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Super-Safe Zodiac Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
A super-fast, smile-plastered-to-your-face ride for adventurous groups. Come face to face with the most spectacular marine mammals when you book tickets for Dana Point dolphin and whale watching tours in beautiful Southern California.
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Dates: Tours run 7 days a week
Departure times: Cruise times vary. Please click the orange “book now” button and select a date on the calendar for availability.
Capacity: Although our largest zodiac is Coast Guard certified to carry up to 26 guests, typical capacity will be no more than 22.
Year-round whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks, birds, and more!
- Zodiac-style = Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (RHIB)
- Faster, more adventurous tour.
- Safe and never crowded.
- Boat is cleaned with CDC-approved products in-between cruises.
Free Pelagic Bird Enhancement on Select Dates:
- Guest expert from the Sea and Sage Audubon Society will be on board to tell you about Dana Point’s amazing pelagic birds. Over 70 species can be see near Dana Point!
- There is no extra charge for this trip.
- Sightings of marine mammals such as whales, dolphins, and sea lions will still be a primary focus.
- Currently available date is October 23 at 9:30 AM.
- Book Now for Fall Into Fun Instant Discount! Discount Applied at Checkout
- Guest (Age 6 & up) 2 Hours
Zodiac-Style California Whale Watching Tours
Get incredibly close to the ocean’s surface and within arm’s reach of wildlife aboard Capt. Dave’s fast and fun, upscale Zodiac-style vessels (rigid inflatable boats).
When you book Dana Point dolphin and whale watching tickets for our rigid inflatable boats (RIBs), you’re sure to enjoy an intimate experience that’s perfect for adventurous visitors. Your Captain is also a knowledgeable marine wildlife naturalist who will connect you with the lives of amazing dolphins, whales, sea lions, and more. You’re welcome to ask the Captain questions, too!
Bring Out Your Inner Jacques Cousteau
Have a GoPro? Bring it! Fast Cat is close to the water’s surface and her wide, rectangular bow is perfect for capturing that Instagram-worthy underwater shot during our Southern California whale watching tours.
Need for Speed
Reaching speeds of 30 knots or faster, our zodiac-style boats are the fastest in Dana Point for whale watching. Book your tickets today and spend less time looking for animals and more time enjoying them!
Comfortable, Safe, and Stable
When it comes to Southern California whale watching tours, our zodiac boats feature heavily padded seats and seat backs as well as a large custom sunshade that provides protection from the sunny SoCal skies. The vessels are also U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified for safety.
The boat’s very low center of gravity offers passengers a higher level of stability. For anyone concerned about seasickness, this means the boat will feel more comfortable.
Cetacean Declaration – Our Sightings Guarantee
You might be wondering, “What if I don’t see any animals?” Although we locate whales or dolphins on over 95% of our Southern California whale watching tours, there are rare occasions when we don’t see any marine mammals. So in the unlikely event of zero whales or dolphins, you can return for FREE on a regular 2-hour safari within one year from the date of your trip. Dive deeper into what we see and when.
Join us for the experience of a lifetime! Book your Dana Point dolphin and whale watching tickets today!
The minimum age on public trips is 6 years old.
Because of the high speed and fun but bumpy ride passengers should be in good overall health.
The zodiac-style boats are very low to the water, and as a result, you may encounter ocean spray during our Southern California whale watching tours. Please keep electronics, camera equipment, and any other items you don’t want wet secure while the boat is underway. You’re welcome to bring a GoPro and to prevent loss or damage, please do not attempt underwater filming until after the boat has slowed down and your Captain gives the OK.
The boats have ample cushioned seating for all passengers. However, space for storing belongings is not available. Please do not bring oversized bags or coolers; limit what you bring to what you can fit on your lap. Waist-packs, mini backpacks, and small camera sling bags are good examples of what to carry your belongings in.
Food & Beverages
Because these vessels offer a fast and bouncy ride, plastic bottled beverages that can be closed and easy-to-eat dry snacks that won’t be swept away by the wind, such as granola bars or cookies, are recommended. To prevent spills please do not bring open cans of drinks on our Southern California whale watching tours.
Capt. Dave’s Fast Cat has a very low center of gravity. For guests concerned about feeling seasick, this means the boat might feel more comfortable.
What Do Guests Say About Our Zodiac Whale Watching Cruises?
Give the gift of an unforgettable dolphin and whale watching experience! With year-round whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more, anytime is a great time for your recipient to enjoy their gift.