Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  357 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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% Positive Average
Last 3 months 118 266 4 = 262 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 155 353 4 = 349 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 159 361 4 = 357 97% 4.6
All 1,511 3,044 86 = 2,958 96% 4.4
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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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Had a wonderful experience and a great time!!!
Sat, Mar 22, 08   12:00 PM searay24 Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Obviously finding marine mammals in something the size of the ocean is a hit or miss proposition but our boat captain's experience brought us straight out to an enormous pod of dolphins, numbering at least several hundred in size. He then quickly located two California Grey whales and made sure to pass by a buoy on the way in where he knew sea lions regularly sunbathe. Couldn't have asked for a more fulfilling voyage. It would seem Mid-March is an excellent time to go whale watching as they migrate back up North and the weather and sea conditions were very favorable too. The Dana Pride is a nice size boat ... we didn't feel at all cramped even on a noon voyage on a Saturday. Highly recommend this adventure.
Rating: 5
Grey Whales!
Sun, Feb 26, 12   10:00 AM se2patel Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
We viewed two beautiful grey whales, it was amazing!
Rating: 5
Great trip, good employees, nice boat
Sat, Jan 25  12:00 PM sdlauretz Female 70+ Local Family With Children
We had a great time. The crew was very helpful and the narration was knowledgeable and interesting. I loved the tables on the upper deck. The captain did a great job of following some whales. We had a calf that followed our boat for about 1/2 hour and did all sorts of antics. We saw dolphins and sea lions and I would heartily recommend your company. We'll probably use your company to go to Catalina next month. I am disabled with a bad right leg. Your crew made sure I got on and off the boat safely and easily. All in all it was a delightful experience.
Rating: 3
Not bad
Fri, Dec 5, 08   10:00 AM Sdenunzio Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was a beautiful day. We saw sea lions and two different types of dolphins. So it could easily have been a great trip. The captain, though, was decidedly unenthusiastic. Kind of ruined the moment.
Rating: 4
Great price
Sat, Mar 14, 09   8:00 AM scrvarich Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
Once again, the price is the main perk of this trip. We've been out many times before with this group, and for the price it can't be beat (especially if you are in a group). So for that reason, I recommend this trip with this outfit. I was disappointed this time though... it took 1 1/2 hr and a tip from a local fishing boat to find a whale. I admit that's not really the fault of the company. But, what was disappointing is that the 1 1/2 hrs was spent zipping up and down the coast in FREEZING weather with no commentary whatsoever. The least they could have done is talked a little about the gray whales while searching for them, or had some whale artifacts to look at or something to make it more than a boat ride at 8am on a Saturday in the cold, damp weather. When we finally found the whale, it did not disappoint. He put on a great show. We really only got to spend about 10 minutes tracking it because it was time to head back - everyone kept mentioning how it felt like it was being crammed into the last few minutes so that they wouldn't have to hand out vouchers for free trips since we technically saw a whale. But again, for the price, this is totally the way to go.
Rating: 4
great for the price
Tue, Feb 3, 09   10:00 AM scrvarich Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
I've been on this trip twice this season. I think it is a great deal if you go on the discounted Tuesdays. I have two young children for whom being on the boat is at least half the fun; they love the dolphins and sea lions, and are excited about the whales. Given that most other whale watching trips in the area are upwards of $30/person, it's much more feasible for us as a family to go out on this trip. If you are planning a trip just for adults or with much older children, I think Captain Dave's trip is better; I think his teams are better at finding the whales and education is a huge piece of their trip. But for families on a budget, or particularly for families with small children who are just happy to take a boat ride and see a few dolphins (although we did see a whale the second time we took the trip), this is definitely the way to go.
Rating: 5
Wonderful, scenic fun with lots of whale spottings
Tue, Feb 5, 08   2:00 PM Scottwold Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I would highly recommend this trip. We saw several whale and dolphin throughout most of the 2 hour trip. The amenities on the boat are plentiful, and the crew was very friendly and informative about the sights we were seeing.
Rating: 5
No Whales but Awesome Day
Fri, Jan 29, 10   12:00 PM scoreboard Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We went on the noon departure on 1/29/10. It was like glass and we could see for miles. If there was a whale within 20 miles, we would have seen it. We did see seals, dolphins, sea lions, and some guy reel in a nice size halibit (not from our boat). The captain was kind enough to give us out tickets back. The boat was clean, the day was bright, and the scenery breathtaking. Looking forward to using the returned ticket.
Rating: 4
Whale Watching Trip
Sun, Mar 3, 13   11:00 AM schoolmarm14 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Overall, trip was good. It was pretty hard to hear information from boat captain. It was fun seeing the dolphins.
Rating: 5
Very enjoyable trip
Tue, Mar 25, 08   2:00 PM Scholfield Female Unspecified Local Group of Friends
A good value.