Dana Point

High Speed Zodiac Whale Watching Safari from Dana Point

Dana Point, United States
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From $89.00

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 2 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


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

What's Included

  • 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)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • 24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr
    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA

    Please arrive 45 minutes in advance. Check-in upstairs at our waterfront Dolphin Deck building. Located next to Baby Beach and OC Sailing & Events Center in Dana Point Harbor (Dana Point, Orange County, California)

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • 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

Cancellation Policy

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 good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Excellent Trip and Company!
Regina_H, Mar 2023
Birthday celebration with friends. The trip was enjoyed by all. Captain Marie and Caitlin, the biologist made the trip most memorable. We followed a gray whale and played with a school of dolphins. The boat was fast and was very comfortable to be on. Captain Marie's expertise and Caitlin knowledge and information added to the trip. My group plans on going again.
Great experience, Captain...
Adam_D, Oct 2022
Great experience, Captain was great full of knowledge and even stayed out longer than planned. Highly recommend.
Best Dolphin Viewing Ever - Anywhere
John_L, Jul 2022
Most amazing viewing of dolphins ever - over 300 for 20". A lifetime memory. I am so lucky to have experienced it with my son.
Mother daughter trip
Lisa_G, Jun 2022
Bottle nose dolphin. Whales would have been great but we saw so much other wild life it was enjoyable
Zodiac whale watching
William_M, 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
Moshe_R, 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!
Jonna_S, 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
Jennifer_H, 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.
Suzanne_Y, 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!
Joyce_d, 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.
Blown away!
Brenda_C, Apr 2021
Our guide was so knowledgeable and was passionate about delivering the best experience. Would strongly recommend!
Great escape on the ocean
Carrie_K, 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
VivienTucker, 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!!
Kim_D, 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