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DolphinSafari Private Charter

Custom charters on our legendary and intimate sailing catamaran with unique eye-spy dolphin & whale tram nets

Quick Details


  • 2 and 1/2 hours
  • Extended time available for additional cost

Maximum Capacity

  • 24 passengers (includes infants)
  • Suggested capacity is 20 passengers


  • 35 feet

Boat Type

  • Sailboat Catamaran

Private Charter Rate

(Family fun price is good May 16 – Sept. 2, 2019)

  • $1,200 + $150 gratuity

Charter Special Features

Included in the price of your private boat charter is our Summer Family Fun Pack which includes bottled water, a variety of soda, and assorted dry snacks. The ‘Happy Hour Sunset Cruise’ includes bottled water and beer or wine.

We can make your trip extra special with gourmet add-ons such as flowers or champagne. Let us know and one of our team will reach out to you promptly during business hours.

This catamaran is the original pride of our fleet and remains a crew and passenger favorite. With a comfortable capacity of about 20 passengers, DolphinSafari provides an intimate private boat charter experience. If you have a few children in your group then we are Coast Guard certified for up to 24 passengers.

Her specially designed bow with Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets is so close to the water that you can sometimes feel as though you can reach the animals! And you’re also close enough to hear the dolphins vocalize as they swim right under your feet. It’s almost like being on a kayak. DolphinSafari also has cushioned seating in the partially enclosed cockpit and a restroom.

This vessel is perfect for small groups to view the remarkable year-round whales and dolphins off the coast of Dana Point. A private charter on DolphinSafari is also great for birthday and anniversary celebrations, proposals, employee recognition events, and more.

Take a tour of DolphinSafari

  • Chevron down What’s the experience like?
  • DolphinSafari offers an intimate, immersive, family friendly, wildlife-at-your-finger-tips adventure.

  • Chevron down What everyone loves, in a nutshell
  • The first, the best, the one, the only

  • Chevron down Wet Factor
  • Very close. Leave your shoes in the cabin and introduce those toes to daylight because there’s a good chance you’ll get wet if you go up on the bow.

  • Chevron down Galley
  • No on-board galley. For private charters we do provide optional refreshment options that can be served on the boat, including deluxe boxed lunches, assorted snacks, beverages, and more. Please ask your Charter Coordinator for more information.

  • Chevron down Bathrooms
  • Yes, there is one bathroom on DolphinSafari.

  • Chevron down Is there a covered area?
  • Yes, there is a covered cabin area.

  • Chevron down Is there cushioned seating?
  • Yes, there is cushioned seating in the cabin area.

  • Chevron down How fast is DolphinSafari?
  • Leisurely, but definitely still fast enough to see wildlife.

  • Chevron down Are there age restrictions?
  • Nope! All ages are welcome aboard DolphinSafari. Kids especially love how close to the water this boat is and enjoy sitting on the eye-spy tram nets while dolphins swim underneath.

  • Chevron down Will my whale watching charter be educational?
  • You bet! Your whale watching charter will have experienced marine naturalists on board providing live narration during the excursion.

  • Chevron down Can I bring a camera?
  • Absolutely! DolphinSafari is great for wildlife photography, though be careful with expensive electronics on the bow. A telephoto zoom lens for wildlife both close and farther away is a best bet.

  • Chevron down Is the boat eco friendly?
  • Yes, this vessel only does dolphin and whale watching, no fishing. There is nothing wrong with sport-fishing, but there is unintended bycatch that can result in injuries or death to other marine animals.

  • Chevron down Is DolphinSafari safe?
  • Yes, this boat is safe and is U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified.

DolphinSafari Charter Request Form

Fill out the form to request more information about DolphinSafari, or to get the private charter booking process started. If you have questions, don't hesitate to call us at 949-488-2828. We're happy to help!
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