Dominica Whale & Dolphin Watching Excursion Reviews

Dominica's whale and dolphin species can be found year round in the island's crystal blue waters. Various species you may encounter include, Spotted and Spinner dolphins as well as Pilot and Orca whales.
We saw lots of whales!
Sail Date: March 2019
We saw lots of whales!
We saw lots of whales! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Viking trip was fully booked but found an independent trip with Waitukubuli Tours who engaged ...
Sail Date: March 2019
Viking trip was fully booked but found an independent trip with Waitukubuli Tours who engaged Captain Kurt. He had a small boat which picked us up from the nearby ferry terminal and took just three of us out. Knew his stuff and was already ... Read More
Viking trip was fully booked but found an independent trip with Waitukubuli Tours who engaged Captain Kurt. He had a small boat which picked us up from the nearby ferry terminal and took just three of us out. Knew his stuff and was already in contact with two other boats looking for whales (one of them the official Viking one). He also used an underwater microphone which he fitted into a bowl on a pole to make a directional microphone to find where the whales were. We saw six whales in total, most of them the same ones seen by the main tour (but with just three of us on the boat it was easy to get great views). Really nice captain, told us loads about whales and even let us drive the boat on the way back. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Viking Ocean Cruises
Excellent boat, we saw plenty of dolphins and pilot whales.
Sail Date: January 2019
Excellent boat, we saw plenty of dolphins and pilot whales. I took the mobility scooter as quite a walk to the boat, and then we could wander round the shops and market near the terminal.
Excellent boat, we saw plenty of dolphins and pilot whales. I took the mobility scooter as quite a walk to the boat, and then we could wander round the shops and market near the terminal. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines
Saw lots of dolphins and a brief sighting of sperm whales.
Sail Date: April 2017
Saw lots of dolphins and a brief sighting of sperm whales. Crew as very polite and helpful.
Saw lots of dolphins and a brief sighting of sperm whales. Crew as very polite and helpful. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Best Excursion I have ever taken.
Sail Date: December 2016
Best Excursion I have ever taken.
Best Excursion I have ever taken. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
P&O excursion with Dive Dominica.
Sail Date: December 2016
P&O excursion with Dive Dominica. Skilled captain so that we saw 5 sperm whales close to the ship and a huge number of dolphins. Definitely worth doing this excursion.
P&O excursion with Dive Dominica. Skilled captain so that we saw 5 sperm whales close to the ship and a huge number of dolphins. Definitely worth doing this excursion. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
Best tour ever.
Sail Date: December 2016
Best tour ever. Definitely recommend the whale watch. We saw many dolphins and sperm whales
Best tour ever. Definitely recommend the whale watch. We saw many dolphins and sperm whales Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Terrific!
Sail Date: December 2015
Terrific!
Terrific! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Amazing and very informative crew on boat
Sail Date: October 2015
Amazing and very informative crew on boat
Amazing and very informative crew on boat Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
AMAZING BEAUTIFUL SPECTACULAR!!
Sail Date: March 2015
AMAZING BEAUTIFUL SPECTACULAR!! I had not ever even heard of this paradise. Like stepping back in time. We did whale watching and it was glorious. We learned so much and saw whales and dolphins and a baby whale. We also got a tour of the ... Read More
AMAZING BEAUTIFUL SPECTACULAR!! I had not ever even heard of this paradise. Like stepping back in time. We did whale watching and it was glorious. We learned so much and saw whales and dolphins and a baby whale. We also got a tour of the island by boat it was charming. Next time we will go into the island to see more of the this great underdeveloped beauty. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
We Saw no Dolphins but did learn a lot in a short time about Sperm Whales, We saw 5 and had a nice ...
Sail Date: March 2015
We Saw no Dolphins but did learn a lot in a short time about Sperm Whales, We saw 5 and had a nice boat ride. other friends took the trails to waterfalls and were unimpressed except for the steep and poorly kept trails.
We Saw no Dolphins but did learn a lot in a short time about Sperm Whales, We saw 5 and had a nice boat ride. other friends took the trails to waterfalls and were unimpressed except for the steep and poorly kept trails. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Norwegian Cruise Line
Went on a rib boat whale tour.
Sail Date: January 2015
Went on a rib boat whale tour. It was that or the beach break for us. While we saw no marine life, the operator did stop at the beach break location for us to use the rest room (for $1.00) and see the black sand. The island is very poor. ... Read More
Went on a rib boat whale tour. It was that or the beach break for us. While we saw no marine life, the operator did stop at the beach break location for us to use the rest room (for $1.00) and see the black sand. The island is very poor. We did enjoy seeing It by boat. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Worth the money as we saw loads of Dolphins and a number of Whales close up.
Sail Date: January 2015
Worth the money as we saw loads of Dolphins and a number of Whales close up. Made my wifes holiday
Worth the money as we saw loads of Dolphins and a number of Whales close up. Made my wifes holiday Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: P&O Cruises
This was our LEAST favorite port.
Sail Date: March 2014
This was our LEAST favorite port. Whale/Dolphin watching: We saw absolutely NOTHING the entire boat ride. While the crew was very nice and tried many locations in order to get us to see something, we saw nothing and it was more than a ... Read More
This was our LEAST favorite port. Whale/Dolphin watching: We saw absolutely NOTHING the entire boat ride. While the crew was very nice and tried many locations in order to get us to see something, we saw nothing and it was more than a little disappointing. That's the risk you take when trying to see wild animals in their natural habitat. There are no guarantees! I wish we had chosen a different excursion, in hindsight. We were there on a Sunday and almost everything was closed. No shops, maybe 1 or 2 restaurants (we ate at CocoRico cafe - it was lovely), and a small open air market that sold touristy trinkets. We were back on the ship with hours to spare. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Princess Cruises
Hassled a bit when arriving at the port but ok once on the excursion, nice clean boat, friendly and ...
Sail Date: February 2014
Hassled a bit when arriving at the port but ok once on the excursion, nice clean boat, friendly and knowledgable staff, saw lots of whales but no dolphins, and a large turtle basking in the sun, drinks included. But when we left the port a ... Read More
Hassled a bit when arriving at the port but ok once on the excursion, nice clean boat, friendly and knowledgable staff, saw lots of whales but no dolphins, and a large turtle basking in the sun, drinks included. But when we left the port a pod of dolphins swam with us. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Dominica is a beautiful, but poor island.
Sail Date: January 2013
Dominica is a beautiful, but poor island. This excursion was great. The captain of the boat was very skilled at spotting whales and getting alongside them to give us a great view of them. We saw lots of sperm whales - adults and calves ... Read More
Dominica is a beautiful, but poor island. This excursion was great. The captain of the boat was very skilled at spotting whales and getting alongside them to give us a great view of them. We saw lots of sperm whales - adults and calves - it was a wonderful experience. They don't guarantee sightings of course, but if the whales are there I'm pretty sure that captain will find them. I'd recommend it. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
Other members of our party who were not SCUBA certified went on this excursion and found it very ...
Sail Date: December 2012
Other members of our party who were not SCUBA certified went on this excursion and found it very enjoyable. No whales were spotted; however, dolphin were abundant and put on quite a show for the tour boat. Boat crew was knowledgeable and ... Read More
Other members of our party who were not SCUBA certified went on this excursion and found it very enjoyable. No whales were spotted; however, dolphin were abundant and put on quite a show for the tour boat. Boat crew was knowledgeable and provided background on sea life found in the Caribbean. The port of Dominica shows some wear to the buildings but was very clean. A tent market is next to the pier but mostly knick-knacks from China at prices higher than elsewhere in the islands. Some trendy shops on side streets had better quality wares, but no bargains. Expect to pay full retail. Local water was $2 a bottle but as delicious as Fiji water since it is also sourced from volcanic springs on the island. The port area was strangely deserted as compared to other ports - only tourists and vendors. Traffic was almost nonexistent. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Royal Caribbean International
This tour was the low point of our trip.
Sail Date: December 2012
This tour was the low point of our trip. Whenever you seek out wildlife, it's never a guaranteed thing. However, the staff/crew that led this tour didn't do much to enhance the experience. We were taken straight to the dock ... Read More
This tour was the low point of our trip. Whenever you seek out wildlife, it's never a guaranteed thing. However, the staff/crew that led this tour didn't do much to enhance the experience. We were taken straight to the dock and boarded the whale-watching boat. We would be looking for Sperm Whales, 200 of which roam off the coast of Dominica year-round. The crew used echo-locating devices that were dipped into the water to sound "readings" to locate whales that were within several miles. We didn't have any luck. However, nor did the crew do much explaining as to what they were doing. Several people (myself included) fielded questions regarding the process, but sometimes we were "shushed" and we wound up learning very little about Sperm Whales. Consequently, little or no information was given about dolphins, which we were also supposed to be looking for. Several times, people saw birds feeding/flying about over the water, but we didn't see anything. Supposedly, we "heard" whales, but I'm not 100% sure about that, personally. The crew acted almost as though they were the only ones on board and that we weren't there at all. Most of the people on the boat fell asleep after the first hour and a half. My husband and I kept looking for wildlife, still asking several questions. Those were answer tersely without any additional information given. We both felt like the captain and crew missed a great opportunity to discuss whales and dolphins and perhaps even educate us more on the process of locating them, despite us not having any luck. Honestly, I didn't see a single person place anything in their tip jars. Sad to say, they didn't really deserve any, and it had nothing to do with our not seeing any whales or dolphins! Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Celebrity Cruises
At Dominica we had an organised Dolphin and Whale excursion in a small boat, the rain was pouring ...
Sail Date: November 2012
At Dominica we had an organised Dolphin and Whale excursion in a small boat, the rain was pouring down and we were pleased to see that the boat had a covered deck. The Dolphins were amazing, one actually jumped up and spun like at the ... Read More
At Dominica we had an organised Dolphin and Whale excursion in a small boat, the rain was pouring down and we were pleased to see that the boat had a covered deck. The Dolphins were amazing, one actually jumped up and spun like at the Dolphin shows and I actually caught this on camera. The only disappointment was that the Sperm Whales were not available, possibly delayed in their pilgrimage to spawn by the recent storm. There was a lovely warehouse of market stalls to shop in when we returned to dock, and just to make the day perfect it had stoped raining soon after our sightseeing tour began. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
The Whale and Dolphin Safari was a boat ride off the coast looking for wildlife.
Sail Date: November 2012
The Whale and Dolphin Safari was a boat ride off the coast looking for wildlife. We saw plenty of dolphins, but alas no whales. This tour departed from a pier right next to the ship. We would like to go back to Dominica and see the ... Read More
The Whale and Dolphin Safari was a boat ride off the coast looking for wildlife. We saw plenty of dolphins, but alas no whales. This tour departed from a pier right next to the ship. We would like to go back to Dominica and see the interior of the island. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line
Don't waste your time.
Sail Date: March 2012
Don't waste your time. You are basically paying for a boat ride. They had something that looked like some kind of homemade contraption that supposedly called whales. It did not work.
Don't waste your time. You are basically paying for a boat ride. They had something that looked like some kind of homemade contraption that supposedly called whales. It did not work. Read Less
Shore Excursion Provider: Holland America Line