Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari

119 Reviews | Dana Point, USA

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2 hours 30 minutes (Approx.)
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What you can expect during your visit
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Overview

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.

Highlights

  • See the underwater world without getting wet
  • Close encounter with wildlife
  • Family friendly
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Fully narrated tour
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included

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Average 4.90 out of 5 stars based on 119 verified reviews from Cool Destinations and TripAdvisor

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Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
pauljK3497RV, Jan 2022 Verified
We had the most amazing time on our private charter aboard Motor Yacht Orca. The vessel was clean and comfortable and Captain Gary & First Mate Janel were so friendly, making us feel very safe and taken care of the entire time! Gary and Janel really made our charter an abundantly spectacular experience. They are so knowledgeable about marine life too! While we were fortunate enough to spot many dolphin, sea lion, and a gray whale, we also walked away with an abundance of facts and information about the animals we encountered. Our children have not stopped talking about our ‘whale watching day’ and the experience is one we know they will remember forever! Abundant thanks to every Captain Dave team and crew member we interacted with—from making our reservation and checking in to disembarking the Orca! You were all so very delightful and accommodating to our family. You made our daughter’s 10th birthday celebration a truly remarkable one! We look forward to our next visit to California because we will most definitely be joining you for another charter!
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Thurstons1017272, Dec 2021 Verified
Captain Maria and her crew were amazing! We got to see some grey whales, dolphins, sea lions. It was a great way to end the new year. 100% recommended and I will be back!
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Q5240XTdavidb, Dec 2021 Verified
Our family had a most memorable trip on the Lily with Captain Dave and his wife Giselle, who were most accommodating, allowing my daughter and grandchildren to be a little late for the trip. The booking process was easy, while all of the staff were courteous and friendly. We were on the Christmas boat parade trip and had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Liked the complimentary hot cocoa and having a shop to be able to purchase snacks and drinks. I would highly recommend taking a trip with Captain Dave. Looking forward to a future whale watching trip.
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
lmpaul, Nov 2021 Verified
The crew was safe, kind, and knowledgeable. See the dolphins from the underwater pod was so neat! Our whole group, ages 2 to 70, had a wonderful time.
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
838melaniew, Nov 2021 Verified
We took Captain Dave's tour on November 16 with a small group, which meant that we all had plenty of room to spread out and never felt crowded. Captain Neal, Stacy and Hannah took us on a wonderful tour - we didn't see whales, but we saw hundreds of dolphins as up close and personal as you can get without being in the water. It was relaxing, refreshing, educational and just plain fun. I would definitely do it again!
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Kathy B, Nov 2021 Verified
Soooooo many dolphins, soooo close up! I was hoping to see whales but alas that was not meant to be on this trip. That being said, the dolphins were amazing, no matter where you were, front, back or in the viewing pod (REALLY COOL) they were everywhere. I have had the pleasure of watching 100s of dolphins as they swam w/ our cruise ship in the Galapagos Island and along Milford Sound. I was not expecting to be nearly as impressed as I was by this dolphin adventure, what a pleasant surprise!! Capt. Marie and her mates were very informative and the boat was great. I will revisit this adventure if the opportunity presents itself!
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
667corinnev, Nov 2021 Verified
This was our fourth trip and as always it was wonderful. We were there this past Tuesday and were treated to a spectacular dolphin show. The crew was wonderful. Friendly and very knowledgeable. I highly recommend this activity if you are going to be in the area.
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
Culture593109, Nov 2021 Verified
We had a fantastic time viewing 3 different types of whales and thousands of dolphins. Captain Neil and Hannah were terrific and we learned a lot about the marine animals. Their enthusiasm, passion and knowledge was extraordinary. I highly recommend this trip and we will go on another the next time we are in California.
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
ellenpI2283DQ, Oct 2021 Verified
My husband, brother, his special lady, and I went on Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching 2-1/2 hour safari. This was our first experience dolphin and whale watching in SoCal, and we were not disappointed. Captain Marie and her crew, Hannah and Kaitlin, were awesome. They found two dolphin pods, one fairly close to shore with young dolphins and their moms, and another larger pod of bottlenose dolphins further out. We saw a whole lot of dolphins, and the captain and crew gave us many details about their features, behavior, and habitats. We also saw some sea lions on the way back to the pier. The weather was picture perfect, and the whole experience was amazing! I was particularly impressed with the crew's concern when one of our group got a little seasick. I highly recommend this experience to anyone who wants to enjoy the sea life around Dana Point.
Dana Point Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching Eco-Safari
kn56, Oct 2021 Verified
We didn't get to see any whales, but that's really beyond their control. We did see tons of dolphins and got to be incredibly close up to them. You can stand out at the front of the boat and be just a couple feet away from the dolphins and they also have underwater viewing pods.The crew was friendly and very well-organized. Also, the entire area around Dana Point is beautiful. We were very glad we decided to do this tour.

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