Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,726 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 301 730 9 = 721 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 435 1,051 12 = 1,039 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 762 1,765 39 = 1,726 97% 4.6
All 5,777 12,287 397 = 11,890 96% 4.5
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 931 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 425 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 241 89% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 129 100% 4.9 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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Fantastic Day!
Sat, Mar 7, 09   10:00 AM kellocklar Female 50-59 Local Individual
This is the third whale watching trip I've taken and the best I've been on. The longer trip (4 hours) meant we could go further out (and South) than we could have on a shorter trip. The group was a lot smaller than on the whale-watching boats and the structure of the catamaran means there are many great spots to watch from. The crew was friendly and the naturalist was knowledgable and enthusiastic. I enjoyed it so much that I'll be going back this summer for a blue whale experience!
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.
Rating: 5
I finally saw a Grey Whale....
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM ALOHAMAGIC Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
I've been on many whale watching trips since I has in junior high and I finally saw one. It didn't come out of the water very much, just breathing. I was able to catch with my digital camera. This definitely made my weekend, being the Festival of Whales and all!
Rating: 5
Loved it!
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM daubisoss Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The instructions from Dana Warf were clear and easy to follow, from the driving directions to what to do when you arrive. Easy to buy tickets on Zerve, too. Boats were clean, people were very friendly and professional. Also, the food in the galley was tasty, and not over-priced. (for example, Hot dogs were $1.50). If you had fun, be sure and drop a bill in the tip jar at the top of the ramp when you're getting off of the boat.

After the whale watching excursion, we went to the Ocean institute which is right there at the harbor, and spent the day. Neat place, high school and college students studying marine biology work there and are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Took the guided tour (Jena was our guide) out to the tidepools and had a blast exploring and discovering a ton of tiny sea creatures.

I would recommend this trip to anyone, and plan to do it again next year. May visit again this summer as well. We live in the California desert, and will be taking out of state visitors there to experience the Southern California beach and maybe a boat ride on the ocean.
Rating: 5
Great Trip and great company
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM ndamoore Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We didn't see any whales for the first hour and fifty minutes. It was a two hour trip and we were headed back to port when our captain heard or spotted one out a little ways. Instead of heading back, which he totally could have, he took us out there to see it. We were so grateful that he decided to do that for us, despite the fact that he would be running behind schedule. My four year old daughter was just floored. It was a wonderful day for us and I would recommend this company to anyone. And we are planning the same trip next year, and probably many more years to come.
Rating: 5
Beautiful Morning at Sea
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM enlitenment Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We set sail on an absolutely beautiful March morning and the two hours at sea were a wonderful experience, despite the fact that only one whale made an appearance. The experience itself was great, my only complaint is that the captain did not give an overview of what to expect before setting sail. It was not until 1 1/2 hours into the trip that we stopped because a whale was in the vicinity. I think that an overview should be given so you know what to expect i.e., where exactly are we headed? which direction? will we sail until we see whales and then stop, or will we stop and wait? We had absolutely NO clue as to what would happen for 2 hours, except the obvious. Other than that, it was a wonderful experience. Not recommended if you experience motion sickness though. I do and took dramamine and it did not help. Made the last leg of the trip rather green!
Rating: 5
Experiance of a Life Time
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM zarentim Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The guys were awesome, I had bought the last 8:00am ticket online, buy needed another ticket for my partner unfortunitly it was all sold out. To keep the story short, I call and speak with Chris and he told me to bring my partner with me on the day of the trip in case there was an opening. So we showed up, they had done a great job adding my partner to the 8am trip with no hassle. To top it off we had a wonderful experiance eventhough we didn't see the whale(s) until the last 15 min. of our trip. We definitly do business with them again.
Rating: 4
Fun at Sea
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM kimimayer Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
The ride was fun, a bit choppy this day, but beautiful cool weather.

We thought we were not going to see anything, we were headed back to the harbor after a disappointing 1 1/2 hours, but then another boat spotted a whale and we were able to see it.

Overall, boring trip if you don't see anything - great if you do. We asked the crew when is the best time of day to go and we were told it varies and there is no perfect time to spot sea life.
Rating: 5
Great Day!
Thu, Mar 5, 09   10:00 AM Reiniwinter Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The weather was beautiful and our daughter's first time whale watching (3). Unfortunately we didn't see any whales however we saw a massive pod of dolphins. We spent about 40 minutes with them and have awesome pictures. The boat had a group of school children who were absolutely delighted. The staff was informative and would do the trip again.
Rating: 4
Great Experience
Tue, Mar 3, 09   12:00 PM tuckerjlake Female Unspecified Combination Group of Friends
We weren't lucky enough to see a whale, but received a free pass to try again! Mother nature doesn't always cooperate. Everything was well run, on time & the crew was curtious. It was a nice way to see the coast from a different perspective & spend time on the water.
Rating: 3
No whale/dolphin sighted so rain checked
Tue, Mar 3, 09   12:00 PM tikulitch Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Very friendly patrons. Honored word of rain checks as we did not see any whales or dolphins.
Rating: 4
good trip
Tue, Mar 3, 09   10:00 AM greereng Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
went on 1/2 off tuesdays - good enough trip for 1/2 off - did see whales - do not get to see alot of the actual whale - whale stays below the suface alot of the time - but would recomend this trip - nice boat - can sit inside or outside
Rating: 5
Great trip
Tue, Mar 3, 09   10:00 AM tnevohacohen Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We tracked one whale for most of the trip, seeing him spout and fluke several times. The boat's crew was very helpful throughout - guiding us where to look and explaining what we were going to see and did see. The team was very professional and made the trip enjoyable and educational. I would recommend this to friends and visitors.