Welcome to SoCal Snorkeling Tours!


 Orange County's #1 Rated Snorkeling Tour 

Our trips will give you the opportunity to see a great variety of fish and marine life while we explore the beautiful reefs and astounding kelp forests! Schedule a trip today and experience it with friends and family!

Trips Offered

All trips are private and up to 6 people

Full Day



Enjoy a day of exploring the ocean and Catalina Island! Departing from Dana Point Harbor, it is a 32 mile boat ride to the island. On the way it is very likely that we will come across dolphins, sometimes even whales, and of course we will stop to check them out! Once at the island, we will take you to beautiful snorkel spots that are only accessible by boat. For lunch we will drop you off in Avalon to grab some food at one of the many restaurants on the island and to check out the town. After lunch we can jump in the water one more time and then head back to Dana Point and be home around 5:00pm. All snorkeling equipment and wetsuits will be provided and the boat will have a cooler stocked with cold drinks. Booking Charge: $1200

Booking Charge: $1,200

2 Day Overnight

(9:00am-5:00pm the following day)


What is Financial Literacy/ Education?

The terms financial literacy and financial education are often used interchangeably. While they are very similar, they represent different approaches to individual and household finances. Financial literacy is the fundemental understanding of everyday financial concepts in an effort to manage your own finances effectively. Financial education is a continuous process of learning about financial markets, products, and challenges as they present themselves. For example, understanding the debt cycle and how certain lenders profit from pushing people to borrow more than they need, is financial literacy. Taking a crash course on cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens as a potential addition to your investment portfolio is financial education. Many would suggest that financial literacy is enough for people to get a hold of their financial situation. However, just because you learn how to read doesn’t mean you should stop learning. In the same way that standard literacy and education together are essential to human welfare, we believe that both financial literacy and financial education are vital for a more equal and just society.

Why is Financial Literacy/ Education important?

We make countless choices everyday. A lot of those choices have to do with money. Financial literacy/ education allows us to understand the reasoning behind those choices and their impact beyond the present time. In a society with stagnant wages and growing debt, life is no longer about just earning enough to get by. Times like these require consciousness of our resources and learning how to manage them effectively. Becoming financially literate/ educate is precisely how we get there. Furthermore, the world of finance is purposefully complicated. There is a lot of complex math and jargon thrown our way. It can be really overwhelming and cause a lot of us to detach from our personal finances. Financial literacy/ education helps us reclaim power as workers and consumers by gaining knowledge, skill, and confidence in our financial decisions.

Is Financial Literacy/ Education about becoming rich?

Financial literacy/ education is not about becoming rich, though it can certainly help in getting there. It’s really about avoiding financial trauma that can perpetuate for generations. It’s about not living paycheck-to-paycheck, not dreading that the mail is another collection notice, and not holding your breath every time you login into your bank account. It’s also about opportunity. A lot people miss opportunities to build sustainable wealth simply because they don’t know that those opportunities exist. For instance, many jobs won’t tell you or won’t emphasize that they match contributions to your retirement plan because it to their benefit that you don’t know. Similarly, a lot of people don’t even know that many traditional companies offer stock options to all their employees. These missed opportunities compound and contribute to numerous disparities throughout life. Finally, it’s about protecting yourself from common unethical business practices that continually target those who don’t know any better. Predatory lending and wage theft are just some issues that plague the most vulnerable among us. There are agencies and protocols in place to protect people from these type of things, but sadly, they continue to happen because of unawareness and lack of economic empowerment

Can Financial Literacy/ Education solve income and wealth inequality?

The interconnected issues of extreme income and wealth inequality are multilevel and systemic. There are sociopolitical forces at play that extend far beyond individual choices As such, there isn’t a single, catch-all solution to rectify it. They are issues that require serious dialogue, policy consideration, and intergovernmental cooperation. That does not mean we can’t do anything about it now though. Learning about financial markets, how wealth is transferred, and how to use the capitalist system to our benefit as workers and consumers are one of the few tools we have today to level the playing field. The wealthy and well-connected will always be able to teach their children about the system. There has to be an equally powerful force on the other side, educating the public about their power in the system. Financial literacy/ education is not a panacea, but it can and should be a part of any economic justice strategy.


What is TALKIN' CA$H?

TALKIN’ CA$H is an educational platform that teaches people the essentials of personal finances, to build and support a more self-sustainable future. We are non-profit and present general financial knowledge, theory, and advice for people to comprehend and implement in their own economic lives. Our primary demographic target is Millenials and Generation Z, though we strive to make our content relevant to all generations. We believe that financial literacy/ education is a necessity for the public, and a key to providing equity back to underrepresented groups and neighborhoods across the nation. The structure we have built, along with the network of industry leaders we have communicated with, gives us a credible base to move forward with specific educational goals.

How is TALKIN' CA$H different from other financial literacy platforms?

Unlike many other financial literacy websites, TALKIN' CA$H is not managed or funded by a bank, hedgefund, or accounting firm looking to create customers. It is run by individual social entrepreneurs hoping to advance economic justice through education. We recognize that financial decisions are deeply personal and do not pressure people towards any lifestyle or ideology. For instance, a lot of non-profit financial literacy organizations heavily promote college as the sole method to escape economic adversity. While college can be a fantastic choice for some people, and further education is always a wonderful investment, we do not push anyone towards any particular direction. We believe through our educational content, people will feel empowered to make the financially sound choices that are right for them. We also acknowledge a changing and diversifying world. Technology has produced a lot of advancements in finances and we attempt to keep up with said advancements as they develop. Economic challenges exist today that didn't exist a few decades ago and we hope to educate people on how to navigate each of them. Lastly, we realize personal finance doesn't affect everyone the same way and will call on experiences from people of all social classes to foster better understanding.

Does TALKIN' CA$H offer personal financial advice?

TALKIN' CA$H does not offer any individual financial, legal, or tax advice. The content on this website is for educational purposes only.


What are your shipping costs?

We charge a flat $5.00 fee per order. You can purchase multiple items in one order and the shipping fee will still be $5.00!

How long will it take to receive my order?

Orders usually process within 1 day. Estimated delivery is 5-7 business days, depending on location. Tracking information will be avaible as soon as your item ships.

Do you ship internationally?

Unfortunately, we do not ship internationally at this time. But we are working on it!

Booking Charge: $2,000


About Us

Since 2015 we have been Southern California’s BEST snorkeling tour! We started out doing snorkeling trips from shore in Laguna Beach and we have now upgraded to doing private boat trips to snorkel and hang out at Catalina Island!


Dalton Best is the owner/operator of SoCal Snorkeling Tours. He was the main guide for the beach snorkeling in Laguna Beach and is now the captain that will be running these trips to Catalina. He is an avid free diver and spearfisherman. He is an Orange County local and has been training in the water since he was 8 years old. As a former Laguna Beach lifeguard, he has a safety-first mentality. With his background in customer service, he will always be striving to make sure you have the best experience possible.


When you're with Dalton, you can be sure that your safety will always be a priority and that you will create a memorable experience!

About Our Boat

Our 26’ Glacier Bay power catamaran offers the most comfortable ride of any boat in its size class. With a full wrap around windshield and hard top roof, you are protected from the wind, sun, and spray for a dry, warm ride.


The boat has a 3 seat bench with backrest, a cooler seat, and two oversize bean bags for getting real comfy. The boat also has a cabin below deck with a queen size bed if you want to take a nap.

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Keith Lewallen

4/14/17 + Verified Review


We had a fantastic time snorkeling with Waller as our guide and Dalton is an outstanding guy too.  It was an absolute blast and while we were all good swimmers, you can be rest assured they make this a very safe and fun experience.  Thanks so much guys!


Jessica C.

3/3/17 + Verified Review


Let me start by saying that I have a fear of the ocean. If I can't feel the ground, I tend to panic. Ironically enough, I snorkeled for the first time two years ago and I really liked it, but was still very nervous about it. My boyfriend booked with Socal Snorkeling Tour for my birthday, and I was very scared. Dalton, our tour guide, was amazing! He made me feel very safe and comfortable with snorkeling. He stayed between the rocks and I so that if we got close to them I wouldn't hit them and hurt myself. He took us to three different points and taught us the names of the types of fishes. The locations were very beautiful and we saw plenty of fish. I would definitely recommend Socal Snorkeling Tour if you are looking to book with someone!


Jay Schuette

6/21/16 + Verified Review


I can't believe I have lived in Orange County for 10 years and never snorkeled here before.  I had a friend visiting and wanted to try something different.  SoCal Snorkeling Tours seemed to have great reviews so we gave them a shot.  I can't say enough about the service we were provided or the unbelievable snorkeling around Laguna Beach.  Dalton took excellent care of us and taught us some great techniques.  As soon as we were comfortable in the water, I was actually diving about 15' down and checking out the rock reefs with Dalton.  I will definitely be doing this again.


Scott Freeman

5/4/16 + Verified Review


We had a great time Saturday on our snorkel tour on Laguna Beach with Dalton. He was extremely informative and courteous. We felt safe and in good hands and Dalton supplied top quality equipment and a first rate snorkeling experience. We would highly recommend him to any one who is curious or inexperienced when it comes to the ocean. Thanks Dalton.


Kathy Chinchilla

7/21/16 + Verified Review


The instructors are awesome, new equipment, and great safety guidance out in the water for beginners.  It was awesome having locals show you around the waters, and they stay at your pace whether you're a beginner or advanced snorkeler.  Would highly recommend checking them out, you will have a blast all the while getting the best snorkel experience in Laguna!


Kayla Hynes

7/3/16 + Verified Review


We had an incredible experience with SoCal Snorkeling Tours. Our instructor Dalton was extremely easy to communicate with before the tour. We met him right on the beach so all of your 2 hour tour time is spent in the water. During the tour he was even better. He was very patient with the kids and helped them get extremely comfortable in the water. He was always making sure that everyone in the group was doing ok. The equipment was either new or extremely clean and in great shape. I would definitely recommend this snorkeling tour to anyone.

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- Derek R.

"Great opportunity. Highly recommend"


- Christian R.

SoCal Snorkeling Tours is definitely the best!


 - Kayla H.

We had an incredible experience


- pborowski54

Phenomenal Experience


Frequently Asked Questions

How long is the trip?

➤ We will depart Dana Point Harbor at 9:00am and return around 5:00pm

If we want to stay at the island overnight, do you offer a 2 day trip?

➤ Yes, we can accommodate multiday trips.

What if I get sea sick?

➤ We recommend Bonine over Dramamine. It doesn’t cause drowsiness the way Dramamine does. The most effective use is to take it the night before so it is in your system, and take another the morning of.

Do we need to know how to swim?

➤ To join us on the boat, no. To join us in the water for snorkeling, yes.

Are children allowed?

➤ Absolutely!

Is there a minimum age?

➤ 4 years old

Is snorkeling gear and wetsuits provided?

➤ Yes

Where do we meet?

➤ Dana Point Harbor.

Where do we park?

➤ You will be able to park in a private lot in the harbor.

Is alcohol allowed?

➤ Yes. We request that you don’t bring glass and that you drink responsibly.