Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  700 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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% Positive Average
Last 3 months 74 168 4 = 164 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 149 340 4 = 336 99% 4.6
Last 12 months 310 708 8 = 700 98% 4.6
All 1,666 3,399 90 = 3,309 96% 4.4
Rating and reviews for:

Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour

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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: 5
Great Day!
Sat, Mar 27, 10   10:00 AM hghassey Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
We had a wonderful day - beautiful weather with fantastic views of the animals... The captains were very knowledgable and personable and the boat itself was great. I am four months pregnant and had to throw up... The crew were so sweet and fixed me a cold drink right away - I highly reccomend this as it far exceeded my expectations for the price - I will definietly bring my four year old next time - there were several young kids on the boat who appeared to be having a really fun time:)
Rating: 5
Great Saturday afternoon!!
Sat, Mar 20, 10   2:00 PM lilsch Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Our whale watching experience was wonderful!! we saw two grey whales, with the captain following them for over half an hour, it was exciting to watch as they breached the ocean and gave us a peek at these beautiful creatures. After the whales, we also got to see what seemed to be hundreds of dolphins, playing and jumping to keep up with the boat. All in all a very enjoyable afternoon.. and purchasing the tickets ahead of time with Zerve made the day very easy tp put together at the last minute..
Rating: 4
Accommodating crew searched for and found WHALES!!
Wed, Mar 17, 10   2:00 PM PeggyABailey Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We thought this was an interesting outing, well worth reduced senior rates. Left on time; returned a little late because the captain kept searching for whales. We saw them, as well as lots of nearby dolphins. Great fresh seafood on the wharf. Nice outing for visitors.
Rating: 5
Sun, Mar 14, 10   10:00 AM denaec Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Delightful & informative
Rating: 5
Sun, Mar 14, 10   10:00 AM Fmoralesjr82 Male 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I'm kinda paranoid about being in the ocean, but this whale watching trip was a blast. The captain was informative, and the crew professional. We saw common dolphins and 3 gray whales.
Rating: 4
Quite Pleased
Sun, Mar 14, 10   8:00 AM josephineha Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I'm trying to get my land legs back as I'm typing this. I managed to score a couple of really cheap advance tickets for Dana Wharf's whale watching tour last month. Two hours of cetacean-stalking 'n gawking on the Dana Pride for $10 a head! It wasn't indicated on their sales webpage, but I'm guessing the generous discount was a daylight-savings special. We started by following the trail of a wayward gray whale going south for about 30-40 minutes. It went up to breathe every once in a while but we were never able to get more than 1/4 mile close to it. I got a "Screw you guys, I wanna get to Mexico ASAP!" vibe from the giant beast. That's OK, I understand. Dana Pride's boat commander guy finally gave up and steered us toward a distant pod of dolphins. The host guy on the lower deck kept reassuring us that we would see "thousands" of dolphins (the company guarantees a sighting ya know, or your next visit's free). I wouldn't say there were thousands, but there were definitely a bunch of dolphins leaping and following us north for the majority of the tour. Quite a sight to behold; I just wished that southern California seawater were clear blue instead of murky green. After that, we made a quick stop at a green buoy convered with photogenic sea lions and returned to the harbor. There was a tip jar for the hosts next to the exit and a discount coupon for a future trip. The last time I had taken this tour was during a field trip back when I was a kid, and I didn't see anything more than a *very* distant whale tail. I'm very glad I got much more out of the tour this time around. Your experience will most likely vary. I'm sure there have been other excursions where whales have come up close to the boats. Don't expect too much and you'll leave satisfied.
Rating: 5
When whales don't come out to play
Sat, Mar 13, 10   4:00 PM johnshyama Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
This company gives you a free ticket to take anytime you like which is excellent
Rating: 4
Exciting but little seasick
Sat, Mar 13, 10   2:00 PM lamoar2001 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Arrived late and kindly they rebooked us to the next boat even though the ongoing festival (high season) , luckily watched a couple of whales (then mostly we followed them along the coast, are we actually harrassing whales?). Nobody prevented us from seasickness, not very rough but several passengers got sick. Personnel on board was very kind though. I highly recommend it but with a word of caution, not for the faint of heart.
Rating: 5
great trip
Sat, Mar 13, 10   2:00 PM sheriltyre Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
this was a great trip. Everyone on the boat was so nice and informative. Would do this again.
Rating: 5
We saw Dolphins - a lot of Dolphins!
Sat, Mar 13, 10   11:00 AM dstiel Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
There is no doubt we feel lucky to have seen a magnificent "super-pod" of dolphins - literally many, many hundreds of them jumping, leaping, and "walking" on their tails. Even the baby dolphins kept us rivited to the scene. Wow! Our Captain followed the pod for several miles and for what seemed like an hour, keeping us entertained with interesting facts. Granted, there are never any guarantees you'll see anything, but today it was unforgettable. What a trip!