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    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    Feel like you need a little more porpoise in your life? If you answered "No, I want to see whales and dolphins," then this is the sea-faring safari for you! You'll set sail on high-tech catamarans, in search of some of the year-round dolphins and whales famous for populating the waters off of Dana Point. What could you see? December through May the annual migration of Gray Whales between the waters off Alaska and the lagoons of Baja, CA takes place. In the months between May and November Blue Whales, the largest animal on earth, can be seen. And throughout the year Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Humpback Whales, and occasionally Orcas visit. Rare whales that could be seen at any time include Bryde's Whales, Sei Whales, Sperm Whales, Pilot Whales, and False Killer Whales. And playful dolphins, some in mega-pods of up to 10,000, are seen off Dana Point all year round too! Only aboard the catamaran Manute'a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave's original catamaran DolphinSafari is so close to the water that it's like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. Both boats feature our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets to give you a really up close encounter! Lily, our luxury power catamaran, features cushioned bow seating, upper deck with wind and sun protection, and a beautifully appointed interior. Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on all trips. Along the way, naturalists will treat you with insights about how these amazing creatures live and play. It's going to be a whale of a good time!
    Dolphin & Whale Signature Safari (2.5 Hr)

    24440 Dana Point Harbor Dr, Dana Point

    • Embark on a dolphin and whale watching adventure that gives you an up-close and personal view of the marine life
    • Observe dolphins and whales in their natural environment with vessel features specially designed by Captain Dave
    • Learn about the behaviors of these underwater creatures from professional naturalists
    • Enjoy an intimate look at a surreal underwater world aboard advanced, eco-friendly catamarans
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    The Nautilus

    Climb aboard the USS Nautilus and follow Captain Nemo, 20,000 leagues down, to uncover the mysteries of the sea. Ok, full disclosure-- it will be more like six feet down, and your captain's name isn't Nemo -- but this is still an epic adventure. Take a unique glance at the aquatic fauna and flora as you sail through the Catalina Marine Preserve on semi-submersible submarine, The USS Nautilus. You can take a tour during the day or experience the nightlife in the ocean with an evening tour. Your vessel is equipped with a feeding system so that you'll be sure to see some action. Want to get closer to the fray? For a nominal fee you can be in charge of firing the food cannons!
    The Nautilus

    Green Pier, Avalon

    • Experience the seas of Catalina from a different angle in the semi-submersible the USS Nautilus
    • Join the captain and his crew on an exploratory mission that is both educational and entertaining
    • Take control of the vessel's fish feeding system
    • Adventure beneath the waves and discover fish like you have never seen them before
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    Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

    Round up your family and friends and set off on this 2.5-hour whale-watching cruise from Newport Beach. On a 65-foot (20-meter) boat, you'll cruise down the Orange County coastline, watching for several varieties of whales, dolphins and other marine life.The coastal waters provide the calm conditions that attract these impressive mammals.

    This whale-watching tour is available year-round, and depending on the season you travel, different whales may be in the area. Giant blue whales like to visit in the summer and fall months. These whales are the largest mammals ever seen in existence, usually growing to approximately 200 tons (180 metric tons) and 98 feet (30 meters) in length! You may also see grey whales, which can live up to 70 years. Finback whales are also common in the summer months; they are the second-largest mammals after blue whales, and they grow to up to 72 feet (22 meters).

    During the winter and spring months, you'll typically see minke and humpback whales. The minke whale is one of the world's smallest whales, only growing to about 23 feet (7 meters). The beloved humpback whale can grow to be about 52 feet (16 meters). Both whales love krill, and they 'fluke' (slap) their tails on the water in order to bring the krill up to the surface. Humpbacks are a very curious breed of whales and are often referred to as 'friendlies' by sailors because they love to come up to ships.

    Keep your eyes peeled for other marine life like seals, sea lions and several types of dolphins. Your friendly and knowledgeable captain and crew all come from strong backgrounds in marine biology and will be able to answer all your questions.
    Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

    Newport Harbor, Newport Beach

    • Close encounter with friendly dolphins
    • Ideal choice for families
    • Informative, friendly and professional guide
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    14 positive reviews

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