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Rating: 4.6  665 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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Recommended Activity
Fri, Mar 12, 10   4:00 PM qianhuynh123 Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
It was good to be away from the city and see some whales/dolphins. It was relaxing and enjoying. It's definitely something one should do once a while! It would be perfect if the cruise could provide water and some snacks. Overall, it's recommended.
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
Beautiful!
Tue, Mar 17, 09   2:00 PM pyavorsky Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
My husband and I grew up in San Diego and have lived the last 10 years in this area. Neither of us has ever gone on a whale watching event. We wanted to do something interesting to celebrate our daughter's 17th birthday that was outdoors and camera friendly. We had the most amazing day from the weather to the two whales to the thousand dolphin. The crew was extremely professional and personable at all times looking out for the best experience possible for their clients. We couldn't be more pleased with our experience. We will definitely repeat this event and be a tourist more often. Thank you so much for the beautiful day.
Rating: 3
Suggestion
Sun, Mar 2, 08   12:00 PM PWhitlock Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Call it a dolphin-watching cruise; then, people won't feel let down when there are no whales and excited when there are.
Rating: 5
Great tour saw whales the whole way!
Sat, Jan 1, 11   12:00 PM purplehaase Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
Great time had by all, followed two greys all the way down the shoreline. Will be back again.
Rating: 4
Good activity to keep kids attention
Sat, Apr 9, 11   2:00 PM punuffney Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
This is the second time we've been on this trip, once with blue whales and once with grey whales. It's a good activity for kids, as it's short enough to keep their attention and there are many different attractions. You have the whole being on a boat experience, which for some kids was more interesting than the animals themselves. The whales are interesting, but the kids sometime have a hard time focusing on the sea long enough to actually see them. The dolphins are usually more interesting because they are visible for long periods of time. One thing to keep in mind is that there is no guaranty that you'll actually see a whale, especially late in the season. We were the first group to see a whale in 19 trips. I don't know if I would be so positive about the trip if we didn't see any animals.
Rating: 5
Great Ride for Sunset Viewing and Whales!
Sun, Nov 16, 08   3:30 PM punkaag Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The boat ride was great. Left the dock promptly, Captain & his mate "Lucky" were very personable, great variety of food and snacks on board (and extremely cost effective). Was smooth ride, able to see all the coastal hills and watch a beautiful sunset. Captain was constantly looking for sealife we could appreciate. Saw sea lions AND about 3 Minke whales. Awesome! Trip was a solid 2+ hours. Well worth the price! Definitely recommended! thank you! CH & BG, Long Island, NY
Rating: 4
Professional operation with a lot of good informat
Fri, Jul 18  12:00 PM ptmurphy2166 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Captain and crew very informative
Rating: 4
Enjoyable
Tue, Feb 26, 08   10:00 AM ptkr004 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It was a perfect day weather wise and we took the first trip out in the morning so the sea was calm. Although we had been looking forward to seeing the whales and did not, we were fortunate to see a very large pod of Common Dolphin which made the trip worth while. I would recommend the experience.
Rating: 5
Successful Whale Watch
Sun, Mar 21, 10   12:00 PM PTFLEMING Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Our group was father, mother and adult son. Departed Dana Point appx. 12:00 noon 3/21/2010. Spotted (1) Gray whale about 1/2 way . Our craft maintained a safe distance from the whale, however various other craft converged on the sighting and probably compromised the sighting. That's OK, we all like whales!