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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
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+1 949-488-2828
08:00 - 17:00
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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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Perfect day, perfect weather, perfect boat...dolphins whales, WOW!

Great day on the ocean with a wonderful Captain. Dolphins galore (totally groovin' on the "zoo" boat of humans 😜), Brown Pelicans getting filled up on the fish the dolphins drive... read more

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Reno, Nevada
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Reno, Nevada
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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great day on the ocean with a wonderful Captain. Dolphins galore (totally groovin' on the "zoo" boat of humans 😜), Brown Pelicans getting filled up on the fish the dolphins drive to the surface, a sunfish (no, he is NOT 💀, really!), a curious Minke Whale and lollygaggin' bouy sea lions, fantastic weather...WOW!...the only way to whale watch off Dana... More 

Thank BlueHawaii-girl
Boulder City, Nv
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337 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Went out today on whale watching boat ride. No whales but a huge pod of common dolphins. So no disappointment there. Was disappointed in the fact that they used to give a free whale watching tour for your next trip if no whales. Now they just give you 50% off. Can get a better deal on living social.

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

Hi, Thank you so much for your review. I’m very pleased that you enjoyed spending time with the beautiful wild dolphins! It’s unfortunate you didn’t have the chance to view an impressive whale, as there are several kinds that do frequent this area, including Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Minke Whales, Humpbacks, and more. However, Capt. Dave’s has never given free... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Our Captain was knowledgeable and the most capable captain for finding whales and dolphins. We went along side and watched 2 large whales and 2 offspring for 45 mins then found very large pod of dolphins. I've lived in the area for 20 yrs and found this company the best. The glass bottom viewing space was truly thrilling to see... More 

Thank CIndytaxidi
Phoenix, Arizona
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our first excursion of this kind. It started off without a reservation but the staff was quick to get us booked and answered any questions prior to buying tickets. It was a great experience being so close to whales and a more-involved experience cruising among the dolphins. The crew was very informative; regardless of age of passenger, they... More 

Thank rob h
San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Dave is the best well watching there is. We have gone if the family many times and always see multiple whales of different species and thousands of dolphins. Dave and his team know so much about The marine life the whales and dolphins it is amazing. If you want to see a blue whale Dave's is the place to go.... More 

Thank Dan4540
Los Angeles, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wow what an experience this was!! Me and my hubby were checking out activities to do on our babymoon, and the B&B we stayed at highly recommended Captain Dave's excursion, and boy are we so happy we went with their recommendation! We lucked out on an absolutely gorgeous day in May - they checked us in right away with friendly... More 

Thank Laura M
Bristol, United Kingdom
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Check in was easy and there was a nice note congratulating us on our marriage. They don't miss an opportunity to sell and there are a variety of foods, clothing and gifts that can be bought at the dock. The captain (chuck) tried hard and we eventually settled for some very playful dolphins. We were out for a considerable time... More 

Thank Engbandh
Henderson, Nevada
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154 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Don't get me wrong we have always seen dolphins and seals with this company but I have been on the hunt for grey and blue whales the past 3 years and this trip finally delivered grey whales! The crews are always great and every boat has its benefits. This last trip was on their smallest and original cat. I think... More 

Thank rhopper276
Heber City, Utah
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232 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We booked with Captain Dave based on TA reviews. He's located in Dana Point and it was about 2.5 hours out looking for whales and dolphins. We found lots of dolphins but only one gray whale and her calf. Still it was a lot of fun and we would recommend it to others. Free parking is available and there were... More 

Thank balanceok
Grand Junction, Colorado
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90 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My grandchildren, daughter and I saw many dolphins and 3 different gray whales on our excursion on the whale watching boat. The crew was friendly and knowledgeable. Fun adventure!

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