Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari Prices

“…this tour offers the best whale watching in the world…” – CBS, Los Angeles

Daily Safari Prices

2 and 1/2-hour Signature Safari aboard Manute’a:
Manute’a is the primary vessel used for our daily dolphin and whale watching trips.
Adults: $65 each
Children, ages 1 to 12: $45 each
Infants, up to 12 months: $20.00 each

There are no additional taxes or hidden fees.

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Our high-tech catamaran “Manute’a” is never crowded with a maximum of 49 passengers. On the bow our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets offer an up close visit with dolphins and whales. You can be one of the pod and feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins underwater without getting wet in our two Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live while you see and touch our collection of whale and dolphin artifacts. You can listen below the surface too with our hydrophone. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on every safari! Learn more about whale watching on Manute’a.

Children of all ages enjoy whale watching on Manute’a. Find out why.


Daily Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari Times

We have safaris to see the amazing dolphins and whales of Southern California every day. Departure times can vary by date. For schedule, availability, and reservations please call 949-488-2828 or check availability and reserve online. We recommend reserving at least one week in advance.

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On select dates throughout the year our other customized whale watching vessels may also be available for open trips.

DolphinSafariLilyFast Cat Capt. Dave’s original catamaran is so close to the water that it’s like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. 2 and 1/2 hours, $65 per adult, $45 per child (ages 1 to 12), $20 per infant (up to 12 months).
Lily: Capt. Dave’s luxury power catamaran features cushioned bow seating, upper deck with wind and sun protection, and a beautifully appointed interior. 2 and 1/2 hours, $65 per person, all ages.
Fast Cat: Capt. Dave’s newest and fastest catamaran is a high-speed adrenaline rush for groups of up to 12 passengers. 90 minutes, $65 per person, ages 8 and up. (No kids under 8 permitted, unless it’s a private charter.)


Private Dolphin & Whale Watching Charters

Private charters aboard all of our boats can also be arranged for your family, employees, or corporate group at a time of your choice. Please call us at 949-488-2828 to speak with a Charter Manager.

Call us seven days a week: 949-488-2828


What Will I See On The Dolphin and Whale Watching Trip?

Cetacean Declaration Badge: If you don't see any dolphins or whales, join us again for FREE within 1 yearWe take you on a 2 and 1/2 hour fun-filled ocean adventure. We see whales and dolphins all year round! Blue whales and gray whales are encountered seasonally and throughout the year fin whales, minke whales, and humpback whales are seen. Once in a while killer whales, Bryde’s whales, sei whales, sperm whales, pilot whales, and false killer whales are spotted. Five species of wild dolphins are seen including long and short-beaked common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, and pacific white-sided dolphins. Sometimes we see mega-pods of dolphins that number in the thousands! We also see sea lions, harbor seals, several types of marine birds, and even sharks including great white sharks and rare basking sharks.

What We See
Learn more about the dolphinswhales, and other marine wildlife that we see year-round.
Latest Photos And Videos
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It can be cooler out on the water so a jacket or windbreaker is a good idea. The Southern California sun is wonderful but don’t forget to protect your eyes and skin with sunglasses and sunscreen. And, of course, you’ll want to bring a camera!

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Whale Watching Reviews

I had friends from out of town that are real ocean, whale and dolphin watchers. We went to Dana Wharf tours the day before and the tours were night and day. The crew on Captain Daves were fantastic. The main guide Tom was fantastic, funny and knowledgeable. This is an outfit that is here to make a difference for the ocean with big hearts. This is the tour I will now use over and over again. The boat was fantastic, smooth, clean and far nicer than other tours I have been on. Being on the catamaran net you could almost touch the dolphins and the under water pods were a fantastic experience. Tom got the kids involved and excited. Truly a great experience.Amy H.
As part of a Spring Break trip to Southern California, I decided to take my teen/tween kids to do something outdoors and not associated with a theme park. Whale watching was the answer. After a fair amount of online research, I decided that Capt. Dave’s seemed like the best choice, despite being a bit more expensive than other tours. We were not disappointed! The “I’m too cool for this” kids absolutely loved the experience (as did I) and could not stop talking about it afterwards. The really nice thing that makes this tour different is being on a catamaran with the “deck” being an open net that lets you get splashed, see the dolphins swim beneath your feet, and not feel like you are crowded. The crew was outstanding, friendly, and very safety conscious. I highly recommend it and will go back again.botman2017