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Rating: 4.6  676 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: 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.
Rating: 5
One great afternoon on the ocean.
Mon, Dec 14, 09   12:00 PM Zambia100 Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Working with the people of Zerve was a pleasant experience. They patiently answered all my questions. When rain threatened our day to go out whale watching, they patiently helped out by moving our date from a Saturday to a Monday. When our party increased from two to four persons, there was no problem getting the extra tickets. I appreciated the attached map and instructions to get to the Dana Point wharf. Thank you all. We had a great time. I recommend this activity for everyone, all ages, all backgrounds.
Rating: 5
Great time!
Sun, Dec 6, 09   2:00 PM sundaybikers Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Love being on a boat, it's a relaxing time! We saw a school of tens of dolphins and a Blue Wale, the Captain was nice enough to spend more time to wait for the whale to come up again! We were late 5 min but nobody complained, we saw the Blue Whale!
Rating: 5
Terrific outing even without the whales.
Fri, Dec 4, 09   12:00 PM loiscohen1 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Staff was well informed and interesting. We knew it was early in the season for the grey whales and we did get to see 4 varieties of dolphins. Very nice experience.
Rating: 3
Take it or leave it
Sun, Apr 26, 09   10:00 AM jhandy Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The whale watch was just okay. We didn't see any whales, however we do understand that it's the end of the grey whale migration. We did see dolphins and sea lions. We enjoyed the trip, although I thought 2 hours was a little short. The staff were friendly but not very exciting. I'd say it's a good tour if you just want to go out and see what you may see, but don't expect too much.