Captain Dave’s daily Orange County dolphin and whale watching trips aboard high-tech catamarans can get you up-close and personal with blue whales (May – November), gray whales (December – May), and year-round fin whales, humpback whales, Minke whales, and occasionally orcas (Killer Whales). Not to mention five species of wild dolphins that can number in mega-pods of up to 10,000, sharks, sea lions, endangered seabirds and much more, for an educational and incredibly exciting California whale watching experience.
Captain Dave’s boats are never crowded with a maximum of 49 passengers. And they’re eco-friendly, too, because we don’t offer sport fishing. We specialize in dolphins and whales!
Knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live while you explore our collection of whale and dolphin artifacts.
And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat!
Our vessels depart from Dana Point every day. Our whale watching trips serve all of Southern California including Los Angeles, Long Beach, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Laguna Beach, Oceanside, and San Diego. Get directions.
Highlights of our Dolphin and Whale Watching Safaris
• You can be one of the pod and feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales without getting wet in our two Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods aboard Manute’a.
• Venture out on our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets aboard our catamaran sailboats Manute’a and DolphinSafari for a really close encounter! See dolphins, sometimes whales, and other wildlife swimming right under your feet.
• Whale watch in luxury aboard our power catamaran Lily, which features cushioned seating and wind protection on the bow.
• Enjoy an intimate (12 passenger max) and high-speed whale watching adventure aboard our new Coast Guard certified rigid hull inflatable catamaran Fast Cat.
• Southern California has the greatest density of dolphins per square mile than of anywhere on earth! Our whale watching trips are home to the Dolphin Stampede.
• Our catamarans are never crowded with a maximum of 49 passengers. Some of our vessels carry even fewer for a very intimate whale watching experience.
• We are a real eco-tourism company! Our vessels only offer dolphin and whale watching. You won’t be whale watching on a fishing boat. Sport fishing can cause the unintended death and injury of animals such as sea lions and marine birds.
• Informative narration from our experienced marine naturalists gives you a fun and educational oceanic adventure.
• See and touch our micro-museum collection of dolphin and whale artifacts.
• Listen below the surface with our underwater hydrophone.
• Southern California has the largest concentration of blue whales of anywhere else in the world! Blue whales are the largest known animal to have ever lived.
• We offer the best customer service! Read what other whale watchers have to say about our safaris.
• Mrs. Capt. Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat when you return to the dock.