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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
+1 949-488-2828
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USD 65.00*
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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-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 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
+1 949-488-2828
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Thank sheribaby55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you on a family trip in Califonia you should not miss Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari They are very professional , relaxed and we had a great time on the boot I can recommend it to anyone

Thank OF665
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I echo all the other fab reviews. The crew (Capt George, Cheryl and the tall guy) all seemed very knowledgeable, caring for passenger experience and for the animals. We spent 30 mins with a pod of long nosed common dolphins and saw a solo grey...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Thank Deanna H
Reviewed 10 January 2018 via mobile

Our group of eight adults, ranging in age from 21 to 74, booked a whale-watching trip. Though no whales presented themselves, we saw at least three types of dolphins and two types of seals. At one point, we were allowed to lie across the bow...More

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Reviewed 31 December 2017


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Reviewed 30 December 2017 via mobile


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7 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
6 March 2016|
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.
7 November 2015|
Response from ArielleA | Property representative |
Hi Tim. We see whales, and dolphins too, all year round! During the months between December through May we see gray whales on their annual migration between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja. In the months... More