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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Ranked #3 of 27 Tours in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 20 March 2016 via mobile

Brought our daughters for our second trip with captain Dave. Great day. Saw lots of wildlife just as promised. Wonderful way to spend a few hours out on the water. Great brownies afterwards too!

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Sandra K
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Hi,

Thanks for your review and for your repeat business. I’m thrilled that you and your daughters had a great time viewing beautiful marine wildlife on a recent dolphin and whale watching safari. I’m also glad you enjoyed Mrs. Capt. Dave’s delicious brownies. Thanks for joining us. We look forward to seeing you a third time!

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Reviewed 20 March 2016

we have been on several whale watches before ( Cape Cod Mass. and New Jersey )
this was the Best. The crew as frendly and engaged they wanted us to see whales & dolphins and sea lions they were so happy with the fin whales & gray whales , and the common dolphin's that they found again. from the first morning trip. they stayed out longer just so we all could get photos and enjoy the beauty in the ocean . they are passionate about what they do . kids will love the underwater pods

Date of experience: March 2016
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2016

Hi,

Thanks so much for your review. It is so good to read that your experience with Capt. Dave’s surpassed your previous dolphin and whale watching tours. We really appreciate that you recognized the passion that we have for taking people out to see the beautiful ocean and its wildlife. I’m also glad that you enjoyed our catamaran Manute’a and the Underwater Viewing Pods, and that you were able to take some nice photos of the Gray Whales, Fin Whales, and Common Dolphins. Thank you again for joining us, and we look forward to seeing you on another safari soon.

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Reviewed 20 March 2016

We had a great time on our trip! The underwater viewing pods were fantastic! We saw dolphins and a few whales. We can't wait to go again! The brownies were great too!

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank Jennifer M
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2016

Hi,

Thanks so much for your review. It’s wonderful that you enjoyed viewing amazing dolphins and whales on board our catamaran Manute’a. I’m happy that you took advantage of the Underwater Viewing Pods to get eye-to-eye with the animals. It is truly a unique and unforgettable experience. We’d love for you to come out with us again soon – Mrs. Capt. Dave’s delicious, complimentary triple fudge brownies will be waiting!

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Reviewed 16 March 2016

The FastCat is amazing we had an incredible time. So close to the whales and dolphins. We even saw a humpback!

Date of experience: February 2016
Thank Stagger L
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2016

Hi,

Thank you for your review. I’m so glad you had a fun time aboard Fast Cat, our high-speed, super-close-to-the-water catamaran! It must have been exhilarating to be so near to a Humpback Whale, as well as wild dolphins, in their own environment. Thanks for giving us the chance to bring you into their world. We love what we do and we’d love to see you on another trip soon!

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Reviewed 16 March 2016 via mobile

We've been on numerous boat trips - whale watching etc. and this bar far was the best. The staff and crew are very knowledgable. We saw 100 dolphins and a dozen whales. The crew was respectful of the animals too.

Really the best experience - highly recommend!!!!

Date of experience: March 2016
Thank jodif75
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 8 April 2016

Hi,

Thanks for your review and for sharing your beautiful photos. We are flattered to read that you thought the trip with Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari was the best you’ve had! I’m so glad you were happy with our crew and the multiple sightings of dolphins and whales. We do try to be as respectful and eco-friendly as possible, while still offering an exciting, up-close experience. Thank you for your recommendation, and for coming out with us. We’d love to have you join us again soon.

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