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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
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.

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.
Rating: 2
Did not see any whales
Mon, Feb 13, 12   12:00 PM RitvaDiCarlo Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
It was cold and windy, saw quite a few dolphins but no whales. We were disappointed as we had family from Europe and Chicago area with us.
Rating: 5
Crew Knowledge
Sat, Mar 14, 09   11:00 AM ritchsmith Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Crew of boat was friendly. They seemed to know a lot about whales and they conveyed information very well.
Rating: 5
Whales sighted!
Wed, Jul 15  2:00 PM ritabennett Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
A perfect day to be on the water. Large pods of Dolphins played around our boat showing off their beautiful swimming skills. Then, 2 whales stayed on the surface for us to admire for over 20 minutes. Observed the adorable sea lions sunning themselves on a buoy and then home. A great rip for my out of town guests. The only down side was the boat. I expected us to be on the Dana Pride, the larger, newer boat but when we arrived was told we had been switched to the older, smaller Clemente. I was concerned because one of my guests becomes sea sick and resented not being informed of the change in time to change our reservation. We went anyway and, fortunately, all had a great time.
Rating: 4
A wonderful experience!
Wed, Apr 9, 14   10:00 AM riozwart Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We were very lucky to cone into a large pod of Dolphins, despite heading out in fog. We were totally surrounded by hundreds of swimming jumping dolphins - truly an experience of a lifetime. The boat was immaculate. Overall great, but I did find the one staff member was rather curt for no reason. He no longer seemed to be enjoying his job. Overall it was more than we hoped for.