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8-hour SUPER SAFARI for marine wildlife enthusiasts: Saturday, December 30, at 9 a.m. Book now: 949-488-2828. Learn more.

Orange County's Highest Customer Rated Whale Watch

Home to the only Underwater Viewing Pods!
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Orange County's Highest Customer Rated Whale Watch

Home to the only Underwater Viewing Pods!
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Humpback whale, by staff photographer Daryn Cazin, during our whale watching safari.

“…this tour offers the best whale watching in the world…!”

– CBS Los Angeles

Exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods

Two dolphins underwater with inset image of child watching from Underwater Pods

Get eye-to-eye underwater with dolphins and whales! Feel what it is like to swim with wild dolphins and whales, without getting wet, in our Underwater Viewing Pods.

Featured exclusively on Capt. Dave’s high-tech catamaran, Manute’a.

Exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods

Two dolphins underwater with inset image of child watching from Underwater Pods

Get eye-to-eye underwater with dolphins and whales! Feel what it is like to swim with wild dolphins and whales, without getting wet, in our Underwater Viewing Pods.

Featured exclusively on Capt. Dave’s high-tech catamaran, Manute’a.

“You don’t have to go to SeaWorld. You can go to Dana Point and get on a boat, and see blue whales, and dolphins and all kinds of beautiful marine life…. I go with Captain Dave.”

– Renowned artist Wyland

Go WILD!

Get up close and personal with YEAR ROUND majestic whales and breathtaking dolphins aboard smaller, intimate boats. View these amazing animals as they were meant to be seen – in their natural habitat, wild and free!

For over 20 years Captain Dave’s eco-friendly whale watching safaris have created memorable and educational excursions for the entire family.

Every day is a new discovery; every trip offers a different surprise. Join us for an absolutely unforgettable adventure!

Gift Certificates

Gift your family and friends with memories they’ll cherish forever when you purchase gift certificates for our dolphin and whale watching safaris. Call us a 949-488-2828 to purchase.

Daily, Public Dolphin & Whale Watching

MANUTE’A, Sailboat Catamaran

The primary vessel used for our dolphin and whale watching trips. Offers a stable ride and up-close wildlife viewing.

Features Eye-Spy Trams Nets, Underwater Viewing Pods, micro-museum, and more. Daily safaris, 2.5 hours.

Fun for families of all ages.

FAST CAT, Zodiac Catamaran

A fast and exhilarating ride for thrill seekers wanting a smile-plastered-to-your-face, small-group whale watch.

Upscale features and Coast Guard inspected for safety. Daily safaris, 90 minutes.

Great for adults and older children.

Charters, Events & More

Whale Watching Catamaran Manute'a and a Humpback Whale Tail

Private Charters

All vessels are available for birthdays and other special occasions, corporate events, professional film productions, and much more.

Burials at Sea

We will help you create a meaningful and memorable final farewell for your loved one. Ashes are scattered at sea off beautiful Orange County.

Special Events

Special trips are offered throughout the year including Festival of Whales, 4th of July Fireworks, Christmas Boat Parade, Sunset Safaris, and more.

We’re a family run business. At Capt. Dave’s, you are not just a passenger.

You’re one of our “pod”!

Why Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari?

Cetacean Declaration: No Whales or Dolphins, Join Us Again For Free

Highest Rated Whale Watch

Consistently awarded for Best Customer Service, our dolphin and whale watching safaris are the highest rated in Orange County on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google.
2 Dolphins seen from Underwater Viewing Pod

Underwater Viewing Pods

Get eye-to-eye underwater with dolphins and whales in our two exclusive viewing pods.
Captain Tom removes a balloon from the ocean

Truely Eco-Friendly

We provide only sustainable wildlife viewing. And we believe in being good stewards of the ocean. You won’t be watching whales from a fishing boat.
Dolphins stampede next to whale watching boat Manute'a

Never Crowded

Our customized catamarans carry up to 49 passengers and offer ample elbow room. Some vessels carry as few as 6 guests for an intimate whale watching experience.
Captain Dave holding gilnet from rescued whale

Whale Rescue

Captain Dave and rescue team members have been recognized worldwide for their whale rescue and conservation efforts.
Mrs Capt Dave's Triple Fudge Brownies

One Word: BROWNIES!

Mrs. Captain Dave’s famous Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every whale watching trip.

Whale, Hello There

With year-round sightings, mild weather, a picturesque coastline, and quick accessibility to the open ocean, it’s easy to see why Dana Point, California, is known as the “WHALE CAPITAL OF THE WEST”.

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More Blue Whales

Southern California has the largest concentration of blue whales in the world.
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More Dolphins

More dolphins per square mile can be found here than anywhere else.
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More Variety

More than 5 species of whales, over 4 types of dolphins, seals and sea lions, plus more than 50 pelagic birds, sea turtles, sharks and various fish can be viewed off Dana Point throughout the year.
Blue Whale lifting its tail (flukes) in the air
Brown Pelican flying over glassy blue ocean
Mega-pod of Dolphins Stampede During Whale Watch
Cute sea lion swimming in the ocean
All images taken during our regular safaris.

2016 Whale Watching Stats At-A-Glance

Gray Whales

Blue Whales

Humpback Whales

Dolphins

Highest Customer Rated Whale Watching in Orange County

Review snippets for Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari

Highest Customer Rated Whale Watching in Orange County

Review snippets for Captain Dave's Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari

“The absolute best on the West Coast.”
jknappr/TripAdvisor

“…you can see how much they care not just for the customers but also wildlife.”
Tyler L./Yelp

“Better than Sea World, The Zoo and LegoLand so that says a lot!”
Angela L./TripAdvisor

“The brownies truly topped off the day!!”
Kim E./Yelp

 “The viewing pod was INSANE!!! I felt like I was swimming with the dolphins they were so close and could hear them as well!!”
– Sadie B./Yelp

Your wildlife adventure begins now.

Captain Dave: Not Just A Pretty Face!

Captain Dave Anderson Profile

Captain Dave is a marine naturalist, filmmaker, author, photographer, conservationist, and of course, whale watching Captain.

When he’s not running trips to show you dolphins and whales, he is producing awarding winning films and viral drone videos, writing award winning books, appearing on television, speaking at events, collaborating with other filmmakers, and rescuing whales.

That’s right, we don’t just watch whales. We rescue them, too!

Captain Dave formed Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group. He and rescue team members have been involved with several large whale disentanglements, including the biggest animal on the planet, a blue whale.

Capt. Dave was a featured guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about entanglement, which claims the lives of an estimated 1,000 dolphins and whales around the world, every day.

He is currently working on a new tracking buoy to help locate entangled whales.

Captain Dave as a guest on The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Convenient Location!

Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari is located a few minutes off the Interstate 5 freeway in Dana Point Harbor, and conveniently situated mid-way between Los Angeles and San Diego.