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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

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Dana Point, United States

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icon2 hours 30 minutes  (Approx.)
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
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
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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 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.
  • Whale and dolphin watching eco-safari from Dana Point
  • 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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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
Food and drinks
Gratuities
DVD (available to purchase)
Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Departure Point

24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

Departure Time

Departure 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.

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your group at Dana Point Harbor. 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 contacts you after booking to confirm available times for the date you’ve picked. Meet at the Dolphin Deck before the departure time of your whale and dolphin watching eco-safari.

Board one of three catamarans—either Manute’a, DolphinSafari, or Lily. 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 spots 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 various 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.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Dana Point Harbor
Tour departs from Dana Point Harbor. Check-in for your trip at least 30 minutes in advance.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Pass By:  
Baby Beach
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
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
Admission Ticket Included
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • 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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari?
A:
The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
See all safety measures taken by Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 49 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari.

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Syeda
, Jul 2020
Enjoyed lot ... great service and nice atmosphere. It would be my life time memory. Thanks capt Dave’s and his team.
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Journey07966615781
, Mar 2019
The ocean is pretty big, wish we would have seen a couple more whales, the trip was worth it, and the underwater viewing capsule is pretty neat...
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Product code: 44596P2

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