2 Underwater Viewing Pods for Dolphin & Whale Watching on Catamaran

50 ft
Boat length
Up to 49
This boat is rented with a captain
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The boat

Hailed by many guests as “better than Disneyland,” Manute’a is the most unique whale watching boat in the world. Our private charter offers the best whale watching in Southern California. Scenic coastline and incredible year-round wildlife will surely wow your guests of any age.

Manute’a exclusively features two Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods, so you can feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins and whales underwater without getting wet. She also offers three Eye-Spy Dolphin Tram Nets, a micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts, plus a large, semi-covered cabin area and cockpit with ample cushioned seating and two bathrooms.

Manute’a is operated by our professional Captain and crew. She is Coast Guard certified to carry up to 49 passengers.

Dana Point, California, is the Dolphin and Whale Watching Capital of the World® and the first Whale Heritage Site in the Americas. Experience year-round whales and dolphins including blue whales (May – Oct.), gray whales (Dec. - May), fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and more, plus 5 species of dolphins that can number in herds up to 10,000! Rare dolphins like orcas and pilot whales can be seen at any time. You could also see sea lions and seals, pelagic birds, and various species of fish, including sharks.

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50 ft.
50 Catamaran
/ (excl. fees)
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Boat location

Exact location information is provided after a booking is confirmed.

Your crew

Boat owner
I am a Coast Guard licensed captain, and for over 25 years I've had the privilege of taking passengers out to see the magnificent whales and huge pods of dolphins that live year-round off the coast of Southern California. I'm a certified Responsible Whale Watching partner with the World Cetacean Alliance. When I’m not on the water showing passengers amazing sea life, I’m actively involved with whale disentanglement. I founded and organized Orange County's first whale rescue group. I'm also an award-winning filmmaker and author who has been featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Today Show, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Discovery Channel, and National Geographic, and have had my film footage in theatrical films including in the Academy Award nominated film, Racing Extinction.
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  • Response rate: 100%
  • Avg. response time: < 12 hours

Things to know

Allowed on boat

kids under 12
glass bottles

  • Free cancellations until 30 days before the booking start time.
  • 50% refund for cancellations between 15-30 days before the booking start time.
  • Cancellations within 14 days of the booking start time are non-refundable.
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This boat belongs to a Commercial Owner, an independent boat rental company. A Commercial Owner is an independent, Boatsetter-approved boat rental company who provides their own insurance to their guests.

A security deposit hold (not a charge) will be placed on your credit card 48 hours before your booking starts to cover any incidental damage that may occur during your rental. This hold is released 48 hours after the booking is complete, if no claims are made. The security deposit amount for the boat you are booking will be outlined during the check-out process.

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If requested, the owner can provide a list of available captains for bareboat charter or the renter can use their own qualified captain. If the boat is being time chartered, the owner will provide the Captain.