Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,174 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 210 474 11 = 463 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 291 661 13 = 648 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 523 1,206 32 = 1,174 96% 4.6
All 4,333 8,971 323 = 8,648 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season 357 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale Watch 321 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 289 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 157 85% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 40 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 10 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great deal
Sat, Mar 13, 10   8:00 AM testank Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
On our first day of whale watching we didn't see anything. It was disappointing, but we were surprised with free tickets to come back whenever we could. No expiration date!!! We ended up returning a few days later and saw a whale and a huge pod of dolphin. It was so exciting!!!! I will return whenever I am in the area. This was a great deal for the money, especially because they stand by their ride!!!!
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Sat, Mar 13, 10   8:00 AM mrdenny Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Early morning adventure at sea was refreshing and fun. Clean air, great coastal views on a wonderful boat ride. Captain and coriders were friendly and as unbeatable as the $8.00 ticket price. Missed the whales and were given free return trip tickets to go again, outstanding outing!!!
Rating: 4
Fun Trip
Sat, Mar 13, 10   8:00 AM sunnychic86 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
This was a very fun two-hour cruise, although we didn't see any whales or dolphins. The crew gave us passes to come back ANYTIME as promised and we will defintely be back! The boat was great and not too full, the only time someone in our group felt sea sick was when they stopped for a few minutes to see if the whale would surface. Great trip for a group of friends- definitely recommended!
Rating: 4
Great outing, no whales
Sat, Mar 13, 10   8:00 AM spedly1 Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Dana Wharf was very professional and courteous throughout the trip. The boat was clean, they serve food and drinks on the boat which was great for the 8am trip. We unfortunately did not see any whales or dolphins, but they made sure to give each passenger a coupon that is good forever, for any time of day (upon making reservations). I look forward to the next trip out and hope we will see whales when we do.
Rating: 3
Sat, Mar 13, 10   8:00 AM Lilly12555 Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
The ride was nice, unfortunately we did not see any whales or dolphins, but we did get our tickets back to come another day! We went on the 8 a.m. trip I think next time we will try for a later time.
Rating: 3
I was a little upset that we didn't catch fish.
Sat, Mar 13, 10   6:30 AM gaguilar Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
The spots where we were was hardly any fish to catch. My kid was very sad because he didn't catch anything.
Rating: 5
What an experience!
Fri, Mar 12, 10   4:00 PM jmbullis Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We arrived in Dana Point early and really enjoyed the area. We waited in anticipation for the boat to dock and were excited when it came around the corner. This was the first time any of us had been in a boat in the ocean and we were thrilled. The boat was clean, the staff was wonderful, and the experience was amazing. We didn't get to see a whole lot of whales but just being out on the water was amazing. During our trip we encountered a small amount of bottle-nose dolphins and a few Fin whales. It was really cool. The captain wasn't satisfied with the amount of time we had with actual animal experience and offered us all $10 off our next trip. Next time we are in town we will definitely take him up on this offer. Taking the evening trip was memorable as we were able to watch the sun set behind Catalina island. This experience will be one that our whole family remembers forever.
Rating: 4
Recommended Activity
Fri, Mar 12, 10   4:00 PM qianhuynh123 Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
It was good to be away from the city and see some whales/dolphins. It was relaxing and enjoying. It's definitely something one should do once a while! It would be perfect if the cruise could provide water and some snacks. Overall, it's recommended.
Rating: 5
Love Whales
Fri, Mar 12, 10   12:00 PM PamPetramala Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The 10:00 tour was not crowded so allowed easy viewing. We saw several whales. I love whale watching so can never have a bad time.
Rating: 4
special event whales on board!!
Fri, Mar 12, 10   12:00 PM Herbamster Female 70+ Combination Family Without Children
crew went out of there way to find us whales and remain with them as long as feasible
Rating: 5
Loved seeing fin whales!
Fri, Mar 12, 10   12:00 PM pearlwhite1 Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Our boat went out at noon on 3/12/10 & we were very lucky to see several fin whales & I was able to snap a photo. One of the crew said the photo only showed about 1/3 of the whale. He estimated that it was probably 75 feet long & weighed 750 tons - Wow - that was a truly awesome adventure. During my previous whale watching event a few years ago, we saw lots of dolphins jumping & swimming alongside our boat, but no whales.
Rating: 4
Soothing and invigorating
Thu, Mar 11, 10   12:00 PM bridgesh Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Our 2 hour trip was an extremely pleasant, with invigorating sea air and watching the ocean with plentiful sea life. Although no whales were seen, we did see plenty of sea lions and dolphins. I was very impressed by the curteous crew and for giving us an opportunity to return so that we may yet get to see whales.
Rating: 5
Great way to see the coast
Thu, Mar 11, 10   12:00 PM Lizzer0 Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
We were boarded on time - and the boat was very spacious...the crew told folks where to stand to see whales and dolphins, and what to expect as far as variety. So off we went. There were dolphins, but the whales were elsewhere that morning. However, we got a great view of the coast from Dana Point down to probably San Clemente from the water. Sea lions were hunkered down on a harbor buoy, and they were fun to watch as they snuggled together in the sun. All in all, it was a wonderful morning - low key and friendly - and I would definitely go again.
Rating: 5
Great way to spend a few hours
Thu, Mar 11, 10   10:00 AM ejacksonz Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My daughter and I really enjoyed the Grey Whale Tour. The whales eluded us but we had a great time watching the dolphins. The equipment and crew were first rate. Really good value for the cost - especially in Southern California. Do it!
Rating: 5
Nice Experience.
Wed, Mar 10, 10   12:00 PM cruzar10 Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
My wife always wanted to go Whale Watching. She had a great time. We will be back next year!!!