Lily, Whale Research/Rescue Safari

In October of 2013 we welcomed our third catamaran to our fleet of most unique whale watching boats. At 62 feet in length she is our largest whale watching boat. Captain Dave named the boat Lily, in honor of a gray whale that became entangled in a fishing net and stranded herself in Dana Point Harbor in 2010. Learn more about the rescue of Lily, the gray whale.

Lily, Whale Research/Rescue Safari is a 49-passenger luxury power catamaran with state-of-the-art research and rescue equipment. You’ll enjoy dolphin and whale watching in luxury with a beautifully appointed cabin, climate-controlled pilothouse, shaded upper sundeck, and spacious bow, all with cushioned seating, as well as a fully equipped galley. The sundeck and bow both feature rails enclosed with Lexan® glass for wind protection. You can see dolphins underwater with our underwater bow camera. A life-size common dolphin, micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts, and stunning photographic art throughout the boat immerse you in the world of dolphins and whales. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat!

Please note that Lily is not equipped with Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. That feature is only available on “Manute’a“.

Good Day LA LogoLily was featured on a live broadcast of Good Day LA when Mar Yvette joined us for an incredible morning of dolphin watching and whale watching!


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Lily Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari Prices
2 and 1/2 hour Regular Dolphin & Whale Watching Signature Safari

$65 per person, all ages.
Lily is available for regular trips on select dates only. If the boat is not showing on our schedule online, tickets may not be immediately available. Please contact us.

Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Charters
Privately charter Lily and it will be just your group on board!
2 and 1/2 hours: $3,185 plus $330 gratuity.
Extended charter times are available.
To learn more about private charters or to make a reservation, give us a call at 949-488-2828



Luxury Accommodations

Enjoy dolphin and whale watching in luxury! Lily’s fully equipped stainless steel galley is perfect for hosting any special event with features that include an ice maker, trash compactor, dumbwaiter, 4-burner stove, dual refrigerator, huge freezer compartment, dishwasher, garbage disposal, butcher block cutting station, and more.

The beautifully appointed heated and air-conditioned salon (interior), with seating for up to 15, is richly decorated in warm golden and brown hues to make guests feel right at home. Panoramic windows ensure terrific viewing of the dolphins, whales, and scenic coastline.

Spacious upper sundeck is perfect for entertaining and whale watching with cushioned seating for 18 to 20, cocktail tables, cup holders, and more. Lexan® glass for wind protection and an adjustable awning offer climate control, sun or shade as needed.

In the heated and air conditioned pilothouse with table seating for six, guests are welcome to visit with the Captain.

The foredeck (bow) is ideal for up close encounters with dolphins and whales. Wrap-around cushioned seating, cushioned backrests, cup holders and rails enclosed with Lexan® glass for wind protection offer supreme comfort and convenience while whale watching. Our micro-museum with whale and dolphin artifacts, a realistic, life size, common dolphin and stunning photographic art throughout the boat immerse you in the world of dolphins and whales.



Lily Whale Research/Rescue Safari is completely equipped to respond at a moment’s notice to a whale in distress, although for safety reasons Lily will only be used for observation when passengers are on board. She can host and feed an entire rescue team and stay with the whale for days until the whale is successfully disentangled. Whale and dolphin entanglement in fishing gear is a world wide problem nearly 1,000 dolphins and whales are estimated to die every day because of entanglement.

Special Rescue Equipment and Accessories:

• Underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) enabling rescue team to completely assess the whale’s condition and nature of the entanglement.
• State-of-the-art whale disentanglement equipment including custom pole knives, flying jam knives, helmets buoys, and lines.
• Team members trained in whale disentanglement by NOAA and also in first aid, CPR, etc.
• On board 13 foot high speed rigid inflatable boat that can be launched from Lily by use of a special hydraulic arm.
• Whale tracking device.
• Dive compressor and scuba equipment.
• Pole cam.

Read more about Captain Dave’s dolphin and whale rescue efforts.

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Lily Reviews

First class experience from start to finish! Everyone from the time we booked our trip to the friendly and knowledgeable crew of “the Lily” it was such a wonderful experience. Saw some blue whales, common dolphins and at the very end a family of bottle-nosed dolphins! I and my wife had a great time and plan to do this again with family and friends! Every dollar spent was worth it!J C.
After an amazing afternoon aboard the Lily, my family and I shared our photographs and commented on how wonderful our time was on Captain Daves upscale, quality, whale watching experience!

I was very tempted to purchase the groupon to use for the other whale watching tour in dana point- but i’m so happy I didn’t because we saw the other boat out at sea and it was sardine jam packed… where we had indoor seating, covered seating, deck seating, etc.

Everything was really great! The information was really my favorite thing! The crew knew so much about whales and about the dolphins that it made the experience even better.Cristabella C.

This was an amazing day on the water and Capt. Dave and his crew do it so well. The Lily was a beautiful and comfortable boat and we had a WARM day on the water in January. Got to see whales and loved how peaceful and calm the whole day was. So worth waiting for and we will be back! And you get great brownies when you dock!