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“An incredible experience - Can't wait to go back”

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 March 17, 2016

The FastCat is amazing we had an incredible time. So close to the whales and dolphins. We even saw a humpback!

Thank Stagger L
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2016

Hi,

Thank you for your review. I’m so glad you had a fun time aboard Fast Cat, our high-speed, super-close-to-the-water catamaran! It must have been exhilarating to be so near to a Humpback Whale, as well as wild dolphins, in their own environment. Thanks for giving us the chance to bring you into their world. We love what we do and we’d love to see you on another trip soon!

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Reviewed March 17, 2016 via mobile

We've been on numerous boat trips - whale watching etc. and this bar far was the best. The staff and crew are very knowledgable. We saw 100 dolphins and a dozen whales. The crew was respectful of the animals too.

Really the best experience - highly recommend!!!!

Thank Jodi F
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2016

Hi,

Thanks for your review and for sharing your beautiful photos. We are flattered to read that you thought the trip with Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari was the best you’ve had! I’m so glad you were happy with our crew and the multiple sightings of dolphins and whales. We do try to be as respectful and eco-friendly as possible, while still offering an exciting, up-close experience. Thank you for your recommendation, and for coming out with us. We’d love to have you join us again soon.

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Reviewed March 16, 2016

I'm the director of a local preschool and we take the children once a year on Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari. It is a wonderful field trip. Capt. Dave is so very knowledgeable about sea life that it is fun for adults and children. We have been doing this for many years and we have never had a trip that we didn't spot anything. Thank you Capt. Dave

Thank Peggy Frye
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded April 8, 2016

Hi,

Thank you very much for your review. We are so pleased to accommodate your annual field trip. We love having kids on board and strive to make each dolphin and whale watching safari as educational as we can. It’s great to read that you’ve seen animals every time. Our crew works hard to show all our guests as much of the marine wildlife as possible, including different kinds of whales and dolphins, and also sea lions, fish, birds, and more. Thanks again for your repeat business. I hope we’ll see you again soon!

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Reviewed March 15, 2016 via mobile

We had a great time on our whale watching tour. We saw a few whales, however the dolphins chose to take a break that day. ☺. This was still a wonderful way to spend a couple hours out on the water with the wind in your hair. You will learn all about whales and dolphins as well as birds and other fish in the area. The staff is awesome and informative. We would highly recommend this tour. Also...yummy brownies at the end.

Thank Nordiegyrl
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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2016

Hi,

Thank you so much for your review and recommendation. I’m so glad that you had an educational, exciting trip viewing some amazing whales. I wish we could have shown you dolphins. It's very unusual to see more whales than dolphins during a safari, as this area actually has more wild dolphins than anywhere else in the world! It’s wonderful that you liked our staff and Mrs. Capt. Dave’s delicious triple fudge brownies. Thanks for coming out with us, and I hope we’ll see you on another dolphin and whale watching tour soon.

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Reviewed March 14, 2016

I found this group on Facebook! Was not sure my husband who is paralyzed on his left side as the result of a Stroke could have this experience. From the first phone call and forward the group at Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Safari put all of our concerns to rest! The team at Captain Dave's were so helpful and made our trip one of the best experiences of our lives! The boat was wonderful and the captain and crew were knowledgeable and fun! We saw Whales and Dolphins! I have already recommended this trip to my friends!!

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ArielleA, Owner at Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2016

Hi,

Thanks for your review and recommendation. I am so gratified to read that your dolphin and whale watching safari was an unforgettable experience for you. I’m especially pleased that you were satisfied with our crew’s efforts. Everyone is welcome on our trips and we often have guests with varying abilities or levels of mobility, but we try hard to make sure that everyone is comfortable and enjoys spectacular sightings of the dolphins and whales. Thank you again for joining us. I hope we will see you again soon!

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