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Rating: 4.6  645 rating points
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Last 6 months 161 367 5 = 362 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? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 4
Whale Watching
Tue, Jan 13, 09   12:00 PM tclarkca Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We tracked one whale and the crew did a great job at explaining the tendencies of the whale and got us in good position to see it.
Rating: 4
Recommended
Sun, Jan 11, 09   12:00 PM Susanbrambil Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Well, it was a nice boat ride - and narration. Got pretty close to seals and saw dolphins. The captain persisted in looking for whales, but we never saw any - but I liked the fact that he tried.
Rating: 5
Great Trip (Second Time)
Tue, Jan 6, 09   10:00 AM PKalczynski Unspecified 30-39 Local Family Without Children
This is the second time we chose Dana Wharf and, again, we had a great time. Apart from the sea lions and hundreds of common dolphins, we observed a pair of California gray whales swimming South. The crew is very knowledgeable and they are working really diligently to find whales. We went on this trip last January (with kids) and found whales, too. Highly recommended. BTW If you are going on an early (10am) trip bring your coffee. Most coffee shops are closed and the one that is open charges almost $4 for a cup of so-so coffee.
Rating: 5
whales in dana point
Mon, Dec 29, 08   2:00 PM nansandle Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
a beautiful experience - a must do for all visitors
Rating: 4
Just didn't see any whales! Saw dolphins.
Sun, Dec 28, 08   12:00 PM StephenPetro Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The organization and process of ticketing, boarding, and disembarking was great. The crew was nice and they tried hard to find some whales in the two hour cruise. We spotted some riso dolphins near the end of the cruise and got up close for some good pictures of them. The ship was clean and comfortable. They did give us a $5 discount on fishing or whale watching later on.
Rating: 3
Didn't see any whales
Sat, Dec 27, 08   2:00 PM LorMichC Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I thought when I booked the tickets, if we didn't see any whales, we would get a raincheck for another day. We did not see any. I was disappointed, and so was my family from out of town.
Rating: 5
A great place to take an out of town visitor
Sun, Dec 21, 08   2:00 PM msheperd Male 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
This is a gem of a place to take an out of town visitor. On our trip, we were able to see a whale (a part of it at least), and many many dolphins. The ship was nice, the crew were laid back, and they were eager to find the whales---and get us close to view them. The experience was amazing---and we'll definitely be back when other people come visit us.
Rating: 4
it was fantastic
Sun, Dec 21, 08   2:00 PM pastorstan Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We saw a whale, the same whale four times as it came up for air. There were many dolfin swiming and jumping along side the boat. We had a great time. Of course, a whale sighting is not for certain, but our outing was great.
Rating: 3
no sightings
Fri, Nov 7, 08   3:30 PM edgewood Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
you should be a little more honest about the chances of seeing either dolfins or whales.
Rating: 4
Pleasant ride, great crew
Sat, Oct 4, 08   5:00 PM amysumma Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The trip itself was terrific. The crew took good care of us, and they were very knowledgeable about ocean life. We didn't see any whales or dolphin (maybe those are more difficult to find on the evening sailing), so they gave us all coupons for a future ride. I had been out with this company before when we located and followed a super pod of dolphins; it really depends on luck and timing. The only reason I gave it 4 star instead of 5 was the scheduling difficulties. Our first trip was cancelled because they changed their schedule, then our second trip was cancelled due to weather concerns and not enough spots reserved. They handled it all very professionally, but it made the lack of seeing whales a little more disappointing.