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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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Address: 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
Phone Number: +1 949-488-2828
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Whale watch with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana...

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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We called with short notice inquiring about a private tour. Everyone we spoke with was extremely accommodating and they made it happen in less than 24 hours. The crew on Dolphin... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Dana Point, California
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Dana Point, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We called with short notice inquiring about a private tour. Everyone we spoke with was extremely accommodating and they made it happen in less than 24 hours. The crew on Dolphin Safari was great - the trip was educational, exciting and memorable! We understood there were no guarantees for sightings of any kind, but were pleasantly surprised to experience a... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We saw so many dolphins. My daughter who dreams of being a marine biologist was with me and she was so ecstatic at the up close and personal view of all the dolphins and baby dolphins we had the pleasure of being so close to this day. It was a little cold as the sun was not out the morning... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

First, they called two days before the day of the cruise and switched boats, so that we wouldn't have the underwater viewing boat, but instead were on the "Lily." Then, on the day of the cruise, we saw NOTHING, and the captain turned back after an hour and 15 minutes because of bad weather (which I completely understand). He assured... More 

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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Dear Leslie, Thank you for your review, and for sharing your concerns with us. I am so sorry that your experience with Capt. Dave’s was less than stellar. We strive very hard to provide each of our valued guests with an exciting trip and top-notch customer service. I usually have our manager's reply to reviews, but your recent statements gave... More 

Manchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

November isn't a great time for seeing whales but we saw plenty of common dolphins. It is a great trip and the sea is abundant with wildlife so the trip gets going very quickly. The crew are really knowledgeable. This was my second trip and it is the luck of the draw, last time in October a few years ago... More 

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for your review and photo. It’s wonderful to read that you enjoyed spending time with the playful wild dolphins on your recent safari. I’m sorry you didn’t have the chance to view any whales, because there are different kinds in our area year round, like Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, and Minke Whales. I’m thrilled that... More 

Riverside, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I have traveled extensively and this Tour is on the top of our lists. Capt. Daves and the whole crew are outstanding and work like a really coordinated team. We were expecting an off season tour with few whales or dolphins. What a pleasant surprise when there were Dolphins everywhere and some up close encounters with whales.... More 

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your review. We really appreciate that you chose Capt. Dave’s to help celebrate your special anniversary. I am so pleased that you saw a large number of fun dolphins, as well as up-close sightings of impressive whales! Fortunately we don’t really have an “off season” in our area. All year long we are able to see about... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great expierence. Would definitely do it again. We seen Whales and Dolphins. An expierence we will sure to never forget!.

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you very much for your review, and for posting the beautiful photos. I am thrilled you had an unforgettable time with us! It’s great you were able to enjoy up-close sightings of awe-inspiring whales and playful wild dolphins. I hope you’ll be able to come out for another safari soon! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our captain and first mate could not have been better guides. Knowledgable and fun. Comfortable seating all thru the catamaran. Smooth sailing and saw lots of wildlife. Best ocean guides in the area by far.

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your review. I am so happy to read that you were satisfied with our boat and crew during your recent dolphin and whale watching safari with Capt. Dave’s. I’m especially pleased that you enjoyed spending time with the amazing marine wildlife! Thank you for coming out with us, and I hope you can join us again soon. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

nice smaller boat if the best way to go . Saw massive amounts of dolphins, and some whales as well. Highly recommend this company. My 8 year old granddaughter had the best of time. You are out on the boat for about 2 hours. Go to the bathroom before getting on the boat.

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you so much for your review. It’s wonderful that you and your family had such an exciting time on board our one-and-only, original catamaran “DolphinSafari.com” - this boat offers a more intimate experience with fewer passengers and closer proximity to the water, and the up-close sightings of dolphins and whales from this boat can be simply breathtaking. For... More 

Ladera Ranch, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Capt. Dave's is very reliable as you will see something exciting. As with anything involving wildlife, sometimes you don't get what you want. I will say you'll love what you see. While whales are the stars of the show, dolphins can be a blast to interact with. A must for visitors to the south of Orange County. Check Groupon as... More 

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thank you for your review. I’m happy to read that you enjoyed spending time with the beautiful wild dolphins and impressive whales of Southern California. Although we are not on Groupon, we do offer a special discount to our returning guests who reserve by phone. We are excited to see all of the marine wildlife we encounter, and in... More 

Dallas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Capt Dave and his crew are truly amazing. They have a genuine passion for what they do. Even spent extra time with us to seek out a whale. Made our whole trip! Can't say enough about them. They just get it - its not about the money or just taking people out on a 2 1/2 hour boat ride. They... More 

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this review

Hi, Thanks for your review. I am thrilled that you had a great time on your dolphin and whale watching safari with Capt. Dave’s. Thank you for recognizing the dedication that we all share for these amazing marine mammals and their well-being. I’m so pleased you could join us, and I hope you’ll be able to come out on another... More 

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