Welcome Aboard “Manute’a”

In 2007 Captain Dave added a second sailing catamaran to our fleet of dolphin and whale watching boats, the high-tech, high-speed, Manute’a. She is U. S. Coast Guard inspected and certified to carry up to 49 passengers.

Manute’a (pronounced mah noo tay ah) offers the most unique dolphin and whale watching in the world. Her features include our exclusive two Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods, research hydrophone to hear dolphin and whale vocalizations, three Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets, micro dolphin and whale museum, and two bathrooms.

BE one of the dolphin pod and feel what’s it’s like to swim with dolphins without getting wet in our Eye-to Eye-Underwater Viewing Pods! Each Pod has glass windows on both sides that allow you to actually be “eye-to-eye” with the animals. We can usually accommodate up to two adults or three children in each Pod at a time.

Hear the dolphins too with our research quality underwater hydrophone. Experienced marine naturalists share our collection of dolphin and whale artifacts and explain how the animals live. Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every whale watching safari. With a maximum of 49 passengers our high-speed, high-tech catamaran sailboat Manute’a is never crowded!

Take a virtual tour or listen to our underwater hydrophone.

Manute'a Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari Prices
2 and 1/2 hour Regular Dolphin & Whale Watching Signature Safari
Adults: $65 per person
Children, ages 1 – 12: $45 per child
Infants, up to 12 months: $20 per infant
Departures are available daily, year-round.

Private Dolphin and Whale Watching Charters
Privately charter Manute’a and it will be just your group on board!
2 and 1/2 hours: $2,790 plus $300 gratuity.
Extended charter times are available.
To learn more about private whale watching charters or to make a reservation, give us a call at 949-488-2828

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Manute’a Reviews

I visited family in CA for the holiday and one of the days we went out whale watching. We had such a wonderful experience. The crew was very nice and extremely knowledgeable. My entire family had a great time. The viewing pod was INSANE!!! I felt like I was swimming with the dolphins they were so close and could hear them as well!! Highly recommendSadie B.
It wasn’t too long before we were in the middle of a pod of dolphins. What an outstanding experience. To see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat made me realize just how special this really was. We saw very small dolphins probably only 1-2 days old. Mark was very knowledgeable and shared many facts that made watching these dolphins more enjoyable.Scott and Lisa Worden
What a great trip! I have been whale watching many times, but this was by far the most fun. Our kids LOVED the front of the boat with the suspended netting and the underwater viewing. We got up close to a humpback whale and a huge pod of dolphins. Fun, fun and more fun. I bet this will be a big highlight of our trip when we ask the kids what was their favorite.Carlie M.
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I found this group on Facebook! Was not sure my husband who is paralyzed on his left side as the result of a Stroke could have this experience. From the first phone call and forward the group at Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari put all of our concerns to rest! The team at Captain Dave’s were so helpful and made our trip one of the best experiences of our lives! The boat was wonderful and the captain and crew were knowledgeable and fun! We saw Whales and Dolphins! I have already recommended this trip to my friends!!
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