the chance to board Manute’a and Fast Cat, both of which offer unique, up-close dolphin and whale watching experiences. It’s great that you’ve been satisfied...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
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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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