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Zodiac Dolphin & Whale Watching Tour

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 a Dana Point dolphin and whale watching tour!

Quick Details

Users Capacity: Up to 10 (subject to change)

Info Additional information:

  • Zodiac-style = Rigid Inflatable Boat (RIB)
  • Faster, more adventurous tour
  • Special safety guidelines – please see below

Departure times vary. Please select a date to view times.

Guest (Age 6 & up)

A Zodiac-Style 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-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 this close to the water’s surface and her wide, rectangular bow is perfect for capturing that Instagram-worthy underwater shot.

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 features 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

Sightings Guarantee Capt Dave's

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 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 dolphin and whale watching tickets today!

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How We’re Keeping You Safe

Each guest must wear a face covering during the meet and boarding portion of your experience, and while onboard the boat inside the harbor.

Our crew is healthy and has been healthy for at least the last 14 days. We ask the same of you. Boat crews and Dolphin Deck team members have their temperature taken daily to assure their health status.

Your vessel will be thoroughly wiped down prior to your trip with CDC approved products.

Our crews will be wearing a face mask and gloves at all times and maintaining a safe distance of six feet.

We are reducing guest capacity on our already spacious boats.

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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
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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

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