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Rating: 4.6  757 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 Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
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: 4
Luck of the Draw
Wed, Jan 27  12:00 PM bodeks Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We hop aboard the Dana Pride and head out into the pacific, for a 2-hour tour (a 2-hour tour), where we spot 374 whales. Actually, no, we spot the same 2 whales 187 times. That'd be more accurate. They're no less spectacular, and the full-on Pacific Life breach by a grey whale is itself worth the price of admission. As a bonus, we also get to see bounding dolphins and sporting seals. We also sea wild pelicans (never seen one!) gracefully gliding over the waves. They look like Pterodactyls to me.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Happy to hear you were able to see some whales on your trip. Thank you for the great review. Hope to see you again soon!
Rating: 5
Great experience & crew.
Mon, Jan 25  12:00 PM ahill537 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a wonderful time. We were able to watch 8 different whales during our journey. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this trip.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the positive review. Happy to hear you had a great time!
Rating: 5
A wonderfully exciting and informative experience!
Mon, Jan 25  12:00 PM Madtown Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Each and every step of our whale watching experience was very easy and accommodating. While so often these types of ventures are disappointing, this one lived up to everything we had hoped for. Throughout our viewing of many gray whales, the crew was diligent in communicating with many other vessels to continue to follow and find them. As a bonus, the captain was very informative in providing constant information about the many species of sea life. Truly a wonderful experience!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thank you for the great review!
Rating: 5
Best part of our vacation
Sat, Jan 23  2:00 PM heatherw4 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We were thinking it would be fun to take a boat ride and "maybe" see a dolphin or whale. We saw dozens!!! Within the first 5 minutes of driving out into the sea we spotted first whale. We saw them as well as dozens of dolphins thru out the entire tour. Amazing.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Glad to hear you had a great experience on our trip. Thanks for the great review!
Rating: 5
nice cruise
Thu, Jan 21  12:00 PM mrjoseph Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Boat was good and crew was professional
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the positive review!
Rating: 5
Fabulous
Mon, Jan 11  12:00 PM Sandrajrg Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Hundreds and hundreds of dolphins all around the boat. You could almost reach out and touch them. Then we followed a grey whale for almost an hour as it teased us from all directions. An absolutely breathtaking experience!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thank you for the great review and hope to see you again soon!
Rating: 5
Amazing journey
Mon, Jan 11  12:00 PM Mad254 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Dana Wharf Whalewatching crew were great ! We were lucky to have gone out on a day that the boat was not crowded!!! Within a half an hour we had dozens of common dolphins riding right next to the boat !! Then a surprise visit from a grey whale frolicking right besides us. You cant get better than that ! To top it off they give you a ticket for 50/% off your next trip.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
We are happy to hear you had a great trip! Thank you for the great review!
Rating: 5
Saw some whales
Fri, Jan 8  2:00 PM Lisaferrell Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband and I were on the last boat of the day. The boat trip before ours came back a little late. The reason they were late is they found some whales and wanted the guests to enjoy the view. So know going in you will get the same treatment! It took some time for the crew to spot a whale but once they did it was exciting. We saw whales, sea lions and two different types of dolphins. The crew was friendly and took the time to educate the guests on the different animal life we were seeing. We enjoyed the trip and would definitely do it again.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
So glad to hear you had a great experience on our trip. Thank you for the great review, cant wait to see you again!
Rating: 3
Rough ride, no whales
Thu, Jan 7  12:00 PM Fdgonynor Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I took a whale watching trip on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Buying tickets online through the Zerve website, you do not get to talk to the Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching employees directly until you are fully committed to going on the trip. When we were standing in line to go on the boat the Naturalist and then the Captain talked about what a rough ride it was going to be which was very unsettling. The ride was indeed very rough, unlike any other boat ride I have ever taken, and I have been whale watching in Iceland! In addition to the roller coaster feel of the trip, it started raining and then sleeting on us which was cold and unpleasant. We did not see any whales or dolphins, and we were given a rain check to come back at a later date, but I question whether or not the boat should have taken out any tourists on a day when the sea was that rough and the weather was that bad. If I were to go again I would call the company directly to talk about sea conditions and weather before booking a trip. The employees were all very nice and considerate, but it was an unpleasant experience for me overall.