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Whale Watching

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…

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…

When is the “Best Time” to Go Whale Watching in Dana Point?

Blue whale next to 50-foot catamaran Manute'a

A dolphin and whale watching tour can be one of the most unique and unforgettable experiences, leading many to place such an excursion at the top of their bucket list. As plans come into play to make this dream a reality, a common question is “when is the best time for whale watching?” When is…