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Looking for whales? Let Captain Dave in Dana Point Show the Way

We attended as a guest of Dana Point

Whales are incredible creatures, to see one is an amazing experience for young and old alike.  Dana Point is the whale watching capital of the world, here, in our own “backyard”!  Its harbor offers some of the most unique ways to view these majestic mammals, as well as, herds of migrating dolphin, sea lions and other sea life.  I was fortunate to cruise the coast with Captain Dave and learn about his passion, marine life here in Orange County.



Dave Anderson, better known as Captain Dave, is an experienced marine naturalist, award winning author and filmmaker, photographer and conservationist. He truly cares about the whales he seeks and their safety.  His boats are equipped to rescue whales that have become tangled in fishing nets and began Orange County’s first disentanglement program.  Captain Dave organized Orange County’s first whales disentanglement program after being hands on with Lily the Gray Whale’s rescue in 2010 that made national headlines. Lily was the inspiration of his award winning book, “Lily, A Gray Whale’s Odyssey”, a beautiful book filled with photos of a whale’s migration and their splendor.


Captain Dave’s Whale Watching and Dolphin Safari have several boats available to view Orange County’s marine life visitors.  I cruised “Dolphin Safari.Com”, a 35 foot catamaran with state-of-the-art research and rescue equipment.  It provided an intimate experience holding just 20 passengers, yet comfortable and provided amazing views from every angle.  If you’re like me, easily nauseous, there is plenty of seating outside to enjoy the fresh air and still enjoy the journey.  That’s me, in the hat … enjoying the fun.



Captain Dave’s Whale Watching and Dolphin Safari also has The Manute’a, the most unique dolphin and whale watching boat in the world.  The boat features include an exclusive underwater viewing pods, research hydrophone to hear dolphin and whale vocalizations, eye-spy dolphin nets along with a micro dolphin and whale museum.  When I book another trip, I want to experience the underwater pod!


You never know what you’ll see aboard one of his vessels; note, there have been more than 30 blue whales and thousands of dolphin spotted in the first week of August.  Visit online to view the whale watching sightings, learn more about whale watching trips or reserve your seat.  Captain Dave books daily charters.  Questions? Call (949) 248-2828.  Want daily information of what’s happening in Dana Point? Go to Facebook or Twitter #mydanapoint

Wendy is a wife and mom of three that lives in Coto. She enjoys experiencing life through the eyes of her kids, party planning, exercising, and cooking.


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  1. This outfit stands head and shoulders above any other-hands down! We have traveled the world watching whales, and we are so lucky to have Captain Dave and his crew in our back yard!!

    • We couldn’t agree more Kathleen! Thank you for your input and support.

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