Capt. Dave's Blog

What It’s Like to Touch Gray Whales

Gray whale calf looking up from the water

When it comes to interacting with animals, one may recall the last time they pet a fluffy feline or ruffled the ears of a genial dog, but what if petting a mammal included not only a four-legged pal but a giant and friendly gray whale? In the San Ignacio Lagoon (Laguna San Ignacio), located in…

Does Whale Watching Harm Whales?

Blue whale heads towards Captain Dave's whale watching catamaran

In 1950, a large group of curious land-living folk stood near the Cabrillo National Monument in San Diego, California, as they peered across the deep blue to catch sight of the barnacle speckled gray whales that were migrating through the area. A handful of years later in 1955, the first water-based whale watching expeditions took…

How to Whale Watch Like a Pro

Fin whale heading right at passengers on the bow of Capt. Dave's catamaran

So you’re itching to throw on your sailor hat and trek out into the deep blue for a dose of some magnificent whale watching? Whale, that’s the best idea we’ve heard all day! For an adventure so grand, one so wise would never want to be caught ill-prepared for such an outing. Here at Captain…

New Year’s Resolutions – A Cetacean Declaration for 2019

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Another year has swam by, and with the 2019 year shining brightly before us, we all look forward to that day when we can sit down and scribble away at our future goals and resolutions. With pen in hand, and a blank paper before us, we dream of our future six packs, rock solid diets,…

Why Do Experiences Make the Best Christmas Gifts?

Siblings wearing Santa hats on a boat

It’s that time of the year again! The time of year where you sport your favorite Santa sweater, the pair of tight toed booties you’ve been storing at the back of your closet, and that childlike grin you’ve been saving since your birthday. As the days inch closer to the most wonderful time of the…

Gratitude: 16 Things To Be Thankful For

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed Wording

With the holiday season in full swing, and Thanksgiving just right around the turkey coop, we all may be wondering how to better celebrate these beautiful autumn days. In addition to filling our bellies full of yummy fall favorites, and sporting our best-loved comfy sweaters, we can’t quite seem to satisfy that craving for something…

Fireworks to Fairs: Ten Most Amazing Things to do in Orange County on the 4th of July

Fireworks in front of American Flag

4th of July Holiday Guide Ten Most Amazing Things to do in Orange County on the 4th of July     There’s so many local options to choose from this 4th of July, which to do?  While some families might opt for the backyard BBQ rather than jostle with crowds, everyone agrees that there is…

Ten Fabulous Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day, Dad and son surfers on the beach

Father’s Day Gift Guide Our top ten affordable Southern California experiences to share with Dad!   Whether you’re planning ahead or need a last minute Father’s Day gift idea, we’ve got you covered thoughtful, fun gifts for Father’s Day.  So for the man who snuck you that extra scoop of ice cream, told far too…

Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

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Top 10 Mother’s Day Gift Guide for Southern California This year, give experiences! If the idea of foraging in a local mall to find just the right gift for the woman who bathed you, fed you, supported you, (and bailed you out a few times) doesn’t appeal, you’re not alone.  Sure, parfum, electronic fitness bracelets…

Festival of Whales 2018, Things to Do

Festival of Whales Carnival

Festival of Whales 2018 It’s the 2nd weekend of the annual Dana Point whale festival. Here are a few suggested events. Taking the family outdoors this weekend for a little vitamin D?   How about some Vitamin W.  Whales!  The 47th Annual Festival of Whales in Dana Point has another wave of aquatic and ocean-themed fun…