Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,425 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 212 476 19 = 457 94% 4.5
Last 6 months 401 921 25 = 896 96% 4.6
Last 12 months 637 1,461 36 = 1,425 97% 4.6
All 5,241 11,031 377 = 10,654 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 821 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 363 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 194 86% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 47 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
wonderful
Sun, Feb 14, 10   10:00 AM bryanpeters Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
My wife, daughter and myself had an absolutely wonderful time!!! Even if we hadnt run into the 2 mile long school of dolphin, it was great being out on the water.
Rating: 5
1/2 Day Fishing Trip
Sat, Feb 13, 10   12:00 PM MikeMyers Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
My party of seven people had a good time. Our customer service experience was superb; we were contacted by phone a couple of times to inform us that the fish were not biting, and that we could change our reservations at no additional charge if any other date would be preferred.

We ended up changing our reservations, and the fish were still not biting the day we ultimately went out. With seven anglers fishing constantly for four hours, we should have netted more than two small fish total, hardly worth keeping.

But the trip itself, with the crew's help in putting on bait, and untangling fishing lines, etc... went well. I would have been more impressed if the captain of the ship had some kind of depth monitoring system that could spot large pools of fish -- it seemed that we changed locations often to find fish, but our location changes were based on "hope" rather than scientific methods. The entire ship's fish catch was minimal, and there were about 25 people aboard. I did expect more opportunity for more fish for everyone. I have gone fishing before where the entire ship's customers all caught fish, with many catching the day's limit. This was not the case on the day of our trip.

I will recommend this trip to others. This was an excellent way to spend a sunny afternoon at sea.
Rating: 4
We did not get any fish, no one on the boat
Wed, Feb 10, 10   5:30 PM Malbran Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
The trip was ok but we did not get any catch...hopfully we are going to get somthing next time, the full crew was very frustrated becouse we didn to cath anything....I'll come back....thank you for the e-mail.
Rating: 4
Whale watching
Wed, Feb 10, 10   12:00 PM cmorton Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a nice outing with a very a good company seeing sea lions and dolphins. Unfortunately, no whales. However, the company made it clear that we may or may not see whales before we purchased tickets.

Even in the absence of whales it was a good trip.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 9, 10   10:00 AM jmotyka Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Enjoyable. Did not see any whales, saw dolphins and sea lions. Got a "whale check" to come back for free. Too bad we live out of country, but will try to get back one day, since there is no expiry date on the whale checks.
Rating: 4
twilight squid fishing
Sun, Feb 7, 10   5:30 PM natureboy357 Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
Not for those with a weak stomach. I saw a lot more vomit than squid, and the small children suffered dearly with the cold and the sea sickness.
Rating: 3
recommand fishing equipment to bring.
Sat, Feb 6, 10   5:30 PM StevePan Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
If landing could provide recommanded outfit for the trip will be helpful.
Rating: 5
Tail End of Storm Yields Creepy Catch
Sat, Feb 6, 10   5:30 PM lurk1256 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
It was pouring down rain on the drive down to the dock but we brought rain gear so no problem. The folks at the counter were very helpful processing our reservation and getting our rental gear.

By the time we boarded the Clemente, the rain had stopped and the clouds were thinning out. The captain and crew were very considerate and helpful, explaining what to expect and even helping my teenage daughters rig up for giant squid. On the ride out, the 4 to 5 foot swells were pitching the boat pretty vigorously. Half a dozen people or so looked pretty green!

Eleven squid up to 40 lbs. were boated, then we headed in as a moderate wind was threatening to turn nasty. The exiting storm revealed a crystal clear view of the coast accented with all the lights and framed by the stars from Newport all the way down past San Clemente. It was worth the money just for the gorgeous view.

Unfortunately, the whole trip was marred by someone who stole my brother-in-laws' squid fillets! I guess someone who probably didn't catch anything felt like they needed to bring something back by stealing someone else's catch. I think someone was also stealing those large squid jigs on the way back as well...maybe the same? Watch your gear closely folks!
Rating: 5
Good event to bring your teenagers
Thu, Feb 4, 10   5:30 PM christisew Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
As a Mom I didn't know what to expect. I brought 3 teens with me. The deck hands got me situated and the boys did well. We all caught loads of Humboldt squid even though it was one of their slower nights. They then cut them up into filets for us to take home. The boys want to go again!
Rating: 5
Giant Humboldt Squid Bite Wide Open..........
Mon, Feb 1, 10   5:30 PM TaperSteve Male 20-29 Local Family With Children
Went 2-1-10 after hearing about it on FNN and the news Monday morning. You gotta go. Its the best $25 ive spent in a long time. Boat was full with 55 anxious anglers. Went out maybe a mile or 2. There were about 6-10 other boats all in the same area we went to. Captain said we are metering lots of squid, time to fish! Dropped my squid jig down, down, and down some more. "Where are they I thought?" as everyone lowered and lowered their jigs deeper and deeper into the water. Then about 2 minutes in, BAM! Then another one, and another. In less than 5 mins everyone on the boat was battling one of these monsters! Gaff! Gaff! Gaff! thats all I heard. As soon as they started biting they moved up to the surface. Right when you would drop the jig in the water, BAM! another one. Squid on! After about an hour of fishing and 3 Giant Squid later the captain announced, "Please dont drop anymore lines in the water". He was sure to ask if everyone caught what they wanted and that everyone caught atleast one squid. The captain explained that with so many anglers on board and so many squid being caught if we had fished any longer we would not get back to dock until after midnight. They have to clean all the squid before returning to the dock. It did end up taking longer for the crew to clean all the squid then it did to catch them. That though was a show all in its own. The unofficial count was around 375 for the boat. Im sure I coulda caught more but I was also helping my 9 year old daughter and my wife. All together we caught 7. Anyone who is even considering going has got to go while it last. The crew and captain were really nice and helpful as were the people in the shop. Hope I can go again later this week if theyre still biting..........

TaperSteve
Rating: 4
I'm a repeat customer
Sun, Jan 24, 10   6:30 AM KYLEIAN Male Under 20 Local Family With Children
I always have a good time on the trips. I have brought home dinner from each of my trips. I will keep coming back.
Rating: 5
Loved the trip
Sun, Jan 17, 10   10:00 AM crwinterton Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Whale watching was great. Saw some sea lions and was able to follow 2 whales for quite a while. The captain positioned the boat so that we did not have to take pictures into the sun. The crew was very friendly. Would definately go again when in the area. Would have loved to watch the whales even longer than we did.
Rating: 4
Relaxing and worth the money
Sat, Jan 16, 10   2:00 PM Coriann04 Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
We didnt think we would see any whales just dolphins. But within 30 min we saw a blue whale. It was amazing. My boyfriend and I werent sure if the kids were going to last 2 hours on a boat but they did. And they loved it. It was a great learning experience for them as well. There was a driver, a cook, and a naturalist on board to explain everything we were seeing. We only saw the tail of the whale and so for that, they gave everyone there tickets back with a ten dollars off so we could come back and try it again. Clean boat, great views, and worth every penny.
Rating: 5
Unbelievable day looking for whales and dolphins!
Sun, Jan 10, 10   2:00 PM ANGERER Unspecified Unspecified Local Family With Children
This is the second time we have taken this trip in January to celebrate family Birthdays! It is a terrific family outing! The weather was beautiful and the ocean clear and blue. Nature at it's best! My 12 year old nephew twins were so relaxed that they even took a 10 minute nap cruising back to the dock. A calming, relaxing adventure on an exceptionally beautiful day! A must to do in Dana Point! Thanks for the outting!
Rating: 2
NOT AS ADVERTISED
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.