Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  639 rating points
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Last 3 months 89 208 4 = 204 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 163 376 5 = 371 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 282 647 8 = 639 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
Mother Nature keeps us waiting...
Sat, Mar 15  4:30 PM Neche48 Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
I loved that getting our tickets was so simple. Everyone was nice. Unfortunately, we didn't get a chance to see any whales but we did have a lovely afternoon out and we have a "whale check" to return for another adventure. You can't beat this policy! You cannot predict Mother Nature so just enjoy the ride and maybe you'll get lucky.
Rating: 4
The store staff was rude. The boat staff was great
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM ndrwtr Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Went to get our tickets and the cashier was shoving food in his mouth and said,"What do you want" as half his breakfast hit the counter. He found our tickets and we asked "okay where do we go?" A female barked out, "where do you think" and pointed around the corner to several boats in the dock. How about,"I'll be with you in a second?" Or it's the boat with the name of ...on the back. very UNPROFESSIONAL. On the other hand, the boat staff was awesome! They narrated the whole trip and apologized several times because we saw something but lost it. It wasn't their fault but they felt like it was. They really offered a lot of info and even gave us a refund to come back again! That is the ONLY reason I'd come back; definitely not for the sale people. They (cashier) treated us and others like we were interfering wiith their day by showing up.
Rating: 5
Great Trip and great company
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM ndamoore Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We didn't see any whales for the first hour and fifty minutes. It was a two hour trip and we were headed back to port when our captain heard or spotted one out a little ways. Instead of heading back, which he totally could have, he took us out there to see it. We were so grateful that he decided to do that for us, despite the fact that he would be running behind schedule. My four year old daughter was just floored. It was a wonderful day for us and I would recommend this company to anyone. And we are planning the same trip next year, and probably many more years to come.
Rating: 5
Incredible commentary from the head guide.
Sun, Mar 3, 13   8:00 AM NCarpenter Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
He was informative and entertaining - a tough combination.
Rating: 4
Great way to enjoy a Sunday Afternoon!
Sun, Apr 20, 08   2:00 PM naysay007 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our 2pm Sunday cruise provided our first visit to Dana Point Harbor. We enjoyed the live music performed in the courtyard, courtesy of the Harbor Music Series. There were several restaurants and snack shops. While waiting at the dock for our boat to arrive, we watched kayakers and enjoyed the sea lions as they basked in the sun with flippers pointed upward. The boarding and launch for this cruise was quick and our crew was very excited to inform us that a pod of fin whales had been active for most of the day. Our boat speeds out and after forty minutes, the crew points out the whale spouts as we slow down and approach the area. There are three whales and we're able to view their dorsal fins and watch them blow out spouts of water into the air. There is no breaching or tale slapping behavior. One whale actually glides under the starboard area of our boat. Our boat is the only one out there and we're able to move 360 degrees around the deck. Our boat keeps stride with the whales and the crew helps point out where the whales will surface. Our crew is located up above the passenger level. Several passengers ask the crew to take photographs of their group from this upper level. The crew is very friendly and very obliging. Prior to our return to the harbor, a commercial sailboat arrives with a dozen tourists. Their adventure looks fun until one realizes that their viewing area is limited to the back of their boat and their view of the whales was often blocked by the boat itself. We heard a lot of disappointed moaning from their direction.
Rating: 4
Had a great time
Sun, Mar 3, 13   1:00 PM naylore Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We didn't see any whales but we saw over a thousand dolphins. There wer dolphins as far as we could see. It was amazing! The crew was polite and helpful. Only one criticism = I am 84 years old and I would have had trouble standing the whole trip and too old to climb up to the available seating. My son hunted up a box so I could climb up. It would be nice if they had had a stool Otherwise it was delightful.
Rating: 4
Fun boat trip
Mon, Jun 23, 08   5:00 PM natdanhart Male Unspecified Local Family With Children
The boat was really nice and the people were great. We were able to see some sea lions and a huge pod of dolphins. It was an incredible sight to see and I would definately recommend it to anyone. The boat however was very rocky so if you are a person that gets sea sick at all - you either may want to rethink or take precautions.
Rating: 4
Very knowledgeable
Mon, Mar 21, 11   12:00 PM Nareman Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The Captain and others that work aboard the Dana Pride were very knowledgeable about the marine life and were able to spot the marine life from afar and tell us what kind of mammal it was. It made the trip a lot better and the family I had from out of town loved it and were so glad we got to see a pod of dolphins, a sea lion and three gray whales. Thank you! :-)
Rating: 5
whales in dana point
Mon, Dec 29, 08   2:00 PM nansandle Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
a beautiful experience - a must do for all visitors
Rating: 5
OMG
Tue, Mar 18, 08   10:00 AM nannotnancy Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We saw 6 whales, and had the most AMAZING time!