Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,319 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
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Last 3 months 178 389 15 = 374 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 321 700 19 = 681 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 604 1,350 31 = 1,319 97% 4.5
All 4,630 9,622 341 = 9,281 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 665 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 317 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 207 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 116 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
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: 4
Boat captain well informed
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 15, 11   4:00 PM Lapham55 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The day we went we did not see any whales and saw 5 dolphins from a distance. Because of this we were given free passes to do another tour any time in the future. The captain was well informed and able to describe the dophins etc. We would do this tour again.
Rating: 5
It was a delightful experience for all six of us..
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 15, 11   2:00 PM MLBurgoyne Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Six of us, three generations -- ranging in age from 79 to 22 took the tour, and everyone of us enjoyed it very much. This is the third time we have taken this tour, and each one seems to be more fun than the last. The weather was perfect, the tour guides very knowledgeable and helpful, and we saw lots of activity in the water. I didn't see a whale myself, but we saw several the last two years we were here. More fun than the whales are the hundreds of dolphin that we saw this time. They chase the wake, and surround the boat. We also saw hundreds of pelican feeding and diving for fish. It was just a very enjoyable, fun and delightful experience for all six of us.
Rating: 5
12:00 cruise--March 15, 2011
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 15, 11   12:00 PM jandersen Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
On board staff very friendly and was impressed with their knowledge and dedication to their job and for the sea life. Enjoyed the cruise even though we did not see any whales. Many dolphins. We would do it again.
Rating: 5
great experience, nature up close & personal!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 15, 11   10:00 AM tcrane Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We couldn't have asked for a better experience! We are looking forward to doing this again in July/August to see Blue Whales & we'll be choosing the same outfitters! The captain and deck hands were all great, knowledgeable and friendly. Their experience enabled us to not only see grey whales but to follow their path as they migrated down the coast. This is truly an experience our family will never forget- fun for anyone who enjoys the great outdoors! Children 3 to 93 will all be impressed and captivated not just by the ocean animals but also by the captains banter and knowledge of all things "ocean"! We enjoyed this excursion so much that we went twice the week we were visiting!
Rating: 5
Beyond Expectations.
Sun, Mar 13, 11   4:00 PM JoyceHula Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Crew was professional and knowledgable.
Rating: 4
SUPERIOR CREW
Sun, Mar 13, 11   3:00 PM jameskortan Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The crew did an excellent job to make it possible for us to see a whale in a difficult situation.
Rating: 4
No whales, but lovely California Coast
Sun, Mar 13, 11   12:00 PM acarrasco Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
No whales on this trip. My friend went with her family the same day at 8am and saw a whale. We did see dolphins and sea lions. The dolphins swam right next to the boat. Boat was big, nice, clean, and not crowded. Beautiful, sunny day. We enjoyed seeing the California coast line, which was nice for our family and children from Texas.
Rating: 5
Amazing.
Sun, Mar 13, 11   11:00 AM calebzerve Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Took our three young kids (2, 5, 7) and we weren't sure if they'd like it. There aren't many places to sit so we were really wondering how it was going to play out, standing at the front of the boat the whole time. Long story short, the captain found a pod of dolphins - we're talking a thousand dolphins. Honestly, it was epic. The kids were ecstatic. The dolphins were literally swimming alongside the boat. We never saw a grey whale, but forget the grey whale...if you're lucky enough to come across the native dolphins, it is worth it. Seriously one of the top 10 best things ever experienced. The crew was courteous, funny, and knowledgeable. Good luck!
Rating: 5
The most amazing day for our family...
Sun, Mar 13, 11   8:00 AM lesalynn25 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My family and I went to Dana Point just to take a day on the ocean. We had such a great time looking for dolphins and whales. The pods of dolphins were wonderful,jumping right next to the boat all around each side. There were babies to adult dolphins. The childrens smiles of delight were the best, enjoying every moment...It made the family trip priceless with many memories to share...We will return again,and tell all our friends...The Haggstrom Family.
Rating: 5
Great Family Activity
Sun, Mar 13, 11   8:00 AM chainley Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We took our 6 year old and 9 year old out on the 8:00 boat ride having just arrived from Texas the night before (experiencing a 2 hour time differential and the morning daylight savings took effect)... obviously we did not take that into account when booking! However, despite the very early rise, we loved every second of it. We live on the coast of Texas, but have never had the opportunity to see whales. It was fantastic! The kids loved it and so did we. The boat was spacious, and the staff was great. I would strongly recommend dressing in layers and taking a high speed camera.
Rating: 1
dont even have courtesy half price next time
Sat, Mar 12, 11   3:00 PM Yadeedya Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I book especially at this dana wharf where festival of whales is happening.My friend came all the way from texas. We never saw a whale. We didnt even get any courtesy half price next time coupons. Other locations like in balboa beach whale watching gave us coupons if we didnt see any whale. any ways they didnt even ask if were happy with the trip.
Rating: 5
Had a blast!!!
Sat, Mar 12, 11   11:00 AM amyehrke Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My kids thought this was amazing!! The whale sighting was great!!
Rating: 5
will definitely recommend dana point
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM abpeckich Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Captain Corey was wonderful. Taught us all about the whales. Where they come from and where they go. the difference between the hieight of the fluke and how long they can stay under water. it was great. i felt very safe. all workers on board were kind to guide us carefulle while we went in and as we came off the boat, making sure we did not slip or fall. we didnt see any whales and we were pleasantly surprised to receive a whale ticket. we did not know that we had a cook on the boat, but the bacon sure smelled good... will absolutely recommend dana point whale watching
Rating: 4
The store staff was rude. The boat staff was great
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM ndrwtr Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Went to get our tickets and the cashier was shoving food in his mouth and said,"What do you want" as half his breakfast hit the counter. He found our tickets and we asked "okay where do we go?" A female barked out, "where do you think" and pointed around the corner to several boats in the dock. How about,"I'll be with you in a second?" Or it's the boat with the name of ...on the back. very UNPROFESSIONAL. On the other hand, the boat staff was awesome! They narrated the whole trip and apologized several times because we saw something but lost it. It wasn't their fault but they felt like it was. They really offered a lot of info and even gave us a refund to come back again! That is the ONLY reason I'd come back; definitely not for the sale people. They (cashier) treated us and others like we were interfering wiith their day by showing up.
Rating: 4
Beautiful Views, Excellent Crew
Thu, Mar 10, 11   12:00 PM Alice_Martin Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
While we were disappointed that there had been no whale sightings that day, we were impressed with the effort the crew made to give us a delightful and entertaining ride. They scanned the waters and contacted other boats to locate a pod of dolphins. They were such fun to watch playing in the water. Our boat paused in the area to give us excellent photo-opts. The children loved seeing the baby dolphin. As a grandma, I loved the views of the coastline. It was a cool day but the sunshine made it perfect. Thank you for a wonderful time!