Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,456 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 200 436 19 = 417 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 341 781 22 = 759 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 645 1,489 33 = 1,456 97% 4.6
All 5,280 11,121 377 = 10,744 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 835 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 211 87% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 47 100% 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 Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Great Experience
Mon, Sep 6, 10   2:00 PM jaimembowers Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We loved our trip. We got to see a large pod of dolphins...right next tot he boat. it was fabulous! The crew and boat were great, really made the trip that much better! Only wish we got to see whales...just means we have to come back for another visit! I highly recommend this trip!
Rating: 3
Check fishing conditions before you go
Mon, Sep 6, 10   6:30 AM DiegoPongo Male 20-29 Local Family Without Children
The captain announced after we pushed off and were out at sea, that the fishing the past two weeks had been really slow. No one wants to spend 90 dollars or more to go out and not catch any keepers. I wish I had called ahead before getting tickets to find out the conditions. Also, we didn't actually get out of the harbor until about 7:10 am and the schedule says we push off at 6:30am. Not that big a deal, especially since we didn't start coming back in until 1130.
Rating: 5
IT was fine, no problems
Sun, Sep 5, 10   10:00 AM DavidBlally Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
The excusion was fine, good information by the men on the boat
Rating: 5
BEST Deal on Whale Watching in SoCal
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 24, 10   10:00 AM marcylyons Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Best price, great boat, awesome crew...2 hour cruise is just the right length.

Taken this tour 3 times now, been whale "watching" from Mexico to Vancouver and THIS IS THE BEST!
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience!
Mon, Aug 23, 10   12:00 PM jimteeling Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
About five minutes into our adventure, we were entertained by a group of California sea lions relaxing on a buoy. Shortly thereafter, we saw dolphins diving and swimming. There must have been one hundred of these loveable, beautiful, graceful creatures. And, to top off our trip, we saw four magnificient blue whales. Words can not describe the beauty we beheld.

Our two crew members were very personable and professional. It was clear that they were as excited as all of us about seeing nature's incredible gifts.

The catamaran was the perfect size and everyone on board was able to see everything. It's a great ride!

We are planning another trip to California to see the grey whales, and will book with Catamaran Adventure Cruises.
Rating: 5
Fabulous experience
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Aug 22, 10   5:00 PM conniemayf Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
The crew was fun and enthusiastic and provided a great deal of insight into marine mammals. We saw a dozen blue whales, so it was an extraordinary afternoon of whale watching. Great experience.
Rating: 5
We had a great time
Sat, Aug 21, 10   10:00 AM LucilleNelso Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The launch was on time. The crew was very informative and polite and made us feel welcome. They paid particular attention to our safety. We saw several blue whales and dolfins.
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience
Thu, Aug 19, 10   12:00 PM dteal1 Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Friendly staff, Wonderful clean and comfortable catamaran.

Very enjoyable day, will recommend this trip to others.
Rating: 5
Best 2 Hours on the water ever!
Tue, Aug 17, 10   5:00 PM theelledges Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Thank you Captain and crew of the Dana Pride. You were awesome!

I have lived here for over 35 years and have never done a "Whale Watch". In part; I get sea sick and the other being skeptical of others having respect of sea life.

My niece and her husband came from Philadelphia for vacation. I wanted to plan something so they could enjoy the Pacific Ocean.

Booked 8 tickets--half price--what a deal! My family is still talking about it two weeks later. From the west coast to the east coast.

Saw a school of dolphins with babies. They followed the boat as if they were playing for attention. Water was calm, sky blue, no wind. Like they came just to see us. The Captain's narration made us feel secure in that they were enjoying this as much as we were.

Then on to the search for the Blue Whale. Not one Blue Whale--but 5. Yes I said 5. There were others on the boat that said they had been on other Whale watches and had never seen a whale. Not this time!. Not only was it exciting and enjoyable to see these massive creatures of the sea, I felt appreciative of the Captain and crew's respect for these creatures and our ocean.

Best 2 hours on the ocean I have ever had. Too much fun to get sea sick.
Rating: 5
Great trip Excellent service
Sat, Aug 14, 10   12:00 PM jbaksha Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The Crew was great!
Rating: 5
LOVED IT! We saw a Blue Whale!
Sat, Aug 14, 10   10:00 AM AgentWiley Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This trip is the best! In a 2 hour tour, we not only saw a superpod of dolphins with their babies, but we also saw a Blue Whale! The crew was eager to cover a lot of ground so the group could get the most out of the day. The catamaran is very comfortable, and allows for a smooth FAST cruise to all of our destinations. They were very lively and interactive. Great trip! We felt bad at the end of the trip though as they passed around a tip jar and we did not have any cash on us. The crew was worth it. Enjoy!
Rating: 5
Wonderful Experience!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 10, 10   2:00 PM carinh Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had an absolutely wonderful experience on the Catamaran Whale Watch trip. The boat was comfortable and clean, the crew were awesome and very knowledgable. We spent about 45 minutes viewing the blue whale - with our guide giving us great info about the whale. Then on the way back to the harbor, we encountered a pod of common dolphins that swan right under the catamaran and out in front of us - it was exciting to see them skim along right under the water, and leaping out of the water in front of us. Exciting and exhilerating! We would definetly do this trip again.
Rating: 5
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Aug 8, 10   5:00 PM dawnjdarnall Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
let me get this out of the way: when my fiance exited the boat, the plate connecting the boat to the ramp kept lifting. One of the tour operators would step on the plate as each passenger exited instead of steadily standing on the thing. But his timing was less than perfect and my fiance's big toe got under the business end of this plate. Not broken it seems, but quite painful for a couple of days. If it had been a child's toe, the result would have been worse. Please fix this before someone truly gets hurt!

As for the tour itself: wonderful!

I'd like to say that it was a little kid who had the thrill of a lifetime seeing the blue whale surface 5 times.... but it was my fiance who had always wanted to see a blue whale and talked of little else every weekend after the recent local articles. Every year when the blue whales came to dana point, he'd want to see one. For years. This year... finally! The tour guide said it was one of the best sightings ever. I'd have been happy just with the dolphins! This weekend, our 7 year old niece wants to go. Thanks for a great tour!
Rating: 4
Great experience
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Aug 8, 10   5:00 PM mpeoples Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
This was a very pleasant experience and having tried to book a trip at Newport Beach with all the hassles of parking and crowds - the experience at Dana Point was SO MUCH BETTER. Will not hesitate to recommend this experience to others!!
Rating: 5
The Best Whale Cruise in our Lifetime
Sat, Aug 7, 10   12:00 PM evslone Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
At least 8 times previously we have gone on whale watching cruises for Gray Whales. But the Blue Whales were so much more exciting, so much bigger, so much more active in hunting.

A lot of what makes a whale cruise successful is luck. We were lucky, but also our captain scouted out the whales beforehand and the result was a whale experience we will always remember. Awesome wildlife, mere miles off Dana Point.