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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari provided by Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
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Last updated: 15 Jun 2021
A note from Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Per CDC and California Department of Health guidelines, guests who have been fully vaccinated are not required to wear a face mask. Guests who have not been vaccinated, and are over the age of two, agree to wear a face mask throughout the experience.
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitised between use
Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
About
It’s possible to spot whales and dolphins around Dana Point all year-round. On this tour, maximize your chance of a sighting on-board a purpose-built catamaran and enjoy incredible close-up views from the underwater viewing pods. Look out for whales, dolphins, sea lions and more; and learn more about the magnificent sea creatures from your guide.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 2h 30m
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
Magnificent views and wildlife sightings from the water
Chance to spot various whale and dolphin species
Underwater viewing pods: get up close without disturbing the wildlife
Live on-board commentary from a naturalist guide
What to expect
Meet your group at Dana Point Harbor. 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 contacts you after booking to confirm available times for the date you’ve picked. Meet at the Dolphin Deck 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 spots 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 various 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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 44596P2
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified vessel • Licensed Captain and professional crew • Live commentary on board • Cetacean Declaration - Join us again for free within one calendar year if you don't see any dolphins or whales • Entry/Admission - Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities • DVD (available to purchase) • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Duration
2h 30m
Departure details
24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA Please check in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. We're located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center.
Inclusions
U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified vessel • Licensed Captain and professional crew • Live commentary on board • Cetacean Declaration - Join us again for free within one calendar year if you don't see any dolphins or whales • Entry/Admission - Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Exclusions
Food and drinks • Gratuities • DVD (available to purchase) • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Departure details
24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA Please check in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. We're located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center.
Duration
2h 30m
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
Not wheelchair accessible
Service animals allowed
Near public transportation
Entry into the Underwater Viewing Pods requires the use of ladder-like steps. Persons with a disability or limited mobility may have difficulty.
Most travellers can participate
Trip times may vary by date.
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr
    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
    Please check in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. We're located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center.
    See address & details
  • 1
    Dana Point Harbor
    Stop: 30 minutes
    See details
    Pass by
    Baby Beach
  • 2
    Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr
    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
    Please check in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. We're located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center.
    See address & details
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5.0
226 reviews
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John Tacapan
1 contribution
Different but Equal
Aug 2021
My overall experience with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching was stellar. The reception was amiable, cordial, and professional. The lady in charge at the reception provided clear directions (since I arrived almost at the last minute) on how to get into the boat. The boat captain patiently waited and welcomed me. Since I went to this event all by myself, I was not surprised that the rest came in a group. Moreover, I observed that I was the ONLY PERSON of COLOR (Filipino) amongst my Caucasian brothers and sisters, and the overall ambiance, stance, and attitude of crews and passengers were exceedingly civil, respectful, accepting, and decent. I had close encounters with pods of penguins but I didn't get to meet my dream love - whales particularly the Orcas.
Written 4 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Karen0429
Flagstaff, AZ5 contributions
Can’t be disappointed. Will go again
Aug 2021 • Couples
We saw no whales on the two days we went out but whales don’t always book appearances to fulfill our schedules. Some things are beyond our control. Disagree with comments that said they found their trip was boring. We saw plenty of dolphins, sea lions, seals, sea birds and a beautiful ocean. I was thrilled with our trip both days and found the crew professional, attentive, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the ocean wildlife. Will definitely come back!
Written 3 August 2021
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Wolfyne7210
14 contributions
Ok, but boring.
Aug 2021 • Solo
It was a nice boat trip, but we didn’t see much. Just a very small pod of dolphins for only about 5 minutes. It was ok, but not worth the money. You couldn’t hear anything but mumbling through the speaker system, so I had no idea what they were saying.
Written 1 August 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

docnoel14
Tucson, AZ194 contributions
Great for families
We recently took the boat tour with our 5 yo. She had a blast. Lots of dolphins and the staff was great. The amount of time was perfect as well, 2.5 hrs. Any longer would have been too much for our little one. Look forward to our next visit.
Written 1 August 2021
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N. Nordman
1 contribution
Fun cruise but no Covid precautions in place at all even though cruise was advertised with precautions
Jul 2021 • Family
The cruise was fun, saw no whales but lots of dolphins. The captain and the guides were very nice. The brownies are amazing. Only thing I was disappointed in, and this is a big deal with Covid being rampant again, is that I booked the cruise because the website said all Covid precautions in place including “ small groups, hand sanitizer and mask required for unvaccinated”. The group on the cruise we took was HUGE no seats left on the boat at all, no hand sanitizer anywhere and there were at least 15 kids under the age of 12 on the boat (meaning too young to be vaccinated) and not a single one with a mask. Since my daughter is immune compromised We need to be very careful which is why I booked with this company and I saw NO Covid precautions at all. Very disappointing since they advertised them on their site. We almost left and asked for a refund but we had driven 2 hours so we wore masks and tried to avoid the kids running all over.
Written 31 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Ms. Nordman, thank you very much for sharing your concerns with us. It’s great to read that you had fun and liked our Captain and crew. However I’m so sorry that you were disappointed with our Covid precautions. Due to California lifting all capacity limits and physical distancing requirements for businesses, we no longer have Covid-related capacity restrictions on our vessels. But all of our safaris have always been uncrowded and each trip aboard Manute’a, the catamaran that you were on, is and always has been limited to 49 passengers. Compared to some other companies and their “cattle boats” with standing room only, this is a small group tour. We also have other vessels that are limited to even fewer passengers. No trip is overcrowded and there is seating for everyone, with opportunities to comfortably view the wildlife from anywhere on the boat. We have aligned with current CDC and CDPH guidelines regarding distancing and masks. We ask our guests to agree that they are either vaccinated or will wear a mask during the trip. We recognize that each individual and family’s situation is unique and there are widely varying viewpoints regarding Covid and masks. It can be a difficult situation for a company to navigate, especially regarding parental rights over what their children are required to do. I am extremely sorry that you felt uncomfortable and that our health and safety measures did not meet your expectations as you were trying to protect your daughter. We have addressed the lack of hand sanitizer with our crew, as there should have been some readily available for you. We do have hand sanitizer gel stations on board, and we have instructed our crew to point those out during the safety speech. There are also hand sanitizer stations available at check-in. In addition, we have clarified our mask policy as it relates to children who cannot yet be vaccinated. We really appreciate your valuable feedback which gives us the opportunity to improve. And we would definitely love to see you and your family again for more amazing marine wildlife sightings!
Written 5 August 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Crystal M
1 contribution
Great staff, very informative!
Jul 2021 • Family
Great staff! Very informative! We didn't get to see any whales, but we got to see some dolphins, sea lions, seagulls and some tuna! Unfortunately, sea conditions didn't allow us to go underneath to view the dolphins, but it was still a great experience!
Written 27 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Crystal, thanks for the positive feedback! I’m thrilled that you had a great experience with Capt. Dave’s recently, viewing the beautiful wild dolphins and more in their natural habitat. I’m also glad you enjoyed our crew’s informative narration. I hope you can join us again soon – we’d love for you to be able to check out the Pods and see some of Dana Point’s year-round whales too!
Written 30 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

hunterkathie
Rancho Cucamonga, CA3 contributions
Excellent and thoroughly entertained
Jul 2021 • Family
Excellent entertaining and extremely knowledgeable staff. We’d recommend this trip highly to anyone .
Written 24 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Kathie, thanks very much for the review and recommendation! It’s fantastic that you were entertained by our staff during your recent dolphin and whale watching excursion. We appreciate the high rating and hope you can join us for another unforgettable adventure soon!
Written 25 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Joy F
Mission Viejo, CA6 contributions
Great Day with Captain Dave's!
Jul 2021 • Friends
Although we didn't see a as many animals as previous visits, we had a wonderful day on the water and saw more baby dolphins than I have ever seen! Staff is always amazing and one marine biologist spoke to us at length about pod movements on animals I had seen previously!! Competent and helpful, the staff has always been top notch. I am returning next month for another great experience. Thanks Captain Dave's!!
Written 23 July 2021
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Hi Joy, thank you for your review and for being part of our Dolphin Safari family! I’m thrilled that you had fun watching the lovely dolphin families recently. We really appreciate the 5 stars and the wonderful feedback about our staff. We look forward to seeing you next time!
Written 25 July 2021
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Sally G
redondo beach, ca308 contributions
Fabulous Morning At Sea
Jul 2021
Wonderful way to spend a morning at sea. We saw dolphins and seals. The weather was perfect the the crew was very knowledgeable and helpful. A great time was had by all.
Written 21 July 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Sally, thanks for letting us know that you had a wonderful trip with Capt. Dave’s. I’m glad you enjoyed the weather as well as our crew’s service as you viewed the marine mammals up close. We appreciate the high rating and hope to see you again soon!
Written 25 July 2021
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Allie D
Elk Grove, CA8 contributions
Awesome
Jul 2021 • Family
Excellent Excursion! Friendly staff! We loved it! We saw so many dolphins. We will definitely do this again!
Written 17 July 2021
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Hi Allie, thanks for the 5-star review! I’m thrilled to read that you loved your recent excursion with Capt. Dave’s, and that you had fun viewing the delightful wild dolphins. We hope to see you on another safari soon!
Written 19 July 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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Beautiful morning, fun experience! Highly recommend!
Captain Neal and First Mate, Matt, made the entire experience fun and enjoyable! We unfortunately did not see a wha
Diane Y
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A great time spotting dolphins
Booking a expedition was easy and many time slots available. Captain Gary and Jessie were great giving a lot of inf
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Always a wonderful adventure
First trip out to see dolphins, whales, and sea lions for our 14 year old granddaughter. You never disappoint and w
Mountain_Girl66
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Dolphin watching
Good way to get the ocean experience. Helpful and very friendly staff. Whale watching is fun. Wish there were oth
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Enjoyable, Everyone Friendly. Had a good day on the ocean!
We had a great time! Everyone associated with Captain Dave's were friendly. I would take this tour again. I have
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Highly recommend!
Fabulous trip!! Captain Marie and Cindy were absolutely wonderful, we saw 100+ dolphins, and it was a great cal to
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Amazing experience!
We had an amazing time on Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale watching safari! We were so excited to see a Blue Whale,
supartington
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Capt. Dave’s never disappoints
We have taken many, many whale and dolphin watching trips with Capt. Dave’s amazing Captains and Crew and it is dif
dorothyraechium
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Awesome Experience
It was a great experience! The captain/crew were VERY friendly and helpful. They also shared a lot of interesting f
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Fun on the water
It was very up close experience with the dolphins. The crew was very excited to show us the wildlife out in the oce
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Absolutely excellent
Our trip was nothing less than incredible! Once in a lifetime experience that won't be once in a lifetime because w
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Wonderful and memorable experience seeing a blue whale and hundreds of dolphins.
Great experience seeing a blue whale up close and learning from top notch Captain Gary and First Mate Janelle on th
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I loved seeing the whales and other wildlife. The fast boat was so fun getting to the whales and seeing them up
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See dolphins up close
Capt Marie took us to see many common dolphins, then we went to see some Risso and bottlenose dolphins. Searched, b
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Fantastic!!!
Great time! Saw over 100 dolphins and 1 whale. The smaller boat is the way to go. It covers so much water. So impre
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