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Do Dolphins and Whales Grieve?

Grieving dolphin mother carrying deceased calf on her back

Grief is a natural response to loss that is universally shared among humans all around the globe. Whether brought on by death, divorce, or drastic change, this multifaceted physical, spiritual, behavioral, cognitive, and social grieving process is a natural occurrence that has taken place within the lives of living entities for thousands of years. But…

Where To Go Dolphin Watching

Capt. Dave's catamaran Manute'a and a dolphin stampede

Dana Point, California, is home to a magnificent amount of marine mammals. The marine life seen aboard a boat ride during the Dana Point dolphin and whale watching season can range from seals, sea lions, and sharks, to gray, blue, and humpback whales, but one family of marine wildlife leaves both seasoned and novice whale…

What are the Best USA Road Trips for Families with Kids?

A man and a boy in a car on a road trip

Road trips are one of the most loved and enjoyed vacations for people all over the globe. There’s nothing quite like packing up the cruiser with your favorite friends, family members, and festive snacks as you hit the road for a memorable time visiting various locations. Over 160,000 miles of highway stretch across our country,…

Where Should I Stop Along My Pacific Coast Hwy Road Trip?

A road winds around a mountain on Highway 1 in California at sunset

California is famous for its incredible landscapes, stunning views, sandy state beaches, and amazing weather. People from all over the world make visits to this golden state in hopes of scoring time in the sun, surf, or several other stunning vacation spots. While a plethora of activities is accessible from the border to the beaches,…

Earth Day Every Day: Little Things You Can Do to Help Keep the Oceans Clean

Earth Day illustration of the world

Our oceans are both stunning and extraordinary. Bringing life, energy, and beauty to our planet, they remind us of the remarkable earth we live on. Their vast and gorgeous waters are filled with incredible inhabitants and ecosystems that leave us humbled and grateful. Although the world beneath the surface is astonishing, alive, and awe-inspiring, there…

What Whales & Dolphins You Can Expect to See on Your Tour

Humpback whale leaps out of the water

Whale watching Dana Point CA trips are unlike any other whale and dolphin watching trips in the world. Being the Whale Watching Capital of the World®, Dana Point whale watching trips leave locals and visitors alike both astounded and humbled at the vast array of marine wildlife spotted right outside our Dana Harbor. As curious…

Is There a Best Time of Day to Go Whale Watching?

Capt. Dave's guests get up close with a minke whale

The whale watching in Southern California is unlike anywhere else in the world. The Dana Point whale watching season brings about whale sightings of blue whales, humpback whales, gray whales and many more, as well as an extraordinary amount of dolphin sightings. As you and your loved ones make plans to join a whale watching…

Manute’a and How She Upgraded Glass Bottom Boat Tours

Humpback Whale Underwater

For over twenty years, Captain Dave and the Dolphin Safari family have been enabling locals and visitors to the Dana Point, California, area to cruise out and take part in unforgettable dolphin and whale watching tours. With a passion that was sparked in the early 1990’s between Captain Dave and his wife, Gisele, aboard a…

14 Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Multiple blue hearts form the shape of a whale for Valentine's Day

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a fresh bouquet of roses, a sparkling piece of jewelry, and your favorite colored teddy bear. These gifts and others have been given for hundreds of years in celebration of the famous holiday called Valentines. Although this day brings forth candy, companionship, cuddles, and kisses, it originally began back in…

Top 5 Reasons to Go Whale Watching

A humpback whale tail during Dana Point whale watching cruise

When looking for the best whale watching in California, one of our most frequently asked questions includes where one can take part in a whale watching near Los Angeles excursion. Finding the best whale watching in Southern California is a quest many are undergoing and we are elated to share some stellar good news with…