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Why Do Whales Jump Out Of The Water?

A gray whale jumping out of the water near Dana Point, California

The Dana Point whale watching season brings an abundant number of whale sightings to onlookers aboard our five-star Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Watching tours. These whale sightings come from a handful of magnificent whale species that touchdown in the Southern California waters. These species range from humpback whales, blue whales, gray whales, and even…

COVID-19 Safe Outdoor Activities

Three women having fun outdoors

The year 2020 has brought with it a slew of changes that have left people all over the world in unique and at times, challenging circumstances. From politics, protests, and a global pandemic, the past several months have had its ups and downs and everything in between. Millions throughout the world have been affected by…

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 Can I See Whales in California?

Humpback Whale Tail Flukes in the air with water dripping down

The waters along the California coast are home to an abundant amount of marine life. From beautiful Northern California areas such as Point Reyes to Santa Barbara, and gorgeous Southern California areas like Long Beach, Dana Point in Orange County, and down to San Diego, the sightings are spectacular. Often friends and family forego adventuring…

How Big is a Blue Whale?

Blue Whale Overhead

Scientists estimate that there are over one million species of animals on the earth today. From common house pets, farmhouse critters, and safari species, to water wildlife, jungle vertebrates, and mountain creatures, the list of astonishing animals is almost endless. Of all the amazing creatures that call our planet home, one is known for its…

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,…

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…

Whale Entanglement Part 1: How Whales Become Entangled

Gray Whale with Metal Frame Around Head

All across the globe, an extraordinary amount of marine mammals are cruising about our vast and incredible oceans. Although these majestic and graceful creatures migrate, feed, and dwell amid some of nature’s most pristine locations, a catastrophic occurrence is taking place beneath the surface of the swells. This heartbreaking happening is the devastating reality of…