Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  500 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 63 139 0 = 139 100% 4.6
Last 6 months 181 404 4 = 400 98% 4.5
Last 12 months 223 504 4 = 500 98% 4.6
All 1,579 3,195 86 = 3,109 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? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 13, 10   2:00 PM tschaier Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
The trip was great the staff was wondedrful. The seas were quite rough that day other than that it was great.
Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 13, 10   1:00 PM BAHULA5 Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The weather was perfect! We followed 2 gray whales around for quite awhile and were able to get some good photos. The captain was knowledgeable and taught us a few things about the gray whales that we were not aware of. I would absolutely do it again :)
Rating: 4
Whale of a day
Sat, Mar 13, 10   12:00 PM mikec33165 Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We were out there a hour and a half before we finaly saw a couple of whales. Well worth the wait. Its hit or miss when you go out there, we got luck at the end :-)
Rating: 4
Very enjoyable for the whole family
Sat, Mar 13, 10   12:00 PM damagekontro Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Did I just pick a good day for it, or is it always so beautiful on the ocean? Went for the kids, but I loved it myself! My boys were still talking about it when we got home. They really felt as though they'd had an adventure. The 2 hours went quickly as there was so much to look at (that did not include telephone wires, or fast food signs ruining the landscape) Lots of big sky and ocean - as yes we did see some whales. What we saw were mostly tips of their heads as they came up for air and their tails as they dove again. The exhalations from thier blow holes are visible and audible. Really cool fun! We will go again. ALSO .. The Ocean Institute is literally 2 minutes from Dana Point harbor and affords you the opportunity to touch sea cucumbers, sun fish, star fish, and even rays. An amazing variety of sea creatures are on display and much information is presented in regards to whales. There are fun interactive displays and the staff is very knowledgeable. Zerve customer service is super!
Rating: 5
Great idea for a special occasion
Sat, Mar 13, 10   12:00 PM rudymarn Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
My boyfriend took me on the whale watching cruise for my birthday. After over an hour on the water seeing only sea lions, we weren't sure we'd end up seeing any whales, but we really didn't care because we loved being out on the water on such a beautiful day. We were thrilled when the captain told us that another boat had radioed him to say they spotted some whales. We immediately took off for the area and saw two gray whales swimming side by side. It was amazing! Definitely something to do for anyone who has a chance to get to Dana Point. Loved it!
Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 13, 10   12:00 PM jdsmommy05 Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
Rating: 5
went with an open mind...not disappointed
Sat, Mar 13, 10   11:00 AM peaceful Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
Before I bought tickets i read some reviews. I was a little concerned because a few ratings didn't seem too pleased. I also knew there were no absolute guarantees of seeing any whales. My daughter was home from college on Spring break so we decided to give it a try.We had a WONDERFUL time! Maybe because we went into it not expecting to see whales? We stood outside in the front. ( How anyone could sit inside I'll never know?) Just the ride itself was great but then we came across what seemed like Dolphin heaven. Hundreds, or was it thousands of Dolphins?Seemed like it. I've never seen anything like it. leaping out of the water,swimming along the boat. It was magical. I hated to leave but a whale had been spotted closer to shore so off we went . I still can't believe our luck. We actually found the whale. Everyone on the boat got so quiet,no one spoke a word.....It didn't want to show itself much, Surfaced a few times as we waited hoping it would give us a show. Unfortunately we couldn't wait any longer and had to head back. All in all it was a wonderful and would recommend giving it a try. The best I can say is everyone's experience will be different and you have to find out for yourself.......But you just might get lucky!!
Rating: 4
No whales that day but still fun
Sat, Mar 13, 10   11:00 AM dbuffo Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
This was a great price for a whale watching trip. For 2 parents and 3 kids (4, 2, and 4 months) it was like $68. Parking was free. The kids had a great time, which made it all worth it. We did not see any whales that day but we saw lots of dolphins. Literally hundreds of dolphins. I was seasick most of the time and sat down on the side of the boat. I still saw hundreds of dolphins without even standing.
Rating: 5
We saw Dolphins - a lot of Dolphins!
Sat, Mar 13, 10   11:00 AM dstiel Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
There is no doubt we feel lucky to have seen a magnificent "super-pod" of dolphins - literally many, many hundreds of them jumping, leaping, and "walking" on their tails. Even the baby dolphins kept us rivited to the scene. Wow! Our Captain followed the pod for several miles and for what seemed like an hour, keeping us entertained with interesting facts. Granted, there are never any guarantees you'll see anything, but today it was unforgettable. What a trip!
Rating: 5
Enjoyable and entertaining
Sat, Mar 13, 10   10:00 AM Gamache Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
This was my first whale watching tour. It was not too crowded, the staff was friendly and informative. We were able to see a whale and a lot of dolphins.