Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,347 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
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Last 3 months 97 216 9 = 207 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 285 620 21 = 599 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 622 1,384 37 = 1,347 96% 4.5
All 4,680 9,733 347 = 9,386 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 727 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 323 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 200 89% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 3 100% 5.0
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
knowledgeable friendly staff
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 8, 13   12:00 PM dgoldberg624 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
the captain kept up a commentary and seemed to be very knowledgeable about marine life, in particular whales. They have high success rate of finding whales because they track them as they travel down the coast. He found a whale from another boats spotting by going down the coast about thirty miles. H ethen spotted on his own an unreported mother and baby whale on the trip back. Because we were heading back he extended trip about 15 minutes for us to view the mother and baby. Check for internet coupons. Tuesday is usually half price. Buy tickets at least a few hours in advance on weekends and holidays as they do sometimes sell out. They have food, drinks and bathroom on board. Ship is clean. It is small ship so avoid this (and all whale tours) if you get seasick.
Rating: 5
Incredible Experience
Sat, Jan 5, 13   10:00 AM mhureau Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The crew was so knowledgable and fun. The was beautiful - couldn't have asked for a better experience. Saw some gray whales, the crew explained so much - not too crowded - absolutely I would recommend to family and friends.
Rating: 4
Worth it!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 1, 13   12:00 PM atoves33 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Excellent tour, saw whales and dolphins, friendly and knowledgeable staff along with extra guides on board that walk around answering questions, engaging children and sharing knowledge and laughs. It is COLD outside of the harbor, even in good weather, and the potential to get wet can come if the water is choppy, reccommend water proof jackets and hats, especially for kids!! Not a lot of places to sit unless you go downstairs, so be prepared to stand for the entire 2 hours or snag someone elses spot when they go to the bathroom ;0
Rating: 4
Fin-again, and again
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 1, 13   12:00 PM Davanna Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Whale watching is unpredictable, so don't expect to see the same show as the previous tour group - these whales are on the move - and fast! I was disappointed to only see 1 fin whale, but that's nature! There is great information about whales from the tour guide while waiting for "fin-again" (fin whale) to surface. I learned quite a bit, eventhough there wasn't much to see. We were lucky, however, to ride up on a huge pod of dolphins. It was just like DiCaprio in"Titanic", but much better!
Rating: 5
Fantastic Trip!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 1, 13   10:00 AM hfatzer Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We were able to follow a female Gray Whale for quite some time, and she kept fluking every few minutes. We also saw a pod of several hundred common dolphins with babies. This was our first time ever seeing whales and dolphins in the wild, and we were very pleased with the trip and the crew. Thank you!
Rating: 5
Professional captain and crew
Fri, Dec 28, 12   10:00 AM flp542 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Excellent trip, Super lively bait, crew were on the spot helpful. Brought a friend from New Jersey we had a blast!!!
Rating: 1
total disaster, not backed by any customer service
Wed, Dec 26, 12   12:00 PM BGLOCKLING Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Went out excited with wife and 3 older teenage children on Christmas vac. It rained iin the morn and cleared by noon, nice and sunny. Captain and crew were friendly. Got out on the water and cap warned it's going to be ruff out there a storm just blew through this morn. Got passed the jetty and it got extremely ruff everyone just held on and didn't move around. 25 min in to trip captain said it's too ruff, and would'nt be able to follow a whale if we found one. Said he would radio office about refunds or some kind of credit . He had to wait for perfect nonwave to turn the boat in a hurry. Got back too dock less than 1 hour out, they gave us our tickets back. Some of us were from out of state and went in to talk to the office. They told us thats all they could do. I asked for manager or owner they said she just left, and wouldn't be back today. So the owner left the help to give us the poor service news, not there fault. My money is waisted and I won't be back to that Dana Point Harbor
Rating: 5
Amazing adventure
Sat, Dec 22, 12   12:00 PM rover2vette Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
It was an amazing time! We were on vacation and decided at the last moment to go out whale watching, the sea was calm and the temps no too cold so we booked the noon trip. Boat was clean and well stocked with snacks and refreshments at quite reasonable prices. The crew friendly and knowledgeable. We saw hundreds of dolphins and got up and close to sea lions as well. Unfortunately, we didn't see any greys during the trip, but the captain had received info that there were some headed towards us from up north, but our time had run out. He didn't have to do this, but he told everyone on board that if we had the time he would take us back out, for free, on the 2pm trip and we'd try to get to the group of whales headed our direction. We did get a glimpse of the amazing animals, but were't able to get very close as it was a mother and her calf. She did everything possible to keep us at a good distance from her baby, but was fun and interesting just the same. The captain manuvered the boat to entice the dolphins to play with us and what a show we got! Many of them chased the boat and would leap 15 feet or so out of the water jumping our wake. I would recommend this to everyone!!
Rating: 5
excellent trip
Thu, Dec 6, 12   2:00 PM uvstgal Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was an excellent way to spend a few hours. There is not a guarantee that you will actually see whales on the day you go. We did get to see 2 fin whales and literally 100's of dolphins on the day we went out. The crew tries to make sure you will see something on your excursion and our crew were friendly and very helpful. will probably do this again if we are in the area again.
Rating: 5
Best Day Ever
Wed, Nov 28, 12   10:00 AM gr89506 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I had the best day ever fishing, 11 people on the boat we fished 1/2 day I took my Dad and he caught more fish than me. The boat was very clean and the 2 hands on the boat we very helpful they both helped us from setting up our rigs too getting your fish off the hook and in to your bag.
Rating: 4
Plenty to see
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Nov 13, 12   2:00 PM rachie2186 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We were able to see around 600 dolphins swim near the boat. Unfortunately it's not whale season just yet, but the dolphins were interesting to see. Also the tour was very informative, the caption knows his mammals! Had a great time!
Rating: 5
Surfing porpoises were beautiful
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Nov 6, 12   11:00 AM bkgoza Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
On a beautiful, calm day, the catamaran was very stable (important to me who gets seasick), and very quickly found a fin whale which we watched for quite some time. Then on to a very large pod of porpoises -- perhaps 2000 altogether -- who seemed to enjoy swimming beside us and surfing in the boat's wake. In between, we watched sooty shearwaters who were so full of krill that they couldn't even make it off the water. The naturalist on the boat was very informative, and the trip overall was a great treat.
Rating: 2
Dissapointed
Fri, Oct 26, 12   2:00 PM Saulbeceiro Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I booked a whale watch trip to get to see whales, in the info they said there would still be some in that time but once in the catamaran they told us there were all gone. If I knew that i wouldnt buy it, i had seen dolphins many times before. I think you should be more honest with your ads. The trip was nice the catamaran very good and the crew perfect though
Rating: 4
Great view of the sea with a good team on board
Tue, Oct 23, 12   4:00 PM tsauser Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We have a nice view of the sea with unfortunately we have not see any whales and dolphins but we had a nice sunset and we have very appreciated that the money guarantee attidude and the fact you give us back the tickets for another time. Thanks a lot and have a very nice Day Kind Regards,
Rating: 5
Awesome!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Fri, Oct 12, 12   4:00 PM 3stinkers Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Captain's knowledge was great. Plus, you could actually understand the loudspeaker (which is a first!) We did not see a whale, but we saw hundreds of dolphins, right next to the boat. Sad about the whale, but the captain could not have been better, plus they gave us the whale ticket to come back and try again another time. Highly recommend. My kids loved just the boat experience, and the dolphins were unbelievable.