ORCA, our 38-foot luxury motor yacht is available for year-round private dolphin and whale watching charters departing from Dana Point, CA. ORCA offers all the amenities for a family or small group of friends to enjoy a fun day of Orange County whale watching and sightseeing as well as media productions looking for a fast yacht with experienced wildlife naturalists.
Throughout the year you have the chance to get up-close and personal with four species of dolphin, some in herds of up to 5,000, plus Gray Whales (seasonal), Blue Whales (seasonal), Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and even occasional Killer Whales. Your charter will be an educational and incredibly exciting experience where you'll have a chance to get within arm's reach of wild dolphin while knowledgeable naturalists explain how these animals live. And Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back.
This yacht is an excellent choice for television and movie productions. We have hosted many productions including those from Animal Planet, MTV, Condé Nast, various reality shows, and more. Your charter will likely be operated by Captain Dave, an experienced marine naturalist, award winning filmmaker, photographer, author, and conservationist. Frequently called upon as an authority on wild dolphins and whales in this area, Capt. Dave has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, as well as local network affiliates and the Travel Channel. His photographs have appeared on the cover of newspapers and magazines and have appeared on special exhibit at various locales. He also worked with filmmaker Greg McGillivray for the IMAX film Dolphins, helping to locate large herds of dolphin. Capt. Dave has been featured on the Ellen Show and on CBS Morning News for his recent conservation efforts and his success in disentangling whales.
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.
For a private charter ORCA is $1,350, plus $150 gratuity, for a 2 and 1/2 hour safari.
A private charter differs from our regular 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 charters are perfect for family reunions, special occasions, and casual get-togethers, as well as corporate functions, team building, television and movie productions, and more.
Call us at (949) 488-2828.