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7 (Covid) Safe Activities To Do In Orange County

Humpback whale flukes next to whale watching zodiac, Fast Cat

There is no better time to spend more time outdoors in Orange County. With COVID rules, regulations and face mask policies updating and changing frequently, you may be wondering what types of safe outdoor activities Orange County has to offer to make your vacation, staycation or day of fun with your family enjoying the beautiful…

5 Reasons Why Whale Watching Should Be On Your Summer Bucket List

Humpback whale throwing its tail flukes high in the air

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see what the biggest mammal on earth looks like in real life? What about how it would feel to be face to face with a species who travels one of the longest migratory patterns in the animal kingdom? Witnessing the plight of a whale’s arduous…

Dana Point is Officially the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World!

Dana Point Harbor - Photo by Jeff Gritchen

Dana Point Named First Whale Heritage Site in North America By ERIKA I. RITCHIE | [email protected] | Orange County Register In Dana Point, homes surround the Pacific Ocean like an amphitheater. It’s no wonder, much of the town’s character and its economy focuses on the ocean and the marine life that migrates past its doorstep for months on end…

Do Dolphins and Whales Grieve?

Grieving dolphin mother carrying deceased calf on her back

Grief is a natural response to loss that is universally shared among humans all around the globe. Whether brought on by death, divorce, or drastic change, this multifaceted physical, spiritual, behavioral, cognitive, and social grieving process is a natural occurrence that has taken place within the lives of living entities for thousands of years. But…

Why Do Whales Jump Out Of The Water?

A gray whale jumping out of the water near Dana Point, California

The Dana Point whale watching season brings an abundant number of whale sightings to onlookers aboard our five-star Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching tours. These whale sightings come from a handful of magnificent whale species that touchdown in the Southern California waters. These species range from humpback whales, blue whales, gray whales, and even…

Where To Go Dolphin Watching

Capt. Dave's catamaran Manute'a and a dolphin stampede

Dana Point, California, is home to a magnificent amount of marine mammals. The marine life seen aboard a boat ride during the Dana Point dolphin and whale watching season can range from seals, sea lions, and sharks, to gray, blue, and humpback whales, but one family of marine wildlife leaves both seasoned and novice whale…

COVID-19 Safe Outdoor Activities

Three women having fun outdoors

The year 2020 has brought with it a slew of changes that have left people all over the world in unique and at times, challenging circumstances. From politics, protests, and a global pandemic, the past several months have had its ups and downs and everything in between. Millions throughout the world have been affected by…

What are the Best USA Road Trips for Families with Kids?

A man and a boy in a car on a road trip

Road trips are one of the most loved and enjoyed vacations for people all over the globe. There’s nothing quite like packing up the cruiser with your favorite friends, family members, and festive snacks as you hit the road for a memorable time visiting various locations. Over 160,000 miles of highway stretch across our country,…

Where Can I See Whales in California?

Humpback Whale Tail Flukes in the air with water dripping down

The waters along the California coast are home to an abundant amount of marine life. From beautiful Northern California areas such as Point Reyes to Santa Barbara, and gorgeous Southern California areas like Long Beach, Dana Point in Orange County, and down to San Diego, the sightings are spectacular. Often friends and family forego adventuring…

How Big is a Blue Whale?

Blue Whale Overhead

Scientists estimate that there are over one million species of animals on the earth today. From common house pets, farmhouse critters, and safari species, to water wildlife, jungle vertebrates, and mountain creatures, the list of astonishing animals is almost endless. Of all the amazing creatures that call our planet home, one is known for its…