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Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

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Address: 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018
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+1 949-488-2828
08:00 - 17:00
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Whale watch with Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari in Dana...

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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Dolphins and awhales Everywhere

I had one of the best experiences of my life out on the Manutea with Captain Dave's crew and friends 💙🐬💙🐋....we were surrounded by a megapod of thousands of dolphins, several... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Tooele, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The crew was amazing. Unfortunately, the water was very choppy during our trip and there were plenty of us on the back of the boat throwing up :( I would definitely recommend not eating before the tour. I was very glad that I had not. None of the younger children on the boat seemed to be too excited (10 and... More 

Thank lisa_Utah
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I had one of the best experiences of my life out on the Manutea with Captain Dave's crew and friends 💙🐬💙🐋....we were surrounded by a megapod of thousands of dolphins, several Humpback Whales, and the Gray Whales to boot!!! The crew is very knowledgeable and fun to be around and wildlife is bountiful 😊! I went during the second weekend... More 

Thank cindi b
littleton, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been on many other whale watching trips and never seen any wild life. This trip was amazing. Captain Dave and his team know exactly what they are looking for an are eager to meet their customer's needs. The trip was not only exciting but also educational for my kids and I. We saw 12 whales and a Megapod... More 

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Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We had an awesome time. It does help when there are dolphins and whales around but it was the way the crew talked to you and made sure that everyone had a great time. The best money we spent on the entire trip.

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This crew are the most experienced I've seen. They have all the latest radios,radars, and hover craft to provide the best viewing possible for 2016. I'm sure they will keep up with all the latest technology to insure we see the whales

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amazing time with Captain Marie and First Officer Ken today! We learned a lot about marine life and they were experts at locating dolphins and whales. We saw lots of dolphins, three gray whales, and were lucky to have a humpback surface right in front of us. In addition to the incredible time, however, I would highly... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were a family of five; 56, 55, 30, 26, and 23. We saw three converging pods of dolphin and three/four whales. We went for the whale sightings but were more amazed with the dolphins. At one time we had a reported 500/600 dolphin swimming on the sides of our catamaran, under it, in front of it, and in back... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Capt Dave was late, but still delivered. Good info on out sightings and where he was headed....Found a very large pod of dolphins. Hunted for whales, but to no avail. Crew was informative and efficient. All was very good and completely worth it. This is probably the most knowledgeable team led by Dave ( well recognised as an authority) in... More 

Thank miker163
Owatonna, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The crew went out of their way to put us on a pod of 200-300 dolphins. Once there they spent the perfect amount of time getting the dolphins to run along and under the boat. We also followed a young grey whale right out of the harbor. As those of you with teenagers know it can be difficult to get... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

So I received a recommendation from Marriott Newport Coast Villas to visit this place. I was like okay something to do should be cool. Great Impression # 1 we pulled up later than they suggested and I had called they were very responsive and helpful in getting us there since we booked the thing last minute. Once I got there... More 

Thank Skylah M

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