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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
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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 (80)
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile
Enjoy the Ride

Friendly staff, both onboard and at the deck. Lots of room to move throughout the boat and enjoyable casual atmosphere with the crew. Didnt mind missing the elusive puff from the fin whale; relaxing time on the water and lots of other animals to see...More

Thank hjarta5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Another Excellent Adventure

One goes on this excursion, as opposed to others, largely for the catamaran experience. Because its sooooo fun. And one is closer to the water and can see everything better. Then, the captain is wonderful and super knowledgeable. The rest of the staff is also...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Nat L
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hi, Thanks so much for your review. It’s so great to read what a fun and exciting time you had on your recent dolphin and whale watching safari with Capt. Dave’s. I’m thrilled you had the chance to get up-close and personal with two Humpback...More

Reviewed 24 October 2018
Great trip & crew!

This was a fantastic trip- I know that there is no guarantee you'll see anything but the crew was on the prowl to find some wildlife, communicating with other boats and talking to other people we'd pass on boats & jetskis. We saw a huge...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank ncdel
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 29 October 2018

Hi, Thank you for your review. I’m so excited that you were able to see two impressive Humpback Whales on your recent safari with Capt. Dave’s, as well as a large pod of playful wild dolphins! I’m also glad you enjoyed our crew’s service, and...More

Reviewed 9 October 2018
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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank disneyworldtraveler
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

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 3 October 2018
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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Experience183358
CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2018

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

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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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