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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.
Locations visited
Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Dana Point Harbor
Baby Beach
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.
  • 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
  • Check out the underwater viewing pods for a closer look at ocean life without disturbing the habitat
  • Get sent off with a complimentary triple-fudge brownie
  • Bring home souvenir photos and a DVD of your trip (own expense)
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All reviewscaptain davesea lifebrowniewhale watchingsun fishcommon dolphinssaw dolphinssmall pod of dolphinsunderwater viewing podssouthern californiawell worth the moneygreat morningmanage your expectationskeep in mindgreat boatearly morning tripperfect weather
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Reviewed 2 days ago
Whales whatching? May be, May be not.....

To be honest the trip has been nice, but it mismatched our expectative pretty much... I was waiting for whales watching and it had not been possible. We crossed several delphins, some sea lions lyed down on the floating light, but not whales and it...More

Thank Matteo N
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Matteo, Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I’m so sorry the safari did not meet your expectations. Our sightings log indicates that your trip viewed a large pod of at least 500 beautiful Common Dolphins, which we consider to be a breathtaking...More

Reviewed 6 days ago
Totally a fun experience

The crew is great! Parking is available. The boat is clean and we saw dolphin, sea loins, birds, and Humpback whales. What could be better? Renewing our friendship aboard the boat as we looked for wildlife in the beautiful sea.

Thank SanFranciscoSheba
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Awesome Day

Awesome Day today on this tour. Well worth the price and truly worth the time. Staff went above and beyond to make sure we say whales and dolphins. Great Experience.

Thank John L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
Always Fantastic!

We have been doing this for five years in a row...it never loses it's luster! We saw many dolphin and some sea lions, but the time spent on the boat is fabulous regardless of what animals you see. The guides are very personable and entertaining....More

Thank magic1128
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dolphin Stampede!!

This was a great trip for my wife and I and our 2 and 4 year old. Got there at 7:30 am, perfect temp, flat sea,, gorgeous morning and then for nearly two hours were surrounded by literally hundreds of dolphins, then watched an amazing...More

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Kristine R
12 August 2018|
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.
Yvonne K
11 August 2018|
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.
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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