Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,347 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 97 219 6 = 213 98% 4.5
Last 6 months 289 631 18 = 613 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 620 1,381 34 = 1,347 97% 4.5
All 4,678 9,730 344 = 9,386 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 727 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 320 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 203 90% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 3 100% 5.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 3
no whales to be seen,
Sun, Mar 14, 10   8:00 AM waleedsharaf Unspecified 40-49 Local Family With Children
boat was old, it was small, too corowded
Rating: 5
No better way to start the day
Sun, Mar 14, 10   8:00 AM jayscomputer Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
with a couple of breakfast burritos and the family on a 2 hour cruise, We did get to see 1 whale, not a good showing whale just saw the spout actually. The dolphins were very playfull and the sea lions did not dissapoint either. Will definately take the family again
Rating: 4
Exciting but little seasick
Sat, Mar 13, 10   2:00 PM lamoar2001 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Arrived late and kindly they rebooked us to the next boat even though the ongoing festival (high season) , luckily watched a couple of whales (then mostly we followed them along the coast, are we actually harrassing whales?). Nobody prevented us from seasickness, not very rough but several passengers got sick. Personnel on board was very kind though. I highly recommend it but with a word of caution, not for the faint of heart.
Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 13, 10   2:00 PM tschaier Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
The trip was great the staff was wondedrful. The seas were quite rough that day other than that it was great.
Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 13, 10   1:00 PM BAHULA5 Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The weather was perfect! We followed 2 gray whales around for quite awhile and were able to get some good photos. The captain was knowledgeable and taught us a few things about the gray whales that we were not aware of. I would absolutely do it again :)
Rating: 4
Whale of a day
Sat, Mar 13, 10   12:00 PM mikec33165 Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
We were out there a hour and a half before we finaly saw a couple of whales. Well worth the wait. Its hit or miss when you go out there, we got luck at the end :-)
Rating: 4
Very enjoyable for the whole family
Sat, Mar 13, 10   12:00 PM damagekontro Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Did I just pick a good day for it, or is it always so beautiful on the ocean? Went for the kids, but I loved it myself! My boys were still talking about it when we got home. They really felt as though they'd had an adventure. The 2 hours went quickly as there was so much to look at (that did not include telephone wires, or fast food signs ruining the landscape) Lots of big sky and ocean - as yes we did see some whales. What we saw were mostly tips of their heads as they came up for air and their tails as they dove again. The exhalations from thier blow holes are visible and audible. Really cool fun! We will go again. ALSO .. The Ocean Institute is literally 2 minutes from Dana Point harbor and affords you the opportunity to touch sea cucumbers, sun fish, star fish, and even rays. An amazing variety of sea creatures are on display and much information is presented in regards to whales. There are fun interactive displays and the staff is very knowledgeable. Zerve customer service is super!
Rating: 4
Beautiful day whale watching...minus the whales
Sat, Mar 13, 10   8:00 AM Thawley Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The 2 hours spent on the whale watching boat were very fun! The ocean was calm, the crew experienced, friendly and professional. Though we ultimately did not see any whales, we did receive a coupon to go back out again! I would recommend this activity to my friends!
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: 3
no whales . . .
Wed, Mar 10, 10   10:00 AM Jwilco1 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
OUr first day was canceled because of high winds- so next day tried again. GOt on the boat but it was windy and chilly, no whales . . . . sea lions, dolphins, but no whales. WE had 9 in our group and 3 of us barfed!. Hmmmmm. Probably wouldnt go again, although the crew was friendly and informative and gave us tickets to come back again any time and try to see the whales but all in all. . . . wouldn't do it again.
Rating: 1
A preventable disaster
Wed, Mar 10, 10   10:00 AM JIManning Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our whale watching was cancelled due to wind and rescheduled for the next day. We arrived with great expectations but what we got was sick due to the rough waters reculting from continued wind. Granted the wind was much lighter than the day before but cauised problems even at the lower force. We all took a dramamine just in case. In hind sight we may have been better served by taking more. Four of our group vomited violently while the rest of the group turned green. Not a single whale was spotted. The tour group gave us vouchers to some aback and try again free of charge which would have sufficed if we lived near by but we don't and so we spent our money for nothing. Leah Ann Manning
Rating: 4
No whale sighting, but still fun!
Sun, Mar 7, 10   12:00 PM striptza Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Although we did not spot any whales on our trip, my daughter and I still had lots of fun just being out on the water! The best part is that the DanaWharf provides you with a free return ticket because we did not see a whale, so we get to go back whenever we would like. It does not even have to be this season! That definitely made it worth our while. The staff of the Dana Pride were also very friendly. I would recommend this for a fun activity for the family
Rating: 5
Sun, Mar 7, 10   11:30 AM jaytadler Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
We chose the catamaran tour because of the limit of 50 people. We did not want to be shoved like sardines into a tour boat. The catamaran was spacious and provided great viewing access for everyone on board. I have used this tour company before and we have ALWAYS seen whales! (maybe just our luck!) One thing that is not mentioned that I wish we had known about was the FREE BREAKFAST that was provided with the FREE LECTURE at 10am. It was very informative and humorous as well. Its well worth the additional money! The reservations were easy to make online and even if you are in a hotel and cant print the e-ticket out, they make it EASY by providing a number you can write down and take with you! The reservations department was well informed and I would certainly do business here again!
Rating: 2
Was not a good ride.
Sun, Mar 7, 10   11:00 AM kristi5 Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Choppy choppy water. 60% of the passengers got sick on the boat and were throwing up. Do not bring children under 3. Driver of boat was late getting back so we flew home and the entire boat was splashed we almost all of us got soaked and it was cold outside. Also NO Whales - no Seals Very disappointing.
Rating: 3
If you lucky you get to see Whales!
Sun, Mar 7, 10   10:00 AM Cjmes1209 Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Other
We have no luck catching sights of whales migrating athough its supposed to be the season!. The Captain of the Boat was doing his best and has prolonged stay to hopefully get all of us on the Boat to catch glimpses of Whales. At the last few minutes, saw surface of a grey whale briefly, before having to head back to shore - A Singaporean Tourist