Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  884 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 167 408 9 = 399 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 209 505 9 = 496 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 376 896 12 = 884 99% 4.6
All 2,237 4,755 106 = 4,649 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 Gender Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
no whales, but many entertaining dolphins
Sat, Sep 26, 15   12:00 PM ujacob Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Individual
the absence of whales was explained by a lack of plankton in the sea this season.

Nice boat, not too crowded and app. 2h is. just the right length for such a trip
Rating: 5
Amazing adventure!
Sun, Sep 20, 15   10:00 AM student1 Female 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
I booked some tickets for my daughters and me because my friend recommended me this trip. I thought it was going to be okay this trip. But it was not okay, it was really fantastic!. One of the main reasons was because I took a SPF umbrella that let me stay in the front. In that place I remained the whole trip. It was an unforgettable experience! I highly recommend anyone to book a trip like this. The captain and his assistant were very kind and professional. Please don't forget to take your favorite snack to complement this amazing adventure.
Rating: 4
Enthusiastic Staff
Sun, Sep 20, 15   10:00 AM MAREBE Female 30-39 Combination Family With Children
The staff was knowledgable and passionate about their work. Snack onboard were reasonable priced.
Rating: 5
Wonderful and memorable experience!
Sat, Sep 19, 15   4:30 PM jenmcc13 Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
This was such a wonderful experience for me and my GF! We arrived super early but didn't need to since there weren't very many people attending. It was nice to get on a vessel with only a few people as it made the experience more intimate. The crew was super friendly and knew quite a bit about where to go and what to look for. We ended up seeing a whale but it was off in the distance and didn't breach. The captain tried to get us close but the whale would keep moving. So he decided to take us to an area where a lot of dolphins were spotted. I brought my binoculars so I could see them before we got close. After a couple of minutes, we could see common dolphins all over the place! Jumping out of the water and swimming right at the front of the vessel! It was so cool to see them up close! They were so adorable and playful :) It was such a nice day and an overall great time. We plan on going back very soon and will hopefully see some whales. Keep in mind that whales are still wild mammals and they don't always cooperate. Hey, it's nature! It's still a great experience....even if you only see dolphins and and some seals. The catamaran is very nice, clean and has a bar with drinks and food. The crew is the best I've encountered and very accommodating.
Rating: 5
Whale and Dolphin Watching
Sun, Sep 13, 15   5:00 PM cstogdill Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Definitely recommend this trip. The boats are very clean and the crew very friendly. Unfortunately, we did not find any whales on our early evening trip, although we saw a small pod of dolphin and there was a cute sea lion in the harbor. Due to the lack of a sighting, our tickets were returned to us and we were advised that the ticket is good for another trip, any time. I definitely plan to return. Good value, even if we didn't see much.
Rating: 3
Could've been better
Sun, Sep 13, 15   2:00 PM Trumil Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
First the boat captain did not go over any safety features in case of an emergency. This was disturbing. Second, it seemed as though the captain was more concerned about conserving fuel than actually looking for whales. He did take us to a pod of dolphins which was fun but instead of running with the dolphin so they could have fun he went through the pod slowly, again I think to save fuel. Unfortunately the trip was not as satisfying as I had hoped but it's always nice to get out on the water and see the beautiful San Clemente, Dana Point and South Laguna coastline.
Rating: 5
I really enjoyed the ride we saw common dolphins.
Sat, Sep 12, 15   12:00 PM cveltri Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
It was awesome I would recommend and make sure to bring your camera.
Rating: 5
Strongly recommend
Fri, Sep 11, 15   5:00 PM nbenay Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Great fun for everyone
Rating: 5
awesome Tour...never failed us yet!
Mon, Sep 7, 15   2:00 PM Humphrey4 Female Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
This was the 4th time we've been whale watching since moving to Dana Point (3 years ago). We have always seen whales among other things. Love the catamaran! It's the best!
Rating: 5
Great Experience
Sun, Sep 6, 15   5:00 PM Seharter Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I would recommend this to anyone that wants to get off the beach and really experience the beauty of the ocean. You are just far enough off the coast that you can enjoy the ocean and the Captain does an amazing job teaching you about the history of the whales in the area, pointing out things to look at, and spotting the marine life. We got the see a whale surface and dive about four times before moving on to a HUGE pod of dolphins. They were following the boat and jumping in the wake, it was amazing!