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Rating: 4.6  682 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
Outstanding Trip
Wed, Nov 12, 08   3:30 PM efkelley461 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I have been on whale /dolphin watches all over the world. I have NEVER seen so many dolphins. There were hundreds of them frolicking all around the boat. Skilled captain knew just where to go.
Rating: 3
Boat Tour
Tue, Sep 9, 08   5:00 PM kelley4422 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
It is the wrong time of year to go on a boat tour, but we were there. There was nothing wrong with the tour, but we did not see anything.
Rating: 5
Blue whales a magnificent sight
Sat, Aug 9, 08   4:30 PM noreenkukkon Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
We had a great time on what seemed to be a brand new boat and, most important, got to see two blue whales and a fin whale. The captain had wasted no time taking us out to the area the blues were frequenting as this was the creature we all wanted to see. It was an unforgettable experience, seeing the world's largest living creatures
Rating: 5
Awesome trip -- HIGHLY recommended
Sat, Jul 12, 08   4:30 PM chorpie1 Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We (my wife and I) have been on numerous Whale Watching trips aboard the Dana Pride and each one has been a thoroughly satisfying and wonderful experience. Excellent captain, crew and vessle -- top flight all the way. We've taken family and friends along and have never been disappointed. In fact, our granddaughter will be visting us from Omaha next week and is very excited about going out with us, especially after hearing about our most recent trip where we encountered mega-pods of dolphin and a blue whale. I've also been on several fishing charters out of Dana Wharf and would rate these excellent as well.
Rating: 4
WHALE OF A TIME
Sun, Jun 29, 08   5:00 PM MaeWelch40 Female 60-69 Local Other
We celebrated our daughter's 42nd birthday with a Whale Watching trip out of Dana Point. She had always wanted to go, but there are at least three of us who have motion sickness. We took Dramamine - less drowsy type - and made it through even though the water was really choppy with a lot of whitecaps. We were just about to turn around and head back into the harbor when the crew spotted a blue baleen whale. So, we followed it around for about 45 minutes as it came up to breathe, and went down again, about every six minutes. Wish we could have seen a lot more of the whales, but had a really fun time with the one. Very interesting and my daughter LOVED IT! Thanks for the great trip.
Rating: 5
Great trip!
Mon, May 26, 08   5:00 PM pcpeltonen Male 60-69 Local Other
Shortly after leaving the harbor we entered a "superpod" of common dolphins, estimated at 3,000 to 4,000 strong. We stayed with the pod for the next 45 minutes as they darted and leapt around the boat. It was an amazing sight.
Rating: 5
Great Trip!!!!
Wed, Apr 23, 08   12:00 PM MarlenMoore Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
We did not see any whales, but the boat trip was well worth every dollar! Did see Sealoins & a huge pod of Dolphins! The crew were great & helpful, they every effort to make the trip worth while. We will return for another trip! We also appreciate the discount on Tuesday/Wednesdays. Thanks for a beautiful day at sea!!
Rating: 5
Recommend highly
Sun, Apr 13, 08   10:00 AM RonaldBeers Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
It was a great day. The crew was friendly and enthusiastic. The boat was clean. We saw a whale and followed it for about 35 minutes. Then took off and found a school of dolphins about 500-600 strong. The crew was very professional. My sister was in from Pennsylvania and enjoyed the cruise thoroughly.
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.