About Captain Dave’s
Dolphin Whale Safari
Grab your camera and binoculars and be on the lookout for dolphins and whales! This narrated ocean excursion will teach you about Dana Point’s abundant marine life, from sea lions to birds and more. Take advantage of the ship’s Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods to see what it’s like to swim along with dolphins. Listen to the hydrophone to also hear whale and dolphin vocalizations!
More Information on Captain Dave’s
Dolphin Whale Safari
During this narrated tour, you’ll learn more about Dana Point’s year-round magnificent whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks, birds, and more. Manute’a (pronounced mah-noo-tay-ah) is the primary vessel used for our daily whale watching trips. This high-tech, high-speed catamaran sailboat offers the world’s most unique dolphin and whale watching experience.
Manute’a features Capt. Dave’s exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. The two “Pods” give you the extraordinary experience of feeling what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales, underwater, without getting wet! This vessel also features a hydrophone to listen to dolphin and whale vocalizations, three Eye-Spy Dolphin Tram Nets on the bow for an up-close and immersive whale watching adventure, and a micro dolphin and whale museum. Never crowded, Manute’a carries up to 49 happy passengers with plenty of elbow room and comfortable seating for all.
The Fast Cat is our upscale zodiac (rigid hull inflatable catamaran) perfect for adventurous types seeking a small group tour that will have you incredibly close to the ocean’s surface and within arm’s reach of wildlife. Grab your GoPro and hop aboard this fast and fun dolphin and whale watching excursion, with up to 12 passengers, for an intimate 2-hour look at Southern California’s year-round whales and dolphins.
With speeds up to 30 knots, you’ll spend less time looking for animals and more time enjoying them! U. S. Coast Guard inspected and certified for safety. Features heavily padded seats and large sunshade. During this narrated tour, you’ll learn more about Dana Point’s year-round magnificent whales, dolphins, sea lions, sharks, birds, and more. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s legendary, delicious Triple Fudge Brownies are served!
Good To Know
- Offers a stable ride and up-close wildlife viewing.
- Features Eye-Spy Trams Nets, Underwater Viewing Pods, micro-museum, and more.
- Tour duration: approximately 2.5 hours.
- Fun for families of all ages.
- Includes a covered cabin area for protection from the elements, two bathrooms, and cushioned seating.
- The Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari accommodates up to 49 passengers per trip.
- The Zodiac tour accommodates up to 12 passengers per trip.
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