Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  890 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 172 420 9 = 411 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 212 516 9 = 507 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 377 902 12 = 890 99% 4.6
All 2,243 4,768 106 = 4,662 97% 4.5
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: 3
Not so good...
Sun, Mar 16, 08   2:00 PM bishop95 Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
In their defense, they did warn us the waters were pretty rough before we went out. That being said, there was no heads up that with the rough waters and high winds came NO WHALES. I did get a chance to see about 5 people losing their lunch, but other than that it was a bust.

We did get a Whale Check, good for a return visit anytime we want. We'll just make sure to check the forecast this time.
Rating: 5
Great tour I strongly recommend.
Fri, Apr 15  2:00 PM bjbaker Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Crew was awesome and the tour was great.
Rating: 5
Must see
Sat, Mar 21, 15   2:30 PM BJohnson60 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We saw several different types of Dolphins and 4 Whale sightings
Rating: 4
No whales but loads of dolphins and sea birds
Thu, Nov 1, 07   4:00 PM bjones Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Dana point is a wonderful SC harbour
Rating: 5
It exceeded our expections
Tue, Mar 18, 08   12:00 PM bjwbrock Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
Our group consisted of my parents and my aunt, from San Antonio, TX, and I, I currently live in Mission Viejo, CA. We were hoping to see a whale. Were very excited because we saw several whales and I got a great picture of one whale tail flipping out of the water. We have raved to everyone.
Rating: 5
Two great experiences!
Thu, Apr 21, 11   2:00 PM BLecuona Unspecified 40-49 Combination Group of Friends
We recently brought friends visiting from Pittsburgh on a whale watching trip. The adults and kids enjoyed it completely. We were lucky enough to follow a mother whale with her baby for a long time, and to top it off, they were joined by several bottle nose dolphin! I could not have been happier to share the experience with my good friends! A once in a lifetime experience for many!
Rating: 4
Saw whales, a bit distant. Sea choppy.
Sat, Mar 12  8:00 AM BLStone Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Hard not to get sick, travelled a long way on choppy seas to see whales. Kudos to the captain for being determined that we would see some whales (which we did!).
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the great review! Glad to hear you had a good time!
Rating: 4
No whales; just footprints; but hundreds of dolphi
Sun, Mar 15, 15   8:00 AM blubber Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Did not see whales; only footprints of whales. Did see hundreds of common dolphin which still was exciting.
Rating: 5
Beautiful vistas, knowledgeable crew
Sat, Nov 14, 15   12:00 PM blue48pw Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Perhaps random luck, but it was a picture perfect, 70 degree day with calm seas. The whales apparently had other things to do, but we were quite happy to enjoy the common dolphins and the seals.
Rating: 5
Fantastic trip!!!
Sun, Mar 11, 12   8:00 AM bluesun1984 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The morning was very cold, but fortunately we bundled up well. We got a great spot on the upper deck to sit and watch for whales. The boat was very clean and the captain friendly. It was an overcast and gray morning. We saw sea lions playing across from the boat while still at the dock. I was able to get pictures of them. The trip out was great. The sun was peeking through the clouds causing sun rays to shine down on the ocean - it was beautiful. We saw occasional dolphins, but no great group of them. It didn't matter. Where else can you take a boat ride out and see such spectacular scenery. Then, as we were heading back, it happened: two gray whales had been spotted. Our boat rushed to bring us a little closer to watch them. It was more than I could have imagined. This was something that was on my "bucket list." They were so big and majestic as they rose and moved through the water. The plume of their spray was very easy to see. Then it happened - one of the whales went into a deep dive and we saw the fluke - its tail up as if motionless in the water. It was so exciting. Even the crew were impressed. It was the Gray Whale Festival and it was the first fluke they had seen. We stayed out past our allotted time to watch these whales. For that, I am grateful. It was a wonderful trip that I would recommend to anyone visiting the area - you will not forget it!