Captain Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Safari provides the opportunity to disperse ashes at sea off of the beautiful Orange County coast from the peace and comfort of a private boat. This can be a difficult time and we have two sailboat catamarans, both Coast Guard certified and operated by a professional crew, for a pleasant and dignified final farewell.
Scatterings typically occur off of Dana Point/south Laguna within a 1-hour time frame. However we can also accommodate custom location requests and extended trips. Many folks like to spend extra time with the dolphins and whales that we often find during all of our excursions. For optimal ocean conditions we highly recommend a morning departure.
We have a sound system on board Manute’a so you can play your favorite music. We can also provide refreshments or you’re welcome to bring your own. You may also want to bring flowers or wreathes (no wires please) to be scattered too. Hint: flower petals look especially beautiful when scattered on top of the water and make a lovely memorial marker.
A personalized certificate containing the date and GPS coordinates of the service will be provided at no additional cost. On request we can refer you to an ordained minister (minister will charge additional fee).
On the day of the charter you will need to have the Application and Permit for Disposition of Human Remains from the local registrar of births and deaths. If the cremation was done in California it should have been provided with the ashes. Otherwise, you’ll need to contact the Orange County Health Care Agency at 714-480-6700 to obtain the burial permit. It can usually be picked up same-day at their Santa Ana location.
Please call (949) 488-2828 or email for more information and reservations. We’re available to assist you 7 days a week.
Our 35-foot sailing catamaran is the original pride of our fleet and features Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets on the bow, comfortable seating in the cockpit, and a restroom. Can comfortably accommodate about 20 passengers. If you have a few children in your group, then we are Coast Guard certified for more, up to 24 passengers.
1 hour: $540.00
$270.00 for each additional 30 minutes
Our 50-foot sailing catamaran offers state of the art equipment including our new Eye to Eye Underwater Viewing Pod, underwater camera, research hydrophone, three Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets plus a huge cockpit, galley, and two bathrooms. Can very comfortably accommodate 49 passengers.
1 hour: $1,040.00
$520.00 for each additional 30 minutes