Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,339 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 94 205 9 = 196 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 285 623 21 = 602 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 620 1,376 37 = 1,339 96% 4.5
All 4,682 9,737 347 = 9,390 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 727 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 320 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 198 89% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 4
No whales sighting but definitely trying again
Sat, May 10, 08   5:00 PM SUNNYCALGIRL Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
This was my mom's Mother's Day gift. We enjoyed ourselves on the excursion even though we didn't get to see any whales. We did see California sea lions and dolphins, which was great. Luckily there weren't that many people on the boat, so it was nice to be able to move around whenever and wherever we wanted. We are planning on coming back during a different whale season and hopefully we will have better luck then. The staff was helpful when needed.
Rating: 5
Tue, Apr 29, 08   12:00 PM RobinSmith Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
I took my elderly Aunt on the two hour whate watching trip and had a great time. I went aboard thinking I would probably see one dolphin being it was at the end of whale season, but immediately we spotted some seals. An hour into our journey we got notice there was a pod of dolphins up ahead and we headed right towards them. Soon we spotted the dolphins and the sight was amazing because this was a whole heard of dolphins and we were right in the middle of them. The dolphins were all around us as far as the eye could see in every direction. Though we never saw a whale the trip was worth every penny and I would highly reccommend the adventure. The captian and staff on the vessel were very informative telling us all about these dolphins. It was clear they were just as amazed as the passengers saying they have never encountered so many dolphins in all the years they have been doin this trip. It was estimated there were at least 7 thousand dolphins. I took video and am going to put it on youtube. search Dana Point Dolphins on youtube and you can view the footage.
Rating: 4
Fun cruise of Dana Point Harbor
Mon, Apr 28, 08   10:00 AM lasjacks Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Even though we took our trip in late April and no whales were to be found, we enjoyed our 2 hour trip. The 2 man crew was friendly and pointed out a pod of dolphin and brought our boat to the middle of them so we could enjoy their antics close at hand. It was breathtaking to observe the dolphin in their natural environment, enjoying themselves. We ventured out a little further along the coast to try and spot any whales, but no luck. On the way back to shore we passed harbor seals sunning themselves on a bobbing buoy. Very affordable good time for anyone that might only have a short time in the area.
Rating: 4
A little disappointing
Sat, Apr 26, 08   12:00 PM Kalimada Female 70+ International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Done this cruise many times and have always had a great time. This time the boat was small with no upper seating this ment we had to sit down below (which we did not want to do) or stand for 2 hours. Although we are in our 80's we are very active but standing in a moving boat for 2hrs is not pleasurable. We will think twice before doing it again
Rating: 5
Great Trip
Wed, Apr 23, 08   10:00 AM marcuscouch Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
Not too many fish because of the cold water temp at the time, but a great single perch to take home and eat. We really enjoyed the galley service and look forward to our next time out.
Rating: 4
A nice boat ride.
Tue, Apr 22, 08   10:00 AM sunic0 Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We went on a whale watching boat. We saw sea lions. No whales. We left on time and returned on time. Food and drinks may be purchased on the boat. Bring small money. We did not see any whales. We were given a free ticket for the whale watching boat to be used at a later time.
Rating: 5
We had a great time whale watching
Wed, Apr 16, 08   2:00 PM dmontgator Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We were able to see a mother and her calf as well as another whale breaching the water. It was spectacular. On the return trip to the marina, we found a pod of dophins that played in the boats wake and jumped in and out of the water. Being from Florida and having seen dolphins before, did not prepare us for the awesome experience....
Rating: 3
A total disappointment
Thu, Apr 10, 08   2:00 PM phynally Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was supposed to be the highlight of my California vacation. I had convinced the other members of my party that this was a "must do" and that we would see the things we'd viewed on the Nature channel with our very own eyes. I read so many positive reviews from people who had posted them just the week before, and was sure that we'd have a similar experience. I know that nature can be unpredictable, but all of the posts from the previous week insisted that we'd see hundreds of dolphins and I had no reason to think that we wouldn't have the same experience. The few negative posts I read were related to fishing, so I was sure we'd see plenty of dolphins and if we were lucky, a whale or two. We saw NOTHING!!!! We sailed for two hours and saw absolutely nothing! I was so totally disappointed. Their "no refund" policy guarantees that if you don't see dolphins or whales, you can sale again for free. I live in Maryland and probably won't be making this trip again, so it is little consolation and the guarantee is worthless. If you still choose to go, be aware that they cannot guarantee any sightings. Thankfully it didn't cost a lot. I'm just glad that we didn't purchase the four hour cruise.
Rating: 5
Very Fun
Tue, Apr 8, 08   2:00 PM ltssmls Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
The Guides were very nice and one offered to take pics of the whales because we kept missing them in the shot. All the guides were informative and would walk around and see if you had questions and would answer in detail. Will Defintly do again. All of them were very honest and we got to see a mom whale and her calf. Was completly worth it and absloutly loved the experience. Thanx you GUYS!!!!!!!!!!
Rating: 4
Would definitely recommend this, however...
Sun, Apr 6, 08   12:00 PM katiewhite Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I would definitely recommend this tour. The customer service was great, and the cruise itself was also great. We saw tons of dolphins which was amazing, and they were all over the place, however, we did not see any whales. I knew going into the cruise that there was no guarantee, but my only suggestion would be that if we don't get to see whales, they should offer a coupon for another tour (not free, just discounted).
Rating: 5
Great Trip
Sat, Apr 5, 08   6:30 AM calvinburt Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Please let the owners of the Reel Fishing boat know how much we enjoyed the trip. We were very impressed with Zach and the rest of the crew. Their attitudes were great, they were very helpful, and made us feel like they were there to help with whatever our needs might be. I will come back.
Rating: 4
Fun experience
Sun, Mar 30, 08   2:00 PM LinFishDU Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw about 5 grey whales, 2 on their own and then two adults with a baby. It was a little choppy which made it more difficult to see them, but it was still neat. The crew told us they didn't see any whales on the group that went out before us, probably due to the not-as-nice conditions. I would advise you to pick a nice calm day to go out, the crew seemed to indicate they have better success on those days. Take binoculars if you have them. The boat cannot get super close to the whales.
Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 29, 08   12:00 PM DancnDolphn Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
THE WHALES ARE AMAZING. With the ocean in our backyard, we sometimes forget what lies within. I highly recommend you take advantage of what's given to us.
Rating: 5
Saw Lots of Dolphins!
Wed, Mar 26, 08   12:00 PM sadlot386 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Dolphins were very playful with us and the boat. I kept on the "lookout" for a migrating whale....and sure enough I saw it. Pretty far away but still exciting.
Rating: 5
Tue, Mar 25, 08   4:00 PM cyule410 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We went Whale watching on Tuesday, March 25 at 4:00p.m.. We were taken out to where we were surrounded by hundreds of dolphins. It was so much fun watching them all play and follow our boat. On the way back, our captain of the boat spotted some whales. He took us over to see them. To his surprise there were 6 of them. He followed them and took us as close as is legally allowed. Because we were the last trip of the day, he stayed out longer with us so that we could fully enjoy the whales. He made the trip so enjoyable. We would recommend this trip to anyone and we will be going again next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!