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Rating: 4.6  845 rating points
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Last 3 months 94 246 0 = 246 100% 4.8
Last 6 months 204 493 5 = 488 98% 4.7
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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: 5
exciting!
Wed, Feb 29, 12   12:00 PM rochafam4 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was something we've never done before so it was really exciting. Being up close to the dolphins was amazing and something that my family and i will never forget. thanks to the captain and crew for a smooth boat ride and all the information about the area and animals. will definitely be back again!!
Rating: 5
WHAT A GREAT IDEA!!
Tue, Mar 4, 08   12:00 PM robyn_lynnea Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My son and I visited some family and friends in California. We had a very full schedule with very few off days. We had planned on going to an old gold mine, but it was out of season, so I got on the internet and found this whale watching cruise.

What a great idea that was! The staff on the cruise was so polite and friendly! We didn't find any whales that day, but we did see some spectacular dolphins! They were so close to the boat, that when they splashed along the side, some ocean water hit us both! (not much, just a splash) We really enjoyed the 2 hours out on the ocean. . . Next time we get out towards California, we will DEFINATELY go again!
Rating: 3
Pretty good time, but had it's irritations....
Sat, Apr 5, 14   2:30 PM robynlieb Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Internet booked Catamaran whale watch for $35/person (3 seniors). They called & cancelled morning of cruise - re-booked us on the cheaper, "big" boat a half hour later than original schedule. Said we were due a refund for the cost difference - get it at check in. Guess not enough Cat people - 'cause weather perfect. Got to desk for check in, they refused to give refund. Said rate for seniors the same on both cruises. That was incorrect - explained we had a coupon, quoted coupon code, and clearly explained cost was $7/person less on the big boat. They asked us to produce the coupon (an internet-offer coupon?). They know darn well there's 4 - 5 such coupons all over the place on the internet. RIPPED OFF for $21. Why? No one manages seating when on boat...two people claiming the 6-person tables on top, people laying down across 3-4 seating spots, people standing & holding on to poles & things as a result. Crew didn't care. stupid. Saw two grey whales breaching in the distance - boat never moved closer to see them. Why? Other boats did... good commentary while cruising. pretty good drinks - great drink prices. Not bad. not great.
Rating: 5
Amazing
Tue, Apr 29, 08   12:00 PM RobinSmith Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
I took my elderly Aunt on the two hour whate watching trip and had a great time. I went aboard thinking I would probably see one dolphin being it was at the end of whale season, but immediately we spotted some seals. An hour into our journey we got notice there was a pod of dolphins up ahead and we headed right towards them. Soon we spotted the dolphins and the sight was amazing because this was a whole heard of dolphins and we were right in the middle of them. The dolphins were all around us as far as the eye could see in every direction. Though we never saw a whale the trip was worth every penny and I would highly reccommend the adventure. The captian and staff on the vessel were very informative telling us all about these dolphins. It was clear they were just as amazed as the passengers saying they have never encountered so many dolphins in all the years they have been doin this trip. It was estimated there were at least 7 thousand dolphins. I took video and am going to put it on youtube. search Dana Point Dolphins on youtube and you can view the footage.
Rating: 5
Enjoyable, Affordable Afternoon on the Water
Mon, Jan 9, 12   12:00 PM RobertZabel Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I are spending most of the winter in this area rather than in Kansas City. My cousin and his wife visited us and wanted to see the whales. We found the Dana Point site online and decided it sounded better than the site downtown. We had gone to Catalina before from Dana Point. We enjoyed the trip very much. Got to see Bottle-nosed Dolphins, at least one Gray Whale (on several occasions) and another species of dolphin (can't remember the name) that looked white. Everyone in our group thought the trip was well worth the fee, and we all would do it again.
Rating: 5
Dana Wharf Whale Watching
Fri, May 2, 14   12:00 PM RobertsC Female 40-49 Local Individual
This was my second whale watching trip with Dana Wharf and once again it was an enjoyable afternoon. The knowledgeable captain narrated much of the trip teaching us about the marine life we saw.
Rating: 5
Great Whale Watching Experience
Fri, Mar 14, 14   12:00 PM RobertHettic Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The boat,crew and captain were good and knowledgeable. Weather was great ,we followed 3 grey whales northbound for about 45 minutes.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Thu, Mar 28, 13   10:00 AM robertfishn Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I would highly recommend this company to others for whale watching. The guide was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the whales. It certainly helped that we saw whales within 20' of the boat but beyond that I felt it was a great crew that would make the most of every trip out.
Rating: 5
Great Trip
Wed, Aug 20, 08   4:30 PM robertepoe Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We all had a wonderful time . Everyone was really friendly and answered all our questions. The boat was super clean . I would recommend this trip to anyone.
Rating: 5
No Whales
Fri, Feb 20, 09   10:00 AM Robertboyd Male 70+ Local Family With Children
Although we did not see any whales, we did see hundreds of small white dolphins.

This is our third trip aboard the DANA PRIDE. It is a beautiful boat. Very comfortable with a good captain and crew. The water was as smooth as silk and the trip was great. We look forward to our next trip aboard.