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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching 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...more
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24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Our friend Chrissy is completely in love with whales, and we wanted to give her a memorable experience with the whales and dolphins. We knew that the likelihood of actually seeing a whale was rather low, so we set our expectations accordingly. Captain Marie and...More

Thank Jonathan M
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hi, Thank you so much for your review and recommendation. I’m thrilled you enjoyed your recent safari with Capt. Dave’s. We are lucky to have various kinds of both dolphins and whales frequenting our area all year long, and it’s wonderful that you had such...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I went on the dolphin safari in October 2017 and could not wait to take our children. In april 2018 we went on a family vacation to Laguna and booking the Dolphin Safari was the first thing we did, once we had...More

Thank Sandra M
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks for your review and for being a valued returning guest of Capt. Dave’s. It’s wonderful that your whole family has been able to experience the amazing dolphin and whale sightings, and I’m so glad you like our boat and crew. We appreciate your...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a fantastic trip- I know that there is no guarantee you'll see anything but the crew was on the prowl to find some wildlife, communicating with other boats and talking to other people we'd pass on boats & jetskis. We saw a huge...More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for your review. I’m so excited that you were able to see two impressive Humpback Whales on your recent safari with Capt. Dave’s, as well as a large pod of playful wild dolphins! I’m also glad you enjoyed our crew’s service, and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We saw only one pod of dolphins, who weren't too keen on engaging with us. Just not our lucky day to see many animals, but the crew was fantastic and I can't think of a better way to spend an afternoon on the water in...More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks so much for your review, and for posting those great photos. I’m glad you had the chance to view a pod of beautiful dolphins in their natural habitat. It’s wonderful that you liked our crew and Mrs. Capt. Dave’s delicious, complimentary triple-fudge brownie...More

Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

The team at Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching goes out of their way to ensure you have a great time and see sea life. We saw hundreds of dolphins! Overall it was a wonderful tour! I loved being out on the water, the commentary...More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you for your review and beautiful photo. It’s so great that you enjoyed spending time with the magnificent wild dolphins! I’m glad you liked our crew and their informative narration too. Thanks for choosing Capt. Dave’s, and I hope we’ll see you again...More

Reviewed 8 October 2018

This tour was excellent. Beautiful catamaran. The capt and crew were friendly and helpful. We went down below and used the viewing station when we saw dolphins. My children thought this was the best part our trip.More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi, Thanks for your kind review. I’m thrilled that you considered your dolphin and whale watching trip with Capt. Dave’s to be a five-star experience. It’s wonderful that you and your children had a great time viewing the amazing wildlife up-close through the Underwater Viewing...More

Reviewed 3 October 2018

This was a great excursion. The staff were very friendly and informative. They were very caring about your safety and that you had a very good experience. I have never seen so many dolphins in one pod. We also were able to spot a Minke...More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi, Thank you very much for your positive review of Capt. Dave’s. It’s wonderful that you had a memorable safari, spending time with an impressive Minke whale as well as a large pod of playful wild dolphins! I’m glad you liked our staff’s service, and...More

Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

I’m so grateful that I was able to go on your boat the see Orcas! It was my first time seeing them in the wild! It was an absolutely magical experience. The very best part was that the captain waited 15min for me to arrive,...More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi Cris, Thank you for your review and the beautiful photo. I’m so pleased you decided to come out with Capt. Dave’s for an exciting, up-close dolphin and whale watching safari. I’m happy we had the chance to share with you the breathtaking experience of...More

Reviewed 29 September 2018 via mobile

A thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours on the catamaran searching for sea animals. We were on the 1.30pm tour. Check in area was great while waiting for the tour, you can buy sandwiches, cold and hot drinks and a few gifts too. Didn't see any...More

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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 12 October 2018

Hi, Thanks so much for your review. I’m thrilled you had an enjoyable time on your recent safari with Capt. Dave’s, viewing lovely wild dolphins and taking advantage of the unique Underwater Viewing Pods to get up-close and personal with the wildlife. It’s good to...More

Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

I was super impressed with the tour we took. We saw whales, a huge school of dolphins and other animals too. The team was very friendly and supportive. Would definitely come on this tour again with friends.More

Thank Jim R
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 29 September 2018

Hi, Thanks for your review. I’m so happy you were pleased with our crew’s service during your recent exciting dolphin and whale watching safari. I’m thrilled that you got up-close and personal with whales, dolphins, and more. It’s our pleasure to help you enjoy the...More

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NancyB3606
20 April 2018|
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Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari | Property representative |
Hi Nancy. Children of all ages are welcome aboard our regular 2.5-hour safaris. We do have Coast Guard approved PFDs (personal flotation devices) for children, however they are a big horse-collar type of flotation, and not... More
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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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