Capt. Dave's Blog

What Whales & Dolphins You Can Expect to See on Your Tour

Humpback whale leaps out of the water

Whale watching Dana Point CA trips are unlike any other whale and dolphin watching trips in the world. Being the Whale Watching Capital of the World®, Dana Point whale watching trips leave locals and visitors alike both astounded and humbled at the vast array of marine wildlife spotted right outside our Dana Harbor. As curious…

Is There a Best Time of Day to Go Whale Watching?

Capt. Dave's guests get up close with a minke whale

The whale watching in Southern California is unlike anywhere else in the world. The Dana Point whale watching season brings about whale sightings of blue whales, humpback whales, gray whales and many more, as well as an extraordinary amount of dolphin sightings. As you and your loved ones make plans to join a whale watching…

Manute’a and How She Upgraded Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Humpback Whale Underwater

For over twenty years, Captain Dave and the Dolphin Safari family have been enabling locals and visitors to the Dana Point, California, area to cruise out and take part in unforgettable dolphin and whale watching tours. With a passion that was sparked in the early 1990’s between Captain Dave and his wife, Gisele, aboard a…

Whale Entanglement Part 3: How to Prevent Entangled Whales

Entangled humpback whale thrashing its tail

Whale entanglement in fishing gear is affecting the whale population at an astounding rate. A record number of entangled whales have been reported since the early 2000s, putting large whales such as blue whales, humpback whales, and gray whales, at great risk of injury and death. Whales that become entangled in fishing line and fishing…

Whale Entanglement Part 2: How Entangled Whales Are Rescued

Capt Dave, Dana, Mark remove net from entangled gray whale

With over 300,000 marine mammals, including large whales, dolphins, and porpoises, dying every year from fishing gear entanglement, this worldwide devastating phenomenon is catching the attention of people around the globe. While our oceans are both vast and incredible, what takes place below the surface with fishing gear, line, and traps is alarming. Even more…

Whale Entanglement Part 1: How Whales Become Entangled

Gray Whale with Metal Frame Around Head

All across the globe, an extraordinary amount of marine mammals are cruising about our vast and incredible oceans. Although these majestic and graceful creatures migrate, feed, and dwell amid some of nature’s most pristine locations, a catastrophic occurrence is taking place beneath the surface of the swells. This heartbreaking happening is the devastating reality of…

14 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Multiple blue hearts form the shape of a whale for Valentine's Day

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of roses, a sparkling piece of jewelry, and your favorite colored teddy bear. These gifts and others have been given for hundreds of years in celebration of the famous holiday called Valentines. Although this day brings forth candy, companionship, cuddles, and kisses, it originally began back in…

Top 5 Reasons to Go Whale Watching

A humpback whale tail during Dana Point whale watching cruise

When looking for the best whale watching in California, one of our most frequently asked questions includes where one can take part in a whale watching near Los Angeles excursion. Finding the best whale watching in Southern California is a quest many are undergoing and we are elated to share some stellar good news with…

When is the “Best Time” to Go Whale Watching in Dana Point?

Blue whale next to 50-foot catamaran Manute'a

A dolphin and whale watching tour can be one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences, leading many to place such an excursion at the top of their bucket list. As plans come into play to make this dream a reality, a common question is “when is the best time for whale watching?” When is…

20 in ‘20: Our Twenty New Year’s Resolutions For 2020

Happy New Year 2020 on Beach Background

An incredible year and decade is behind us. With our hearts full of gratitude for the amazing experiences and memories we’ve shared with marine wildlife, passengers, and one another, we can’t help but look forward to the upcoming year with hope and happiness. As we head into 2020, we as a team at Captain Dave’s…