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When weather forecasts call for a very hot day in Southern California, going dolphin and whale watching can be a great way to cool off and have fun.

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If you’re joining us for a dolphin and whale watching safari, here are some helpful tips to help you stay cool and safe.

1. Wear Sunscreen
Even if the it’s a little overcast, as Dana Point coastal weather can be sometimes, be sure to wear sunscreen. Up to 80% of the sun’s harmful UV rays can still penetrate your skin when it’s cloudy. If you forget, we have sunscreen available for purchase when you check in for your whale watching trip. And water reflects the sun’s rays.

2. Wear a Hat or Visor
It’s a good idea to protect your eyes and face with a hat during your whale watching safari. It can get windy on the boat, though, so be sure the hat is secure so it doesn’t blow overboard!

3. Wear Light-Weight Clothing
But bring a light jacket or sweater too, just in case. It’s usually cooler out on the water, and weather can change very quickly. Better to be safe than sorry!

4. Drink Plenty of Water
Our regular dolphin and whale watching safaris are 2 and 1/2 hours long. Stay hydrated during your trip by drinking a lot of water. There are restrooms on the boat as well as on land to use before boarding. You can also purchase cold bottled water when you check in for your safari.

5. Stay Out of The Direct Sun
The amount of shade coverage will vary from vessel to vessel but all of our whale watching boats offer some shelter from the sun. Manute’a, our primary boat, has a covered cabin area. If you feel too warm sitting in the open please move to one of the shady areas provided.

6. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
Young children and elderly can be especially prone to heat-related sicknesses. If at any time you don’t feel well or need assistance moving to a covered area of the boat, please don’t hesitate to ask the crew for help. Your health and safety are our top priorities!

If you have any additional questions about what to wear or bring on your dolphin and whale watching safari please feel free to contact us.