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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…

Shark Safari

Juvenile Great White Shark

UPDATE: Due to their popularity, we have extended our Shark Safaris past Memorial Day weekend.  Join Capt. Dave on a SHARK SAFARI this Monday, May 29 at 8 AM! Limited tickets available – call 949-488-2828 to reserve. Thanks to customer demand, we are offering special Shark Safaris to view great white sharks and other sea…

Gray Whale Entangled In Metal Frame

Gray Whale with Metal Frame Around Head

What We Know About This Entangled Whale April 1, 2017 A gray whale, migrating north with what appeared to be some type of metal frame around its head, was first seen near Dana Point, California. April 3, 2017 The whale was re-sighted near Santa Barbara. Unfortunately, it was too late in the day for rescuers…

Sunset Safari

Sunset-Safari-Website-Page-Collage

You’ve asked, so we’ve brought it back: our Dolphin & Whale Watching Sunset Safari! With the setting sun and rising full moon as breathtaking backdrops, you’ll enjoy a 2 and 1/2-hour safari with dolphins, whales, and other marine wildlife aboard Orange County’s highest rated whale watching tour. And sunset is a photographer’s delight, providing a wealth…

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?

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)…