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Rating: 4.6  360 rating points
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Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season

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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? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Amazing Dolphins, nice boat 100% fun!
Sun, Mar 6, 11   10:00 AM anthonynazza Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
What a great date it was, my wife and I had a BLAST! We highly recommend Dana Wharf Whale watching! The captain was VERY knowledgeable about the area and the marine life and seems to have extensive experience. I would LOVE to go again, and highly recommend this company and outing to anyone. The boat was very nice, comfortable, lots of room to sit and surprisingly quite a bit of room to move about so you're not stuck in one spot. We saw some elderly people on board with walkers, so it's handicapped friendly compared to some other smaller vessels. Food and drinks on board make things easy as well, but being able to bring our own snacks (per our diet) was a plus as well. I had no idea the CA coast was this thriving with interesting marine life outside of the norm! 100% loved it, will do again!
Rating: 2
SEA LIFE/RIDE=GREAT / GETTING RIPPED OFF=BAD
Sun, Mar 6, 11   8:00 AM qhristylle22 Female 30-39 Local Other
I loved seeing the sea lions and common dolphins, it was definitely exciting and fun. The entire party that came with me to celebrate my Birthday all enjoyed those same animal sightings. We were disappointed that we didn't get to see any whales but understand that it is nature and there's no control over that. However, there is control over the rudeness of the ticket takers and ripping people off. Allow me to explain: I purchased 8 tickets and arrived with 7 people. The 8th individual had a likely possibility of not making it on time BUT was still in route to attempt it. When I went to collect my 8 tickets, I was only given 7 because that's how many people were "there." I asked if I could have my 8th ticket and was told "semi-politely" that I couldn't have the 8th ticket if I was going to "re-sell" it. 1st off, I never indicated I was going to "resell" it. 2nd, I paid for the ticket, if I want to invite a total stranger and give my purchased ticket to someone else there, I think that is my right... I chose the other 6 people who were coming with me, why couldn't I pick the 7th, why is it the ticket takers decision all the sudden? 3rd when I was shocked and awed by the refusal of the ticket I asked for it again to at least have as a souvenir(even asked to pick it up after the ride) and was told no. I asked then if it was a wasted ticket and that no one was going to use it and was told yes. BUT when my 8th member arrived (BEFORE THE BOAT LEFT) she was denied because the boat was "full"... so, I got ripped off, my friend drove 1.5 hrs (round trip 3 hrs) for nothing and I didn't even get thank you when exiting the boat. So my recap is this. The sea life and the boat ride were great. The customer service, the deception and the thieving, were not so great. I'd recommend a tour like this again but I don't know that I would recommend this dishonest company.
Rating: 5
What a day!
Sun, Mar 6, 11   8:00 AM bglynch Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
So funny how some people on our trip actually seemed bummed and "cheated" that we did not see any grey whales on our trip. You've got to be kidding me! They are part of nature. We don't rope them in to make sure they are in the right spot when the boat drives by. What we did see? About 300 dolphins. We were in the middle of a giant pod where we were completely surrounded. I've seen more than a few dolphins in my day, and this was simply amazing. I will never forget our experience. We left at 8am, and it was pretty cold that day, but the boat was great. Not a person was seasick; it drives very steady and smooth. The breakfast burritios and hot chocolate were such a perfect treat for a cold day. What I would recommend is to arrive early so you can line up. When you get on board, quickly grab a seat outside where you can find one. They fill up, and several people stood the whole time. I definitely would not want to stand for 2 hrs., so don't be late! You will have a wonderful day out on the beautiful ocean.
Rating: 3
Whale watching... minus the whales
Sun, Mar 6, 11   8:00 AM ShelleyManus Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Thank god for the dolphins and sea lions! Not to mention the bloody marys! All in all it was worth getting up for! Haven't given up on seeing a whale up close and personal! Until that day, The discovery channel will have to do!
Rating: 5
wonderful experiance
Sat, Mar 5, 11   3:00 PM kamccarthy Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
I had a wonderful experience and seen lots of whales.
Rating: 5
Beautiful Day
Sat, Mar 5, 11   12:00 PM Debfidel Female 50-59 Local Individual
A beautiful day on the ocean with gorgeous weather. No whales but LOTS of dolphins. Nice to just relax on the boat and watch as they played, swam, jumped. Will definitely do this again, and again!
Rating: 4
Fun Activity
Sat, Mar 5, 11   11:00 AM ngaudion Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
I booked an 11 am trip on March 5 during the Whale Watching Festival for my husband, myself and our 24 year old son. The weather was great, cool but sunny. The number of people on the trip seemed just right. The captain found a school of dolphins that played with the boat, great for photos. He did find a whale about an hour plus into the trip. That was terrific and again a great photo-op. The captain seemed to have a good knowledge of the marine life in the area and shared that with the guests. We all enjoyed the trip.
Rating: 5
Great trip in a perfect SOcal weather
Sat, Mar 5, 11   9:00 AM Jessieyau Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Enjoy both the whale and dolphins watching
Rating: 5
Whale Watching is a great activity to do!
Sat, Mar 5, 11   9:00 AM mposecion Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
This is our family's first time to do this activity. We saw this in the OC Family ad and thought it would be a good idea. And yes, it was great! We had a great experience! Just being out to the sea at 9am, the breeze of fresh air was really refreshing, the water was calm. (We recommend you bring a heavy sweater for it was really cold.) Although our boat captain (boat named CLEMENTE) tried so hard for our group to spend more time chasing the whales to get a good glimpse, we are unlucky that we did not see them (mom and a calf) close-up. We only saw from afar their arched back. However, the boat captain brought us to the dolphins pod. We enjoyed the scene. Gosh... There were groups of dolphins (maybe a about 100 or even more) that we were in awe. They were everywhere playing, jumping up and down, swimming close to our boat that we don't know where to look. Due to time constraint, the boat just went around them and we hurriedly return back to the dock. We really hoped that we stayed a few more minutes so we can take great pictures and really see & enjoy the dolphins. Yes, we do recommend for others to do this activity especially if you have small children. You will love it!
Rating: 5
8am trip is GREAT VALUE!
Sat, Mar 5, 11   8:00 AM BMathias Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Best deal in Southern OC. 2 hour boat ride with numerous dolphins (don't expect to see a whale).