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Rating: 4.6  638 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 Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Fun ride not much to see
Sat, Feb 20, 10   12:00 PM karenmmartin Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Unfortunately after the storms the week before there was not much to see. But we had fun anyway. Thank you to the crew
Rating: 5
Outstanding!!
Sun, Feb 14, 10   4:00 PM mcquilter Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Three fin whales lunge feeding with a golden sunset in the background. It doesn't get any better than that!
Rating: 5
Beautiful day
Sun, Feb 14, 10   2:00 PM nursenaya Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
Our boat was the first of the day to see a gray whale. I have never been that close to a whale. The pod of dolphins we saw was huge, there had to be at least a hundred dolphins jumping in and out of the water. I do recommend having a camera with no delay if you want pictures. The crew was very friendly and informative. Best place to be is in the front of the boat.
Rating: 5
True Test of a Good Company
Sun, Jan 31, 10   12:00 PM mccrery Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The day was beautiful and we saw a few dolphins but no whales. Liked the boat (much quieter than expected). The test of a good company is not when everything goes as hoped and/or planned. We chose this company because of their policy that if no whales are seen, you get a "whale check" (free trip in the future during whales season). There is no expiration date. You just have to have the ticket. The policy was honored. We may or may not be able to go again since we're from out of town but we're impressed with the handling of it. We did not have to ask. It was told over the loud speakers before we docked. Pleasant crew just an uneventful trip. Only suggestion is that there be disclosure that the "online purchase discount of $2 per person" is offset by the service charge of $2 per person (resulting in no discount at all). This is interpreted as a "smoke and mirrors" trick out of character for the company and not appreciated.
Rating: 4
Whales not guaranteed
Sat, Jan 30, 10   2:00 PM vmotis Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Being on the waer was fun and we saw lots of dolphins of varying types which ws cool. The crew was knowledgeable and helpful but the disappointment was not seeing any actual whales. Would have liked to know ahead of time the likelihood of seeing one, e.g. did any other boats th day see one. The consolation prize was a going past a buoy where sea lions hang out. Being up close tothem was interesting but not what we came on the trip to see. We'll probably try again but will ask questions and do some research ahead of time to see if any whales are being sighted.
Rating: 5
Don't miss this opportunity to have a blast!
Sat, Jan 9, 10   12:00 PM ljsquare1 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We went on this adventure on January 9, 2010, to celebrate my sister's birthday, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. I suffer from motion sickness on almost all moving vehicles, but decided to go anyway because I wanted to spend the time with my family. I'm so glad I did, because I didn't even have a twinge of motion sickness. Although we didn't see any whales, we saw hundreds of dolphins and lots of sea lions, pelicans and seagulls. The crew was amazing and saw to our every need, including recommending a fabulous local restaurant for fresh seafood. Even if we hadn't seen any dolphins, it would have been worth the money just to be out on the ocean on a luxury yacht for a few hours. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
Rating: 3
No whales seen.
Sat, Jan 2, 10   10:00 AM ThomasJEllis Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Nice boat ride, but we only saw 4 risso dolphins. Voucher was given for future trip.
Rating: 4
awesome customer service in lue of bad weather.
Wed, Dec 23, 09   10:00 AM TKRiexinger Female 40-49 Unspecified Family Without Children
Our trip was postponed 1 day due to bad weather. Gale force winds etc. (thank you for not taking a chance on the ocean with our life's :) ). The next morning we went out but it was still a rough ocean and we saw only sea lions around a bouy but enjoyed a beautiful view of the coast. We received a voucher to return any time for another 2 hour whale watch excursion. I asked when it expired and the reply was NEVER. That is rare and we appreciate it especially because DanaWharf has no control over the weather! Great customer service and damage control in the face of bad weather. We are from NIagara Falls NY and may never make it back to beautiful California but if we can, we'll be back to Dana Wharf! Thank you K & T Riexinger
Rating: 3
No whales
Wed, Dec 23, 09   10:00 AM KatharinaE Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We are from New England and I've never seen a whale on the MANY trips I've been on...I was pumped to finally HOPEFULLY see one but we didn't, oh well! Maybe next time!
Rating: 4
If only the whales had cooperated.
Sun, Dec 20, 09   12:00 PM susan25 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The boat trip alone is great, but it would have helped if the whales had cooperated and been present. We did see some California sea lions and the discussion about them and how they are different from seals was informative. We didn't see any other marine life except for sea birds until the very end when the boat ran thru some bait fish being chased by some dolphins. There was a potential sighting of a whale, but it was already too far behind us as we entered the harbor and we couldn't take the time to verify what it was. The captain made sure that we had the opportunity to go out again free of charge, which he really didn't have to do.