A private charter allows for customization not provided on our regular whale watching trips. Our Charter Coordinator will work with you one-on-one to arrange the perfect adventure for your group or family.
Private charters are perfect for family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, or other special occasions, casual get-togethers, as well as corporate functions, team building, and professional media productions. We offer multiple vessels for an unforgettable adventure on the ocean.
Why choose Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari?
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 10,000, plus Gray Whales (December – May), Blue Whales (May – November), and throughout the year Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and much more. Learn more about the whales, dolphins, and other marine wildlife that we see.
Your whale watching charter will be an educational and incredibly exciting experience with a knowledgeable marine naturalist explaining how these animals live. And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back aboard all of our vessels!
What types of boats can I privately charter?
Scroll down to browse our fleet of whale watching vessels available for private charters, or view an at-a-glance comparison of our boats (link will open in a new window).
Contact us to begin your private charter adventure now!
Manute’a, our 50-foot sailing catamaran
Manute’a offers state of the art equipment including our exclusive Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods so you can feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales underwater without getting wet, underwater hydrophone to hear the dolphins, three Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets, a micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts, plus a huge cockpit, and two bathrooms. Manute’a very comfortably accommodates up to 49 passengers.
See more information and photos of Manute’a.
Private Charter Price: Manute’a is $2,790 plus $300 gratuity, for 2 and 1/2 hours
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 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 Net is so close to the water that you can sometimes touch the animals! It’s almost like being on a kayak. DolphinSafari also has comfortable seating in the cockpit and a restroom.
See more information and photos of DolphinSafari.com
Private Charter Price: DolphinSafari.com is $1,350 plus $150 gratuity, for 2 and 1/2 hours.
Lily, Whale Research/Rescue Safari, our 62-foot luxury power catamaran
Lily is a 49-passenger luxury power catamaran with state-of-the-art research and rescue equipment. 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 and whales 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 passengers in the world of dolphins and whales. See more information and photos of Lily.
Private Charter Price: Lily is $3,185 plus $330 gratuity, for 2 and 1/2 hours.
Fast Cat, our 24-foot rigid hull inflatable catamaran
Captain Dave’s newest and fastest dolphin and whale watching vessel is designed to get you up-close with whales and dolphins like never before! Fast Cat is turbo-charged for fun. Her 240-HP inboard diesel engine is quieter and more reliable than an outboard engine. With speeds up to 30 knots a small group of up to 12 passengers will spend less time looking for animals and more time with them for a shorter, faster whale watch. The special wide, rectangular bow area is perfect for dolphin viewing as they bow ride within arm’s reach.
Fast Cat has gone beyond that level with lots of added features like custom seating, large t-top sunshade, and safety equipment. Fast Cat has passed a series of rigorous Coast Guard Safety inspections including: a stability test, thorough hull exam which is done yearly, plans examination, and electrical, fire, and safety exams to become the first and only U.S. Coast Guard inspected rigid hull inflatable boat, (RHIB), in Orange County. See more information and photos of Fast Cat.
Private Charter Prices for Fast Cat:
90 minutes: $570 plus $50 gratuity
6 Passengers maximum plus 1 Captain
90 minutes: $780 plus $100 gratuity
7 – 12 Passengers plus 1 Captain & 1 Crew
120 minutes: $1,140 plus $125 gratuity
Up to 12 passengers
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 of ORCA.
ORCA Private Charter Prices for a 2 and 1/2-hour safari:
September 15 through May 15: $775 plus $125 gratuity
May 16 through September 14: $1,350 plus $150 gratuity
Private Charter Reviews
We called with short notice inquiring about a private tour. Everyone we spoke with was extremely accommodating and they made it happen in less than 24 hours. The crew on Dolphin Safari was great – the trip was educational, exciting and memorable! We understood there were no guarantees for sightings of any kind, but were pleasantly surprised to experience a large humpback whale. A very large tour boat with a bunch of people on board rolled in to see the whale and then rolled back out after just a couple of minutes. Perhaps because we were on a smaller boat, the whale hung around us for a while and we got to see the whale surface multiple times, roll and expose its flippers, and at one point it seemed curious enough that it swam right under the boat. Our crew was respectful of the whale, while at the same time providing us ample opportunity to experience its behavior. I can’t emphasize enough that the private tour on a smaller boat was worth every penny. If you can’t afford that route, I would still recommend this company as every aspect of their service – and respect for the animals – was top notch. I give them my highest recommendation.
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