Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,632 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 293 715 9 = 706 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 381 919 12 = 907 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 727 1,674 42 = 1,632 97% 4.6
All 5,710 12,128 397 = 11,731 96% 4.5
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 892 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 407 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 228 88% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 105 100% 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 Sort Ascending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great time!
Sun, Mar 15, 09   11:00 AM robasher Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a great time and yes we saw several whales. The amount of people on the boat was just right with everyone able to see because it wasn't crowded. We went during the Festival of Whales and the whole event was wonderful and we hope to make it again next year!
Rating: 5
Excellant adventure
Sun, Mar 15, 09   12:00 PM preminger Unspecified Unspecified Local Family With Children
The whole family had a good time on this trip. We had two 4 yr olds so we were a bit worried about how they would do and it all went fine. I think however that about 90 min into the 2 hr trip both girls started to feel some motion sickness. We had brought crackers and juice with us along with other snacks and that seemed to settle their stomachs. We saw two whales and a huge school of dolphins as well as some sea lions. Boat personnel were very nice and it all went well.

There are tables and benchs on top of the boat so if you want that, get in line early to get first dibs. Also if you want a good spot at the front of the boat.

Set your camera on telephoto and sports speed.
Rating: 3
Whales Seen very briefly
Sun, Mar 15, 09   12:00 PM Analyn Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We saw more dolphins than we saw whales. I love dolphins too but we were on a whale watch tour. We saw 1 grey whale very briefly. Maybe spent just about 15 minutes. The captain should have looked for at least another. It was not bad of a tour. But I would have loved to see a couple more whales at least.
Rating: 3
Lovely Day for being out on the water.
Sun, Mar 15, 09   12:45 PM rosh2009 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The weather warmed up from previous days, so it turned out to be a lovely afternoon in hopes for a great or somewhat successful fishing trip. Met a lot a friendly people, but that was about it. They don't tell you really about the success rate of catching fish until about 1/2 through when you have not really even gotten a bite that the water is still to cold for fish to be caught. They should just let you know upfront that many excursions are coming up empty handed to say the least.

This was on a Sunday. My other family members went out on their 1/2 price special two days later and it was worse, they didn't even have any bites. Your just paying for a boat ride. Might as well go whale watching for the same price, that way you know you are only going for a "scenic" ride.

Most people on the boat caught nothing only 1 or at the most 3 people caught 1 fish each.
Rating: 5
Whale watching highly recommended!
Sun, Mar 15, 09   1:00 PM vcolliflower Female 40-49 Local Individual
This was an incredible adventure worth taking because we saw two grey whales & hundreds of common dolphins!!!! It was better than I had ever expected!!! The service was excellent!!!
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience!
Sun, Mar 15, 09   1:00 PM margotkeller Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We took the 2-hour catamaran whale watching trip and had an amazing time! We saw multiple grey whales, including one that breached fully out of the water, and loads of dolphins (which were even more exciting to watch than the whales because they come so close to the boat). The catamaran is a little more expensive, but worth it due to a smaller passenger load and a marine biologist on board (Morgan). Morgan was a huge asset, as her knowledgeable commentary about what we were seeing was very helpful. One warning: the catamaran does move up and down significantly, even when idling in one place. It is very hard to get good pictures because of this and I actually missed 2 of the 3 breaches while I was messing around with my camara controls. Thank goodness I stopped, because I did witness the 3rd and final breach, which Morgan assured me was a most uncommon occurence. As one passenger said, " You'll always have the memory of what you saw and you can buy a postcard at the wharf taken with a better camara," Finally, while I wasn't seasick, the motion of this smaller boat is pretty noticeable...and it gets chilly on the water. Bring a sweater! Overall, a fantastic experience with a great company.
Rating: 5
Awsome Trip!!!
Mon, Mar 16, 09   10:00 AM debbieclark1 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Would recommend this to anyone and everyone. The entire family from Texas (10 total 4 children ages 4 to 9 and 6 adults) enjoyed this adventure. The experience was worth every penny. The kids are still talking about the things they got to see. Thank you for adding to our trip to Southern California. The Clark Family!!!
Rating: 5
A Fun Time!!!
Mon, Mar 16, 09   2:00 PM tmos22002 Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
The only down side was that we did not find any whales on our excursion (the cruise just before ours had found one). However, it was more than made up for by the "jackpot" of dolphins we found. There were literally hundreds in a massive pod. They put on quite a show for us. Weather was beautiful and cruise employees were excellent.
Rating: 5
Tue, Mar 17, 09   10:00 AM ToriRae3 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
We had a wonderful trip whale watching--I had tickets from a previous trip where we didn't see any dolphins and/or whales. However, this second time around we saw a pod of dolphins and two whales. The people who work with this company are very polite and accomodating--once we found the whales they followed them for approx. 20 mins so that we could see them up close. It was a great experience and I can't wait to bring my grandchildren back !! Thank you.
Rating: 5
Very fun!
Tue, Mar 17, 09   10:00 AM crei0009 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
This trip was wonderful! It is nice to go out on a boat ride on the ocean and see the dolphins and whales! It is also affordable! I definitely recommend this tour! The staff were very friendly and provided interesting information on the animals we encountered.
Rating: 5
A Must Do in California
Tue, Mar 17, 09   10:00 AM jahuff Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We went on the 2 hour Whale tour on March the 17th at 10:00 A.M.

The boat ( Dana Pride) was neat and clean (ship shape, so to speak), smooth running and not over crowded. The capitan did a great job narrating. We actually found a couple of whales courting. Didn't really get to see to much of the whales. They don't get up and out of the water for pictures but we did find an awesome pod of about 1,000 dolphins and they were posing for pictures with their kids. The weather was great but a light jacket was needed. Great view of the shore. There was a small galley and the boat coffee was great. The dock area was neat and clean and sprinkled with shops.The trip was well worth the price.
Rating: 5
had a great time
Tue, Mar 17, 09   10:00 AM tinacc Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I am from Dana Point and had never been Whale Watching. My boys are huge animal lovers and took them on this trip. They had a great time! We saw lots of dolphins, a seal and a mother and baby whale. The crew was great as well. Very nice. Will be back again! Thank you for everything.
Rating: 5
great, easy, worth the trip, best time ever.
Tue, Mar 17, 09   12:00 PM momsotired Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
WE came from Oklahoma to vacation, this was on our to do list. Booked it over the phone, very easy. Directions was very easy, had no problem finding it or the parking. Got on the boat without any problem, was able to walk about the boat, which made it easy to go to side to side to see the whales. I recommed not setting on the inside, you have to get up and go out to see anything, we stayed on the back of the boat which was beautiful. The guide was excellent at finding us whales, I believe we came upon 2 within 30 min., followed them for an hour. Brought us upon another 2 whales feeding. Didn't see dolphins, but that was because we had such a great turn-out on whales, so we didn't mind, after all we were whale-watching. The boat ride was smooth. Over all, excellent experience, the tickets were cheap and they took us to whales. So if you ever want to see whales, do it because they make it a very easy to get tickets, to get there and make it worth your wild.
Rating: 5
Best part of our trip
Tue, Mar 17, 09   2:00 PM bslade Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The boat and guides were terrific. We were able to see several whales. We saw hundreds of dolphins. The day was perfect in every way. Thanks for a great trip.
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.