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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

From US$65.00
Highlights
  • 2.5-hour whale and dolphin watching Eco-safari
  • Hop aboard a catamaran, and keep a lookout for whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures
  • Enjoy on-going commentary along your safari from naturalists
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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
US$65.00
Overview
Ride along the open water in a catamaran as you keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures on this 2.5-hour whale and dolphin watching Eco-safari. From Dana Point, cruise as your captain takes you to some of the area’s best places to spot out different kinds of whales and dolphins. An on-board naturalist also provides on-going commentary the whole way to keep you educated and in the know about these sea creatures and their natural habitat.
What to Expect
Meet your group at Dana Point Harbor, at the location next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center. For your convenience, there’s free parking by your meeting spot on the harbor. Your departure time may vary by the date you choose, so please take note the service provider will contact you after booking to confirm available times for the date you’ve picked. Meet at the Dolphin Deck about 30 to 45 minutes before the time your 2.5-hour whale and dolphin watching Eco-safari begins.

Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. Your boat takes about 10 minutes or less to make its way out of the harbor onto the open water. At this point, keep your eyes open for sea lions, marine birds, and other creatures, as this is a great place to spot them.

As your captain takes you further out, your group will spot dolphins, whales, and sometimes sharks. Some whales you might see on your journey include Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, and occasionally Orcas (Killer Whales). Also, keep in mind, there are five species of wild dolphins that might cross your path, too.

As you cruise, enjoy commentary from a naturalist who fills you in on the sea creatures, their lifestyles, their natural habitats, and what’s being done to protect them. If you’d like, you can head down to the underwater viewing pods on your catamaran to catch sight of the ocean life from an underwater vantage point.

After your adventure, your boat docks back at the harbor, and you’re sent on your way with a complimentary triple-fudge brownie.
Reviews (76)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Tour!

This tour was excellent. Beautiful catamaran. The capt and crew were friendly and helpful. We went down below and used the viewing station when we saw dolphins. My children thought this was the best part our trip.More

Thank disneyworldtraveler
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for your kind review. I’m thrilled that you considered your dolphin and whale watching trip with Capt. Dave’s to be a five-star experience. It’s wonderful that you and your children had a great time viewing the amazing wildlife up-close through the Underwater Viewing...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Very friendly tour

This was a great excursion. The staff were very friendly and informative. They were very caring about your safety and that you had a very good experience. I have never seen so many dolphins in one pod. We also were able to spot a Minke...More

Thank Experience183358
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thank you very much for your positive review of Capt. Dave’s. It’s wonderful that you had a memorable safari, spending time with an impressive Minke whale as well as a large pod of playful wild dolphins! I’m glad you liked our staff’s service, and...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Never Fails to Amaze

Another great excursion. Started off and we were afraid it would be a bust but then we came upon a large pod of dolphins with loads of juveniles swimming along side us. Suddenly we had a dolphin stampede and watched with amazement. The trip didn't...More

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

Hi, Thank you for your review. I’m happy you had the chance to join Capt. Dave’s in lovely Dana Point, and enjoy watching the playful wild dolphin families. It’s also super exciting that we were able to share the rare sightings of multiple Orcas with...More

Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile
Blue Whale and Dolphins

Great excursion and successful at finding a blue whale to see! Great experience! There are so many dolphins it’s crazy. It’s amazing. But honestly, seeing a blue whale takes the cake. That is the largest animal on earth and we got a look up close...More

Thank PaulM13282
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi, Thank you so much for your review and for posting the beautiful photos. I’m so happy you enjoyed the up-close encounters with the awe-inspiring, endangered Blue Whale! I’m also glad you liked spending time with the multitude of fascinating wild dolphins. It’s wonderful that...More

Reviewed 2 September 2018
Best part of our vacation!

The boat ride would have been fun and informative even without the animals, but we saw a humpback whale, a minke whale, some sea lions, and about a hundred dolphins that seemed to be putting on a show just for us!More

3  Thank ajcat
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 11 September 2018

Hi, Thank you for your review. I’m so glad you had the chance to view some amazing wildlife in the beautiful Dana Point area. It’s exciting that we were able to show you a large, playful pod of wild dolphins, sea lions, a gorgeous Humpback...More

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Kristine R
12 August 2018|
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Response from Gailm | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are places to sit on the boat we took- basically bench seats and some have padding as I recall. It was comfortable for us.
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Yvonne K
11 August 2018|
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Response from 196janicem | Reviewed this property |
Times may vary. It is best to look at their website - dolphinsafari. Have fun in Dana Point. It is a beautiful area.
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Susan M
25 May 2018|
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Response from Anna W | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so.
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