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Rating: 4.6  639 rating points
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Last 3 months 90 208 4 = 204 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 164 376 5 = 371 98% 4.6
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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? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Unforgetable experience
Wed, Mar 21, 12   2:00 PM Heroabrian Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I found this trip online when I was searching for activities to do in orange county, CA. To my surprise it was shown on the orange county's website but was not even advertised on the flyers at the hotel. I was immediately interested to do the whale watching trip and was happy that the trip provider, Danawharf, give a 40% discount! On the trip day, I was glad that the cruise boat was a big (and very clean ) catamaran which provides an outdoor seating and indoor seating area (with a bar!) as well as plenty of walkabouts around the boat as you need to walk around in case the whale shows up around the boat. In addition to that, the trip guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the whale that we were about to watch. To my surprise, the whale showed up several times, and it was an amazing view, considering that this is an open sea and that we are dealing with a wild animal. As a bonus after trailing the whale for an hour the boat took us to dolphin enclaves around the area, which is another amazing experience. All things said, I really like to recommend to do this this activity with danawharf whenever you're in OC between Nov-April as that is the best time to catch a glimpse of migrating whales. Five out of Five.
Rating: 5
Great Trip!
Mon, Mar 19, 12   2:00 PM jamstark Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The trip was a lot of fun! We saw 5 grey whales and also sea lions. The captain kept manuevering the boat so we could get great views of the whales, always telling us ahead of time where to look for the whales to surface. The crew was friendly and informative and made the experience very enjoyable. Thanks for a great trip!
Rating: 5
Two Hours Well Spent!
Thu, Mar 15, 12   2:00 PM K2797c Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was a wonderful tour! The crew was knowledgeable and informative about the area marine life. We spotted two grey whales that we followed for a time, a school of dolphin swam with our boat and we got to see sea lions basking on a bouy. We are ready to do it again!
Rating: 4
Fun adventure
Mon, Mar 12, 12   12:00 PM moonlightguy Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Everything about the staff and boat was great! A fun trip, and there is a little thrill not knowing what you will see. They do announce immediately that if no whales or dolphins are seen, that they give a voucher for another free trip. Fun two hours and would recommend.
Rating: 2
Fun boat ride but no whales.
Sun, Mar 11, 12   3:00 PM sroberts3063 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was a nice day for a boat ride and saw lots of dolphins but no whales. The boat was nice but no whales. They gave us a ticket to come back but seeing as how they are not seeing whales and I live 2,000 miles away it doesn't seem like a free ticket is all that valuable.
Rating: 4
Looking forward to doing it again
Sun, Mar 11, 12   2:00 PM MONICASMS3 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our experience was very nice. We unfortunatley did not see any whales this time but we were issued a voucher for another try at it at our convienience. We did see sea lions and a pod of common dolphins.
Rating: 5
We saw a whale
Sun, Mar 11, 12   12:00 PM thinkkanen Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
It is amazing that the migration of the grey whale is taking place in front of our very eyes. The whale watching cruise is a wonderful opportunity to observe the migration of this magnificent animal.
Rating: 5
Fantastic trip!!!
Sun, Mar 11, 12   8:00 AM bluesun1984 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The morning was very cold, but fortunately we bundled up well. We got a great spot on the upper deck to sit and watch for whales. The boat was very clean and the captain friendly. It was an overcast and gray morning. We saw sea lions playing across from the boat while still at the dock. I was able to get pictures of them. The trip out was great. The sun was peeking through the clouds causing sun rays to shine down on the ocean - it was beautiful. We saw occasional dolphins, but no great group of them. It didn't matter. Where else can you take a boat ride out and see such spectacular scenery. Then, as we were heading back, it happened: two gray whales had been spotted. Our boat rushed to bring us a little closer to watch them. It was more than I could have imagined. This was something that was on my "bucket list." They were so big and majestic as they rose and moved through the water. The plume of their spray was very easy to see. Then it happened - one of the whales went into a deep dive and we saw the fluke - its tail up as if motionless in the water. It was so exciting. Even the crew were impressed. It was the Gray Whale Festival and it was the first fluke they had seen. We stayed out past our allotted time to watch these whales. For that, I am grateful. It was a wonderful trip that I would recommend to anyone visiting the area - you will not forget it!
Rating: 5
Great time!
Sat, Mar 10, 12   1:00 PM btbatko Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw and followed a whale and saw it surface 3 or 4 times. About 15 dolphins followed close to the boat on the way back. This was a fun and safe trip. The boat was very stable in the water. There was also a sheltered area on the boat in case you hit cold. Also hamburgers and hotdogs cooked to order on board. You will have fun!
Rating: 5
Great value and they deliver what they promise!
Sat, Mar 10, 12   12:00 PM NeenaGriffin Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Clean boats-plenty of viewing room / knowledgeable staff- we had a great time!