Burial at Sea

Quick Details


  • Varies by boat. Typically one to two hours, with extended charter times available on request.


  • Burials at sea are available to book seven days a week.

Celebrate Your Loved One’s Life with a Burial at Sea

We’ll help you arrange the perfect charter to disperse ashes at sea off the beautiful coast of Orange County, California, in peace and comfort, for a meaningful and dignified final farewell. We have a wide range of Coast Guard certified vessels operated by our professional crews.

Captain Dave’s has received “five-star” ratings on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google. We are proud to have received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award every year since 2011. And we are very proud to be a three time recipient of the TripAdvisor Hall of Fame award.

Burial at Sea Boats and Prices

We offer five boats to choose from. The best burial at sea vessel for you will depend on several factors including, but not limited to, the number of passengers you’ll have and your budget. Don’t hesitate to call us at 949-488-2828 if you are unsure which boat would be best for the burial at sea service you’re arranging.

Answers to Common Burial at Sea Questions

Ash Scattering Wind ChimeIn Memoriam Gift

Losing a loved one is never easy, and all of us here at Capt. Dave’s extend our deepest sympathies to anyone grieving such a loss.

As a part of our Burial at Sea package, we offer these complimentary wind chimes, engraved with the name of your loved one.

Customize the Ceremony

Flower Petals in a Basket
Smartphones welcome for funeral music
Minister doing a funeral

Dana Point is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World®

With large numbers of year-round whales, dolphins, and other marine life such as sea lions, there is a very good chance of viewing some of these magnificent animals during the burial at sea.

If you would like a better opportunity to get up-close with dolphins and whales after the ash scattering at sea, please ask your charter coordinator about booking an extended trip.

Guest Experiences

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"My siblings and I, along with our spouses and adult children, chartered Capt Dave’s to scatter our parent’s ashes at sea. We extended our charter so that we could enjoy the ocean and all that it has to offer. Dolphins guided us through the waters as we cruised the ocean. A blue whale appeared both before and after our ceremony of scattering the ashes. It couldn’t have been more perfect. From the first day that we contacted Capt Dave’s to inquire about a charter to our last good-byes on the day of the charter, everyone we dealt with was wonderful – professional, informative, caring and so, so friendly. Many thanks to everyone at Capt Dave’s for making our day a wonderfully memorable one – the perfect tribute for a very special couple."

– John E.
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"Captain Dave’s staff; office and crew did an excellent job handling our Ash Scattering ceremony. They were respectful, safe and courteous, handled all of the details for us, and even added light to the event. I highly recommend them if you have to send someone off. They will treat you right and help you to say goodbye in the most beautiful way possible. I’ll definitely call them in the future for some recreational whale watching!"

– Spencer S.
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"Awesome, awesome and awesome. They were prompt, curious and professional the whole way. We chartered a boat through Captain Dave’s to spread my late father-in-law’s ashes. Shannon, the person who assisted me with the order, was fantastic and very responsive to all of our needs. Captain Tom was extremely professional, helpful and very friendly. Everything from start to finish went off without a hitch and with a high level of dignity. It was the exact send off and closure we were looking for. Definitely recommended. Thank you so much to everyone at Captain Dave’s!"

– Frank W.
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"This Father’s Day we had a burial at sea for my father. I want to thank everyone at Captain Dave’s for making this difficult time a wonderful experience. Everyone did an amazing job. Shannon (who made our reservation), Captain Marie and Allison were sympathetic, compassionate, respectful and did a wonderful job explaining the process to us. Right after we put my father’s ashes in the sea and the flowers on the water, we were turning around to head back and encountered a pod of over 100 dolphins! They were playing all around the boat, and there baby dolphins too. It was so very special. We have used Captain Dave’s in the past for whale watching, and will continue to use them in the future. I have already told multiple people how wonderful their entire team is and that I highly recommend them."

– Patty K.