Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  835 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 95 236 0 = 236 100% 4.7
Last 6 months 167 407 3 = 404 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 355 842 7 = 835 99% 4.6
All 2,005 4,209 97 = 4,112 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 Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Captain made excellent effort to spot whales
Wed, Jul 9, 14   5:00 PM genegonya Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
My husband and I took a two-day trip from Encinitas, CA stopping the first day in Dana Point to search for whales and dolphins. We heard they had excellent luck here. The boat was nice and the Captain (whom was sat behind) and his assistant were continually using binoculars to try to spot whales and dolphins. Unfortunately, there were no whales that day but he found a great pod of dolphins who had a great time jumping high into the air several feet and surfing the wake he was providing.
Rating: 3
Sat, Jul 5, 14   10:00 AM ViolettaGlen Female 60-69 Combination Family With Children
the boat was nice and the staff cheerful. However, the rear speakers were not working and we could not understand a word that was being said. We saw beautiful dolphins and two seals but no whales.
Rating: 4
Fun but no whales:-(
Sat, Jun 28, 14   12:00 PM mpetrus Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We enjoyed the boat ride, but unfortunately saw no whales on this trip. Just dolphins.
Rating: 5
Great trip even without any whales!
Sun, Jun 22, 14   12:00 PM LizBenz Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The boat left right on time, was very clean and the crew very friendly and informative. Since we didn't see any whales, we got a whale watch ticket for another trip for free anytime. Also, the food from the grille is fantastic - all freshly made!! There is plenty of seating and/or places to stand along the railing, so it didn't feel too crowded.
Rating: 4
Satisfactory excursion.
Sun, Jun 15, 14   12:00 PM dmccoy Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Good seats for viewing on top.....first 45 min. Was a nice boat ride, saw nothing.....then we got into a large school of dolphins.....saw all of the dolphins jumping and swimming next to the boat that you would want to and several picture taking opportunities......no whales to see this trip in mid-June........stopped by a floating buoy on the way back into the harbor full of sleeping sea lions....again, more picture opportunities......nice trip for 2 hours with our grand kids.........a fun time was had by all!
Rating: 4
Thu, Jun 12, 14   5:00 PM LagunaGirl52 Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
very nice and relaxing to be out on the ocean
Rating: 5
An Enjoyable Short Excursion
Sun, May 25, 14   2:00 PM mdeborah Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We are repeat customers for the two-hour boat trips on the Dana Pride - it's something we treat ourselves to whenever we have out-of-town friends and family visiting, and no one ever seems to get tired of it. There are almost always at least dolphin sightings, even if the whales are not around, and we have had memorable experiences in the center of huge pods of dolphins AND whales AND bird feeding frenzies. Always fun.
Rating: 5
This is a whale of a show!
Thu, May 22, 14   2:00 PM BettyStreet Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I went on this whale watch last September. It was so fantastic (saw Blue Whales, Fin Whales and dolphins) that I took relatives on it this May. Once again, we saw lots of dolphins, who surfed with the boat, and the first sighting for the season of a Blue Whale and the 35-foot long baby. Quite exciting. I would recommend this to anyone, who enjoys wildlife, and doesn't get seasick. It can be quite choppy. Take layers of clothes, because it can be 15 degrees colder on the water. I think the 2-4 pm time is the best. The pilot finds the whales on the earlier whale trip. No meal is interrupted on the 2-4 pm slot. It can be colder and sun is lower on the 4-6 slot.
Rating: 5
Our whale watching trip was amazing!
Wed, May 21, 14   12:00 PM Deblowe Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Not only was the weather spectacular, we were so impresed with our captain and crew. Their friendly attitude and knowedge of the whale migrations and other water animals made the trip so interesting. I have checkd off an item on my bucket list! Thank you!
Rating: 5
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Sat, May 17, 14   2:00 PM lucindan Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
The boat was clean, the captain navigated comfortably the open sea, with good narrative. There was even a skipper whom came around often to ask how all were doing and if any questions. Very personable and friendly. The children enjoying the cabin had a table with all sorts of plastic fish with tags on each to play with and learn from during the trip, thank you!