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Rating: 4.6  682 rating points
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Last 3 months 77 180 4 = 176 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 143 325 4 = 321 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: 4
Great trip
Wed, Jun 18  12:00 PM patrickmir1 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Great trip. The kids loved seeing all the dolphins but were a bit disappointed in not seeing any whales. We were told it's not a good time for the whale watching once we were already on the catamaran. I think that disclaimer should be announced before purchase.
Rating: 5
Loved, loved, loved it!!!
Mon, Aug 18  12:00 PM PatriciaRod Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
This was a short excursion on our way from San Jose to Tucson to take my youngest daughter to college, UA. We were joined by my other daughter, age 21. I cannot tell you how refreshing and exciting this was for all of us. Thank you for a lovely tour.
Rating: 3
Boat and Service was great but there were no Whale
Sat, Mar 19, 11   12:00 PM PatMichenaud Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
See above - we did see Dolphins & Sea Lions. Had 2 adults and 7 and 9 year old girls. Is there anyway of predicting whales will show up?
Rating: 4
very nice - thank you
Tue, Jan 13, 09   10:00 AM patmeek Male 50-59 Local Individual
very nice, thank you
Rating: 4
Whales only at 12:00
Tue, Apr 1, 08   10:00 AM PatJohnston Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
Whales were only at 12:00 only the people on the front of the boat got to see them but the people on the sides and back only got a glimpse. People in the front of the boat pushed the small children out ot the way and they didn't get to see. Next time spin the boat around a little.
Rating: 5
It was awesome!
Sat, Oct 18  2:00 PM PAthans Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Saw many whales of different types and a school of dolphin that played in the wake of the boat and swam along side. Great time. Perfect weather. Wonderful boat and crew. Great time overall!
Rating: 5
great service/great experience
Fri, Mar 7, 08   12:00 PM patelliot Female 60-69 Local Individual
It was a beautiful day to be on the ocean. Despite seeing no whales, we thoroughly enjoyed the dolphins, the ride and the crew.
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: 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: 3
Will have to try again
Sat, Oct 11  2:00 PM Pariwhale Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Adventure Tour was not promising as it sounds like. First, we departed 1/2 hour late, where we had to wait about 40 mins in line for our boat to arrive. I don't believe we went out as far as we should to see whales, and we just circled about a couple of miles from the shore. With no whales in sight for almost hour and half or so, luckily we were able to spot a school of dolphins. We spent about 25 mins circling the dolphins and returned back to the harbor really disappointed. As usual, we were given a free complimentary pass to return on a new adventure. There were no extra ordinary efforts to seek out whales, but I guess all the whales must have been sleeping in since it was Saturday.