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Pacific Airshow & Whale Watching Safari

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Calendar Dates: 2023 Dates to be Determined

Clock Departure time: 8:30 AM

Users Capacity: Although Hoku Nai’a is Coast Guard certified to carry up to 149 guests, for this memorable Pacific Airshow trip, we’re limiting capacity to 60.

Food Lunch Included: Price includes a flame-grilled cheeseburger or veggie burger, potato chips, cookies, and spring water in our eco-friendly, recyclable carton.

Info Additional information:

  • Due to the extended trip duration, children should be age 8 and older.

Dolphin Whale Watching Bonus:

  • En route to and from the Pacific Airshow, we’ll be looking for whales, dolphins, sea lions, and all other marine wildlife.
  • Due to time constraints, we cannot spend an extended amount of time watching animals.

The Pacific Airshow

Join us aboard our new power catamaran, Hoku Nai’a, for an extraordinary safari to view the Pacific Airshow. The 2022 airshow will be headlined by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds with additional performances by the U.S. Navy F-35C and F-18E/F Flight Demonstration Teams, 4 parachute teams (US Army Golden Knights, UK Army Tigers, US Navy Leap Frogs, and the US Air Force Wings of Blue), Red Bull Air Race world champion Matt Hall, and many more! Full lineup of performances and demonstrations is to be determined. This world-class airshow was voted Top 3 Best Air Shows by USA Today in 2021.

A hot lunch of a flame-grilled cheeseburger or veggie burger, potato chips, cookies, and spring water in our eco-friendly, recyclable carton are included in the price of your trip. You also have the option of purchasing assorted dry snacks, water, soda, and beer on board during the cruise. And of course, Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat!

Our Huntington Beach Airshow tickets offer one of the best views of the airshow as we’re on the water, and you won’t have to worry about traffic and parking.

Dana Point Whale Watching Included with Our Huntington Beach Airshow Tickets

On the way to and from the Pacific Airshow, you’ll have the opportunity to view dolphins, whales, and other kinds of marine wildlife that reside around Dana Point. Due to time constraints, we cannot spend an extended amount of time watching animals.

Special Guest Narrator

Considered the voice of youth in aviation, Matt Stumpf is one of the leading experts in aviation history and aerobatics.

Since 2016 “Shorty” has had the opportunity to be the voice of aviation throughout Southern California and the west coast at events such as the Riverside Airshow, March Field Air and Space Expo, The Planes of Fame Air Show, Apple Valley Airshow, and many more. Recently he was invited to narrate the National Championship Air Races and Air Show in Reno, Nevada, for the Jet and Unlimited classes, for NBC Sports.

Matt takes a unique approach to narrating the amazing aerobatics on display at the Pacific Airshow. You’ll learn insider stories about the pilots and planes and enjoy the history of the airshow told through Matt’s high energy, often comedic, commentary.

About the Boat

Hoku Nai’a is a 65-foot dolphin and whale watching superstar and brand new to our fleet! She is a fast and stable power catamaran with a maximum capacity of 149 passengers, although this Pacific Airshow cruise is limited to just 60 guests.

Hoku Nai’a is specifically designed for passenger comfort and panoramic views from both the main deck and elevated observation deck. There are two restrooms available on board.

The main deck (first floor) is fully enclosed for climate control and has bench seating with tables.

The observation deck (second floor) has plenty of cushioned bench seating and is covered for added sun protection. Supreme comfort and convenience are readily available wherever you turn during our unique Pacific Airshow excursion!

Please note Hoku Nai’a is not equipped with Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods.

Captain Dave is working hard to upgrade Hoku Nai’a and photos are not yet available. However, we do have a special sneak peek:

New Whale Watching Catamaran Hoku Nai'a at the dock in Dana Point Harbor

Book your Huntington Beach Airshow and whale watching tickets with Capt. Dave’s today!

Airshow & Whale Watch Private Charter

Exclusively Available on our Motor Yacht ORCA

Up to 6 passengers of your choice. $2,550 + $300 gratuity (a $3,600 value)

What Guests Say About The Pacific Airshow Cruise

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We had a great time on their Air Show Whale Watch Safari. They had an air show announcer along so it was like having a private air show just for is. And our captain, Neal, was an absolute professional and maneuvered our boat so we were under a lot of the best stuff. I’ve been to a ton of air shows and have never seen one from underneath the acts performing directly above me. A completely new view point. If you’re an aviation buff, I cannot recommend these guys highly enough. Easily the best way to see the Huntington Beach airshow. If I could give higher than five stars I would. They even gave me a birthday button!

– Michael Ganschow-Green
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A spectacular trip to the Great Pacific Air Show. From start to finish, a great experience with the team. Neal made sure the boat stayed in good position so we could get great shots of the planes. Matt, airshow announcer extraordinaire kept us apprised of the planes coming, what to look for and supplied us with constant information. Not to mention his playlists were great!!! Josh made sure we we were all taken care of. I am all ready to sign up for next year!!! Well done folks!!!

– Jay Spring
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I went on the Pacific Air Show cruise yesterday and had a wonderful time! The Lilly is a very comfortable boat and the crew was outstanding! All were exceptionally helpful and went above and beyond to provide a safe and enjoyable experience! Captain Neal was very engaging as he explained necessary boat protocol and safety with the appropriate amount of seriousness and humor! He also shared interesting facts about marine life and local points of interest! It was clear he is very knowledgeable! Joshua was always there with a smile if you needed assistance with anything and made sure to answer all questions. We had a special guest, Matt, a professional spokesperson/announcer for the air show. His knowledge, direction, and expertise was impressive and entertaining! All in all it was spectacular! I will be booking a dolphin/whale watching cruise with Capt. Dave’s in the near future!

– Peggy Cohen

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