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“A bit cool, but worth it”

Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
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US$65.00*
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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Ranked #1 of 20 Tours in Dana Point
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Owner description: 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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Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

A nice morning out with Captain Quinn. Lots of sea life including seals, sea lions, sun fish and Dolphins. Was able to see a California grey whale towards the end. Chartered the Orca for a small outing of 5. Great customer focus, nice boat and a great family outing.

Thank wood7indiana
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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Hi,

Thank you so much for your review. I am glad you and your family enjoyed your recent dolphin and whale watching safari on board our 38-foot motor yacht ORCA. It’s wonderful that you were able to spend time with sea lions, dolphins, a Gray Whale, and even an ocean sun fish, or Mola Mola, which are the heaviest bony fish in the world. They can grow up to 14 feet across! Thanks again for joining us, and I hope you’ll visit again soon.

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Reviewed 28 March 2016

We were a group of seven, ages 3 to 68. Maybe not great for the 3 year old, but 6 and 9 year olds, as well as the adults, really enjoyed it. Staff was knowledgeable and entertaining! Perfect family event.

Thank Frank S
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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2016

Hi,

Thanks so much for your review. It’s wonderful that your whole family enjoyed your recent dolphin and whale watching safari. Our trips are great for all ages, as we offer an immersive, educational experience. I’m so glad you liked our staff and had fun while observing the animals. Thank you again for joining us, and we hope to see you all again soon.

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Reviewed 26 March 2016

The dolphin tour that we booked through the hotel with Capt. Dave's was the best marine life tour we have been on. The sheer number of dolphin's that we saw was unbelievable. We also happened to be on the tour that witnessed the birth of a false killer whale (definitely a once in a lifetime experience). Thanks to the crew at Capt. Dave's even without that occurrence it was a wonderful trip.

Thank mjbinkc
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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2016

Hi,

Thank you very much for your review. It’s wonderful that you considered the trip with Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari to be the best you’ve been on! I’m glad you enjoyed viewing the large pod of beautiful, playful wild dolphins, as well as the False Killer Whales, of course! It was so unexpected to even have seen a pod of False Killer Whales in our area, but being able to watch one of them give birth near our boat was truly a blessing. I’m thrilled that you had the chance to witness such a rare and remarkable event while on our tour. Thanks again for coming out with us, and I hope we’ll see you on another trip soon.

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Reviewed 24 March 2016

Great crew. comfortable boat. We saw the birth of a baby false killer whale. It was so exciting and the crew made it even more exciting. We were very happy,

1  Thank NancyPatrick
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CaptDavesWhaleSafari, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 28 April 2016

Hi,

Thanks for your review. I’m very pleased to read that you liked our boat and crew. I’m especially happy that you were one of our guests who were lucky enough to enjoy such a once-in-a-lifetime experience as the birth of the False Killer Whale right next to our dolphin and whale watching catamaran! The last time we encountered False Killer Whales in our area was in 2014, and then not for almost 10 years prior to that, so just seeing these animals was a rare blessing. But also being able to witness a baby whale coming into this world and taking its first breath right in front of our eyes was nothing short of spectacular. Thank you for joining us, and I hope we will see you again soon.

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Reviewed 22 March 2016

You don't have to be a vacationer to put this on your bucket list. I'm a local and I just loved it. California has so much to offer we locals tend to take things for granted and miss out on some really fun stuff that's right in our own backyard like Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari.

Thank Joe P
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded 11 April 2016

Hi,

Thank you so much for your review. I’m glad you had fun on your dolphin and whale watching safari. Our part of Southern California really is so amazing, especially all the marine wildlife that can be seen from our boats. This area has more wild dolphins than anywhere in the world, and throughout the year we are fortunate to have the chance to see Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Fin Whales, Humpbacks, and Minke Whales. We agree that any time is a good time to join us for an up-close, exciting safari, no matter if you are a local or in town for a vacation. Thanks again for coming out with us! We’d love to see you again soon.

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