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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
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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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"large pod of dolphins"
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Stopped on the way to Southern California. Staff was excellent and knowledgeable. Did not see any whales this visit but did see several Risso Dolphins, apparently sightings are quite rare. We were told that they have only seen them about 10 times during the past...More

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This was our 2nd trip with Captain Dave’s and I highly recommend going on either excursion. Staff are top notch! Even though Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating, the crew make the experience unforgettable!More

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

Hi, Thank you so much for your review and recommendation. It’s wonderful that you continue to enjoy our exciting, educational dolphin and whale watching tours in beautiful Dana Point, on board Manute’a with the Underwater Viewing Pods, as well as our smaller, high-speed catamaran Fast...More

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Knowledgeable and exciting crew. Told us at the beginning they were unsure what we would see do to the choppy waters. I had a 22, 19, and 14 year old with me that were happy the whole boat ride. Take Dramamine before you go. Some...More

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Hi, Thank you for your review and the amazing photos! I’m so glad you had fun on your recent dolphin and whale watching safari. It’s great that you liked our dedicated and passionate crew, as well as Mrs. Capt. Dave’s delicious, complimentary triple-fudge brownies. It’s...More

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Nancy B
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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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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