Sailing with Captain Dave’s Dolphin Safari in Dana Point offered an exclusive eye-to-eye underwater and above water sensory experience with 1000s of dolphins, as well as California Sea Lions and other beautiful sea creatures. We set out on a hi-tech catamaran for 2 and 1/2 hours of dolphin fun, and it was one of the most peaceful adventures of my lifetime. While the dolphins leapt and played right off of the bow, we stood with our mouths open at the unique experience. The exclusive underwater viewing pod let us swim with dolphins without getting wet and the hydrophone created the sound of underwater music for our ears. The certified naturalists made this exciting excursion educational and entertaining, too, and the homemade triple-fudge brownies made this a one-of-a-kind adventure a tasty treat. Captain Dave’s Dolphin and Whale Safari is a joy for all of the senses.
We left from the ocean view ‘Dolphin Deck’, one of the prettiest spots in Dana Point Harbor. Captain Dave’s crew welcomed us aboard a high-speed, high-tech catamaran sailboat for an incredibly exciting experience where we got a chance to get within arm’s reach of huge dolphin herds. During the 2.5 hours, we witnessed massive families of Risso dolphins, Pacific Bottlenose dolphins, and Long Nose Common dolphins.
We had the option to stay comfortable and dry in the cockpit with 360 degree views, but we chose to venture out on the special “Tram Net” for a really close encounter. Several men, women, and children laid down and reached their arms through the net to actually touch the dolphins. As the dolphins jumped and splashed in the waves, many travelers were able to feel their skin and fins. At 8 months pregnant, I couldn’t exactly lay on my stomach for this personal encounter, but the smile on one six-year-old’s face said it all. It was sheer bliss!
Captain Dave’s Safari offers the world’s only Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pod! Below the surface, in the underwater viewing pod, we saw and heard dolphins up close. As four dolphins playfully swam within inches from the glass, I felt like one of the pod.
With an unbelievable amount of fins gliding in and out of the water all around us, we heard the unique languages of the dolphins with Captain Dave’s research-quality hydrophone. There were so many dolphins that it sounded like static filling the airwaves. Even swimming with the dolphins in Mexico didn’t give me such a personally connected feeling. It was incredible; we were part of their world!
The soft breeze, perfect California weather, and continued immersion with the dolphins created an unforgettable sailing experience.
Mrs. Capt. Dave’s triple fudge brownies, served complimentary at the end of the safari, completed the sensory treat.
From 6 to 86 years, we witnessed the delightful expressions on the faces of others and I’m quite certain our happiness was evident all day long. Captain Dave’s Safari was the most unique dolphin adventure to date.
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