Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  834 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 56 114 0 = 114 100% 4.4
Last 6 months 152 363 0 = 363 100% 4.7
Last 12 months 361 841 7 = 834 99% 4.6
All 2,036 4,267 97 = 4,170 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 Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Great trip, 2 very cooperative gray whales.
Mon, Jan 2, 12   12:00 PM mikejames71 Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We spotted a gray whale on the surface just as we were leaving the harbor, then locked on two two grays who were on the surface off the bow for more than an hour. Great views of flukes. When the dolphins came to play, one of the whales surfaced and rolled over. Really a great show.
Rating: 4
Mon, Dec 26, 11   2:00 PM pgsivaram Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Nice way to spend time. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4
Great way to spend a couple hours!
Sat, Dec 24, 11   12:00 PM moonmarshall Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
We have been out with these guys before. We did the 2 hour whale watch. The captain was knowledgable and personable. The boat was clean. We didn't see any whales but we saw a ton of dolphins and some sea lions. It's a bummer not to see a whale but it's still a really beautiful way to spend a couple hours out at sea. We will keep taking our out of town visitors out and maybe one day we will see a whale!
Rating: 5
Best Whale Watching in OC
Fri, Dec 9, 11   12:00 PM ckstock Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Although we didn't see any whales, the trip out was great! Smooth seas a few dolphins, some sea lions and lots of blue sky. This is my fourth trip with this company and they are always friendly, the boats are clean and it is a great experience.
Rating: 5
Good for out of town guests and locals!
Sat, Nov 26, 11   2:00 PM moonmarshall Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
The boat (Dana Pride) was clean and big. There were plenty of seats in the galley. There are seats on the upper deck but it's limited and you need to get in line early to snag one of those. We preferred to stand in the front of the boat anyway so it didn't matter to us. We didn't see any whales the day we went but we saw a large pod of dolphins and several sea lions. The captain rode along with the dolphins for a long time which was nice, everyone had plenty of time to shoot video and take pictures. We have more family coming next month and we are going to do it again. Even if we hadn't seen a thing, it was a nice way to spend a couple hours out on the water. It was a beautiful warm day but still chilly on the boat. We definitely needed a couple layers (as their website suggests). Grab a drink at Turk's afterward. It's a great day out!
Rating: 4
Good experience
Sat, Nov 26, 11   2:00 PM HIDETO Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We're satisfied with the activity because we watched lots of dolphins.

However we couldn't see whales at all.

If we had seen whales,I would have given five stars on this review.
Rating: 5
Best Whale watching in So Cal!!!
Sat, Nov 26, 11   10:00 AM lkearney Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I live in Carlsbad and usually take visitors on whale watching out of San Diego. They were not offering whale watching on Saturday 11/26, so I found one in Dana Point. It was AWESOME! The harbor is much smaller, so parking is easier, We were on the open ocean in 5 minutes and spotted a grey whale 10 minutes after leaving the dock! They later brought the boat right in the middle of a school of about 20 dolphins with babies! The guides were extremely knowledgable about the whales, dolphins and local birds. HIGHLY recommend Dana Wharf tour!!
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.