Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  890 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Last 3 months 172 420 9 = 411 98% 4.7
Last 6 months 212 516 9 = 507 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 377 902 12 = 890 99% 4.6
All 2,243 4,768 106 = 4,662 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
Sun, Mar 7, 10   10:00 AM raegray Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The crew were so friendly and really enjoy their job. The boat is comfortable with plenty of room. Only wish we could have stayed longer but didn't find the whale until about time to go in. But got a few really great pictures. Our visit was too short but there can not be a bad trip when you can see something as majestic as these beautiful creatures. I am already planning my next trip.
Rating: 2
Sun, Jan 10, 10   12:00 PM racellemanes Female 70+ Local Family With Children
The boat was not on time but we were. The boat was small, bare, the galley - ha ha.

Advertised as a galley to buy food. There were soft drinks and chips. The crew (we only saw one crew member in the galley) was remote and far from interested in us. After all we were a family with two small children - 5 and 8, mom and dad and grandmother. There was virtually no education. Just a few small facts about porpoises from a crew that was unseen, sitting in a top cabin. Some scattered facts about gray whales.

I would never take this boat again. It was a bare minimum trip.

Racelle Manes

Ticket buyer of about $130.00.

I took a similar trip when my son was in middle school out of San Pedro that was so much better. Not comparable really.
Rating: 5
Great time
Thu, Feb 16, 12   12:00 PM r8rfan37 Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
We had a great time and were able to see 1 grey whale, and multiple dolphins. Crew were very friendly and seemed very knowledgeable about water life. Will definately go again.
Rating: 5
great trip, great deal
Sun, Mar 13  8:00 AM quinnworks Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
took the 8am trip at a discounted price. was not too cold in mid march and ocean fairly calm in morning. saw two whales within first 15 min right near jetty. boat followed for about 30 minutes before moving on to explore elsewhere. within 15 minutes came upon a pod of dolphins. the captain was very knowledgeable and tried to make the best out the two trip. they have nice little bar / inside eating area where we got coffee and hot chocolate. we even bought there dvd for $20 which is very good.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the great review! Glad to hear you had a good time!
Rating: 5
I had a great time
Sat, Jan 16, 10   10:00 AM quinnbob182 Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
We didnt see any whales but the wildlife we did see was worth it!
Rating: 4
Recommended Activity
Fri, Mar 12, 10   4:00 PM qianhuynh123 Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
It was good to be away from the city and see some whales/dolphins. It was relaxing and enjoying. It's definitely something one should do once a while! It would be perfect if the cruise could provide water and some snacks. Overall, it's recommended.
Rating: 2
Sun, Mar 6, 11   8:00 AM qhristylle22 Female 30-39 Local Other
I loved seeing the sea lions and common dolphins, it was definitely exciting and fun. The entire party that came with me to celebrate my Birthday all enjoyed those same animal sightings. We were disappointed that we didn't get to see any whales but understand that it is nature and there's no control over that.

However, there is control over the rudeness of the ticket takers and ripping people off. Allow me to explain: I purchased 8 tickets and arrived with 7 people. The 8th individual had a likely possibility of not making it on time BUT was still in route to attempt it. When I went to collect my 8 tickets, I was only given 7 because that's how many people were "there." I asked if I could have my 8th ticket and was told "semi-politely" that I couldn't have the 8th ticket if I was going to "re-sell" it. 1st off, I never indicated I was going to "resell" it. 2nd, I paid for the ticket, if I want to invite a total stranger and give my purchased ticket to someone else there, I think that is my right... I chose the other 6 people who were coming with me, why couldn't I pick the 7th, why is it the ticket takers decision all the sudden? 3rd when I was shocked and awed by the refusal of the ticket I asked for it again to at least have as a souvenir(even asked to pick it up after the ride) and was told no. I asked then if it was a wasted ticket and that no one was going to use it and was told yes. BUT when my 8th member arrived (BEFORE THE BOAT LEFT) she was denied because the boat was "full"... so, I got ripped off, my friend drove 1.5 hrs (round trip 3 hrs) for nothing and I didn't even get thank you when exiting the boat.

So my recap is this. The sea life and the boat ride were great. The customer service, the deception and the thieving, were not so great. I'd recommend a tour like this again but I don't know that I would recommend this dishonest company.
Rating: 5
Tue, Mar 17, 09   2:00 PM pyavorsky Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
My husband and I grew up in San Diego and have lived the last 10 years in this area.

Neither of us has ever gone on a whale watching event. We wanted to do something interesting to celebrate our daughter's 17th birthday that was outdoors and camera friendly. We had the most amazing day from the weather to the two whales to the thousand dolphin. The crew was extremely professional and personable at all times looking out for the best experience possible for their clients. We couldn't be more pleased with our experience. We will definitely repeat this event and be a tourist more often. Thank you so much for the beautiful day.
Rating: 3
Sun, Mar 2, 08   12:00 PM PWhitlock Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Call it a dolphin-watching cruise; then, people won't feel let down when there are no whales and excited when there are.
Rating: 4
Great day on sea with whales and dolphins
Thu, Mar 31  10:00 AM PutzDK Unspecified Unspecified International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw two sets of whales and as a final, group of dolphins. Weather was great and view from sea towards land also a good experience. Nice day