Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,182 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 207 468 10 = 458 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 299 677 13 = 664 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 526 1,214 32 = 1,182 96% 4.6
All 4,345 8,999 323 = 8,676 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 Watching in Gray Whale Season 359 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale Watch 334 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 289 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 156 85% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 40 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 4 100% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Unlucky but Awesome!
Mon, Jun 4, 12   5:30 PM rkrugel Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Although the weather did not cooperate, and the fish were not quite biting, the crew was amazing, and we all managed to have a great time. Can't wait to go back!
Rating: 1
don't purchase the ticket
Sat, Feb 14, 09   2:00 PM rkrchen Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
don't purchase the ticket unless you're absolutely sure that you will make it on the boat. their ridiculous no refund/no exchange/no reschedule policy is completely unreasonable. my date and i purchased tickets and as we arrived at dana point she began to not feel well. even so, we could not even get a refund...we didn't even go on the boat!!
Rating: 5
It was a very enjoyable and relaxing respite
Tue, Sep 11, 12   2:00 PM rkoppel Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
I would definitely do it again!
Rating: 5
Great way to spend the afternoon.
Tue, Mar 25, 08   12:00 PM rknight Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I have lived in Orange County for more than two years, and I wish that I had done this before. My cousin and grandmother came to visit from out of state, and I booked the the tour/cruise for the three of us. The weather was beautiful, the view of Dana Point from the ocean looked like a painting, and the dolphins and whales did not disappoint. We saw 4-6 gray whales and a huge pod of common dolphins. The crew/staff were very friendly and knowledgable. Also, the cruise does not interfere with the animals travel patterns or harass nature just for a photo-op.
Rating: 4
No whales but still fun
Tue, Aug 11, 09   5:00 PM rkhattab Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Family With Children
If you want to get a seat, get there early (at least 45 mins). There is very limited seating available on the upper deck. Otherwise, be prepared to stand by the rail for 2 hours. The seating area below deck is very stuffy and will make you seasick even if you are not. Use the restroom before you leave shore. We saw lots and lots of beautiful common dolphins - that made the trip - no whales. The guide didn't have much to say but we didn't care. We paid half price on Tuesday night so it was worth it. We all had fun. Would do it again.
Rating: 5
Great time had by all!
Tue, Jan 11, 11   2:00 PM rkeithbeal Female Unspecified Local Group of Friends
We were a group pf 40-50 people with a common interest, but we didn't all know each other. When asked later that night if we minded not seeing any whales or dolphins, everyone answered with a resounding NO! We had so much fun with each other, we didn't really miss them. AND, they refunded our tickets to come back another day! I believe they said they hadn't had a no-show run in 27 weeks. (?) This is a great activity for a meet-up or any kind of group to do something together. The Capt was informative and the crew wonderfully nice.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable experiance
Sat, Dec 8, 07   2:00 PM RKBILLY Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
The staff was helpfull. weather was bad, saw no marine life. Was very surprised that we were given a return ticket. Makes me want to come back with more people. Thanks
Rating: 4
pleasant but unthrilling
Mon, Mar 15, 10   10:00 AM rjsin83 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a beautiful day for the whale watching. The day before they saw 13 whales. We saw none. The crew tried extremely hard to find some, but all we saw were three or four white fin dolphins and sea lions on the buoys. It was quite disappointing, but the boat ride was nice.
Rating: 4
A good afternoon which delivered as advertised
Sat, Mar 27, 10   3:30 PM rjpatrick Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
We spent about 2.5 hours on the water and saw Sea Lions, Common Dolphins and three Fin Whales. Inevitably you spend a certain ammount of time waiting for something to happen but it was a nice afternoon so not a problem. Apart from the Sea Lions they are all hard to photograph though - more of a video camera than a still camera type of activity.
Rating: 3
Half day fishing with kids
Mon, Apr 21  10:00 AM rjjump Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Expect some frustration if you have younger kids. The half day trips pretty much sit at local kelp beds and the boat is positioned where the stern swings near the kelp. 90% of the fish will be caught from the back. The areas are over fished so the fish are small and hide in the kelp. Frequent fisherman will stake the best spots. The captain will announce a time for people to rotate but that will be half way through the trip. Most people will mill around a bit but grab spots close to where they were. So unless you are aggressive and force your way in you will not likely get a prime spot. I would do that but with my younger kids you cant as they are not good enough fisherman to handle the tight combat fishing that happens in the back. If you want to see the local coastline from a boat, have a snack and enjoy a day at sea then it is fine. If you go thinking of catching decent size fish then do something else. I have went 5 times with my small kids and always the same story 100+ fish caught but only a few legal size....and I am talking barely legal. I have not seen anything over 18" or a couple pounds ever caught.
Rating: 3
Skunked
Thu, Jul 3, 08   6:30 AM rjgharrison Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
6:30 half day trip-Full boat, decent crew and good intentions. Just no luck. 3-4 keepers for entire boat of about 30 anglers. I caught a small white bass but had to throw it back. Crew threw out lures and hooked a bunch of barracuda near the kelp beds to keep it interesting but just no luck. I will definitely give it another chance.
Rating: 5
great day!
Sun, Jul 13, 08   10:00 AM rjcallau Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
the crew was nice and my whole group had a great time with all of us catching plenty of fish... we would def. do this trip again soon. Moved around to a few different spots and the captain made up for it by extending the time out there with no pressure on time.... great day on the water.
Rating: 1
Held captive while crew gets rich cleaning squid
Sun, Jan 13, 13   5:30 PM RJaquette Male 40-49 Local Individual
You are not allowed to take your squid off the boat until the crew has charged you $3 each to do a half-hearted cleaning job on them. You can't even clean your own!?! We waited for 3.5 hours while just 2 crew members slowly cleaned the boats catch. We didn't get back until 2am. It was ridiculous. A responsible charter operation would let fishermen clean their own or put more cleaning crew on the boat. $1 is the standard cleaning fee elsewhere. We froze while they got rich. Not worth it.
Rating: 5
Fantastic experience!
Sat, May 23, 09   6:30 AM riverarok Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
It was our first time fishing from a boat and my girlfriend loved it. The crew was very helpful and they were very polite. I will definitely do it again.
Rating: 2
Did not see any whales
Mon, Feb 13, 12   12:00 PM RitvaDiCarlo Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
It was cold and windy, saw quite a few dolphins but no whales. We were disappointed as we had family from Europe and Chicago area with us.