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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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    Ocean Raft Whale Watching

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    Want to watch the shoreline slip away and feel the ocean breeze in your hair? Head out for an exciting day of whale-watching and more on the “PEREGRINE” powerboat. Departing from Port San Luis (about 5 minutes from Avila Beach and 15 minutes from Pismo Beach), the boat will take you and your family out to marvel at the abundant wildlife that thrives in the San Luis Bay while experienced sea captains (and seasoned storytellers) regale you with the rich history of the area. Learn fun facts about Avila Beach and the San Luis Bay while spotting sea otters and California sea lions, jagged cliffs and sea caves and spectacular panoramic views. During the summer months - from July to September - you’ll even have a high chance of seeing humpback whales and Pacific dolphins as well. Join the crew today for an exhilarating adventure perfect for the whole family!
    Ocean Raft Whale Watching

    3920 Avila Beach Drive, Avila Beach

    • Set sail on a family-friendly tour of the San Luis Bay
    • See spectacular panoramic views and a rich abundance of local wildlife
    • During the summer, spot humpback whales and Pacific dolphins
    • Learn more about the history and wildlife of the area from experienced sea captains
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    20 positive reviews
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    Whale Watching

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    This tour is guaranteed to be two things: boatloads of fun and a whale of a time! You'll climb aboard a comfortable and well-equipped ship where you can choose to sit indoors or outdoors -- either way, you'll be treated to incredible views of an exciting ocean bursting with undersea life! As you set sail into the beautiful, blue waters off the coast of Los Angeles and Orange County, the scavenger hunt will begin. Keep your eyes peeled to spot a wide variety of marine animals, like dolphins, sea lions, and, of course, whales. Plus, you'll enjoy a ship that has all the modern amenities you need to make your trip comfortable and enjoyable. So, go ahead! Kick back, sip a soda, and watch out for whales!
    Whale Watching

    400 Main St, Newport Beach

    • Experience an exciting whale-watching tour through the crystal waters off the coast of Los Angeles and Orange County
    • Feel the excitement of seeing a wide variety of amazing aquatic life, which may include whales, dolphins, sea lions, and more
    • Enjoy taking your tour on a 65-foot long ship complete with wraparound outside seating, a large sundeck, a snack bar, and indoor seating with large windows
    • Discover an aquatic adventure of tropical proportions in an unlikely place that not likely to soon forget
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    36 positive reviews
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    Newport Beach Whale Watching

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    Sail along the clear waters of scenic Newport Beach as you set out on a whale-watching adventure you'll never forget. See the migration of the blue whales as they swim alongside your boat and showcase their majestic wonder. Marvel at the sheer size and speed of these stunning creatures as they make their way through the waters, travelling up to 30 mph. You'll also witness other sea creature as you travel, as long as you keep your eyes peeled. Your guide will share interesting facts and answer your questions as you take photos and learn all about this stunning annual migration.
    Newport Beach Whale Watching

    309 Palm St, Newport Beach

    • Observe the incredible annual migration of the Blue Whale
    • Enjoy the stunning scenery of Newport Beach
    • Learn funs facts about the whales you see along the way
    • Experience the majestic beauty of the ocean's creatures
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    29 positive reviews
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    The Nautilus

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    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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    16 positive reviews
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    The Glass Bottom Boat

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    You are perfect. Yup pretty damn-near perfect. I mean, it's not like you can walk on water . . . or can you? Take a ride on the brand new Glass Bottom Boat, The Sea View, as you sail past Avalon Harbor out to Lover's cove and the marine preserve there. You'll see the rich, lively world hidden just below the waves. Control the feeding devices from the safety of your seat and watch as the fish flock to feast on the bait. And the best part -- Everybody gets a window seat. . . at least a window floor. Hey, the guy walking on water next to you doesn't make you any less perfect. Perfection can be shared!!
    The Glass Bottom Boat

    Green Pier, Avalon

    • Set sail on a Glass Bottom Boat to see the underwater world like you never have before
    • Take control of the feeding system to bring the sea-creatures to you
    • Cruise along Avalon Harbor to the crystal clear waters of Lovers' Cove, a marine-preserved sanctuary for a rich variety of undersea life
    • Discover the wondrous creatures that live beneath the sea
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    16 positive reviews
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    Couples Whale Watching

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    Looking to add a more porpoise to your relationship? Treat yourself and your significant other to a Santa Monica Bay sailing adventure! The cool waters of the bay are a haven for harbor seals, pelicans, and dolphins. They also make a year round home for the non-migratory blue whale, the largest animal in the history of all animals, and gray whales from January through the end of March. Your captain will take you to some of the best spots in the bay to watch these amazing creatures do their thing. You'll sit back, enjoy the luxurious accommodations of your 36' yacht, and watch the magic unfold. Whether you're looking to up the ante on date night or celebrate a special occasion, this unique opportunity is sure to make a splash for you and your loved one! It's going to be whaley special.
    Couples Whale Watching

    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

    • Treat yourself and your significant other to a whale-watching cruise aboard a 36' yacht
    • Spot blue whales, grey whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and pelicans
    • Relax in the sun and enjoy the cool spray of the water as you travel at full sail
    • Up the ante on date night with a luxurious, romantic water adventure
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    11 positive reviews
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    Whale-Watching Cruise from Newport Beach

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    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
    • Instant Confirmation
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    14 positive reviews
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    Couples Harbor Tour

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    Celebrity yachts and pelicans? That's a lot of bills! Marina del Rey is a place to see and be seen, and this couples harbor cruise is your chance to do both! With Old Plank Productions, you'll get first rate service as you sail the largest man-made marina in the world, which happens to be home to over 6,000 private yachts. You'll sit with your feet up, enjoying the view from a 36' sloop. From your sailboat, you'll be able to see happenings in Fisherman's Village, such as trendy restaurants serving hungry patrons. Not to mention you'll also catch harbor seals and pelicans looking to grab a bite of their own, routinely hanging out at the live bait depot. The stylish comfort of the yacht and dazzling surrounds make this adventure perfect for a luxurious and romantic gesture. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion or simply spicing up date night, it yacht to be pretty special time!
    Couples Harbor Tour

    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

    • Treat yourself and your significant other to a couples cruise around Marina Del Rey
    • Check out the impressive number of high-end yachts anchored in the marina
    • Spot local wildlife, including harbor seals and pelicans
    • Up the ante on date night or celebrate a special occasion with a luxurious, romantic water adventure
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    11 positive reviews
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    Group Whale Watching (3-6 people)

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    Best buds with vampires? Or maybe you and your friends are just a bunch of nightowls. Either way, this lunar tour ought to cast just the right amount of light for your tastes! You and your companions will come aboard a 36' yacht, the perfect setting for an evening cruise, for an experience made all the more impressive by a backdrop that includes moonlit waters and distant city lights. Out on the water, you'll be able to sit back and relax, while enjoying the cool evening breeze as you cut across the water at full sale. You're going to go loony for this moonlight ride!
    Group Whale Watching (3-6 people)

    13650 Mindanao Way, Marina del Rey

    • Treat your group of 3 to 6 people to an evening cruise on a 36' yacht
    • Explore Santa Monica Bay by moonlight, taking in distant city lights
    • Revel in the moonlit waters and the cool breeze cutting across the bay
    • Enjoy a luxurious and romantic sailing experience
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    11 positive reviews

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