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Review of Dockside Charters

Dockside Charters
Ranked #4 of 17 things to do in Depoe Bay
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: located on Depoe Bays waterfront right next to the boats just past the coastguard station. public restrooms and plenty of public parking,turn east at Depoe Bay 's only stop lite and follow bay street to the waterfront.
Reviewed May 19, 2013

We went out on a Zodiac and were lucky enough to see 5 whales on the trip. The captain made sure to point out what to look for and most of our tour we were able to follow them. The captain answered all of our questions and was very nice and informative. Would recommend this tour to anyone in the area. Well worth the money.

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Reviewed May 1, 2013

We went on the whale watching trip and enjoyed the friendly and very informative captain. The boat was very clean and comfortable and equipped with a washroom just in case it was needed. The part that we enjoyed the most was the affordability. We are used to seeing much higher prices for whale watching tours. Friendly staff, nice boat, and a reasonable price. I would have given them 5 stars except we didn't see the kraken.

1  Thank Frank G
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

We went whale watching. Unfortunately we didn't see any whales but it was still worth it. We did get to see sea lions and seals. Overall it was a fun ride and well worth the money.

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Reviewed April 13, 2013

If you are on the Oregon coast and are in the mood to run into some whales, Depoe Bay is the place to go to. Dockside Charters was friendly. We ran into 4 whales, although we wished we were able to get lot closer to the whales (than a few hundred yards away). Be warned; it can get very very windy and cold; many other passengers had to huddle in the little cabin. So get an extra layer of clothing and head-gear.

1  Thank A4TA
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Reviewed April 4, 2013

I would highly recommend Dockside Charters if you want to go whale watching in Depoe Bay. Their staff is friendly and efficient, the boats are clean, and most importantly to me access to the boat is very easy. The other tour operator in town requires you to walk down a steep staircase beside the bridge in order to get to their boat. What you don't know before you start down the staircase is that it is filthy due to bird waste that is everywhere. It makes it impossible to hang on to the railing when going up or down the stairs. With Dockside, you drive right up and it is as simple as walking down a short ramp and getting on the boat. No muss, no fuss and very easy for elderly, physically impaired, or young children to negotiate. I would have given the tour 5 stars, but we were not lucky enough to see whales. I realize that the tour operator can not guarantee sightings. The boat captain offerred us all an opportunity to go out on the next tour at no additional cost to see if our luck would be better. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to take advantage of his offer, but I would certainly go on another whale watching excursion with this company.

1  Thank lilypearl1122
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