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Rating: 4.6  736 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 Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great trip - saw whales and dolphins
Mon, Mar 10, 14   2:30 PM ESchreiber Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Dana Wharf whale-watching trip. The captain went out of his way to make certain we saw both whales and dolphins. When he located a large pod of whales, he kept the boat with them, giving those on board ample time to watch and take photos. He brought us right to the edge of the pod, so that the dolphin were literally beside and under the boat. Later he spotted two Minke whales, an unusual species for southern California. One of them breached four times, a rare occurrence, but great for photos. On the return trip, the captain pointed out a grey whale to us. He attempted to bring the boat to where the whale might breach, but the whale stayed submerged. The captain kept the boat out at sea an extra half hour in hopes we would see more grey whales. We were thrilled to see the whales that we did. It was clear the Dana Point crew wants their passengers to have a good experience. We did.
Rating: 5
Great Experience for your children
Sun, Mar 9, 14   2:30 PM psiebert Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Good boat, Good Capt and crew. Made sure we found whales.
Rating: 2
disappointed.
Sun, Mar 9, 14   8:00 AM PAMELACOUCH Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Not because we did not see any whales, but because there were too many people and even if the whales did come by not everyone could visualize them. Unless you are standing at the "exact" spot or you have a bench up on top. I would have paid extra to sit on top if offered instead of "first come, first serve" . But the weather was beautiful and so I enjoyed the beautiful ocean and land views...
Rating: 4
Great trip
Sun, Mar 9, 14   8:00 AM gwe928 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
It was nice to take a 2 hour cruise. We saw some whales, but n

to a whole lot. But just being on the water was enjoyable.
Rating: 4
fairly good
Sat, Mar 8, 14   12:00 PM PhyllisJean7 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We felt since it was whale season that there would be more activity The boat trip was very nice. We would definitely come back. But did wish we would have seen more whales and at least some dolphins.
Rating: 5
Whale of a good time, (sorry).
Sat, Mar 8, 14   10:00 AM Gelato1 Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Gorgeous day, light swell, informative Captain. We were not out of the harbor more than ten minutes before we spotted our first gray whale dipping peacefully in and out of the surf about fifty feet from our bow. Unfortunately, due to a medical emergency on board, we had to return to port about an hour into the two hour excursion. However, the Captain graciously took us right back out, which turned into the highlight of the excursion. We immediately headed for a cluster of boats and caught up with another gray whale surrounded by common dolphins as they romped and played together to our visual delight. Great day, great hosts, highly recommended.
Rating: 4
Educational experience
Sat, Mar 8, 14   8:00 AM nottman Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We took the 2 hour boat trip and it was so nice it didn't seem that long out on the water. So exciting that we actually viewed a whale. The entire boat was caught up in the moment that we all exclaimed "there it is" each time the whale surfaced. I wish we would have been able to come upon a group of whales but it was still an experience to remember.
Rating: 5
Spectacular day
Sun, Feb 23, 14   12:00 PM Lleinbman Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
This was just a wonderful experience. The weather was lovely with blue skies and cool temperatures. The boat ride was pretty smooth. We saw lots of dolphins and several seals. I was beginning to wonder if we were going to see any whales when the captain asked us to hold on because he was going to pick up speed. About ten minutes later he announced that a pair of grey whales had been spotted in the area we were now cruising. And about a minute later we were treated to the presence of whales. We cruised along with them for what seemed like a long time, and just as we're were about to leave one of them breeched, not once , but three or four times. It was marvelous. This is something we will do again. Bring warm clothing and sun tan lotion!
Rating: 5
Can't wait to go again!
Sat, Feb 22, 14   12:00 PM Jwoolsey Female 60-69 Local Individual
This "tour" exceeded all expectations. The crew was helpful, polite and patient. Have been on other whale watching vessels but they pale in comparison. Was not disappointed in the sightings and the pilot of the vessel knew exactly where to go for the ultimate experience. Also provided was overall education about whales, habitats, etc. That was quite enlightening and appreciated. Whales and dolphins were spectacular. Will definitely go again.
Rating: 5
Great Cruise
Fri, Feb 21, 14   12:00 PM doritb Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
We spotted two large gray whales right away and we followed them for almost half an hour. Then we were suddenly in the midst of hundreds of dolphins. They were leaping, swimming very close to our boat and surfing our wake. We also saw a group of sea lions squabbling over space on a buoy. Our captain was also a naturalist and provided a lot of interesting information. The other crew were friendly and helpful and the boat was clean and comfortable. Finally, with the limited number of passengers, I always had an unobstructed view right at the rail and I believe that everyone else did as well. This cruise will remain one of the highlights of my California visit.