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Are you considering a Newport Beach whale watching tour? Be sure to explore neighboring Dana Point first for the best dolphin and whale watching experience, including exclusive Underwater Viewing Pods!

Save 25% off each full fare adult and child ticket aboard our 2.5-hour Signature Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari instantly during online checkout.

Adult (13 & up)
Child (1-12)
Infants (up to 12 months)

Choose From Our Super-Safe Private Dana Point Harbor Boat Rentals with Captain Provided!

All six of Captain Dave’s unique boats are available for private boat charters at Dana Point. From the luxurious motor yacht, ORCA, to the intimate and speedy Fast Cat, the sailing catamaran Manute’a (famous for its two underwater glass viewing pods), and more! Explore all of our different boats and select your favorite for your private boat charter experience. All of our Dana Point Harbor boat rentals are operated by our experienced and friendly captains and crew.

Our private boat charters can accommodate one to 49 passengers.

Reserve one of our most popular private charters now!

Private Charter for 1 to 6 Passengers:

Private Charter for 7 to 22 Passengers:

Private Charter for 23 to 49 Passengers:

Customize Your Charter with Optional Refreshments!

Delicious lunches, tasty snacks, and refreshing beverages including water (regular and sparkling), soft drinks, beer, and wine or champagne can be added to any private charter except for those on Fast Cat. Please ask your charter coordinator for more information.

Are Private Charters Safe?

We are taking extra special precautions to keep you and our team safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Our crew is healthy and has been healthy for at least the last 14 days. We ask the same of you.
  • Your vessel will be thoroughly wiped down prior to your trip with CDC-approved products.
  • Our crew will be wearing a face covering and maintaining a safe distance of six feet or more.

How Do Private Charters Differ from Boat Rentals and Regular Trips?

  • A private boat charter is similar to a Dana Point Harbor boat rental, except you don’t have to worry about operating and cleaning the vessel. We do all the work while you sit back and relax!
  • There is no minimum guest count with a private charter. Want the boat all to yourself? You got it!
  • Private charters also allow for customization not provided on our public whale watching trips. Our charter coordinator works with you one-on-one to arrange the perfect adventure for your group or family.
  • Private boat charters in Dana Point are a great choice for family reunions, birthdays, anniversaries, Dana Point sunset cruises, or other special occasions and casual gatherings, as well as corporate functions, team building, and professional media productions. With your choice of multiple vessels, you’re sure to have an unforgettable ocean excursion.

Book Your Private Charter for the Cruise of a Lifetime

Few cruise companies can offer guaranteed, year-round dolphin and whale viewing from the above deck and below the water. Give us a call to discuss your charter tour ideas and reserve your Dana Point Harbor boat rental for a wildlife cruise to remember!

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All I can say is wow! Out of all the things I have done in my life with my children, after leaving the catamaran at the end of our trip… My son told me this will be one of his best memories with me ever!! I completely agree. If you take this trip I strongly suggest to take the smaller boat called the MANUTE’A. It’s an awesome catamaran that only seats 49 people unlike the other large boats that carry approx 150. You get the experience almost eye level with the Dolphins/whales, up close and personal, and the kids think it’s the coolest thing ever. I know it’s a little more then the places you can find on Groupon. I’m a Groupon-er myself but spare no expense on this trip or your sell yourself short. 5 Stars no doubt. You won’t be disappointed! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality guys! We will definitely be back.

– Des M. via Yelp
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Captain Dave is a “pied piper” for whales and dolphins. You can get cheaper BUT you won’t get any better than Dave’s!!! I first heard about Captain Dave & Whale Watching Safari a couple of years ago when I saw a video he made using his drone to capture a bird’s eye view of a whale and of a dolphin stampede. I was hooked and going out whale watching with Captain Dave went on my bucket list. On August 29 and 30th we did 2 back to back morning trips. Both were wonderful and offered very different experiences. Monday we did not see any whales but saw large pods of Common, Short Beaked and Long Beaked Dolphins. We got the rare experience of watching 2 pods merge into one and the happy party time expressed by the dolphins with meeting up with old friends and family. The second day we found ourselves in the middle of a huge pod of Common Dolphins numbering between 1200 to 1500. Dolphins as far as one could see when looking in any direction. It was so very cool. But then Dave announced the sighting of a whale spout and dang if we did not get to see a Blue in all her/his glory. Dave even launched his drone so our trip and sighting might have a video to document it ! Craig, the Naturalist and photographer was most informative on both trips as was all of Dave’s staff. My friend and I did a cheaper Whale Watching trip Monday afternoon out of Newport Beach. Boat was larger but it was basically a boat ride with the viewing of only 1 pod of Dolphins. We never traveled out of the sight of the Orange County high rises! You can get cheaper but it will not be the wonderful family like experience you get with Dave’s. We will be back for many more adventures. Make sure to check out his Facebook page as well as his YouTube channel. These guys and gals really care about the whales and about the ocean as well as donating $ to help people in Africa! Oh and Mrs. Dave’s brownies are wonderful!!!

– sls986 via TripAdvisor
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After an amazing afternoon aboard the Lily, my family and I shared our photographs and commented on how wonderful our time was on Captain Daves upscale, quality, whale watching experience! I was very tempted to purchase the Groupon to use for the other whale watching tour in dana point- but i’m so happy I didn’t because we saw the other boat out at sea and it was sardine jam packed… where we had indoor seating, covered seating, deck seating, etc. Everything was really great! The information was really my favorite thing! The crew knew so much about whales and about the dolphins that it made the experience even better.

– Cristabella C. via Yelp
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Capt Dave delivered. We spent about an hour and a half with two Blue Whales. I have travelled the world looking for these rare creatures and they were a 15 minute boat ride off the Californian Coast. Capt was very knowledgeable and gave us good viewing without interfering with the whales. Absolutely amazing tour. Oh, there were dolphins as well.

– NeilK_13 via TripAdvisor

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