Blue whale fluking in the foreground with whale watchers on Capt. Dave's catamaran called Manute'a Common Dolphin underwater with inset image of young boy looking through windows of Underwater Pod Blue whale surfacing close by while whale watchers look on Large pod of Common Dolphins porpoising at high speed Blue whale fluking in the foreground with Lily whale watching boat in the background Capt Dave driving Fast Cat whale watching boat with leaping dolphin in front of the bow

Highest Rated Orange County Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

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Why Capt. Dave’s Whale Watching Safari?

  • Southern California has more blue whales and dolphins and the best whale watching weather of anywhere on earth.
  • Highest rated whale watching on TripAdvisor, Google+ and Yelp.
  • Go underwater without getting wet, during your whale watch, in our Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods.
  • Listen to dolphins during your whale watch with underwater Hydrophone.
  • Never crowded! We take up to49 passengers on our hi-speed, hi-tech, power & sail whale watching catamarans.
  • Micro dolphin and whale watching museum.
  • 3 Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets for a very up-close whale watching adventure!
  • Capt. Dave and his team have been recognized world wide for their conservation & whale rescue efforts.
  • Capt. Dave produced an award-winning film and award winning book.
  • The entire Dolphin Safari team loves Dolphins and Whales!
  • As a real eco-tourism company, we have never offered fishing trips and don't do whale watching on a fishing boat.
  • Mrs. Capt. Dave's yummy Triple Fudge Brownies.
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Whale Watching Sightings

  • May 27, 3 Trips

    1 Humpback Whale, 2,500 Common Dolphins.

  • May 26, 2 Trips

    1 Humpback Whale, 1 Minke Whale, 800 Common Dolphins.

  • May 25, 2 Trips

    500 Common Dolphins, 30 Bottlenose Dolphins.

  • May 24, 3 Trips

    3 Humpback Whales, 1 Minke Whale, 2,500 Common Dolphins.

  • May 23, 2 Trips

    2 Humpback Whales, 325 Common Dolphins.

  • May 22, 4 Trips

    12 Humpback Whales, 4,600 Common Dolphins.

  • May 21, 5 Trips

    8 Humpback Whales, 5 Blue Whales, 3,000 Common Dolphins, 10 Bottlenose Dolphins.

  • May 20, 2 Trips

    3 Humpback Whales, 2 Gray Whales, 1 Blue Whale, 1,200 Common Dolphins.

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#1 Rated Whale Watch

Highest rated whale watching on TripAdvisor, Google+ and Yelp!

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Save the Whales!

1,000 dolphins and whales die every day worldwide from fishing gear entanglements.
Captain Dave on the Ellen Show

Watch part 1 and part 2 of Capt. Dave's interview on the Ellen Show. Learn more about Capt. Dave's whale rescue efforts

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Capt. Dave's Must-See Drone Videos

See the viral drone videos that everyone are talking about!

Whale Watching Photos

Humback whale tail throw

Relive the adventure! Purchase beautiful prints of dolphins, whales, sea lions, birds, sharks, and other marine wildlife taken during our safaris. Also available are photo gifts including keepsake boxes, t-shirts, mugs, coasters, tote bags, and more with your favorite wildlife photo.

About Capt. Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Capt. Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari is the high rated Orange County whale watching and dolphin watching tour. Each dolphin and whale watching tour leaves from Dana Point, California, on a daily ocean adventure with mega-pods of dolphins and magnificent whales, as well as other wildlife including marine birds, sharks, pinnipeds (sea lions), various fish, jellyfish, and more! Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari is located about 1 hour north of SeaWorld in San Diego and about 30 minutes south of Disneyland in Anaheim.

Capt. Dave is an experienced marine naturalist who has been leading dolphin safaris and whale watching trips from Dana Point since 1995. Learn more about our whale watching trips.

Looking for things to do in Orange County? Discover the best year round whale watching in the world! Our high-tech Catamaran Sailboat with Underwater Viewing Pods offers up close and personal whale watching and dolphin watching. Our luxury Power Catamaran offers premier accommodations and the opportunity to learn about and participate in dolphin and whale research. Best year round whale watching in the world! Get up close and personal with Blue Whales, Gray Whales, Fin Whales, Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Killer whales, and five species of wild dolphins that can number in herds of up to 10,000! Whale watching in Dana Point, Orange County, California. Serving all Southern California! Whale Watching near Los Angeles, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, and San Diego.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari is located at
24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, Dana Point, California, 92629

We're conveniently located midway between Disneyland and SeaWorld.