Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  887 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 168 411 9 = 402 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 210 508 9 = 499 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 377 899 12 = 887 99% 4.6
All 2,238 4,758 106 = 4,652 97% 4.5
Rating and reviews for:

Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour

activity photo

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

Rating Date Attended Sort Ascending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Just Do It!!
Wed, Apr 2, 08   12:00 PM allyn5157 Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
If you're a tourist in Southern California and have stood in line for all of your other activities, you'll love this Whale-Watching tour! Dana Point is beautiful and the wharf area is manageable and pleasant - no lines (and if there are lines, they'll be short ones). The tour operators are knowledgeable and very friendly. The tour boat is large and comfortable and, on the day we participated, it just skimmed smoothly on the water. My wife and I had a great time and plan on doing it again. Oh, did I mention we didn't see any whales? It didn't matter to us, it was still a fun day and we understand that whales have a mind of their own and don't always read the script! Just make up your mind that you'll have a great time and you will.
Rating: 4
Fun but no whales....again!
Sat, Apr 5, 08   10:00 AM jcstonger Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
This is now our 3rd time whale watching here out of Dana Point, and the 3rd time seeing no whales. For the first 45 minutes we saw nothing, but then came across a very large pod of playful dolphins. This is in no way the fault of the guides, but still dissapointing. The kids ages 3 and 6 loved it regardles. We will probably give it one more shot next year, and then we will be done with it!
Rating: 4
Would definitely recommend this, however...
Sun, Apr 6, 08   12:00 PM katiewhite Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I would definitely recommend this tour. The customer service was great, and the cruise itself was also great. We saw tons of dolphins which was amazing, and they were all over the place, however, we did not see any whales. I knew going into the cruise that there was no guarantee, but my only suggestion would be that if we don't get to see whales, they should offer a coupon for another tour (not free, just discounted).
Rating: 5
Great spectacle
Sun, Apr 6, 08   12:00 PM combinator Male 30-39 Combination Family With Children
We found a large pod of dolphins - they were everywhere. Highly recommended!
Rating: 5
Sun, Apr 6, 08   2:00 PM audiogirl Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
We saw a "dolphin super-pod"!!! No whales, though.

Plenty of room on the boat, friendly staff. Nice passengers.

Beautiful just to be on the water.

A few notes, which weren't negatives for me, but could be for others:

The "whale-sighting guarantee or free trip next time" includes dolphin sightings, and if we hadn't seen so many dolphins, I might have been dissappointed. Fortunately I read the fine print so I was aware that the guarantee included dolphins.

The restrooms weren't stocked well, but fortunately I'm the kind of person who comes over-prepared for such things.

The bar on the boat is cash only, so bring dollars. There is an ATM in the shop where you get your tickets. If you get seasick, they have motion sickness pills there too.

I'll definitely go again for blue whale season.
Rating: 5
Sun, Apr 6, 08   4:00 PM Sophia99 Female 30-39 Local Other
Although my niece & I did not see any whales or dolphins (which is unusual), we did see sea lions, have a great boat ride, & witness stunning views of our local coastline. And in the end, because our excursion did not see whales or dolphins, we did receive free whale-watching tickets that don't expire & can be used anytime.
Rating: 5
Dolphins were great
Mon, Apr 7, 08   12:00 PM MariKevW Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
While we did not see any gray whales, it was still worth the afternoon and money watching the captain and dolphins play. Due to the expertise of the crew, they were able to create circular patterns that provider us bystanders the viewing of dolphins doing acrobats in the wake of the boat. Truly awesome!
Rating: 5
We had an excellent time!
Tue, Apr 8, 08   12:00 PM KatrinaWells Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
This was our first whale watching trip and we had an excellent time! We saw TON of dolphins that put on a great show. Then we got to see two whales (an adult female and her calf) that also put on a great show for us. They kept diving and resurfacing right next to us. It was awesome! We also were able to see two sea lions that were so cute. This was better than I imagined it would be. Thank you so much for a great time!!
Rating: 5
Tue, Apr 8, 08   12:00 PM parkjohn Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We couldn't believe the amazing two for one deal offered by Dana Wharf . A two hour cruise out of Dana Point on a lovely April afternoon would have satisfied. It being so late in the whale watching season, we were optimistic, but not resolute. Soon out of port, the ship was surrounded by pods of playful dolphins, riding the wake, jumping and frolicking all around. The captain had to circle and speed so we could leave the dolphins to their feeding, but they kept following! When the cruise seemed to be winding to an end without sight of whale, one very determined passenger at the bow of the ship spotted a breach in the water surface on the distant horizon. The captain immediately stopped the engine and all aboard waited eagerly staring transfixed at the "footprint" left on the water. Soon emerged a nursing mother gray whale and her calf. She was returning back north with her newborn by her side, surfacing often with a spray. While the ship was drifting with no propulsion the whales swam ridiculously close by and seemed almost interested in the vessel full of curious stares floating in their pathway. It was a wonderful and memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience, even the crew was genuinely excited.
Rating: 5
It was good!
Tue, Apr 8, 08   12:00 PM ParadisPD Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
We saw a big nursery pod of dolphins which was great. My girlfriend and other friends loved them. We saw a grey whale with a calf and they liked them too but when we watched them surface for about 5-10 seconds every few minutes for a half hour it was a bit repetitive. It was good, we came to see whale and we saw them. Thanks a lot!