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Rating: 4.6  639 rating points
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Last 6 months 163 376 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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Lucky
Tue, Apr 8, 08   12:00 PM parkjohn Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We couldn't believe the amazing two for one deal offered by Dana Wharf . A two hour cruise out of Dana Point on a lovely April afternoon would have satisfied. It being so late in the whale watching season, we were optimistic, but not resolute. Soon out of port, the ship was surrounded by pods of playful dolphins, riding the wake, jumping and frolicking all around. The captain had to circle and speed so we could leave the dolphins to their feeding, but they kept following! When the cruise seemed to be winding to an end without sight of whale, one very determined passenger at the bow of the ship spotted a breach in the water surface on the distant horizon. The captain immediately stopped the engine and all aboard waited eagerly staring transfixed at the "footprint" left on the water. Soon emerged a nursing mother gray whale and her calf. She was returning back north with her newborn by her side, surfacing often with a spray. While the ship was drifting with no propulsion the whales swam ridiculously close by and seemed almost interested in the vessel full of curious stares floating in their pathway. It was a wonderful and memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience, even the crew was genuinely excited.
Rating: 5
It was good!
Tue, Apr 8, 08   12:00 PM ParadisPD Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
We saw a big nursery pod of dolphins which was great. My girlfriend and other friends loved them. We saw a grey whale with a calf and they liked them too but when we watched them surface for about 5-10 seconds every few minutes for a half hour it was a bit repetitive. It was good, we came to see whale and we saw them. Thanks a lot!
Rating: 2
Not Impressed
Tue, Feb 26, 08   2:00 PM papathack Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
After the trip was over and we had not seen whales, I felt that I had been had. We were told that we would get a free trip if no whales or dolphins were seen. The first thing the ship did was head out and show us dolphins, which was nice, but not what we had come to see. Then the next hour was spent cruising around supposedly looking for whales. I think they knew there weren't any whales in the area at that time and rather than be truthful up front and since they obviously sell tickets each day whales or no whales, it is a bit of a hustle.
Rating: 3
missed the opportunity
Sat, Apr 10, 10   4:00 PM Papabear7 Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
UNfortunately my fiancee became ill that morning so we did not go... we were told that there were no refunds or opportunities to re-book... which would be my only complaint.
Rating: 5
Awesome Trip!
Sun, Feb 14, 10   12:00 PM panda2646 Female 60-69 Local Other
Although we didn't see any whales, we saw hundreds of dolphin ~ what a treat!
Rating: 5
Love Whales
Fri, Mar 12, 10   12:00 PM PamPetramala Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The 10:00 tour was not crowded so allowed easy viewing. We saw several whales. I love whale watching so can never have a bad time.
Rating: 4
Overall a fun cruise!
Fri, Aug 1, 08   5:00 PM PAMJOHNSTON Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
The crew really made efforts to show us the blue whale and we saw where it was (water spout) but the whale wasn't so cooperative in coming above the surface! The crew then made a successful effort to catch up with a pod of dolphins and we were able to watch the dolphins on both sides of the boat swimming and jumping out of the water. This was a neat experience! The boat was not too crowded so it made viewing easy. I would recommend this cruise to others.
Rating: 2
disappointed.
Sun, Mar 9  8:00 AM PAMELACOUCH Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Not because we did not see any whales, but because there were too many people and even if the whales did come by not everyone could visualize them. Unless you are standing at the "exact" spot or you have a bench up on top. I would have paid extra to sit on top if offered instead of "first come, first serve" . But the weather was beautiful and so I enjoyed the beautiful ocean and land views...
Rating: 5
Fun! Fun!
Sun, Mar 2, 08   4:00 PM pamarches Female 40-49 Local Individual
This is a great way to spend a couple of hours! The crew was informative and pleasant. I highly recommend this whale watching excursion!
Rating: 3
Boat personnel were great, but the ocean was rough
Sat, Mar 15, 08   10:00 AM pam4man Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
The weather had been beautiful, up to the day we had scheduled our whale watching tour. A big storm was coming in, and the ocean was very rough. Several in our group got seasick, as did many others on the boat. We did not see any whales or dolphins. But the good news is that we were given a return trip ticket for free, which is good forever (as long as we don't lose it). We have been whale watching before, and had a wonderful time. Just our luck to get bad weather! We do plan to go again. The crew and employees were great, the boat was clean and roomy.