Dolphin Safari Whale Watching and More


March 3, 4, 10, 11

Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari – Join Orange County’s number one rated whale watching tour on TripAdvisor, Google+ and Yelp. Celebrating 20 years!

Bring the kids, family, and friends for a chance to get up close and personal with gentle gray whales, as well as fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales and more, plus five different species of amazing wild dolphins, including mega-pods that can number in the thousands!

**SPECIAL OFFER**Mention this Festival of Whales website when making your reservations by telephone for a $10 discount. Discount good March 1, 2018 through March 31, 2018. Discount not applicable on private charters and cannot be combined with other offers. Please call (949) 488-2828 to reserve.

Why Captain Dave’s? Because you and your family deserve the very best!

Capt. Dave’s has a Five Star rating and is Dana Point’s No. 1 outdoor activity on TripAdvisor and offers the best customer service!

Exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods: Go underwater, without getting wet, and experience what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales while aboard our high-tech catamaran sailboat MANUTE’A.

Capt. Dave’s unique catamarans are never crowded with a maximum of 12 to 49 passengers, depending on the vessel, for an intimate whale watching experience.

We are a real eco-tourism company providing only sustainable wildlife viewing.

Orange County’s only U.S. Coast Guard inspected rigid hull inflatable boat, FAST CAT, is also available throughout the Festival.

Originators of the Eye-Spy viewing platform: Eye-Spy Dolphin & Whale Tram Nets on our catamaran sailboats put wildlife inches below your feet.

Our knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live for a fun and educational oceanic adventure that adults and children of all ages will love.

Captain Dave and rescue team members have been recognized worldwide for their conservation and whale rescue efforts.

Mrs. Captain Dave’s famously yummy Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every whale watching trip.

We are the home of Dana Point’s most viewed YouTube channel, featuring Captain Dave’s award-winning (Phinfest 2015) drone footage of whales and dolphins with over 12 million views. Subscribe to our channel!

Captain Dave is a marine naturalist, conservationist, photographer, award-winning filmmaker and author, and whale watching captain. A founder of Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group, Captain Dave was a guest on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” to raise awareness of bycatch from fishing gear entanglement. He is often called upon as an authority on wild dolphins and whales,  and was a keynote speaker at the LA Drone Expo for his spectacular use of drones for filming whales and dolphins in his acclaimed video “Drones Over Dolphin Stampede and Whales off Dana Point and Maui.” Videos and photographs from Captain Dave’s safaris have been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “CBS this Morning,” “NBC Nightly News,” “The Today Show,” Discovery Channel, National Geographic, and in feature films, including the Academy Award-nominated Racing Extinction.

Reservations, schedule and information: (949) 488-2828 or visit

March 10

Capt. Dave’s Under the Sea Eco Carnival 12 PM to 2 PM – It’s adventure time again with Captain Dave and his crew! Join us at our carnival, and learn how you can do your part to keep our ocean clean while still having fun. Bounce the day away in our under-the sea bounce houses, have fun at our selfie station, come see how much waste we can fit in our fluke, and learn about different ways to recycle household items. Dive deep with Captain Dave’s one-of-a-kind Underwater Viewing Pod simulation to see what it’s like to bow-ride with some of Dana Point’s most beautiful inhabitants while you wait for a chance to get your face painted. All ages are welcome!

Carnival entry is FREE; face painting is available for a small fee. 24440 Dana Point Harbor Drive, next to Baby Beach. For more information on the Under the Sea Eco Carnival, call us at 949-488-2828 or visit

March 10

Capt. Dave’s Presents: Entangled Whales: What Can We Do? 2 PM to 3 PM Join Captain Dave Anderson for an informative presentation about whale entanglement and rescue. Learn about recent disentanglements that Captain Dave and others were hands-on involved with, including the first disentanglement effort of a blue whale that recently made national headlines. You’ll discover more about what is being done to help these animals, including new equipment Capt. Dave is developing for tracking whales, and also what you can do (such as buying U.S. caught fish) to make a difference. Throughout the presentation you’ll enjoy amazing, never-before-seen rescue footage and drone video, and have the opportunity to look at and touch the special equipment used to help entangled whales. Captain Dave believes it is critical to let people know that nearly 1,000 dolphins and whales are estimated to die every day worldwide in fishing gear entanglement. He has been able to share this information through many of the television shows he has been featured on, such as “The Ellen Show,” “CBS this Morning,” “National Geographic,” “The Today Show,” and many others, and through his book and videos which have reached over 25 million views on YouTube.

Captain Dave organized Orange County’s first whale disentanglement group in 2008. As part of a network of NOAA trained disentanglement teams, he has been hands-on involved with multiple disentanglement efforts in coordination with NOAA. Captain Dave is also a marine naturalist, award-winning wildlife filmmaker, author, conservationist, whale watching captain and YouTube vlogger.

OC Sailing and Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place, next to Baby Beach. For more information, call us at 949-488-2828 or visit