A private whale watching charter differs from our regular Orange County Whale Watching trips in that you can customize the charter, the departure time, and only your group will be on board the boat (plus our crew, of course). Private Orange County whale watching and dolphin safaris are perfect for birthday parties, reunions, special occasions, and casual get togethers, as well as corporate functions and team building.
We have two sailing catamarans, one luxury power catamaran, and one luxury motor yacht to choose from. Or, if you have a large group, you can charter multiple boats! Throughout the year you have the chance to get up-close and personal with five species of dolphins, some in herds of up to 10,000, plus Gray Whales (seasonal), Blue Whales (seasonal), Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and even occasionally Killer Whales. Your Orange County whale watching charter will be an educational and incredibly exciting experience where you'll have a chance to get within arm's reach of wild dolphins while an knowledgeable marine naturalist explains how these animals live. And Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back.
For reservations or any questions please call (949) 488-2828.
The Manute'a offers state of the art equipment including our two Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods, affectionately known as the PODs, underwater hydrophone, three Eye-Spy Dolphin Tram Nets and the latest navigation equipment plus a huge cockpit, galley, 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.
For a private Orange County whale watching charter "Manute'a" is $2,790, plus $300 gratuity, for a 2 and 1/2 hour dolphin and whale safari.
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. If you have a few children in your group then we are Coast Guard certified for up to 24 passengers. 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.
For a private Orange County whale watching charter "DolphinSafari.com" is $1,350, plus a $150 gratuity, for a 2 and 1/2 hour dolphin and whale safari.
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.
For a private Orange County whale watching charter "Lily" is $3,185, plus $330 gratuity, for a 2 and 1/2 hour dolphin and whale safari.
Our 38-foot luxury motor yacht ORCA 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. See more information and photos.
For a private Orange County whale watching charter "ORCA" is $1,350, plus $150 gratuity, for a 2 and 1/2 hour dolphin and whale safari.