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Rating: 4.6  645 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: 5
Amazing
Tue, Apr 29, 08   12:00 PM RobinSmith Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
I took my elderly Aunt on the two hour whate watching trip and had a great time. I went aboard thinking I would probably see one dolphin being it was at the end of whale season, but immediately we spotted some seals. An hour into our journey we got notice there was a pod of dolphins up ahead and we headed right towards them. Soon we spotted the dolphins and the sight was amazing because this was a whole heard of dolphins and we were right in the middle of them. The dolphins were all around us as far as the eye could see in every direction. Though we never saw a whale the trip was worth every penny and I would highly reccommend the adventure. The captian and staff on the vessel were very informative telling us all about these dolphins. It was clear they were just as amazed as the passengers saying they have never encountered so many dolphins in all the years they have been doin this trip. It was estimated there were at least 7 thousand dolphins. I took video and am going to put it on youtube. search Dana Point Dolphins on youtube and you can view the footage.
Rating: 4
Fun cruise of Dana Point Harbor
Mon, Apr 28, 08   10:00 AM lasjacks Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Even though we took our trip in late April and no whales were to be found, we enjoyed our 2 hour trip. The 2 man crew was friendly and pointed out a pod of dolphin and brought our boat to the middle of them so we could enjoy their antics close at hand. It was breathtaking to observe the dolphin in their natural environment, enjoying themselves. We ventured out a little further along the coast to try and spot any whales, but no luck. On the way back to shore we passed harbor seals sunning themselves on a bobbing buoy. Very affordable good time for anyone that might only have a short time in the area.
Rating: 4
A little disappointing
Sat, Apr 26, 08   12:00 PM Kalimada Female 70+ International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Done this cruise many times and have always had a great time. This time the boat was small with no upper seating this ment we had to sit down below (which we did not want to do) or stand for 2 hours. Although we are in our 80's we are very active but standing in a moving boat for 2hrs is not pleasurable. We will think twice before doing it again
Rating: 4
A nice boat ride.
Tue, Apr 22, 08   10:00 AM sunic0 Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We went on a whale watching boat. We saw sea lions. No whales. We left on time and returned on time. Food and drinks may be purchased on the boat. Bring small money. We did not see any whales. We were given a free ticket for the whale watching boat to be used at a later time.
Rating: 5
We had a great time whale watching
Wed, Apr 16, 08   2:00 PM dmontgator Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We were able to see a mother and her calf as well as another whale breaching the water. It was spectacular. On the return trip to the marina, we found a pod of dophins that played in the boats wake and jumped in and out of the water. Being from Florida and having seen dolphins before, did not prepare us for the awesome experience....
Rating: 3
A total disappointment
Thu, Apr 10, 08   2:00 PM phynally Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was supposed to be the highlight of my California vacation. I had convinced the other members of my party that this was a "must do" and that we would see the things we'd viewed on the Nature channel with our very own eyes. I read so many positive reviews from people who had posted them just the week before, and was sure that we'd have a similar experience. I know that nature can be unpredictable, but all of the posts from the previous week insisted that we'd see hundreds of dolphins and I had no reason to think that we wouldn't have the same experience. The few negative posts I read were related to fishing, so I was sure we'd see plenty of dolphins and if we were lucky, a whale or two. We saw NOTHING!!!! We sailed for two hours and saw absolutely nothing! I was so totally disappointed. Their "no refund" policy guarantees that if you don't see dolphins or whales, you can sale again for free. I live in Maryland and probably won't be making this trip again, so it is little consolation and the guarantee is worthless. If you still choose to go, be aware that they cannot guarantee any sightings. Thankfully it didn't cost a lot. I'm just glad that we didn't purchase the four hour cruise.
Rating: 5
Very Fun
Tue, Apr 8, 08   2:00 PM ltssmls Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
The Guides were very nice and one offered to take pics of the whales because we kept missing them in the shot. All the guides were informative and would walk around and see if you had questions and would answer in detail. Will Defintly do again. All of them were very honest and we got to see a mom whale and her calf. Was completly worth it and absloutly loved the experience. Thanx you GUYS!!!!!!!!!!
Rating: 4
Would definitely recommend this, however...
Sun, Apr 6, 08   12:00 PM katiewhite Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I would definitely recommend this tour. The customer service was great, and the cruise itself was also great. We saw tons of dolphins which was amazing, and they were all over the place, however, we did not see any whales. I knew going into the cruise that there was no guarantee, but my only suggestion would be that if we don't get to see whales, they should offer a coupon for another tour (not free, just discounted).
Rating: 4
Fun experience
Sun, Mar 30, 08   2:00 PM LinFishDU Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw about 5 grey whales, 2 on their own and then two adults with a baby. It was a little choppy which made it more difficult to see them, but it was still neat. The crew told us they didn't see any whales on the group that went out before us, probably due to the not-as-nice conditions. I would advise you to pick a nice calm day to go out, the crew seemed to indicate they have better success on those days. Take binoculars if you have them. The boat cannot get super close to the whales.
Rating: 5
Amazing!!!
Sat, Mar 29, 08   12:00 PM DancnDolphn Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
THE WHALES ARE AMAZING. With the ocean in our backyard, we sometimes forget what lies within. I highly recommend you take advantage of what's given to us.