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High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point

Dana Point, United States
High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


The ocean near Dana Point provides the perfect spot for catching sight of all kinds of whales and dolphins, and this whale-watching cruise combines an intimate experience limited to 20 people aboard an RHIB. Your guide, a marine naturalist, knows the best times and areas to spot wildlife, and also provides facts and commentary as you cruise.
  • Spend a day in search of whales and dolphins during this Dana Point cruise
  • Listen to facts told by a marine naturalist as your cruise the water
  • Get free parking at Dana Point Harbor for added convenience
  • At the end of this whale-watching cruise, enjoy an included brownie
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Live commentary on board
U.S. Coast Guard inspected and certified vessel
Licensed Captain and professional crew member
Cetacean Declaration - Join us again for free within one calendar year if you don't see any dolphins or whales
Food and drinks (available to purchase at check-in)
24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr , 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

Located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center in Dana Point Harbor (Dana Point, Orange County, Californa)

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Minimum age is 6 years
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • You may encounter occasional ocean spray
  • No over-sized bags or coolers please.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on sanitization during High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Mother daughter trip
, Jun 2022
Bottle nose dolphin. Whales would have been great but we saw so much other wild life it was enjoyable
Zodiac whale watching
, Mar 2022
Had a great time with Capt. Gary and Janelle(?)... Only saw one snorkeling whale, but got right in the thick of a huge school of Bottlenose dolphins. Even saw Patches... What a blast!
Didn’t get to do the zodiac, but they switched me to the catamaran
, Jan 2022
So I booked this fairly last minute and they called me very last minute to let me know not enough people had booked and unless I wanted to pay for all the seats myself they would have to cancel or switch me to the boat. I was already in my Uber on the way so I decided to switch to the boat. It was a large boat with about 20 people (so a very different experience than what I had booked for $90). I also saw that you can put on their website for $30 less. I thought they should have given me a discount since they couldn’t run my trip. We did get to see a huge pod of common dolphins and several different gray whales from the catamaran so I can’t be too disappointed. Caitlin and Chuck were great. Thus three stars.
Adventure for sure!
, Dec 2021
It was a cold, wet and rainy day. BUT w had a blast. Tom and Jess were fun and made it an adventure. We saw a large pod of dolphins that was amazing. It was an experience that was well worth fighting the cold, waves and rain!!
A great time
, Jul 2021
We rode with Captain Marie on the Zodiac so much fun. We were so close to the dolphins it was a really magical experience!
Great day at sea.
, Jul 2021
A very comfortable boat ride with informative comments by captain and spotter. Saw many pods of dolphins and even some tuna!
Beyond awesomenesa!
, Jul 2021
It was loads of fun and informative. Seeing the dolphins and the blue whale up close was beyond amazing! Our captain and her colleague were awesome. Will take another ride with them when I find the time.
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Blown away!
, Apr 2021
Our guide was so knowledgeable and was passionate about delivering the best experience. Would strongly recommend!
Great escape on the ocean
, Apr 2021
Saw one whale, lots of dolphins and sea lions. Great boat and super nice and educated crew. We learned a lot about sea life, whale migration and saw animals in their natural habitat
Best Whale Watching
, Mar 2021
A fantastic whale watching experience. Captain Gary and First Mate Matt were friendly, funny and knowledgeable. We had the amazing experience of seeing a gray whale but also a blue whale. I’ll definitely be taking more whale watching trips with Captain Dave’s!!
, Feb 2020
She worked hard to find animals. Saw a lot of dolphins. Weather wasn't great so we chose not to go out real far
1 traveler found this review helpful

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