Welcome Aboard "Manute'a"

Home of the Underwater Viewing Pods & SoCal’s Favorite Whale Watching Boat!

Manute’a (pronounced mah-noo-tay-ah) offers the world’s most incredible and unique dolphin and whale watching experience. An intimate glimpse into the lives of dolphins & whales via our world famous underwater viewing pods and more.

Manute’a, our flagship vessel, is a high tech, high speed catamaran, featuring two Eye-to Eye (and fin-to-fin) Underwater Viewing Pods, three Eye-Spy Dolphin Tram Nets and a micro dolphin and whale museum.

BE one of the pod and feel what’s it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales without getting wet in our Eye-to Eye-Underwater Viewing Pods! Each pod has glass windows on both sides, allowing you to get aquatically acquainted with your new bosom buddies below the sea.

Eye to eye, underwater with a Gray Whale

“I visited family in CA for the holiday and one of the days we went out whale watching. We had such a wonderful experience. The crew was very nice and extremely knowledgeable. My entire family had a great time. The viewing pod was INSANE!!! I felt like I was swimming with the dolphins they were so close and could hear them as well!! Highly recommend.”

– Sadie B., Yelp

U.S. Coast Guard certified, Manute’a carries up to 49 happy passengers with plenty of elbow room and comfortable seating for all.  Never crowded, always cozy. High-speed, low emission, environmentally friendly engines carry you safely and comfortably out to see year-round whales, dolphins, and other sea life.

Manute’a also has a covered cabin area for protection from the elements, two bathrooms and cushioned seating. Her exceptional open-air layout offers panoramic views from almost every spot!

During your dolphin and whale watching safari experienced marine naturalists will interact with guests, sharing fun facts and dolphin and whale artifacts.

And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s legendary, delicious Triple Fudge Brownies are served with our compliments after every excursion.

Drone flies over whale watching catamaran Manute'a

Go Underwater Without Getting Wet!

Manute’a is the only boat in the world with Capt. Dave’s Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Feel what it’s like to swim next to dolphins, and sometimes whales, without getting wet!

Our “Pods” are areas in the hull of our catamaran with cushioned padding so you can sit or lie down. On both sides of you are glass windows to see underwater. So you’re not just looking down at the animals, they’re swimming right next to you, looking you in the eye! If the dolphins are “chatty” you’ll be able to hear their clicks and whistles, too.

Each Underwater Pod can usually fit two adults or three children at a time. Everyone is allowed to take turns experiencing the underwater world of dolphins and whales. For safety reasons the Underwater Pods are not open during the entire trip. Your Captain will let you know then they’re open.

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"Was not sure my husband who is paralyzed on his left side as the result of a Stroke could have this experience. From the first phone call and forward the group at Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari put all of our concerns to rest! The team at Captain Dave’s were so helpful and made our trip one of the best experiences of our lives! The boat was wonderful and the captain and crew were knowledgeable and fun!"

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"What a great trip! I have been whale watching many times, but this was by far the most fun. Our kids LOVED the front of the boat with the suspended netting and the underwater viewing. We got up close to a humpback whale and a huge pod of dolphins. Fun, fun and more fun. I bet this will be a big highlight of our trip when we ask the kids what was their favorite."

– Carlie M.
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"My family spent a week in Southern California and this was the favorite part of our trip. I would give this 6 stars if I could! We took a Thursday morning cruise and saw tons of dolphins. The underwater viewing pods are really neat. You can see and hear the dolphins swimming underwater along the bow of the boat. We also saw a giant humpback whale swimming up north."

– EdQ528