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Rating: 4.6  838 rating points
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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 Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
EXCELLENT
Wed, Jun 18, 14   2:00 PM SueMuth Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had the best time. My son and I did this same trip last year and it did not disappoint this year.
Rating: 5
A Pleasant Nature Jaunt
Wed, Jan 22, 14   12:00 PM Suegrim Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
An enjoyable afternoon perusing Dana Point's Harbor for wildlife is a must. We viewed and followed 2 gray whales, watching them fluke and dive. In addition the dolphins seemed to frolic as they jumped on the boat's wake following us as we heads to shore. Sea lions rested on buoys in the harbors and played in the marina. Gulls and pelicans abounded as we boated, making the mellow afternoon complete. After the cruise, we wander shop, ate some smoked fish, and had a delicious dinner. There's lots to see in Dana Point.
Rating: 4
Splendid life time experience
Sun, May 24  2:00 PM SUBHANGSHU Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The whale & Dolphin watching was once upon a lifetime experience and the children really enjoyed the dolphins in the ocean. Never had such experience before.
Rating: 5
Great time
Sun, Mar 16, 14   12:00 PM striptza Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Lucky to find grey whales quickly and spent time following them which was awesome. Them got in the middle of. Dolphin pod....what a wonderful experience!
Rating: 4
No whale sighting, but still fun!
Sun, Mar 7, 10   12:00 PM striptza Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Although we did not spot any whales on our trip, my daughter and I still had lots of fun just being out on the water! The best part is that the DanaWharf provides you with a free return ticket because we did not see a whale, so we get to go back whenever we would like. It does not even have to be this season! That definitely made it worth our while. The staff of the Dana Pride were also very friendly. I would recommend this for a fun activity for the family
Rating: 5
Great Day, Great Experience
Sun, Mar 14, 10   10:00 AM stonemark32 Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
We took the 10 am cruise and were able to enjoy not only great weather but a terrific experience. Captain was very knowledgable and after leading us to schools of dolphin brought us within photographic distance of several grey whales. Only negative part about the trip was the number of other boats with inexperienced skippers who tended to spook the whales and prevented us from getting a closer look. Nevertheless, a very enjoyable experience.
Rating: 5
A Great Trip!
Fri, Jun 5  12:00 PM Stevetugwell Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
we had a wonderful trip, at first it seemed the whales would not play, but after about an hour we saw Dolphins swimming between the hulls and a Hump Back close by. In the next hour we saw more Dolphins, 2 more Whales and Sea Lions jumping in front of the boat!

My only complaint was that the pa system was not at all clear.
Rating: 5
Excellent Value
Fri, Feb 1, 08   12:00 PM steveshaw Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
If you can get passed the pretencious, snobby, plastic locals that live outside of their means, in a dream world - the area is actually really nice. The ship it self was very clean, well maintained, with very well educated staff. I felt safe the entire time, as did my girlfriend. We were just looking for something to do to get away from Disneyland for a day, and this seemed like a good idea. We saw grey whales surface several times, and some dolphins jumping, as well as sea lions (these can be seen at pretty much every rocky point on the west coast, but still interesting). There are food and drinks on the ship, and the one guy who's name I can't remember - he actually stays on deck with you and is full of useful information about the area. I definitely will return and do this again, and highly recommend it for couples or families.
Rating: 5
AWESOME!!!!!
Fri, Jul 11, 14   12:00 PM Stevesandy Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
An awesome experience from beginning till end! The Captain and crew were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We were blessed to see a blue whale, dolphins, and seals! Beautiful day! Beautiful experience!
Rating: 4
Tuesday Whale Watching
Tue, Feb 19, 08   10:00 AM stevenspence Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
I'd recomend the Tuesday half price special as the boat had maybe 40 people on it. Our Feb 19th scheduled 10:00 am departure actually left about 10:10, perhaps they were waiting to see if anyone else would show up. They ask you to be dockside a 1/2 hour before the scheduled departure, and free parking is more than adequate. The staff on the boat was friendly and talked about the marine life we happened to see. The trip lasted about 1:45 long and was an enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. This is my third whale watching trip and I've yet to see a whale but did see many dolphin and sea lions. The company offers a guarrantee that if you don't see any dolphins or whales you'll get another trip voucher ... trust me, you'll always see dolphins, probably not whales but always dolphins! There is an indoor galley with seating on board in case your hungry or thirsty and I noted that they sell beer and "adult beverages" too. There are resrooms onboard. I would definitly bring a wind breaker or coat with a hood especially if you plan to travel during the winter months and want to watch from the bow (front) of the boat. Camera's are a must and having a pair of binoculars would be a bonus. If you liked the trip, have a couple of dollars handy since they put a "tip" jar next to where you exit the boat. If you've never done something like this and will not be too disapointed if you don't see an actual whale then I say go for it and enjoy the views, atmosphere and ride. I plan on going again sometime in the future since I live locally. Who knows, maybe the fouth time will be the charm to see whales.