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Dolphin & Whale Watching Eco-Safari with Underwater Viewing

by Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari
per adult Price is $65
Duration: 2h 30m+ Free cancellation available No Booking Fees Print Voucher Print Voucher Offered in: English Offered in: English

Highlights

  • In Dana Point, the Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World

  • Year-round large whales and wild dolphins

  • Underwater viewing pods for an eye to eye experience

  • Complimentary triple fudge brownies

  • Trained naturalists make your trip memorable

Highlights

  • In Dana Point, the Dolphin & Whale Capital of the World

  • Year-round large whales and wild dolphins

  • Underwater viewing pods for an eye to eye experience

  • Complimentary triple fudge brownies

  • Trained naturalists make your trip memorable

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11:00 AM, 2.5 Hour Signature Safari in English

Duration 2h 30m

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 time your 2.5-hour whale and dolphin watching Eco-safari begins. Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. Your boat takes about 10 minutes or less to make its way out of the harbor onto the open water. At this point, 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.

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Total price is $65, taxes included

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12:00 PM, 2.5 Hour Signature Safari in English

Duration 2h 30m

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 time your 2.5-hour whale and dolphin watching Eco-safari begins. Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. Your boat takes about 10 minutes or less to make its way out of the harbor onto the open water. At this point, 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.

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8:00 AM, 2.5 Hour Signature Safari in English

Duration 1d

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 time your 2.5-hour whale and dolphin watching Eco-safari begins. Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. Your boat takes about 10 minutes or less to make its way out of the harbor onto the open water. At this point, 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.

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9:00 AM, 2.5 Hour Signature Safari in English

Duration 2h 30m

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 time your 2.5-hour whale and dolphin watching Eco-safari begins. Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. Your boat takes about 10 minutes or less to make its way out of the harbor onto the open water. At this point, 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.

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Dolphin & Whale Watching Eco-Safari with Underwater Viewing

Activity Location

Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari

24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive

Dana Point 92629

Meeting/Redemption Point
  • Dolphin Deck at Capt. Dave's

    24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive

    Dana Point 92629


Description

Feel the extraordinary experience swimming with dolphins and whales, underwater, without getting wet, aboard our most unique catamaran sailboat Manute’a. Our vessel features two exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods and three Eye-Spy Dolphin Tram Nets on the bow for an up-close and immersive whale watching adventure.

A micro dolphin and whale museum and live narration from expert marine naturalists form a whale watching experience that is both fun and educational. Never crowded, Manute’a carries up to 49 happy passengers with plenty of elbow room and comfortable seating for all.

And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s legendary, delicious Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary!

Get up-close and personal with YEAR ROUND majestic whales and breathtaking dolphins aboard smaller, intimate boats. Experience these amazing animals as they were meant to be seen – in their natural habitat, wild and free! For over 20 years Captain Dave’s eco-friendly whale watching safaris have created memorable and educational excursions for the entire family.

November through May gray whales are seen making their annual migration from their feeding grounds near the Arctic to the mating and calving lagoons near Mexico, and back again. In between May and October the largest known animal to have ever lived on earth, the giant blue whale is encountered. Anytime throughout the year fin whales, minke whales, and humpback whales delight spectators. Rare whales that could be seen at any time include orcas (killer whales), Bryde’s whales, sei whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales.

Come for the whales, stay for the dolphins.” Several species of wild dolphins are seen throughout the year, including mega-pods that can number up to 10,000 dolphins! Dana Point is home to the unforgettable dolphin stampede - hundreds, sometimes thousands of dolphins porpoising out of the water together at high speed.

Assorted species of fish can be seen, including sharks such as great whites, hammerheads, makos, rare basking sharks, are more. Sea lions and seals, pelagic birds, and much more await you!

Every day is a new discovery; every trip offers a different surprise. Join us for an absolutely unforgettable adventure!


Inclusions

  • 2.5 Hour Dolphin & Whale Watching Cruise

  • Mrs. Capt. Dave's Triple Fudge Brownies

  • Coast Guard Licensed Captain & Professional Crew

  • Live Narration

  • U.S. Coast Guard Inspected and Certified Vessel


Exclusions

  • Food and Drinks

  • Keepsake Photo

  • Custom Drone Video (Select Trips Only)


Know Before You Book

  • All ages are welcome

  • All trips are subject to vessel availability

  • Expectant mothers are welcome

  • You might encounter occasional ocean spray on the bow

  • Entry into the Underwater Viewing Pods requires the use of ladder-like steps. Persons with a disability or limited mobility may have difficulty.


Dolphin & Whale Watching Eco-Safari with Underwater Viewing ratings based on 3 Verified Reviews

5 out of 5

5/5 Apr 18, 2019

Our entire family enjoyed this. We saw a blue whale, hundreds of dolphins and sea lions too. It felt like money well spent for us!

5/5 Jan 7, 2019

We didn't see whales, but saw many dolphins and a couple sea lions. The underwater windows on the boat were amazing!