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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

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    What to Expect
    Meet your group at Dana Point Harbor, at the location next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center. For your convenience, there’s free parking by your meeting spot on the harbor. Your departure time may vary by the date you choose, so please take note the service provider will contact you after booking to confirm available times for the date you’ve picked. Meet at the Dolphin Deck about 30 to 45 minutes before the departure time of your whale and dolphin watching eco-safari.
    Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. Keep your eyes open for sea lions, marine birds, and other creatures, as this is a great place to spot them.
    As your captain takes you further out, your group will spot dolphins, whales, and sometimes sharks. Some whales you might see on your journey include Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, and occasionally Orcas (Killer Whales). Also, keep in mind, there are five species of wild dolphins that might cross your path, too.
    As you cruise, enjoy commentary from a naturalist who fills you in on the sea creatures, their lifestyles, their natural habitats, and what’s being done to protect them. If you’d like, you can head down to the underwater viewing pods on your catamaran to catch sight of the ocean life from an underwater vantage point.
    After your adventure, your boat docks back at the harbor, and you’re sent on your way with a complimentary triple-fudge brownie.
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    Reviewed 3 days ago

    The crew were knowledgeable and friendly. Although we were unable to see any whales, the dolphins were wonderful. Was a beautiful and peaceful two and a half hours.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Lisa M
    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Did this as a surprise present for my mom's birthday. It exceeded my expectations from start to finish! The staff was very friendly, knowledgeable and welcoming. They even acknowledged the birthday before starting which was thoughtful. It was not one of those crowded tours with...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank 6564a
    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    This excursion was fabulous! The captain was so patient and didn’t give up looking until every person on the boat got the experience they were hoping for. The captain communicates with other boats out searching and they all help each other out trying to spot...More

    Thank 782ruthj
    Reviewed 2 weeks ago

    I have done many shakes tour in Canada, Australia and this was the worst one Zero whales seen and no effort to look for them Surely nice group of dolphins Baby as 2 years old pay almost full price Boat was full and hard even...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank massimo T
    CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

    Hi Massimo, Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. It’s very disappointing to read that you thought the trip rated only 3 stars. Looks like your excursion had wonderful sightings, including a large pod of 200 common dolphins as well as 30...More

    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    I visited a few years ago and had a fantastic day with a girlfriend and always wanted to return with my family. We were able to go on the safari this afternoon and we had a great time. We saw a ton of common dolphin....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank N2111YCalans
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    3 August 2019|
    Response from tahirihcc | Reviewed this property |
    We only saw dolphins when we went however, earlier that week they saw whales.. so honestly it just depends.
    4 July 2019|
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    Response from Discover769231 | Reviewed this property |
    Call (949) 438-6438 and ask them.
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