Private Whale Watching Charters
offer three vessels for an unforgettable dolphin and whale watching safari!
A private whale watching charter differs from our regular Dana Point whale watching trips in that you can customize the charter, the departure time, and only your group will be on board the boat (plus our crew, of course). Private dolphin and whale watching charters are perfect for family reunions, special occasions, a casual get-together, as well as corporate functions and team building.
We have two sailing catamarans and one luxury motor yacht to choose from. Or, if you have a large group, you can charter multiple boats! Throughout the year you have the chance to get up-close and personal with five species of wild dolphins, some in herds of up to 5,000, plus Gray Whales (seasonal), Blue Whales (seasonal), Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and even occasionally Killer Whales. Your whale watch charter will be an educational and incredibly exciting experience where you'll have a chance to get within arm's reach of wild dolphin while an knowledgeable marine naturalist explains how these animals live. And Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back.
Manute'a - our 50-foot sailing catamaran
The Manute'a offers state of the art equipment including our two Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods, affectionately known as the PODs, research hydrophone, three Eye Spy Dolphin Nets and the latest navigation equipment plus a huge cockpit, galley, and two bathrooms. Manute'a very comfortably accommodates up to 49 passengers. She is also the only whale watching boat to broadcast trips live on the internet. Visit www.WhaleWatchingTV.com to view whales and dolphins live from your computer during our daily whale watching excursions.
For a private Dana Point whale watching charter Manute'a is $2,690, plus $300 gratuity, for a 2 and 1/2 hour safari.
DolphinSafari.com, our 35-foot sailing catamaran
Our 35-foot sailing catamaran is the original pride of our fleet and remains a crew and passenger favorite. With a comfortable capacity of about 20 passengers, DolphinSafari.com provides an intimate dolphin and whale watching experience. If you have a few children in your group then we are Coast Guard certified for up to 24 passengers. Her specially designed bow with Eye-Spy Dolphin Tram Net is so close to the water that you can sometimes touch the animals! It's almost like being on a kayak. DolphinSafari.com also has comfortable seating in the cockpit and a restroom.
For a private Dana Point whale watching charter DolphinSafari.com is $1,350, plus $150 gratuity, for a 2 and 1/2 hour safari.
ORCA, our 38-foot luxury motor yacht
Our 38-foot luxury motor yacht offers all the amenities for a family or small group of friends to enjoy a fun day of whale watching and sightseeing. She is also perfect for movie and television productions. ORCA is Coast Guard certified to carry up to 6 passengers comfortably. Her features include a fast cruising speed, beautiful interior with ample seating, two staterooms, two bathrooms, and fully appointed galley. You'll enjoy panoramic views while comfortably seated in the fully enclosed bridge or the refreshing ocean air on the aft deck. See more information and photos.
For a private Dana Point whale watching charter ORCA is $1,350, plus $150 gratuity, for a 2 and 1/2 hour safari.
Please contact us for more information and pricing if you have a larger group.
(949) 488-2828 or email