Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,310 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
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Rating
Last 3 months 145 309 14 = 295 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 298 646 21 = 625 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 605 1,344 34 = 1,310 97% 4.5
All 4,651 9,666 344 = 9,322 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 682 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 316 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 204 90% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 14 100% 4.7
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 Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great experience
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Fri, Jul 2, 10   5:00 PM frankduffy Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our trip was July 2nd 5-7 PM. We saw 3 blue whales (one as close as 100 feet away) and large school of dolphins (100-200). The crew was top notch and overall a great experience.
Rating: 5
A quick escape to the beautiful sights of the sea!
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Fri, Jul 2, 10   12:00 PM Cashola52 Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Highly recommend it.
Rating: 4
Half day fishing trip
Fri, Jul 2, 10   10:00 AM Walter_Wyman Male 40-49 Local Individual
The boat was clean and in good order. I haven't been aboard a Dana boat for some time and was less then thrilled to see the Capt. But I was thrilled to see that there has been some changes in the way boats are run and the crew were really helpful. Had a great time caught a load of fish!! The only problem was that the regulars on the boat seemed a little rude, and it seemed that they we catered to just a tad! but all in all great time and good fishing!! Thanks for the trip I should be back again.....
Rating: 5
Chasing Marine Mammals
Tue, Jun 29, 10   5:00 PM mdeborah Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
We have gone "whale watching" on numerous occasions and went out on the "Dana Pride" twice this month (June 2010), both times with family visiting from out of state, and both times on the evening run from 5-7pm. On our first trip this month the captain found a large pod of dolphins and managed to engage them with the boat. They swam alongside of us for a long time - maybe as long as half an hour. Everyone on the boat was absolutely thrilled, and to cap that, we then found a pod of orcas! They sounded right in front of us, slapped their flukes and swam directly under the bow of the boat. We were told it is unusual to see orcas here at this time of year, but that too was absolutely thrilling. The captain apparently thought so too, because he spent an entire hour chasing and finding them again and again, rather than heading in to land, so we returned at 8 rather than 7pm. We saw no whales on our second trip this month, but we did see more dolphins, though not as many as the first time. Our tickets were returned to us, so that we can come back and try again. These were half-priced tickets, so I'm not sure if these "rain tickets" will enable us to get on for free on any day other than Tuesday. Don't forget to dress warm - it gets chilly out on the water, especially at the end of the day.
Rating: 5
Great
Tue, Jun 29, 10   5:00 PM rascalflatts Female 20-29 Combination Other
This is the second time we've gone Whale Watching with Dana Wharf. The first time was absolutely fabulous and we saw so many different kinds of marine mammals, two kinds of dolphins, two kinds of whales, and other marine mammals. The most recent was not as active but we did see dolphins which was worth the trip itself and we were compensated for not seeing any whales which very nice. It is a fun thing to do and well worth the money!
Rating: 3
June Whale Watching
Tue, Jun 29, 10   5:00 PM koswalt Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
The crew was extremely nice and helpful. I didn't know there were no seats on the main level and my husband was in a wheelchair so we couldn't go above or below where the seats were which meant standing for 2 hours solid. Not easy with a bad back. We only saw a few dolphins which was nobody's fault. I doubt I will do it again.
Rating: 5
thanks!
Sun, Jun 27, 10   12:45 PM andykyle Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
my 11 y.o. identical twin sons and I had a great time. Loved the Sun. noon kids fishing class prior to 12:45 pm departure. we'll be back . . . .. . hopefully sooner than later. didn't catch any fish to take home (caught & released bonito) but a lot of activity, including a dolphin eating the bait & the catch on the line!
Rating: 5
Great Entertainment
Sat, Jun 26, 10   5:30 PM briansaben Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
An extremely memorable night. The crew were super friendly and most helpful. My son and I caught fish and just had a great time. I would reccomend all dads to spend some time fishing and bonding with their kid. A night to remember. Cant wait to do it again. - Brian from Irvine
Rating: 4
Great experience
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Sat, Jun 26, 10   10:00 AM zhangh95 Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
it is a great experience and we saw dolphins and whales, the guide is very kind and shared with us lot of interesting experience and knowledge, definitely worth going!
Rating: 5
GREAT WAY TO SPEND THE DAY!
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Fri, Jun 25, 10   12:00 PM 1969maria Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We had so much fun we went twice! We didn't see any whales but we saw so many dolphins it was worth every penny and every second. The crew is so nice too. We will definitely go again!
Rating: 3
Unexperienced Captain
Fri, Jun 25, 10   6:30 AM mickle13 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
They were training a new Captain, but were not in the wheel house to provide proper guidance or instruction. He had problems setting up around the kelp beds...and the experienced Captain was more interested in trying to fishing.
Rating: 5
Definitely Worth it!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Thu, Jun 24, 10   5:00 PM jennalynn18 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Went out on the 5PM cruise. we went further than the captain normally goes, frantically in search of some whales. Found a blue whale and it was amazing. Crew was knowledgeable, friendly and aimed to make the experience what you wanted.
Rating: 4
Disappointed with crew
Thu, Jun 24, 10   10:00 AM fishinfrank Male 60-69 Local Other
I've been on many fishing trips out of Dana Point. On this trip, the fishing was good but I was a little disappointed with the crew/deck hands. More than once when I went to get fresh bait there were none in the hand tanks. Once a deck hand told someone not to get any bait out of the bait tank but to get it out of the hand tank. Unfortunately there wasn't any there. One other minor thing - if there was an announcement that the grill was closing I missed it. I would have ordered something. But the fishing was good and I just lost track of the time. Next time I've have to set an alarm or something.
Rating: 4
A Fun Experience
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 22, 10   6:00 PM zookeeper08 Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
My husband and I took our 7 month old with us on the trip whale watching. We had fun! We saw TONS of dolphins, which was incredible. The only few down sides were that we wished we could have seen a whale or two and also my husband had eaten RIGHT before going on the boat and so he felt a little sea sick. :-/ But other than those, it was really neat! Definitely not your standard dinner and a movie date night. We would recommend it!
Rating: 5
Money well spent
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 22, 10   4:00 PM Beamarsden Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We were welcomed in a very friendly manner and given clear directions to the loading dock. As people were disembarking we waited and the crew tidied the deck and brought fresh supplies aboard. I was assisted to board and found a cosy corner to enjoy the ride. We were given instructions on safety and where to "feed" the fish if we felt inclined. :o) I was reassured that there were lifejackets available. One of the crew came and talked to my husband and I about whales and even loaned us a book. We were disappointed not to find whale but the abundance of dolphin more than made up for that. My daughter says that was the best part and she will never again visit the area without including a Catamaran Adventure. It was a great time and we were treated royally.