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Rating: 4.6  359 rating points
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Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season

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Majestic whales, playful dolphins, and other wildlife make this narrated cruise an exciting and awe-inspiring trip.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 3
Disappointing.
Sat, Jan 19, 13   2:00 PM edrisley Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was 2nd time we went. This boat had less outside seating and less interior space as well. We saw 1 whale, at a distance - disappointing.
Rating: 5
Great way to spend an afternoon
Fri, Jan 18, 13   12:00 PM lucysky Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
The boat ride in and of itself is a simple pleasure. The crew is very friendly and kind. I brought my Mom and her girlfriends from back east. We had purfect weather and we did see a whale. There were tons of dolphins that were just adorable. Second year in a row we had a great time. We were able to but the tickets in advance and saved a bundle. That was an added perk. When you arrive in Dana Point to check in for the boat ride, there is kind of an ordeal to have to call and give them a 3 digit number. If we did not arrive early, that could of been very stressful. All in all it was a great day and thank you.
Rating: 5
excellent trip
Thu, Dec 6, 12   2:00 PM uvstgal Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was an excellent way to spend a few hours. There is not a guarantee that you will actually see whales on the day you go. We did get to see 2 fin whales and literally 100's of dolphins on the day we went out. The crew tries to make sure you will see something on your excursion and our crew were friendly and very helpful. will probably do this again if we are in the area again.
Rating: 5
Saw whales, as promised, as well as dolphins.
Sat, Apr 21, 12   12:00 PM jeaniem Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The skipper and crew were awesome. There was a marine expert on board who narrated and explained behaviors. They let all the kids on board go into the wheel house and "drive" the boat. Although I had no children with me I thought this was a very wonderful thing. We saw whales, they explained how to spot them and track them. We saw so many dolphins it was like being in a Jacque Cousteau show. The dolphins were worth the price of the ticket!
Rating: 5
Can't wait to do again
Sat, Mar 24, 12   12:00 PM marci123 Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Did not spot any whales but totally enjoyed boat trip out in the big blue. Boat/yacht was beautiful, clean with excellent menu selection in the galley. So relaxing and enjoyable. Saw plenty of dolphins which was spectacular. Totally appreciate voucher to experience again. Intuition says we will catch that grey whale next time
Rating: 3
Was pleasant
Thu, Mar 22, 12   12:00 PM Krystle02 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Couldn't keep up with the whales but saw some dolphin which was cool
Rating: 5
Cruise was definitely "A" rated!!
Mon, Mar 12, 12   12:00 PM Capaci Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
The cruise boat was very clean and orderly. Crew was A+. The only thing our group would have recommended would be for the captain to announce a tad more about the grey whales (ie: since Newport Coast is such a fashion hub, it would be interesting to note a fun fact such as "ambergris". It comes from the whales and is historical in the use of a fixative in the perfume industry. The captain was wonderful in announcing whale info, but possibly add 5% of fun details such as this. All in all GREAT EXPERIENCE and would do it again.
Rating: 5
Great Activity
Mon, Mar 12, 12   12:00 PM pdiddy222 Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
We had a great time. The Dana Wharf facility has ample parking, friendly staff and clean boats. The captain's running narrative while we were out in the ocean was entertaining, educational and high energy. We saw at least four whales. Bonus round: a dozen dolphins followed the boat and played in the boat's wake for awhile. The captain glided by the harbour bouy on the return trip and gave us a close look and quick lesson about the seals/sea lion piled up in the float. I would highly recommend Dana Wharf Whale Watching trip.
Rating: 4
A Nice Activity
Sun, Mar 11, 12   1:00 PM Markeaston27 Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
This was a nice event. We did not see any whales. We did not see many dolphins either. Make sure it is sunny and warm outside.
Rating: 4
This was a pleasant and well-run activity.
Sun, Mar 11, 12   12:00 PM skroeger Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
All of our experience was very positive except that it was sometimes difficult to hear and/or understand what was being said over the speakers depending upon where we were located. Safety information at the beginning was almost unintelligible. Perhaps it could be given before the boat is underway. Crew members answered questions in a professional and friendly way when asked. This was a very enjoyable experience!