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Rating: 4.6  762 rating points
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Last 3 months 105 229 6 = 223 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 200 455 7 = 448 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 337 773 11 = 762 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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
very fun but extremely cold!
Sun, Mar 13, 11   8:00 AM rnovelli0 Female Under 20 Local Couple on a Date
It was very fun, we saw a gray whale and a ton of dolphins, but we went on the 8:00 - 10:00 am tour and it was absolutely freezing, so make sure you dress warm.
Rating: 4
Recomendable
Sat, Mar 28, 09   2:00 PM rmarc004 Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
A pesar de que no observamos ballenas, el viaje valio la pena. Observamos muchos delfines, algunos leones marinos y focas. Sin embargo hay que decir que tienen mucho por mejorar en el servicio, ya que no parecia que hicieran esfuerzos por ubicar ballenas. Tal parecia que esperaban que alguna se cruzara en su camino, mas que buscarlas.
Rating: 3
Great Boat - But No Whales!
Thu, Jan 1, 09   12:00 PM rlovejoy Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The boat was great, very clean and the crew was nice. Unfortunately due to the dense fog, even at noon-time, no whales or dolphins were seen. The group is honoring their guarantee and as long as we don't lose our ticket we can try again in the same season with no expiration date.
Rating: 5
Excellent Experience
Sat, Mar 7, 09   9:00 AM rlmelendez Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
this was everything the web site promised and more. I especially liked that the boat was not overbooked (in peak season) and therefore not overcrowded. There was plenty of room for my 8 year old daughter to be able to see. Wonderful activity for children, very educational and exciting.
Rating: 5
A really nice time
Fri, Mar 23, 12   12:00 PM Rkulinski Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was our second time at Dana Wharf and even though we didn't see any whales this time, it was our first time seeing dolphins in the wild. We got great photos, videos, and purchased a very fairly priced stuffed dolphin toy on board. Our family enjoyed the snacks and the cocktails, too! It was a great day and the staff was very kind. Since we didn't see any whales, and to their standards the dolphins weren't enough, we got a "whale check" for another cruise for free in the future, which we will certainly use on our next trip!
Rating: 1
don't purchase the ticket
Sat, Feb 14, 09   2:00 PM rkrchen Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
don't purchase the ticket unless you're absolutely sure that you will make it on the boat. their ridiculous no refund/no exchange/no reschedule policy is completely unreasonable. my date and i purchased tickets and as we arrived at dana point she began to not feel well. even so, we could not even get a refund...we didn't even go on the boat!!
Rating: 5
Great way to spend the afternoon.
Tue, Mar 25, 08   12:00 PM rknight Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I have lived in Orange County for more than two years, and I wish that I had done this before. My cousin and grandmother came to visit from out of state, and I booked the the tour/cruise for the three of us. The weather was beautiful, the view of Dana Point from the ocean looked like a painting, and the dolphins and whales did not disappoint. We saw 4-6 gray whales and a huge pod of common dolphins. The crew/staff were very friendly and knowledgable. Also, the cruise does not interfere with the animals travel patterns or harass nature just for a photo-op.
Rating: 4
excellent trip
Mon, Oct 6, 14   4:00 PM rkilsby Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
Saw some 75 sperm whales! Staff very pleasant and professional. All in all a great experience.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable experiance
Sat, Dec 8, 07   2:00 PM RKBILLY Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
The staff was helpfull. weather was bad, saw no marine life. Was very surprised that we were given a return ticket. Makes me want to come back with more people.

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Rating: 4
pleasant but unthrilling
Mon, Mar 15, 10   10:00 AM rjsin83 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a beautiful day for the whale watching. The day before they saw 13 whales. We saw none. The crew tried extremely hard to find some, but all we saw were three or four white fin dolphins and sea lions on the buoys. It was quite disappointing, but the boat ride was nice.