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

Orange County Dolphins We Normally See in Southern California Waters

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Common Dolphin Pacific White-Sided Dolphin Bottlenose Dolphin Risso Dolphin Common Dolphin Pacific White-Sided Dolphin Bottlenose Dolphin Risso Dolphins

Generally, we see five different species of dolphin.

Long-beaked Common Dolphin, Short-beacked Common Dolphin, Bottlenose Dolphin, Risso Dolphin are seen year round and Pacific Whitesided Dolphin are usually seen between the colder months of October through May.

Whales and Dolphins are related!


The dolphin belongs to the group of marine mammals that includes whales, dolphins and porpoises. Together, they are called cetaceans (cet– AY– shuns). The bottlenose dolphin is a small, toothed whale that belongs to the Delphinidae family. There are at least 31 species in this family. Among the other toothed whales of the Delphinidae family are pilot whales, common dolphins, spotted dolphins, and orcas, also known as killer whales.

Join our Dolphin Safari Adventures!

What many people don't know is that right off the coast of Southern California are some of the largest dolphin "pods" or herds in the world. We have often run into common dolphins in the thousands for hours at a time.

If you are planning a dolphin or whale watching trip in Orange County, please check-out our most Unique Whale Watch in the World - with two Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pods and more.

Our trips are very intimate, we only take 49 passengers at a time maximum on our high-speed, high-tech Sailing Catamaran that has two Eye to Eye Underwater Water Viewing Pods, Hydrophone, micro whale and dolphin museum ,and more.

Directions to Dana Point Harbor where we are located,
or give us a call at 949-488-2828.

Unforgettable!

- a poem by Captain Dave

Time stops.
The image burns into a lasting memory.
You can't wait to tell someone, anyone
you search for words - but find them inadequate.
Years later you still see them leaping all around you, explosions of water...
like fireworks.

Hundreds of wild animals that have every reason to fear you -
not fleeing in terror
- instead -
swimming towards you
and with you -
jumping and playing.
You want to be like one of them
and for just a moment -
you are.

A gift from above
for those who are willing...
come to the water.