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Rating: 4.6  727 rating points
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Last 3 months 55 131 0 = 131 100% 4.7
Last 6 months 135 314 4 = 310 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
Great time
Thu, Apr 1, 10   10:00 AM karnakay Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
"Our expectations were high, and probably unrealistic, because of movies and photographs of whales, so it was not quite what I had hoped for in terms of how close we would physically get to the whales or exactly what I had hoped that I would see. But, I was pleased with the experience, the knowledgable narration from the guides, and the respect that was shown to the whales and other wildlife we encountered during the trip. I would definitely recommend the trip to friends.
Rating: 2
Disappointing
Thu, Mar 19, 09   10:00 AM KarleaC Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
This is the second time I've taken this whale watching cruise during "whale season." Both times the only thing we saw were dolphin, which are not hard to find off the coast in that area. I see them from the beach every time I'm in Dana Point/Capistrano. The captain kept telling us that dolphin are in the "whale family." I guess that is so when we don't see an actual whale we're supposed to feel better? I guess that's how they don't use their "money back guarantee?" If you see a dolphin...you're still seeing something. And yet the whale statistics on the site make it look like they're seeing many whales every day? When we did see the dolphins, more than 35 minutes were spent just driving in a circle to the point where I was almost dizzy. After about 10 minutes of that not only my kids, but also the entire kindergarten field trip, who were also on the boat, seemed to be bored with it. All in all the cruise was disappointing...again. They gave us a 10% off coupon for the next purchase, but after 2 disppointing trips on the same boat, I'm not sure I'd spend over $100 again to see dolphins...even with the whopping $3 off. On top of that, after not seeing any whales, they asked for tips upon leaving the boat.
Rating: 4
A pleasant way to spend a few hours on the ocean
Sun, Mar 7, 10   8:00 AM KarlaRPayne Female 60-69 Local Individual
While it would have been great to see a whale or two, I was happy to see some seals, several lazy dolphins, and a whole lot of interesting birds. The boat was clean, there was plenty of seating inside (although the best place for sightings is the outside railing), and there was a good selection of reasonably priced items in the galley. I will definitely go again!
Rating: 5
What a fun trip!! Very knowledgeable guides!
Sat, Dec 17, 11   10:00 AM karishall Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a fantastic time. We got to see a bunch of common dolphins then they found a migrating grey whale. The guides not only made sure you found these majestic animals but also taught you about them and the different species you could encounter. I would recommend this trip for anyone!!
Rating: 4
It was fun
Sat, Apr 25, 09   4:00 PM Karimoreno Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
It was a nice ride.
Rating: 5
AWESOME!
Sun, Jun 15  12:00 PM KariBraun Male 50-59 Local Other
The dolphins were really jumping today!
Rating: 5
A must do in Dana Point.
Sun, Aug 3  2:00 PM Karg1234 Female Under 20 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My family had a great time. We had an opportunity to see both a whale and a pod of dolphins. My daughter wanted to do it again the next say. I highly recommend this activity.
Rating: 5
The perfect day!
Sat, Jan 25  12:00 PM Karenwelt Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The trip was informative, successful in that we saw whales up close and the boat was comfortable and stable. We loved the whole experience.
Rating: 5
Loved it!!
Sun, Apr 15, 12   12:00 PM karensk Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Lived in California for 37 years,first whale watching trip,can't wait to do it again!!We are already planning on another trip.
Rating: 4
Another quality trip
Sat, Mar 29, 08   4:00 PM KarenShimer Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The tour left the harbor on time. Crew was friendly and informational. Saw and followed two whales for a bit, crew expertly spotted a sunfish and drew us closer for a look. Only dissappointment was there was not one dolphin to be seen (kind of strange) Tour ended at the precise moment. Our German exchange student was delighted. Another quality tour.