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Charter Boats for Scattering Ashes at Sea

Burial at sea off the coast of Southern California.
Private and customizable celebration of life.

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Celebrate Your Loved One’s Life with a Chartered Boat for Scattering Ashes

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

Capt. 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.

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Answers To Common Questions About Scattering Ashes at Sea (in California)

Burial at Sea Boats and Prices

For scattering ashes at sea in California, we offer multiple boats to choose from: ORCA, DolphinSafari, Manute’a, or a Zodiac-style (rigid inflatable) boat. The best boat for scattering ashes 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 949-312-9672 or text 949-763-4488 if you are unsure which chartered boat for scattering ashes would be best for the service you’re arranging.


Up to 6 People

Price from $695

Motor yacht ORCA avv

Fast Cat

Up to 10 People

Price from $430

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Up to 20 People

Price from $695

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Up to 20 People

Price from $1,050

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Up to 49 People

Price from $2,790

a large ship in a body of water

Hoku Nai’a

Up to 149 People

Price from $2,600

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Customize the Ceremony

Optional Add-on Package

Celebration of Life*Champagne and yellow roses on gold reflective surface

In addition to your chartered boat for scattering ashes, the Celebration of Life package includes two dozen roses and a bottle of Champagne or sparkling apple cider to toast to your loved one. Bottled water is also included.

Please contact us for a quote.

*Due to the nature of the boat, this package is not available on our Zodiac, Fast Cat.

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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.

A beautiful place for scattering ashes at sea in California, 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 an excellent chance of viewing some of these magnificent animals from your chartered boat for scattering ashes.

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