Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,320 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
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= Overall
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Last 3 months 185 400 12 = 388 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 369 807 20 = 787 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 599 1,351 31 = 1,320 97% 4.5
All 4,582 9,514 338 = 9,176 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
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Rating
% Positive Average
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 593 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 318 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 226 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 158 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 25 100% 4.6
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? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 4
Activity was good but...
Sat, Mar 1, 08   9:00 AM lmidtsatre Female 40-49 Local Individual
There were no whales or dolphins to be seen at the time I chose to go. The good news is, if you don't get to see whale or dolphins you can come back again for FREE. Sealions were spotted and birds of course. The boat has a galley but not much room to sit down. If you are going to go on this whale watching expedition, see if the "Dana Pride" is running. That is a better boat with more seating in my opinion.
Rating: 3
Grey whale season in a lull
Sat, Feb 23, 08   10:00 AM MWright Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
Captain did report that the grey whales were less frequent in that week in February, but only when we finally saw whales after looking for 1 and a half hours. In fact, they were closer in to shore and sailboats surrounded them, preventing us from getting closer. Their return to the north apparently starts in a weeks' time, so I just mistimed my visit.
Rating: 5
Nature lover
Sun, Feb 17, 08   4:00 PM Hadiyya1 Female 30-39 Local Individual
I highly recommend this event. I'm a nature lover anyway and it was quite an experience seeing sea-life up close.
Rating: 4
Good service provided
Sat, Jan 26, 08   12:00 PM rickwillingh Male 50-59 Local Individual
There are two ways to rate this fishing trip. 1) the quality of the service provided and 2) the results. 1) This was a half-day trip. What I liked about it was that the boat did not spend a lot of time traveling. A short trip out to where the fish were suspected to be, some repositioning to stay on top of the fish and then a short trip back to the dock. The one deckhand worked hard and did his job well. Purchased food was well prepared, fish-cleaning and filleting was quick, fish were removed from the hook and put in your bag for you. Plus, rigging 'help' was offered if it appeared that you needed it or asked for it. Overall rating of service provided: (considering the ratio of customers to deckhands) Better than Average. 2) I have results rated separately because good or bad results can influence one's opinion of the service provided. If you haven't been on a trip like this before, realize that the captain can go to spots that typically hold fish, recommend techniques, and provide bait - but it is still up to the fish to bite and you to catch them. Sometimes they bite and sometimes they don't. I think this spot was known to be a good spot for sculpin. Fortunately, we were catching just enough fish to keep us on the spot. (SCULPIN--aka 'rattlesnake' for the 6 hours of intense pain it can inflict if one of its spines jab you. Sculpin fillets are very popular for eating as they have a light, tasty meat that's not too 'fishy'.) My personal luck wasn't very good: three keeper (10" minimum) sculpin in the bag, double that released for under size limit, and a few small tom cod and queenfish released. Overall rating of results: Below Average considering the size of the jackpot fish, the quantities of fish in the bags, and my personal results. (I've had better 1/2 day results.) If you are considering a half-day fishing trip, understand that local 1/2 day fishing doesn't typically provide big fish or large numbers of fish. Your chances for either of those is better when you go on a longer trip. That being said, this dock provided well for this 1/2 day trip. Parking for this dock is inconvenient. There is a special area available, but it is a few hundred yards away. The inconvenient part is that the dock needs to provide you with a special card to place on your dash so that you don't get towed for exceeding the four hour maximum. That means leaving your gear in your vehicle while you get your ticket and parking card or you leave it at the dock while you hike back to your vehicle to put the parking card on the dash. I have an open bed pickup truck so in my case, either option leaves my gear unattended and susceptable to theft. I chose leaving it outside the dock's shop and it was fine. If there were more than one in your party, this problem could be easily avoided. The convenience of viewing the calendar, reading reviews and purchasing the ticket online was very nice. I recommend to all docks to do the same.
Rating: 5
Mega Pod of Dolphins - Great FUN!
Sun, Jan 20, 08   2:00 PM jsaxsma Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
After a valiant effort to locate a viewable whale, our captain headed further out to sea to discover a Mega Pod of Dolphins! Hundreds of them! It was amazing and they were all around the boat. Good fun! Great experience!
Rating: 5
A wonderful experience
Sun, Jan 13, 08   12:00 PM pontiac1 Male 60-69 Combination Individual
I thought initially we would never see whales. Just usually my luck, but with the crew knowing where to go I had the fantastic experience of seeing a calf and mother with yet another whale on the return portion of the trip. A highly recommended experience. What a value! I will return.
Rating: 4
A good cruise, but not many animals
Sat, Dec 29, 07   10:00 AM ggmcmill Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Individual
The cruise was enjoyable; it was nice to see the California coast from the ocean. As we got on the boat, I overheard one of the staff members mention that they had only seen one whale this season. (I don't know when their 'season' starts.) Of course, they have no control over whether they will see any animals, but it's probably good for people to book the cruise and just relax and enjoy the ride with little expectation of seeing anything. We saw a number of sea lions, but no whales or dolphins. Wear warm clothing!! Enjoy!
Rating: 5
Can't wait to do it again!
Wed, Nov 28, 07   12:00 PM cathysea Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Great cruise on the boat! Saw Dolphins and Sea Lions, but no whales, as it was a bit early. Can't wait to come back to see them!
Rating: 4
My teenage boys love these trips!
Wed, Aug 20  5:30 PM dickerson4 Male Under 20 Local Group of Friends
My boys love going out on the boat, we try to get in on Tuesdays, for the half price deal. Everyone in the office has been super nice, I think we will become regulars here. I love how they have a "frequent buyer" card...every penny helps!
Rating: 5
once in a lifetime experience for many people!
Tue, Aug 19  10:00 AM DarythM Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Well trained staff. Very friendly. The captain is a founder of the Grey Whale Foundation. His knowledge of Blue whales and the topography of the area provided an educational experience as well. Food and beverages were great. Wish I could do this every day!
Rating: 5
Good quick fishing trip
Sun, Aug 17  6:30 AM Carrillo72 Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
For a big boat with a bunch of people fishing all at once, they sure handled it well. The crew was on it and readily available to help. I hadn't been on a charter in a very long time, so all i could recommend is bring your own needle nose pliers. No one hooked up any decent fish, but that's how it goes sometimes.
Rating: 4
A cool evening
Tue, Aug 12  5:00 PM RichardEveri Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Our group was from AZ so anything out on the ocean was wonderful.The cool breeze, the chance to see whales, or sharks, or dolphins was enough to please us. It was a beautiful two hours out on the ocean.
Rating: 5
Do this while in Dana Point!
Sun, Aug 10  12:00 PM carylfox1234 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
GREAT experience with very knowledgeable, friendly staff on board. We saw an approx. 88' blue whale and many dolphins.
Rating: 5
so much fun
Sat, Aug 9  5:30 PM my4tinas Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
everyone on the boat was so helpful and polite
Rating: 5
Great fun thing to do!!
Thu, Aug 7  12:00 PM cam12355 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
This is a wonderful thing to do whether you are a local or from out of town.