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Dana Point

High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point

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USD 65.00
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    What to Expect
    Your exhilarating adventure departs from Dana Point Harbor, one of the best places in the world to view year-round dolphins, whales, sea lions, and more. May through October you could see the largest animals to have ever lived on earth, magnificent Blue Whales. December through April you could witness the incredible Gray Whale migration. And throughout the year you’ll have the opportunity to see Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, sometimes Orcas (Killer Whales), and much more. Several species of wild dolphins are also seen year-round. Imagine yourself surrounded by stampeding dolphins, stretching out for miles in every direction! Fast Cat’s wide, rectangular bow area is perfect for dolphin viewing as they bow ride inches from your fingertips.

    Upon arrival you’ll find free parking and a warm smile from our “Dolphin Deck” team. If you or one of your guests is celebrating a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, be sure to let us know when reserving so that we can arrange for a special greeting. Check in about 30 to 45 minutes in advance. Then relax under a blue umbrella and enjoy a sandwich, snacks, ice cream, cold beverage, or hot coffee with the best view of Dana Point Harbor, until you’re escorted to the boat. Nearby restrooms are available to use prior to boarding.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
    Departure Time
    Departure times vary by date. After your tickets are booked we will contact you to confirm available times on your preferred date. You must provide your on the road phone number at time of booking.
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Live commentary on board
    • U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified vessel
    • Licensed Captain and professional crew member
    • Cetacean Declaration - Join us again for free within one calendar year if you don't see any dolphins or whales
    • Entry/Admission - Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
    • Food and drinks (available to purchase at check-in)
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Minimum age is 8 years
    • Maximum weight per guest is 250 pounds due to U. S. Coast Guard regulations
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • You may encounter occasional ocean spray
    • No restroom on the boat. Restroom facilities on land are available to use before boarding
    • No oversized bags or coolers. Please limit items to waist-packs, small backpacks, and small camera sling bags
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    Popular mentions
    While you could opt for a more economical whale watching experience, this specific tour is for a smaller group on a smaller boat. The boat is able to travel up to 30 knots and can cover a larger area in the ocean, providing more opportunity and likelihood of seeing the marine
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    Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point
    Responded 1 week ago
    Hi, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review. Sounds like you had so much fun aboard Fast Cat, our smaller zodiac vessel! I’m glad we were able to extend the trip this time so everyone could continue enjoying the amazing wildlife sightings. It’s exciting that you had the chance to view multiple awe-inspiring Humpback Whales, huge dolphin pods, and more. It’s wonderful that you were happy with our Captain’s service and expertise too. We appreciate the recommendation and hope you can join us again soon!
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    What a fabulous day on the ocean with Captain Daniel in the high speed Zodiac boat. We saw two pods of common dolphins, both short and long bill and learned a lot about their habits. There were hundreds of them. Special thanks to Daniel for the great lunch recommendation as
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    Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point
    Responded 10 Oct. 2019
    Hi, Thank you so much for your review. And what a lovely photo! I’m so happy that you enjoyed Capt. Daniel’s expertise and customer service while on board Fast Cat, viewing hundreds of different kinds of wild dolphins. It’s our pleasure to make each trip exciting, educational, unforgettable and fun. I hope you can come out with us again soon for more amazing sightings!
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    Today we took a Captain Dave’s high speed Zodiac whale/dolphin watch cruise. Our Zodiac was piloted by Captain Craig and outstanding isn’t a strong enough adjective to describe this cruise. We spent at least an hour surrounded by a large pod of bottlenose dolphin and what a
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    Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point
    Responded 10 Oct. 2019
    Hi, Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and photos! It’s wonderful that you had fun on board Fast Cat, encountering the Bottlenose dolphins in their own environment. I’m so glad we helped make the trip memorable for you. We appreciate the recommendation, and hope you can join us again soon!
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    We had captain Daniel and John on our boat with 8 passengers. The experience was absolutely breathtaking - I would do it again in a heartbeat. No whales but lots of other stuff... hundreds of common dolphins. Hundreds. Jumping and chasing the boat - so close you could almost
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    Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point
    Responded 4 Oct. 2019
    Hi, Thank you for the 5-star review and recommendation! I’m thrilled that you liked our crew and had fun on board Fast Cat, spending time with hundreds of delightful wild dolphins and other marine wildlife. We are proud to have provided you with such an unforgettable trip. Thanks for choosing Capt. Dave’s, and I hope we’ll see you again soon.
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    Excellent trip, boat is really exhilarating and the wildlife superb. We travelled with a pod of approx 300 dolphins which was awesome! Birds and seals in abundance too, unfortunately on this trip, no whales ,but that’s Mother Nature. Great trip with knowledgeable staff .
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    Response from CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point
    Responded 22 Aug. 2019
    Hi, Thanks for the 5-star review! I’m so glad you had fun on your recent safari aboard Fast Cat, our smaller, high-speed zodiac boat, as you encountered hundreds of amazing wild dolphins and other wildlife. It’s wonderful that you were pleased with our crew and their expertise. Thank you also for sharing the beautiful photo. We appreciate your feedback, and hope you can come out with us again soon!
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    Key Details
    • Duration: 2h
    • Mobile Ticket Accepted
    • Languages Offered: English
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