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Zodiac Dolphin & Whale Watching

A super fast, smile-plastered-to-your-face ride for small groups of up to 12 guests to enjoy animals within arm's reach!

Quick Details

  • Zodiac = Rigid Hull Inflatable Catamaran
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Faster, more intimate, and adventurous tour
  • Smaller groups of up to 12
  • Important safety guidelines – please see below

A Fast Cat Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari

Get incredibly close to the ocean’s surface and within arm’s reach of wildlife aboard Capt. Dave’s fast and fun upscale zodiac (rigid hull inflatable catamaran), Fast Cat.

This tour is perfect for adventurous visitors seeking an intimate, small group wildlife experience. Your Captain is also a knowledgeable marine wildlife naturalist who will connect you with the lives of Dana Point’s 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 thisclose to the water’s surface and her wide, rectangular bow is perfect for capturing that Instagram-worthy underwater shot.

Need for Speed

Fast Cat is the fastest whale watching boat in Dana Point. With speeds up to 30 knots, you spend less time looking for animals and more time enjoying them!

Comfortable, Safe, and Stable

Our zodiac whale watching boat features heavily padded seats and seat backs. And a large custom sunshade provides protection from the sunny SoCal skies. Fast Cat is U. S. Coast Guard inspected and certified for safety.

The vessel’s very low center of gravity offers passengers a higher level of stability. For anyone concerned about seasickness, this means the boat might feel more comfortable. Fast Cat’s unique catamaran hull is designed for a smoother, more stable ride than ordinary RHIBs. Her unique catamaran design won her honors in the Top Five Rowdy Ribs from Boats.com.

Cetacean Declaration – Our Sightings Guarantee

Sightings Guarantee Capt Dave'sYou might be wondering, “what if I don’t see any animals”? Although we locate whales or dolphins on over 95% of our trips, 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 within one year from the date of the trip. Dive deeper into what we see and when.

Join us for the experience of a lifetime! Book your Dana Point zodiac dolphin and whale watching tour now!

  • Chevron down IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
  • Minimum Age

    The minimum age on public trips is 8 years old. On private charters, the minimum age is 4 years old.

    Health Conditions

    Because of the high speed and fun but bumpy ride passengers should be in good overall health. We do not allow anyone who has head, neck, or back injuries, or is pregnant, or anyone who has any current problem that could be aggravated by this type of ride.

    If you have disabilities or are not able to meet any of these conditions, please consider a Dolphin & Whale Safari aboard one of our larger catamarans instead. Or, feel free to contact us to learn which boat will be best for your needs.

    Coast Guard Weight Information

    Safety is our priority. Fast Cat is the first U. S. Coast Guard inspected and certified RHIB (zodiac) in Orange County. Due to Coast Guard regulations, guests weighing more than 250 pounds may not be accommodated on this boat.

    If you exceed the weight limit, please contact us or consider a Dolphin & Whale Safari aboard one of our larger catamarans instead.

    Ocean Spray

    Fast Cat is very low to the water, and as a result, you may encounter ocean spray. 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.

    Personal Items

    Fast Cat has ample cushioned seating for all passengers. However, space for storing belongings is not available. Please do not bring over-sized bags or coolers; limit what you bring to only 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 this vessel offers a fast and bouncy ride, plastic bottle 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.

    Bathrooms

    Although there is no bathroom on Fast Cat, there are restroom facilities nearby on land that are available to use before boarding.

    Seasickness

    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.

Now Through May 15: “Calves & Coves”, A Special Extension of Our Regular Trip

During the spring Gray whale mothers and newborn calves are often seen migrating close shore, where they love to play, bond, and nurse in the beautiful, shallow waters of local coves. Fast Cat can get closer to shore and therefore give you a closer look at the whales.

There is no extra cost for this special experience! Join one of our Zodiac Whale Watching cruises now through May 15th, and if there are calves nearby, you’ll have an opportunity to see them!

Best experience ever!
My two kids (11 and 13) and I had an incredible experience on the 12-seater FAST CAT boat. Wow. I wasn’t expecting much because I’ve whale-watched before with little success, and I even commented that even without seeing anything, it was fun just to be on a zippy boat. Moments later, we encountered a huge pod of dolphins that hung out with us, and we could take turns to lay on our bellies and put our hands in the water. It was a great perspective and fun experience! Our skipper seemed quite intent on finding the whales though…and we did: 2 humpbacks and 1 blue whale. It was an AMAZING experience, and I’d highly recommend it to anyone. Very cool. Another reviewer said it felt like the skipper went the extra mile … it felt that way to me, too. I hope to be back next time I visit Los Angeles. – burbankmadre, TripAdvisor

Fast Cat is the Best
Being on such a small, fast vessel there isn’t a bad seat on the boat. We were able to cover so much ground, and see so much more. We saw our first whale within minutes of leaving the harbor. We followed him for quite a while until we saw another one. So beautiful. I didn’t even take photos because I just wanted to be present in the moment. Then we went super fast. The ocean was blue and beautiful. We ended up in a pod of about 100 common dolphins. They were everywhere. We saw another breed of dolphins and more sea lions on our way back in. Steve and Daniel were excellent. They definitely deserve more triple chocolate brownies …. which were super killer, btw. – vcakron, TripAdvisor