Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

“…the best whale watching in the world…!” – CBS Los Angeles

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Private Boat Rentals – Limited Time Special Rates – Book Online!

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  • Up Close

Book online our catamaran sailboat, DolphinSafari, for intimate special occasions and up-close dolphin & whale watching. Eye-spy tram nets put wildlife at your fingertips. Limited time special rates! Up to 22 guests.

  • Intimate

Reserve online your luxury boating experience by booking ORCA for your private yacht charter. Affordable rate! Gorgeous, comfortable, and the ideal way to spend time with friends, family, or colleagues. Up to 6 guests.

  • High speed

Book online a private charter for up to 12 guests on Dana Point’s only adventurous zodiac, Fast Cat, the best way to get up-close to breathtaking sea life! A very fast and fun exclusive whale watching experience.

Dana Point is the dolphin and whale watching capital of the world!®

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Whale, Hello There!

Highest Rated Whale Watch

Consistently awarded for Best Customer Service, our dolphin and whale watching safaris are the highest rated in Dana Point on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google.

Underwater Viewing Pods

Underwater, get eye-to-eye with dolphins and whales in our two exclusive viewing pods. The perfect view for Dana Point whale watching.

Truly Eco-Friendly

We provide only sustainable wildlife viewing. And we believe in being good stewards of the ocean. You won’t be watching whales from a fishing boat.

More Blue Whales

Southern California has the largest concentration of blue whales in the world.

More Dolphins

More dolphins per square mile can be found here than anywhere else.

More Variety

60+ species of whales, dolphins, sharks, sea lions, birds, and more are seen year-round.

Never Crowded

Our customized catamarans carry up to 49 passengers and offer ample elbow room. Some vessels carry as few as six guests for an intimate whale watching experience.

Whale Rescue

Captain Dave and rescue team members have been recognized worldwide for their whale rescue and conservation efforts.


Mrs. Captain Dave’s famous Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every whale watching trip.

Dana Point's highest rated whale watching adventure on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google.

Beautiful Orange County coastline as seen from a boat Amazing trip!! Worth every penny!!!

"Really fun, would highly recommend, even if traveling with teenagers. Underwater viewing-pod was awesome, where dolphins were very interactive. Boat was very comfortable and never felt sea-sick. Crew was excellent, they are very knowledgeable, and answered all questions."

– Joerod01, TripAdvisor
Blue Whale Tail What an amazing morning with the whales

"Capt Dave delivered. We spent about an hour and a half with two Blue Whales. I have travelled the world looking for these rare creatures and they were a 15 minute boat ride off the Californian Coast. Capt was very knowledgeable and gave us good viewing without interfering with the whales. Absolutely amazing tour. Oh, there were dolphins as well."

– NeilK_13, TripAdvisor
Visiting from the UK Fourth time back from the U.K.!

I have recommend this trip to all my friends coming to Southern California from the U.K. and EU. It’s just awesome...we had hundreds of dolphins which was incredible. The boat is great and you can move around so easily and get great views of the wildlife especially in the underwater pods. I will be back for another trip I am sure in the future. Well done guys you never disappoint!"

– Mark C., TripAdvisor
Great Boat Trip

"The tour said that we would see dolphins and we saw plenty! Our trip was on one of the catamarans with the viewing windows which allow underwater viewings. Amazing close-up views of schools of these beautiful animals. Crew was friendly and helpful. Wear sunscreen!"

– Jeff M., TripAdvisor
Humpback whale jumps out of the water near Dana Point, California An Awesome Adventure

"My family and I were touring California on a road trip. We wanted to book a boat trip at some point in our holiday and read about Captain Dave's tours and were impressed by the reviews. I'm so glad we did this tour as it was one of the best experiences we have ever had."

– Neil P., TripAdvisor
Marine Mammals coming to the surface! Whales and More!!

"I was so pleased by the whole experience. It was great!!! Not only did we see whales, but we saw a dolphin baby pod of some 400 dolphin...The under water viewing was so cool!!! Our trip lasted longer than advertised after group permission was granted (just in case someone needed to get back on time but no one did!)."

– Ben C., TripAdvisor
whale and dolphin watching in Dana Point Amazing!

"My husband and I went on the 2.5 whale watching trip, and it was absolutely amazing! We saw 3 blue whales, sea lions, dolphins. It’s an experience we will never forget, and we will return and bring our children too. I highly recommend. Staff was amazing."

– Amy O., TripAdvisor
Group of dolphins swimming Great Morning of Dolphin Watching

"Our first trip with Captain Dave's was fantastic. The captain and crew were informative and welcoming. We felt safe and comfortable and, most importantly, saw hundreds of dolphins and a few sea lions. Luckily we went on a day when the boat was only about half-full but I think it would have been enjoyable even on a full boat. We look forward to going back in the future."

– ncinaz, TripAdvisor