Capt. Dave's Blog

Valentine’s Day 2017 Whale Watching Specials

This Valentine’s Day, Tell Your Special Someone How Much You Care: “I Whale Always Love You”! And show your sweetie how much you appreciate them with a day of fun and a lifetime of cherished memories on dolphin and whale watching safari. We are seeing Gray Whales galore, including tiny calves! Humpback Whales, Fin Whales, and Minke Whales…

42nd Annual Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights

Dana Point Boat Parade of Lights

Looking for a fun way to celebrate the holidays? Need something to entertain out-of-town family and friends? We have the perfect solution! Join us at the 42nd annual Dana Point Harbor Boat Parade of Lights. Boat departs at 7:00 p.m. for a 90 minute excursion. Our vessels Lily and ORCA are available to privately charter with special…

Set Sail with the annual Tall Ships Festival and Capt. Dave’s!

Tall Ships Mock Cannon Battle

Ahoy Matey! In celebration of California’s rich maritime history, the Ocean Institute annually hosts a fleet of historic tall ships that sail into Dana Point Harbor. This year the Tall Ships Festival will be held September 9 through 11, 2016. We are offering special 3-hour trips to see dolphins, whales, and the Tall Ships! Each evening…

Amazing Video: Does the Dory Whale Call Really Work?

Breaching Humpback Whale

Are whales as curious about us as we are of them? Subscribe! Does the Dory whale call really work? I have led whale watching trips for over 20 years and in that time I have had killer whales come over and taste my engine I’ve had a giant blue whale, the largest animal on earth,…

8 Hour Ultimate Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari

Blue whale flukes next to Lily, Whale Research/Rescue Safari during her inaugural whale watching trip.

Join Capt. Dave on the ULTIMATE Dolphin & Whale Adventure A very special 8-hour safari on “Lily” for marine wildlife enthusiasts! Date: To Be Determined. For future Ultimate Safari dates please follow us on Facebook or sign up for our email club. Due to the length of this trip, suggested minimum age is 12. Have…

Dana Point’s Magnificent Whales Featured in New Nat Geo Wild Show

Watch Capt. Dave’s incredible aerial blue whale footage in the premiere of Nat Geo Wild’s new television show, United States of Animals. Friday, April 29, 2016 10 pm and 10:30 pm PST Nat Geo Wild (CH 363 for Cox Orange County subscribers. CH 282 for Direct TV subscribers. For all others please check your local listings)…

Whale Gives Birth Next to Whale Watching Boat

Whale watchers had a breathtaking encounter on March 19, 2016 off the coast of Dana Point, California, when they witnessed a rarely seen False Killer Whale giving birth. Passengers aboard Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching Safari’s catamaran watched in awe as members of a pod containing around 40 false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens),came up to…

Dolphins Stampede Off Dana Point, Calif.

Our whale watchers experienced a once in a lifetime thrill when hundreds of common dolphins, without warning or provocation, began porpoising at high speed out of the water. Often referred to as a dolphin stampede, this breathtaking behavior can happen at any time and without any apparent cause. Porpoising is the fastest mode of travel…

Valentine’s Day 2016 Weekend Whale Watching Specials

You’re Our #1 Crush! Whether your plans include an exciting afternoon with the family or a romantic evening with your sweetie, we’ve got your Valentine’s weekend covered! We are seeing Gray Whales galore, as many as 10 during a single safari! This above-average season has produced our third highest ever Gray Whale count in January….

Feed Rwanda Hope

On December 22, 2015 we celebrated 20 years of dolphin and whale watching in Dana Point by holding a special Christmas-themed meal packing, fundraiser and charitable raffle in Dana Point, CA. We call it a 20th Anniversary Party with a Purpose! Despite the very early hour and rain, hundreds of volunteers of all ages turned out at…