Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  603 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 80 184 4 = 180 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 181 411 6 = 405 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 267 611 8 = 603 98% 4.6
All 1,623 3,302 90 = 3,212 96% 4.4
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: 3
Did not see any whales
Sat, Nov 29, 08   10:00 AM RejaneLaroch Female 70+ International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I had the feeling that we were not looking very hard to find whales. It seems that the captain was happy to show us dolphins, we were not.
Rating: 4
Great weather for boating
Fri, Oct 24, 08   4:00 PM DonaldTDuck Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We showed up 30 minutes early and sat on the wharf after trading our voucher for tickets. Right on time, the crew showed and started loading. We saw many small whales and dolphins and met several interesting people. The cost of refreshments was surprisingly low and the crew was very informative. We got back as the sun was going down and the temperature dropped, but not to where I needed my jacket. The whale excursion made for a great start to a fantastic vacation.
Rating: 2
Sun, Sep 14, 08   5:00 PM Tamara0877 Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The trip was cancelled after spending only 30 min on the water. They would not give us our money back. They only gave us a voucher. I can't go back because I am leaving the state. I wasted $30!
Rating: 5
Tue, Aug 26, 08   5:00 PM tazziegrace Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
It was fantastic!! The boat ride was wonderful as was the crew. We were able to see 2 different types of dolphins and sea lions. Even though we didn't see any whales it didn't matter. The dolphins put on a great show!! The whole trip was relaxing and exciting. I would totally recommend this trip to anyone and can't wait to go again.
Rating: 5
Mon, Aug 25, 08   5:30 PM Leenes Female 20-29 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This tour was great! The tour guide was patient, informative, and fun and he definitely knew where to look! I would highly recommend this activity to anyone!
Rating: 5
Great Trip
Wed, Aug 20, 08   4:30 PM robertepoe Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We all had a wonderful time . Everyone was really friendly and answered all our questions. The boat was super clean . I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Rating: 5
Once in a lifetime experience!
Wed, Jun 11, 08   5:00 PM AmyEggart Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We saw an amazing pod of killer whales on the voyage! The crew was so excited and truly related this excitement to the whale watchers. We "played" with the whales for over an hour. We also saw sea lions, dolphins, and a large yellow sun fish. The boat was large, clean and had plenty of seating or standing room for all. The rate for this activity is bargain basement low! Don't be fooled by the reasonable rates- this whale watching voyage could prove to be the adventure of a lifetime! I would reccomend this for familes with small children, business groups and seniors. Very landlubber friendly! Thanks to Capt. Tom and his crew!
Rating: 5
It will be excellent short day trip for anyone
Fri, Apr 25, 08   12:00 PM jeansookim Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Specially in California, nice sunny day on the oceanside will never forget. All the services by Zerve well scheduled on time and the narrator on the boat was excellent too. We had very good time and had fun. I will recommand if you stay one night in the resort by the sea that added great value for our trip. Thank you Zerve!!!
Rating: 4
Great way to enjoy a Sunday Afternoon!
Sun, Apr 20, 08   2:00 PM naysay007 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our 2pm Sunday cruise provided our first visit to Dana Point Harbor. We enjoyed the live music performed in the courtyard, courtesy of the Harbor Music Series. There were several restaurants and snack shops. While waiting at the dock for our boat to arrive, we watched kayakers and enjoyed the sea lions as they basked in the sun with flippers pointed upward. The boarding and launch for this cruise was quick and our crew was very excited to inform us that a pod of fin whales had been active for most of the day. Our boat speeds out and after forty minutes, the crew points out the whale spouts as we slow down and approach the area. There are three whales and we're able to view their dorsal fins and watch them blow out spouts of water into the air. There is no breaching or tale slapping behavior. One whale actually glides under the starboard area of our boat. Our boat is the only one out there and we're able to move 360 degrees around the deck. Our boat keeps stride with the whales and the crew helps point out where the whales will surface. Our crew is located up above the passenger level. Several passengers ask the crew to take photographs of their group from this upper level. The crew is very friendly and very obliging. Prior to our return to the harbor, a commercial sailboat arrives with a dozen tourists. Their adventure looks fun until one realizes that their viewing area is limited to the back of their boat and their view of the whales was often blocked by the boat itself. We heard a lot of disappointed moaning from their direction.
Rating: 4
Whale Watching Tour
Sat, Apr 19, 08   12:00 PM AMYOH79 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Crew was very professional and polite! No whales in sight but there were plenty of dolphins and sea lions!