Voted the world's most unique whale watching adventure, check out Captain Dave's Whale and Dolphin Safari schedules and rates below.

The Most Unique Orange County Whale Watching Vessels

Our unique Orange County whale watching boats have been specially equipped by Captain Dave to provide up-close and unforgettable dolphin watching and whale watching experiences. Blue whales, gray whales, humpback whales, killer whales, common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, and much more can be seen during your Orange County whale watch. Southern California has year-round dolphins and year-round whales, plus one of the nicest climates of anywhere on earth. So gather your kids, family, and friends and get ready for an incredibly exciting Orange County whale watching adventure!

Our Orange County Whale Watching Fleet:

Manute'a, Our 50-foot Sailing Catamaran

Manute'a with Gray Whale

The Manute'a offers state of the art equipment including our two Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods, underwater hydrophone, three Eye-Spy Dolphin Tram Nets and the latest navigation equipment plus plenty of seating and two bathrooms. Manute'a very comfortably accommodates up to 49 passengers. She is also the only whale watching boat to broadcast trips live on the internet. View whales and dolphins live from your computer during our daily Orange County whale watching excursions.

  • 2 and 1/2 hour Regular Dolphin & Whale Watching "Signature Safari"
    Fare: $65 per adult, $45 per child (ages 1 to 12), $20 per infant (up to 12 months)
    Departures daily. Call (949) 488-2828 to make reservations or book whale watching trips online.

  • Private Charter Rate: $2,790 plus $300 gratuity for 2 and 1/2 hours.
    Call (949) 488-2828 to inquire about a private whale watching charter.

"It wasn't too long before we were in the middle of a pod of dolphins. What an outstanding experience. To see these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat made me realize just how special this really was. We saw very small dolphins probably only 1-2 days old. Mark was very knowledgeable and shared many facts that made watching these dolphins more enjoyable." - Scott and Lisa Worden

Virtual Tour

Take a virtual tour of Manute'a, our most unique high-tech, high-speed Whale Watching Catamaran, with underwater viewing pods in Orange County, California.

DolphinSafari.com, Our 35-foot sailing Catamaran

DolphinSafari.com with Gray Whale

Our 35-foot sailing catamaran is the original pride of our fleet and remains a crew and passenger favorite. With a comfortable capacity of about 20 passengers, DolphinSafari.com provides an intimate dolphin and whale watching experience. Her specially designed bow with Eye-Spy Dolphin Tram Net is so close to the water that you can sometimes touch the animals! It's almost like being on a kayak. DolphinSafari.com also has comfortable seating in the cockpit and a restroom.

  • 2 and 1/2 hour Regular Dolphin & Whale Watching "Signature Safari"
    Fare: $65 per adult, $45 per child (ages 1 to 12), $20 per infant (up to 12 months)
    Departures daily. Call (949) 488-2828 to make reservation or book whale watching trips online.

  • Private Charter Rate: $1,350 plus $150 gratuity for 2 and 1/2 hours.
    Call (949) 488-2828 to inquire about a private whale watching charter.

"The boat was the smaller catamaran, the Dolphin Safari, which is the best boat because you are right on the water. You could look down and see animals swimming under the boat! The water was so clear, too. We saw baby dolphins swimming with the mothers! The boat takes just 20 people, so it is pretty small, but everyone gets the same view, and you never miss anything because it's on the "other side of the boat." The bow waves splash into the boat over the netting a little bit (which is great when the weather's warm) and the quieter engines of the Dolphin Safari mean the animals aren't spooked as much. I've done lots of whale watching and this is the best!" - Classiccartraveler, Los Angeles, California

 

Lily, Our 62-foot Luxury Power Catamaran

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Lily, Whale Research/Rescue Safari is our new luxury power catamaran with state-of-the-art research and rescue equipment. She is Coast Guard certified to carry up to 49 passengers. You'll enjoy dolphin and whale watching in luxury with a beautifully appointed cabin, climate-controlled pilothouse, shaded upper sundeck, and spacious bow, all with cushioned seating, as well as a fully equipped galley. The sundeck and bow both feature rails enclosed with Lexan® glass for wind protection. Passengers can contribute to whale and dolphin research and learn more about the lives of individual animals using our on board ID catalog. Explore beneath the surface with an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) that passengers can drive. You can see and hear dolphins and whales underwater with our hydrophone and underwater camera. A life-size common dolphin, micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts, and stunning photographic art throughout the boat immerse passengers in the world of dolphins and whales. Trips are broadcast live on our website. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat! See more photos of Lily.

  • 2 and 1/2 hour Regular Dolphin & Whale Watching "Signature Safari"
    Fare: $65 per adult and child, all ages
    Departures daily. Call (949) 488-2828 to make reservation or book whale watching trips online.

  • Private Charter Rate: $3,185 plus $300 gratuity for 2 and 1/2 hours.
    Call (949) 488-2828 to inquire about a private whale watching charter.

ORCA, Our 38-foot Luxury Motor Yacht

Our 38-foot luxury whale watching yacht offers all the amenities for a family or small group of friends to enjoy a fun day of whale watching and sightseeing. She is also perfect for movie and television productions. ORCA is Coast Guard certified to carry up to 6 passengers comfortably. Her features include a fast cruising speed, beautiful interior with ample seating, two staterooms, two bathrooms, and fully appointed galley. You'll enjoy panoramic views while comfortably seated in the fully enclosed bridge or the refreshing ocean air on the aft deck. More ORCA information and photos.

  • Private Charter Rate: $1,350 plus $150 gratuity for 2 and 1/2 hours.
    Call (949) 488-2828 to inquire about a private whale watching charter.

If you have any questions or would like to make an Orange County whale watching reservation please call (949) 488-2828, seven days a week.