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Rating: 4.6  822 rating points
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Last 3 months 79 191 3 = 188 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 210 494 7 = 487 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: 5
Fantastic outing
Fri, Jul 24  2:00 PM patcefalu Female 60-69 Combination Family With Children
This trip was amazing and well worth the money. Although, it is not "whale season" we were lucky to have two humpback whales playing alongside our boat......and then there were the dolphins! First we saw a small school of them and then a much larger school that were frolicking and showing off right next to our boat. Great crew .... great couple of hours out on the water! Loved the entire experience. Our group was 4 1/2 months, 2 1/2 years and 4 adults 30-72....everyone loved it! The baby took an extra long nap since he was rocked to sleep!! Thank you for a perfect afternoon!
Rating: 4
it was fantastic
Sun, Dec 21, 08   2:00 PM pastorstan Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We saw a whale, the same whale four times as it came up for air. There were many dolfin swiming and jumping along side the boat. We had a great time. Of course, a whale sighting is not for certain, but our outing was great.
Rating: 5
Lucky
Tue, Apr 8, 08   12:00 PM parkjohn Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We couldn't believe the amazing two for one deal offered by Dana Wharf . A two hour cruise out of Dana Point on a lovely April afternoon would have satisfied. It being so late in the whale watching season, we were optimistic, but not resolute. Soon out of port, the ship was surrounded by pods of playful dolphins, riding the wake, jumping and frolicking all around. The captain had to circle and speed so we could leave the dolphins to their feeding, but they kept following! When the cruise seemed to be winding to an end without sight of whale, one very determined passenger at the bow of the ship spotted a breach in the water surface on the distant horizon. The captain immediately stopped the engine and all aboard waited eagerly staring transfixed at the "footprint" left on the water. Soon emerged a nursing mother gray whale and her calf. She was returning back north with her newborn by her side, surfacing often with a spray. While the ship was drifting with no propulsion the whales swam ridiculously close by and seemed almost interested in the vessel full of curious stares floating in their pathway. It was a wonderful and memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience, even the crew was genuinely excited.
Rating: 3
Will have to try again
Sat, Oct 11, 14   2:00 PM Pariwhale Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Adventure Tour was not promising as it sounds like. First, we departed 1/2 hour late, where we had to wait about 40 mins in line for our boat to arrive. I don't believe we went out as far as we should to see whales, and we just circled about a couple of miles from the shore. With no whales in sight for almost hour and half or so, luckily we were able to spot a school of dolphins. We spent about 25 mins circling the dolphins and returned back to the harbor really disappointed. As usual, we were given a free complimentary pass to return on a new adventure. There were no extra ordinary efforts to seek out whales, but I guess all the whales must have been sleeping in since it was Saturday.
Rating: 4
Boat ride was good - Zerve e ticket a little odd
Thu, Jan 22  2:00 PM Parcival Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
The whale watch tour was good. The ticket experience with Zerve was a little weird. Not sure why they can't put the barcode/ticket confirmation within the email and not as a separate web page that needs to be printed out. Should be more like groupon where you show the code from your phone.
Rating: 5
It was good!
Tue, Apr 8, 08   12:00 PM ParadisPD Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
We saw a big nursery pod of dolphins which was great. My girlfriend and other friends loved them. We saw a grey whale with a calf and they liked them too but when we watched them surface for about 5-10 seconds every few minutes for a half hour it was a bit repetitive. It was good, we came to see whale and we saw them. Thanks a lot!
Rating: 2
Not Impressed
Tue, Feb 26, 08   2:00 PM papathack Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
After the trip was over and we had not seen whales, I felt that I had been had. We were told that we would get a free trip if no whales or dolphins were seen. The first thing the ship did was head out and show us dolphins, which was nice, but not what we had come to see. Then the next hour was spent cruising around supposedly looking for whales. I think they knew there weren't any whales in the area at that time and rather than be truthful up front and since they obviously sell tickets each day whales or no whales, it is a bit of a hustle.
Rating: 3
missed the opportunity
Sat, Apr 10, 10   4:00 PM Papabear7 Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
UNfortunately my fiancee became ill that morning so we did not go... we were told that there were no refunds or opportunities to re-book... which would be my only complaint.
Rating: 5
Awesome Experience
Thu, Jul 9  10:00 AM pangelo Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour exceeded our expectations. In fact, the whales and dolphins were so numerous, I almost took seeing them for granted by the end of the tour. Beyond this, the guides did a tremendous job of keeping us informed on what we were seeing, and they were incredibly helpful with any questions. Highly recommended.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for your review! We are so happy to hear you had a wonderful time!
Rating: 5
Awesome Trip!
Sun, Feb 14, 10   12:00 PM panda2646 Female 60-69 Local Other
Although we didn't see any whales, we saw hundreds of dolphin ~ what a treat!