Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,348 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 145 350 4 = 346 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 241 559 13 = 546 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 615 1,381 33 = 1,348 97% 4.5
All 4,828 10,088 351 = 9,737 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 752 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 325 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 210 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 61 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Enjoyed our 2 hour whale watching cruise
Tue, Mar 10, 09   4:00 PM deiorio Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
We took the 4:00 pm cruise and really enjoyed it . The boat was clean, the crew friendly and we saw 2 whales.
Rating: 4
Great day
Tue, Mar 10, 09   10:00 AM koodaigirl Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We had a great time whale watching. We did indeed see whales and some sea lions. We were hoping to see dolphins too, but we did not have that opportunity. The staff at the ticket counter were very friendly and the experience was very positive.

I will definitely do this again!
Rating: 5
This was the best trip we have ever taken!!!
Sun, Mar 8, 09   2:00 PM greenstein5 Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
Our family has been on several whale watching adventures through numerous companies. We have been on this one before and after taking other trips, we wanted to come back here. From here on, we will only come here. We never have enjoyed ourselves like we do through this company. Not only did we see 3 whales and 20 dolphins, but we were informed by the staff of these animals as well. Kids can get restless waiting for the whales to come back up but listening to the staff describe the whale made their patience last longer!! There was so much room to walk around and to sit down- not overcrowded like some boats. Also, some boats do not even tell you where the life jackets are!!! This boat and staff did. From the second we got on to the second we got off, no complaints. The boat was awesome, clean, and has great food. To top all this off, when I awoke that morning, I was sick. We called in and spoke with the staff. They said not to worry, to feel better and get there when we could and they would put us on another boat! How often do you find customer service like that????? When we checked in, the gentleman was kind and there was no problems. Everything was easy! From finding it, parking, finding the office and to getting on the boat was so easy! With three kids, that can be difficult. I recommend this to everyone! The kids are begging to go back, and I can not blame them!!!! I am wanting to go back too!
Rating: 4
Sun, Mar 8, 09   2:00 PM JUDYPIKE Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Rating: 4
Sun, Mar 8, 09   10:00 AM RosalesMDR Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
I would so recomend people to go we got to see the Gray Whale and hundreds of dolphins which was way awsome.
Rating: 5
It's Great Over and Over Again!
Sun, Mar 8, 09   10:00 AM grecon444 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw a Mega Pod of dolphins and two juevenile grey whales!! We go on a whale watch trip every year. This is the second time on the catamaran, both times we saw whales and dolphins. I will never go back to the "big boat" again. This is well worth it, and to have a naturalist on board who answers questions is so awesome. It's such a more intimate setting and much less of a crowd, so if there is a sighting, EVERYONE can see, there is no fighting to get to the side. The naturalist is there for your convenience, you are not committed to listen in or take part at all, She is just there if you want to ask questions. It really is awesome. Not to mention the crew was so wonderful to us. We had a personal dillema and they were spectacular about it. I just again cannot say enough about this wonderful experience. We will go back every time to this catamaran trip.
Rating: 4
whale watching
Sun, Mar 8, 09   9:00 AM myfishto Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
the boat trip was alot of fun but no whales on our trip very disapointed

but had fun anyway.
Rating: 5
Great Fun For The Price!
Sun, Mar 8, 09   8:00 AM Xochitl72 Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We attended the 8:00 a.m. ride. It was amazingly great! We didn't see any whales, but we most certently see our share of dolphins! I highly recommend it to all.
Rating: 4
Great overall trip, a little on the long side.
Sat, Mar 7, 09   1:00 PM jimmyhuynh Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
The boat was a bit smaller than expected, and there weren't too many places to sit, which made things a bit difficult with a two year old. It was rocking pretty hard so I was worried our little one might fall over, so I had to stand holding her for 2 hours, which may be why it felt a little long... We did see two whales though, which was awesome. We saw two dolphins as well which came right up to the boat, within just a few feet. We also saw a bunch of seals hanging out on a buoy. Overall it was a fun successful trip. I think it would have been more fun and relaxing without our 2 year old, I would say wait til your kids are 4 or 5 and then bring them, otherwise go without them! Definitely worth trying atleast once!
Rating: 4
Great Captain, Good Trip
Sat, Mar 7, 09   1:00 PM donnaayotte Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
I would recommend this trip to anyone who can stand for two hours. We saw whales from the beginning, our luck, and our Captain was very knowledgable and we enjoyed his stories.

I would not recommend this for people who cannot stand for two hours, as there was no seating per se. Otherwise the trip was good and I would go again.
Rating: 5
Great Fun
Sat, Mar 7, 09   1:00 PM bfoster Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Part of the activities for the Dana Point Festival of Whales. Did it for my wife's 60th Birthday celebration. Great fun for everyone involved. Did not hear any comments that were negative. Everyone had a great time. Lots of whale sightings, dolphin encounters and sea lion viewing.
Rating: 5
Must do tourist or not!
Sat, Mar 7, 09   12:00 PM calibadger Male 40-49 Combination Family With Children
My parents were in from Wisconsin visiting us in Carlsbad. My cousin and her husband came down from Huntington Beach. We have 7 and 3 year old daughters. We were looking to do something different so we started looking at tourist type activities. As luck would have it we came across the Whale Festival in Dana Point. The absolute highlight of the day was the Whale watching tour. Incredible crew, great food (and bloody marys!). We could not have had a better time. Seeing the whales was amazing, but the crew definitely made the trip a must do for anyone! Great for families, couples or anyone!
Rating: 5
Will do this again! Blue Whales, here we come.
Sat, Mar 7, 09   10:00 AM elindsay Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Absolutely enjoyable day. Of course the boat isn't as smooth as, say, the quick boat that goes over to Catalina, but still pretty great. We took the four-hour trip. There was definitely an hour in there that many of us felt seasick. But I think we've all agreed that this was well worth it. Had two 8-year-olds with us that were absolutely besides themselves with joy. Saw glimpses of gray whales, a rare molo molo (sunfish), and lots of dolphins playing in the boat's waves. The marine biologist on our trip was absolutely excellent. She is so enthusiastic about what she was doing that it was contagious. At the beginning of the trip when the kids were a bit bored she got out special supplies for them to keep them interested and learning. I highly recommend this trip.
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: 3
Nice staff, clean ship, OK experience
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM beckymoody Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw a whale the last 10 minutes of our excursion and the staff was nice enough to hang around a little longer and we were late getting back to our dock. I felt like the staff was nice and friendly, but I wished they would've educated us more on the ocean life and whales. My 4-year-old son was more excited about just being on the boat, but after 30 minutes that wore off. I've been on other excursions where they have music in the background adding to the fun and they tell you more about everything you are seeing.