Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.9  53 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 2 6 0 = 6 100% 5.0
Last 6 months 5 15 0 = 15 100% 5.0
Last 12 months 19 53 0 = 53 100% 4.9
All 710 1,775 18 = 1,757 99% 4.7
Rating and reviews for:

Catamaran Adventure Cruises

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Join us for an extraordinary whale watching experience aboard the OCean Adventure, an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art catamaran.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Amazing experience!
Thu, Jul 14, 11   2:00 PM jmbanares Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I took my boyfriend out on this trip for his birthday. I've never been on a small boat before. I didn't know I would get so sea sick. However, even though I was dizzy for most of the trip, I don't blame it on the boat or the workers. Even though my head hurt for most of it, this trip was an awesome experience! Many of the reviews I read about this cruise said that they didn't see any whales. But we saw two huge blue whales! We saw a mom and a baby whale swimming next to each other! We even saw one of the whales FLUKE! We also saw a BUNCH of common dolphins! They played with our boat and swam with us. We even saw a tiny, baby dolphin! Seeing the magnificence of God's aquatic creations made the entire trip worth it, even though I got sick! There were only a handful of people on the boat, so it was very comfortable and friendly! I would recommend this to everyone. I would love to go on a trip like this again, but hopefully, I'll find a way to not get sick. :P
Rating: 5
the staff was great.
Wed, Jul 13, 11   2:00 PM dlouis Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
our excursion was so much fun. actually saw a blue whale and loved the dolphins. would recommend this to anyone visiting dana point.
Rating: 5
Will go again!
Mon, Jul 11, 11   2:00 PM HazelPhillip Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The crew tried really hard for the passengers to locate whales to watch, by tracking and anticipating them as they dived and resurfaced. The whales were a little harder to find than the dolphins that swam close by the boat, but the crew was successful and we had an great experience.
Rating: 5
Never a disappointing experience!
Sat, Jul 9, 11   2:00 PM sjtracey Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We've been out whale watching with Dana Wharf many times, and have never been disappointed. Even on cruises when we haven't seen any whales, the crew does its very best to make it an enjoyable trip, and will seek out (enormous!) pods of dolphin or other sea life to share with the visitors. On our most recent trip this weekend, though, we saw more blue whales than we could keep track of. Through the entire two hours, Captain Larry shared all kinds of interesting facts and information about them as well. It was a trip that we'll never forget!
Rating: 3
Just okay
Thu, Jul 7, 11   2:00 PM jt8869 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Did not see any whales or dolphins so a little disappointed.
Rating: 4
Nice boat trip
Sat, Jun 25, 11   6:00 PM Smendonca Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The trip was very nice, we saw a couple of dolphins, many sea lions and had a wonderful view of the immediate coast. I usually get seasick but found the boat to be reasonably stable even when we left the harbor. I also liked that with the online ticket receipt, the company provided useful tips for people not used to boats (what to bring, what not to bring etc.). The only less than positive aspect of the experience had to do with the exchange of the online receipt for tickets. The company's offices at the harbor are not clearly marked and we had no idea we had to exchange the print out of our online receipt for tickets. Fortunately, the people at the boat accepted our print out and did not make us go back to find the office.
Rating: 5
Great family activity
Sat, Jun 25, 11   12:00 PM rabradford32 Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
My husband and I took our 6 year old daughter who had a blast. It was relaxing to be out on the water and the crew was quite personable! Look forward to our next time out.
Rating: 4
Fri, Jun 24, 11   11:00 AM Alexann15 Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
I have been on the whale watching adventure twice. We enjoyed the experience. Certainly wished one could be guaranteed to see a whale on a whale watching trip. It would be nice to have spotters pre-locate whales and or be offered a follow-up trip for a chance to see the whales on another day if you are not lucky enough to see one. The first trip we were on, we say the gray whale and the talk was all about seeing the Blue Whale. We re-booked in June hoping to see what all the talk was about and did not see the great blue whale. Maybe next time. We will try again.
Rating: 5
Relaxing Ride - lots of dolphins, 1 whale
Sat, Jun 11, 11   2:00 PM cathycares Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Nice boat and staff, comfortable ride although it was an overcast day. We observed several groups of common dolphins - they came up to boat in groups and jumped etc. They were fun to watch. Towards the end of the ride we had a blue whale in the distance. The boat chased after the whale and we saw a small part of the whale several times. Too bad it didn't come fully to the surface as it looked huge! I would recommend the tour!
Rating: 5
Enjoyed Whale Watching Adventure
Sat, Jun 11, 11   12:00 PM MarcRayC Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Even though we didn't see any whales, I still thoroughly enjoyed ALL the dolphins we were able to see. I can't remember his name, but the gentleman who told us all about what we were seeing was very nice and engaging. Would do it again