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Rating: 4.6  512 rating points
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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 Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Just Do It!!
Wed, Apr 2, 08   12:00 PM allyn5157 Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
If you're a tourist in Southern California and have stood in line for all of your other activities, you'll love this Whale-Watching tour! Dana Point is beautiful and the wharf area is manageable and pleasant - no lines (and if there are lines, they'll be short ones). The tour operators are knowledgeable and very friendly. The tour boat is large and comfortable and, on the day we participated, it just skimmed smoothly on the water. My wife and I had a great time and plan on doing it again. Oh, did I mention we didn't see any whales? It didn't matter to us, it was still a fun day and we understand that whales have a mind of their own and don't always read the script! Just make up your mind that you'll have a great time and you will.
Rating: 4
Fulfilling and Rewarding Cruise for Whales
Sun, Mar 30, 08   2:00 PM davebedell Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Seas were slightly rough though the sun was shining brightly as my wife and her cousin (an L.A. resident) scanned the seas for marine life. We saw several gray whales blowing spouts and arching their backs out of the water near the cruise boat. On a couple occasions, we were able to clearly see the whales' blow holes and the barnacles, crustaceans, and other features of the whales' backs and skin. We also saw whale flukes on two occasions being raised from the sea surface just as or just before the whales dove into the sea. We also saw several dolphins arcing out of the water, three at a time swimming in unison and exposing themselves to our view off the side of the cruise boat. Our guides were quite knowledgeable about the whales and kept us informed about sightings and whale/dolphin locations relative to our boat's position. Our 7x birding binoculars were quite helpful in viewing the whales and dolphins as these mammals kept a bit of distance between themselves and our cruise boat. Our party of three (including my wife and I from out of state) felt this a rewarding and exciting experience, though it was a bit short (a little less than two hours all told considering maneuvering and docking the vessel, exiting and entering the harbor, etc.). My wife's cousin & L.A. resident is looking forward to returning in July for a cruise to view Great Blue Whales, which our guide informed us often frequent these waters at that time of year.
Rating: 5
Took visiting German friends on whale watching
Fri, Mar 28, 08   12:00 PM Jamescrawfo Male 60-69 Local Group of Friends
I have always enjoyed your tours, but this time I took some visiting German friends who had a 14 and 16-year old children and we saw 4 whales and numerous dolphins. It was a grand tour and we got some great pictures!
Rating: 5
Was fun and had a great day. Thank You
Tue, Mar 25, 08   12:00 PM browinsky Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
It was something I have never done and always wanted to. We got very lucky that day and saw five whales and probably around 50 Dolphins. It was a very great day and fun. The crew was very nice and the cheese bugers were also very good and of course the beer just another benefit. Well planned out. Thank You for a great day. The two hours went pretty fast and could of been just a little longer.
Rating: 4
Recommended
Mon, Mar 24, 08   10:00 AM Clampitt Male 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
Beautiful day - perfect weather - saw incredible pod of Dolphins (per Captain over 2000) - dolphins thrilled my 8-year old Grandson - saw Seal Lions, Sharks & Seals but no Whales. Crew members provided detailed responses to questions asked.
Rating: 4
Good Cruise no whales
Tue, Mar 18, 08   2:00 PM JSROBERTTHIB Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We enjoyed the cruise as it was a beautiful day. We were disappointed that we did not see any whales but we did see seals and dolphins. We feel we might have been better to take a morning cruise rather than the 2 p.m. cruise. The company was very generous in allowing people to stay on board for a second cruise to see if that cruise would see any whales. Earlier cruises that day saw whales.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Tue, Mar 18, 08   12:00 PM PeterHiggs Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was an excellent trip seeing lots of whale both close and distant.
Rating: 5
An overall great experience!
Tue, Mar 11, 08   12:00 PM lrwhite Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Our group of 8 men, women & children did the 12:00 trip on 3/11/08. We had exceptional weather & smooth seas but the highlight was time we spent cruising through a pod of thousands of dolphins. After the dolphin show we were very fortunate to see a fin back whale, about 80 feet long, surface and blow several times. Also, the crew was very friendly, helpful and informative. Everyone in our group gave this trip an A++.
Rating: 5
Very nice experience...
Sat, Mar 8, 08   11:00 AM ajmaniccia Male 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
OK, all we saw were two sea lions and no whales or dolphins, but that wasn't anybody's fault. Plus we got a pass to go out again for free. The captain and crew of our boat were great. The captain tried several different areas and kept us informed. He was very personable and genuinely sorry we didn't see a whale (although we did see a couple "spouts"). The boat was clean and the galley had reasonable prices.
Rating: 5
great service/great experience
Fri, Mar 7, 08   12:00 PM patelliot Female 60-69 Local Individual
It was a beautiful day to be on the ocean. Despite seeing no whales, we thoroughly enjoyed the dolphins, the ride and the crew.