Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  780 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 140 324 4 = 320 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 191 452 4 = 448 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 339 788 8 = 780 98% 4.6
All 1,851 3,835 94 = 3,741 96% 4.4
Rating and reviews for:

Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour

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Majestic whales, playful dolphins, and other wildlife make this narrated cruise an exciting and awe-inspiring trip.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Sort Ascending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Great Trip and Educational
Mon, Apr 2, 12   10:00 AM buddy1234 Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Captain Chris was clear and direct on his safty instructions. He discribed the things we saw and his presentation was very educational. The crew was very helpful and made our trip fun.
Rating: 5
Incredible! Fantastic! Unforgettable!
Sun, Jan 25  8:00 AM Buddy59 Female Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I chose to go on the 8 hour tour because I am an avid whale watcher and have and going for 30 years.

I have always had pleasurable experiences on the four hour tours, but the 8 hour tour was absolutely incredible. Within 20 minutes we had already discovered a pod of grey whales. The whales were very active and everybody was able to get fantastic photographs. All in all we saw 45 gray whales, over 200 dolphin ( Bottlenose, Common Long Beak, and Rizzos...) We also saw a multitude of sea lions, posing harbor seals and a bald eagle when we got to Catalina...The captain was fantastic and the crew was wonderful! The food was yummy.

Truly, the boat is just a dream to be on!

best whale watch experience ever... trip of a lifetime!!!

Highly, highly, highly, highly, highly recommend!!!

I believe that you too will have the trip of a lifetime.
Rating: 4
An awesome time for ocean lovers.
Fri, Jul 4, 08   5:00 PM Buffyesprite Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
The trip was wonderful. I fully enjoyed myself as did my husband. We saw a few pods of dolphins on our trip and got some amazing shots. The trip wasn't too long nor too short. If you enjoy being on the water, you'll enjoy this trip.

We went with our niece and nephew and they didn't seem to enjoy the trip as much. It's not really interactive and if you don't bring something to keep small children occupied, they may be bored within the first half hour.

The only thing I feel I should caution about is that there is VERY limited seating. If you don't feel like you can stand for 2 hours or sit on the floor when you need a break, I wouldn't recommend it as the seats go quickly.
Rating: 5
Wish it was longer.
Sat, Mar 3, 12   11:00 AM Buggie Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
The tour guides were great at letting us know where and what we were seeing. I wish it was just longer.
Rating: 5
One of the best whale watching experiences ever!
Mon, Mar 31, 08   2:00 PM bugmenot Female Unspecified Local Couple on a Date
What started as a local jaunt to celebrate a birthday turned out to be one of the best whale watching experiences we've ever had. As our ship headed back to Dana Point harbor at the end of the trip, our captain spotted a pod of about a hundred dolphins in the distance. He turned the ship around to follow the pod even though we had come to the end of the tour.

Our ship was surrounded by dolphins leaping out of the water -- truly a joyous experience. Granted, we were extremely lucky to find the pod, but kudos to the captain for spotting the pod and delaying our return to the harbor to give us this experience.
Rating: 5
Lots of ocean life action- whale, dolphin & seals!
Tue, Jan 1, 08   12:00 PM bulldog9 Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
Plenty of ocean life action. We got to follow a gray whale for quite awhile, then saw lots of dolphin and sea lions all around the boat. The whale didn't get very close to the boat, but it was still great.
Rating: 4
2 whales
Fri, Jan 30  12:00 PM buzz2003 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Saved $30. on a whale tour
Rating: 3
OK trip, but saw no whales...
Sat, Jan 19, 08   10:00 AM bwatson Unspecified 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We went on a beautiful clear January 19th morning (the 10 a.m. trip). Friends had told us there haven't been many whale sightings in the last few years off the Dana Point coast. . However we decided to go anyway. For seven landlocked Utah people, it was just nice to get out on the ocean. We first saw a large group of dolphins. We followed the dolphins for 15-20 minutes (or they followed us) then the captain said we were going to look for whales. We saw no whales, but did see sea lions, pelicans, and other birds. The view of the coast was great all during the trip. It was chilly with the wind blowing, and a coat was an absolute necessity. I would have liked a little more talking by the captain (or crew--whoever was doing narration). They didn't say much--would have been nice to have them tell some stories, or identify land marks, or something--they spoke about twice in the 1.75 hours we were on the water. Food was advertised, but we didn't purchase any. Maybe they should rename it the 'Dolphin watching experience'. It was an ok trip--3 stars out of 5. I would do it once, but probably not again.
Rating: 5
Didn't see whales, but dophins made up for it
Sat, Mar 8, 08   10:00 AM c1tyhunter Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
Keep in mind that on these kind of trips, it is really up to your luck whether you'll see any whales / dolphins / other marine animal. When I went, I was 90% sure I wasn't going to see anything at all, so I viewed this merely as a nice excursion with my girlfriend out to the sea. So when the dolphins showed up, everybody got really excited, and for me, that's an extra bonus. I think the trip would've been nice even if we didn't see anything, but of course, when we did, that was a pleasant surprise!
Rating: 4
Enjoyable and relaxing
Sat, Mar 8, 08   2:00 PM Cablestar Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
We did not see any whales, but did see a rather large pod of dolphins. The ride and just being on the boat was relaxing and they really do guarantee that you will see either whales or dolphins or you get to use your tickets again for a future trip. Really nice crew, as well, and a surprisingly filled galley food selection.