Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

  • Operates Daily - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Refundable
  • Printed Voucher/E-Voucher
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Operates Daily
Activity Highlights
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Dana Point Harbor, 34624 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point, CA 92629-2908

Tour departs from Dana Point Harbor. Check-in for your trip at least 30 minutes in advance.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Baby Beach, 24300 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629-2914

We are located right next to Baby Beach. A great place for families to relax after their whale watching trip!

Stop At: Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629-3018

Your eco-adventure begins in picturesque Dana Point, described by many as the year-round “Whale Capital of the West”. When you arrive at our location in Dana Point Harbor you’ll find free parking and a friendly smile from our “Dolphin Deck” team. If you or one of your guests is celebrating a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, be sure to let us know when reserving so that we can have a special greeting for you upon arrival. After checking in at our Dolphin Deck, about 30 to 45 minutes prior to departure, you can relax under an umbrella, and with the best view in the harbor, enjoy a sandwich, ice cream, cold beverage, or hot cup of coffee until it's time to board.

The primary vessel used for our daily whale watching trips is Manute’a, a high-tech, high-speed, 50-foot catamaran sailboat. There is no assigned seating, but with our uncrowded boat, you'll find plenty of leg room!

Occasionally the safari takes place on one of our alternate custom catamarans including Lily, a 62-foot luxury power catamaran that offers a beautifully appointed cabin, shaded upper sundeck, and spacious bow, all with cushioned seating. Or DolphinSafari, our original catamaran sailboat that features an intimate and up-close whale watching experience with just 20 passengers.

As the boat makes it way out of the harbor (takes under 10 minutes) keep your eyes open for sea lions, marine birds, and occasionally dolphins.  After rounding the jetty you’ll be out in open ocean and discovering why CBS LA said "... this tour offers the best whale watching in the world…”! It’s not uncommon to see whales, dolphins, and more only a few feet from the harbor entrance!  And within just a few miles of the coast resides a wealth of wildlife that you’ll be able to experience up close and personal. Year-round whales and dolphins, sea lions, sharks, sunfish, and more.

As your whale watching safari gets underway, venture out onto the bow of Manute’a or DolphinSafari, featuring Eye-Spy Tram Nets and delight in the dolphins swimming directly under your feet. Or relax in the shade provided by the cabin on all vessels with cushioned seating and panoramic views of the breathtaking Southern California coastline. The Captain will announce when the two Underwater Viewing Pods on Manute’a are open, giving every passenger the opportunity to get eye-to-eye with dolphins and sometimes whales underwater, without getting wet! Throughout your safari naturalists will provide fun facts about the whales and dolphins, as well as information about the ongoing whale disentanglement efforts that Captain Dave is hands-on involved with. We don’t just watch whales, we rescue them, too! At the conclusion of your trip, you’ll receive a yummy Triple Fudge Brownie, compliments of Mrs. Capt. Dave’s homemade recipe.

Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes

Activity Details
Gather the family, kids, and friends to join Orange County's highest rated whale watching activity, featuring exclusive Underwater Viewing Pods.  For over 20 years we have provided the most unique and eco-friendly dolphin and whale watching trips to view magnificent Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, Minke Whales, and occasionally Orcas (Killer Whales), Pilot Whales, False Killer Whales, and more. Five species of wild dolphins are also seen throughout the year, including mega-pods with up to 10,000 dolphins! Plus sea lions, marine birds, and even sharks. You'll depart from Dana Point, home to one of the most diverse marine eco-systems in the world. Aboard our uncrowded high-tech catamaran you will enjoy up close and personal dolphin and whale watching with expert narration, complimentary triple fudge brownies, and more.
Departure & Return
Departure Point24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA Departure TimeDeparture times vary by date. After your tickets are booked we will contact you to confirm available times on your preferred date. You must provide your on the road phone number at time of booking.
ReturnReturns to original departure point
What's Included
  • U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified vessel
  • Licensed Captain and professional crew
  • Live commentary on board
  • Cetacean Declaration - Join us again for free within one calendar year if you don't see any dolphins or whales
  • Entry/Admission - Capt. Dave's Dana Point Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Additional Information
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Entry into the Underwater Viewing Pods requires the use of ladder-like steps. Persons with a disability or limited mobility may have difficulty.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • We've reduced guest capacity on our already uncrowded vessels. Staff will be wearing face coverings when within 6 feet of guests. Face mask guidelines for guests are determined by local & state officials. The guidelines are constantly changing. For current info please visit https://covid19.ca.gov/
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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