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Rating: 4.6  825 rating points
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Last 3 months 82 200 3 = 197 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 213 503 7 = 496 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 353 836 11 = 825 98% 4.6
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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? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 4
Between whale watching season......
Fri, Nov 25, 11   2:00 PM ReggieF Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Went whale watching between seasons so expectations for seeing a whale were not high so of course did not see a whale. The captain of the boat spotted a large pod of dolphins and did a good job keeping the group entertained by traveling with the pod for about 45 minutes. Captain provided good commentary as we "mingled" with the dolphins. Will go back during season to see whales.
Rating: 5
Great experience with friendly staff
Sat, Apr 23, 11   12:00 PM renzim Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Great value...friendly and knowledgeable staff; very safe cruise; well worth the price of the tickets. Great experience. Definitely would recommend it and also would do it again.
Rating: 5
We had a great time
Thu, Mar 31, 11   12:00 PM phigbee1 Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
We had a great time and would recommend this activity to everyone. We saw hundreds of dolphins and three whales.
Rating: 5
One of the Best!
Sat, Mar 26, 11   2:00 PM patsyn Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The staff were amazing and made the trip a winner for everyone aboard. They were knowledgeable and entertaining. I highly recommend this trip - great value for the money!
Rating: 4
Very knowledgeable
Mon, Mar 21, 11   12:00 PM Nareman Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The Captain and others that work aboard the Dana Pride were very knowledgeable about the marine life and were able to spot the marine life from afar and tell us what kind of mammal it was. It made the trip a lot better and the family I had from out of town loved it and were so glad we got to see a pod of dolphins, a sea lion and three gray whales. Thank you! :-)
Rating: 4
SUPERIOR CREW
Sun, Mar 13, 11   3:00 PM jameskortan Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The crew did an excellent job to make it possible for us to see a whale in a difficult situation.
Rating: 5
will definitely recommend dana point
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM abpeckich Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Captain Corey was wonderful. Taught us all about the whales. Where they come from and where they go. the difference between the hieight of the fluke and how long they can stay under water. it was great. i felt very safe. all workers on board were kind to guide us carefulle while we went in and as we came off the boat, making sure we did not slip or fall. we didnt see any whales and we were pleasantly surprised to receive a whale ticket.

we did not know that we had a cook on the boat, but the bacon sure smelled good... will absolutely recommend dana point whale watching
Rating: 4
The store staff was rude. The boat staff was great
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM ndrwtr Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Went to get our tickets and the cashier was shoving food in his mouth and said,"What do you want" as half his breakfast hit the counter. He found our tickets and we asked "okay where do we go?" A female barked out, "where do you think" and pointed around the corner to several boats in the dock. How about,"I'll be with you in a second?" Or it's the boat with the name of ...on the back. very UNPROFESSIONAL.

On the other hand, the boat staff was awesome! They narrated the whole trip and apologized several times because we saw something but lost it. It wasn't their fault but they felt like it was. They really offered a lot of info and even gave us a refund to come back again! That is the ONLY reason I'd come back; definitely not for the sale people. They (cashier) treated us and others like we were interfering wiith their day by showing up.
Rating: 3
Good service, no sights
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM arschmidt Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
As we were advised on the way out of the harbor, whales and dolphins don't always cooperate and that was the case for our trip. Although a sister ship reported some whales "showing well" and we could see some spouting in the distance, by the time we got out there, the whales had obviously decided to go elsewhere. There were no other sightings of anything. The staff and crew were helpful and the captain was informative. We were given "whale checks" to come back another day and will certainly do so and hope for better luck.
Rating: 5
No Whale Sighting But Excursion Sensational!
Wed, Mar 9, 11   12:00 PM judithtaylor Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The crew was most accommodating and knowledgeable. The excursion was educational with a lot of history and information provided.. While we did not see a whale, we saw several sea lions and hundreds of dolphin. The weather was picture perfect, and the passengers were friendly. I bought a DVD filmed by one of the crew that showed many whales, so I feel fulfilled.