Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,308 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 150 326 14 = 312 94% 4.5
Last 6 months 303 662 21 = 641 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 603 1,342 34 = 1,308 96% 4.5
All 4,648 9,661 344 = 9,317 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 682 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 312 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 203 90% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 97 100% 4.8
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 14 100% 4.7
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
This is a must do experience
Mon, Jun 29, 09   10:00 AM papdfns Male 50-59 Combination Family With Children
If you have ever had the urge to ocean fish, but are intimidated because you have never done it before or have only had a couple of experiences, or are afraid of the cost, this is the trip for you. The crew is patient, not arrogant, and very knowledgeable. They will help you, the kids, the wife, etc. rig your line, provide the right bait, unhook your fish, clean and filet it, all for under $40.00 per person, not including tip. The boats are clean, the food is good and the bathrooms are also clean. The half day boat only is out 5 hours, about the attention span of young children. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the least crowded usually. Go and have a ball.
Rating: 5
The captain was fabulous
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Tue, Jun 23, 09   5:00 PM kimhabre Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
We were only 15 minutes from the harbor when we spotted the first whale. The captain explained what we were seeing and stayed in the area until it "sounded". We witnessed the fluke as it dove down. Then we sailed to another spot where there were hundreds of dolphins swimming and jumping. They continued quite some time and the whole time the captain was sharing information. This was the most awesome experience and even now I get goose bumps! I had read about this activity prior to arriving in California from Oregon. I wanted to make a memory with my niece and nephew, this excursion provided that. On the way back into the harbor we spotted another variety of dolphin , sea lions and another whale. What an incredible experience. Thank you so much. This was beyond my expectations.
Rating: 4
It was a fun day!!
Tue, Jun 16, 09   10:00 AM ellehcim79 Female 20-29 Combination Other
The entire operation ran very smoothly and the staff was very fun and professional. The boat was clean and we were taken to many different fishing areas. We also rotated our fishing positions on the boat as to have as many different views and possibilities. My only negative comment was the boat was at full capacity which I found to be a bit crowded and line tangling was inevitable. Otherwise a perfectly fun time!
Rating: 4
It was a positive experience
Fri, Jun 5, 09   10:00 AM pauljolley Male 40-49 Combination Family With Children
We would have liked to go farther out to find more fishing potential. Didn't catch much worth keeping. Maybe the boat needs a Fishfinder.
Rating: 4
Great Deal
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Tue, Jun 2, 09   5:00 PM Zaika90210 Female 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
I decided to take my mom, and my visiting aunt and grandma from Russia on this evening whale watching boat ride. It was a fabulous deal, for $14.50 (which is a Tuesday half price special) we got to witness a beautiful ocean for 2 hrs. We didn't get to see the whales unfortunately, but we saw a family of dolphins playing around with the boat as well a group of sea-lions. The ship staff was extremely friendly and helpful in pointing out the sea life. The captain was able to tell us knowledgeably about everything that we saw during our cruise. All in all a beautiful experience! But I love the ocean, so I am biased...
Rating: 3
interesting
Tue, Apr 21, 09   4:00 PM angelab4000 Unspecified 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
the staff and the people were all very friendly and the boat ride was nice and relaxing, but we didn't see anything except some seals on a buoy. however, we did get free tickets to go again next time. i can't quite formulate a decent opinion until i see something on the next trip!
Rating: 4
No whales, but...
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Sun, Apr 12, 09   1:00 PM muddyh20 Female 60-69 Combination Couple on a Date
the pod of dolphins we encountered was a lot of fun. I would suggest that the crew prohibit cigar smoking on the cruise. A few people got a little 'green' - not from the cruise, but from the inconsiderate passenger smoking a nasty cigar.
Rating: 5
just GO!!!!
Sun, Apr 12, 09   12:00 PM marylinedd Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
very pleasant time aboard although we didn't see any whale....we enjoyed the dolphins and sunfish!!!
Rating: 5
Very exciting trip!
Mon, Apr 6, 09   2:00 PM makraft Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
We had first time visitors with us to Ca. and they loved the trip. We saw dolphins and a grey whale, that fluked several times. Our captain was a great narrator with some interesting facts. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Rating: 5
Whale watch, worth the trip!
Tue, Mar 17, 09   2:00 PM WBailey Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
Enjoyed the trip out to watch the gray whales. Followed a couple of grays for quite a distance. The grays are always amazing creatures to watch, but almost more exciting is the pods of dolpins also seen on the trip. We have been out before, but on this trip we were taken back by the hundreds of dolphins we saw this time around. Their playfulness and common interest in playing in the boat's wake is certainly something to see. Great fun and phenomenal pics (in and out of the water!) We always enjoy the ride, the crew and the tour. Learn something new each time and find the trip well worth the money!
Rating: 5
magnificent
Sat, Mar 14, 09   1:00 PM kdascoli47 Female 60-69 Combination Unspecified
Our guide went out of his way to make sure we saw the grey whales. He was an expert who shared info in such a way that we learned while waiting to see the whales. His commentary didn't interfere with the sightings and enhanced our experience with these magnificent creatures.
Rating: 5
Great Fun!
Thu, Mar 12, 09   2:00 PM KAmato Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
Fabulous cruise with my college-student daughter. Equally thrilling and relaxing. We saw three whales and followed two of them for about 90 minutes! They entertained us with "plumes" and "flukes," (and we all agreed we'd have applauded for even more tail). Got super photos, enjoyed perfectly brewed hot chocolate and engaged in interesting conversations with folks from around the country. I look forward to going again!
Rating: 4
Very fun!
Tue, Mar 10, 09   10:00 AM CMSVT97 Female 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
We went out on a Tuesday and it was wonderful. Not only did we get to see 3 whales but the captain was great about explaing everything we were seeing. I highly recommend this trip to anyone visiting but also to those who live here.
Rating: 5
Must do tourist or not!
Sat, Mar 7, 09   12:00 PM calibadger Male 40-49 Combination Family With Children
My parents were in from Wisconsin visiting us in Carlsbad. My cousin and her husband came down from Huntington Beach. We have 7 and 3 year old daughters. We were looking to do something different so we started looking at tourist type activities. As luck would have it we came across the Whale Festival in Dana Point. The absolute highlight of the day was the Whale watching tour. Incredible crew, great food (and bloody marys!). We could not have had a better time. Seeing the whales was amazing, but the crew definitely made the trip a must do for anyone! Great for families, couples or anyone!
Rating: 4
Great Experience
Tue, Mar 3, 09   12:00 PM tuckerjlake Female Unspecified Combination Group of Friends
We weren't lucky enough to see a whale, but received a free pass to try again! Mother nature doesn't always cooperate. Everything was well run, on time & the crew was curtious. It was a nice way to see the coast from a different perspective & spend time on the water.