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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
+1 949-488-2828
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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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24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
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Reviewed 13 September 2015

Fantastic experience, really friendly and informative crew - we got to see 3 blue whale and hundreds of dolphins. Our children loved it and so did we. Great to be out on the ocean. Would highly recommend.More

Thank Alun W
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2015

Hi, Thank you so much for your review and recommendation! I’m so glad you enjoyed your dolphin and whale safari! It sounds like you had quite a treat with multiple sightings of magnificent Blue Whales and dolphins. It’s exciting to see even one of either...More

Reviewed 9 September 2015

This is well worth the price of it. We seen lots of Dolphins that played alongside the boat, and a Blue Whale. The whale was the highlight for me, the crew got us real close to it, and it was amazing. My kids loved the...More

Thank cpearson001
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2015

Hi, Thanks for leaving us a review! It’s wonderful to hear that you and your family thoroughly enjoyed your dolphin and whale watching trip. We do strive to provide the most up-close and personal experience that we can, while respectfully observing the animals. We are...More

Reviewed 9 September 2015

I never thought I would see a Blue Whale, now I have! Beautiful creatures and worth the trip all by itself. But the trip offered even more, we got into the middle of a pod of Dolphins (several hundred) and it was so exciting to...More

Thank dennis w
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2015

Hi! We really appreciate that you took the time to leave us a review! It means a lot to read that your trip with Captain Dave’s was exciting and special. I’m glad you liked our crew, our boat, Manute’a, and the Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods....More

Reviewed 7 September 2015

I booked this mostly for my daughter, who desperately wanted to see dolphins on our trip to CA. What I didn't expect was how many times I found myself squealing and pointing to all the dolphins beside us and beneath the bow of the boat....More

Thank wifisker
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2015

Hi, Thank you very much for your review! I’m so glad you were able to enjoy seeing such a large pod of dolphins during your trip, as well as the sighting of the Pacific White-sided Dolphin. Usually the best time to see that type of...More

Reviewed 4 September 2015

Captain Dave's went above and beyond to make our family's day together memorable. My siblings and I, along with our spouses and adult children, chartered Capt Dave's to scatter our parent's ashes at sea. We extended our charter so that we could enjoy the ocean...More

Thank John E
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2015

Hi, Thank you so much for your review! I’m thrilled that you are pleased with your private charter experience with Capt. Dave’s. We are honored to have been able to provide the backdrop for such an important and personal occasion for your family. It does...More

Reviewed 30 August 2015 via mobile

It was a perfect day. The catamaran and crew were exceptional. My father in law has mobility issues & they even turned the boat so he got to see all the sightings of the day. We saw gigantic Blue whales & a huge pod of...More

Thank suzieg5
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2015

Hi, Thanks for your review! We really appreciate it! I’m happy to read that your liked your dolphin and whale watching trip, and also enjoyed Mrs. Capt. Dave’s triple fudge brownies afterwards! It sounds like you had a variety of spectacular sightings, and I’m glad...More

Reviewed 25 August 2015

I took my 4 year old and my sister on a private charter last month on the Fast Cat. It was worth every penny. Captain Dave was very accomodating and tailored the trip to our interests. We spent a long time following dolphin pods which...More

Thank Katy V
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2015

Hi, It’s wonderful that you had such an amazing safari out with Captain Dave! Our high-speed Fast Cat is just about as up-close and personal as you can get with the dolphins and whales, and I’m so glad you had the chance to share the...More

Reviewed 24 August 2015

Beautiful and moving tribute for spreading of loved ones ashes at sea. All made possible by the staff at Capt Daves! Highly recommend their tours and services. Its as though they timed the dolphins and blue whales to coincide with our ceremony! Was able to...More

Thank echo8kilo
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2015

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! We appreciate that you gave us the opportunity to help you honor the memory of your loved one. It’s a gift to be able to contribute to such a meaningful occasion for your family....More

Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

After booking on the website, we received a confirmation by mail and a phone call confirming the details. The company operates a catamaran that is very close to the water so you can touch the dolphins when lucky. This day, captain Tom found us plenty...More

Thank Johan T
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2015

Hi, Thank you for your review! I’m so glad you had a great time on your dolphin and whale watching safari! We endeavor to offer an immersive experience and one of the unique features of our boats is the ability to provide an up-close and...More

Reviewed 23 August 2015

One of the most amazing experiences I've had so far. I told myself that if I didn't get to see a whale it'd be still worth it, because I love dolphins and I was almost sure we'd get to see those (oh, we did!) but...More

Thank GalaTS
ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2015

Hi, Thank you so much for your review! I’m thrilled you had an amazing dolphin and whale watching trip. What a perfect day with both dolphin and Blue Whale sightings. I agree that it really is something to smile about. I’m also very glad that...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
5 March 2016|
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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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Decaf10
6 November 2015|
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Response from ArielleA | Property representative |
Hi Tim. We see whales, and dolphins too, all year round! During the months between December through May we see gray whales on their annual migration between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja. In the months... More
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