Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,176 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 203 462 10 = 452 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 295 671 13 = 658 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 522 1,208 32 = 1,176 96% 4.6
All 4,341 8,993 323 = 8,670 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season 359 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale Watch 331 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 153 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) 4 100% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Good experience
Sat, Nov 26, 11   2:00 PM HIDETO Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We're satisfied with the activity because we watched lots of dolphins. However we couldn't see whales at all. If we had seen whales,I would have given five stars on this review.
Rating: 3
no whales... but generally fun
Sat, Mar 8  4:00 PM hhowarth Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
we had a good ride but were disappointed not to see whales, just dolphin - cool but not the main attraction
Rating: 5
Best whale watching trip I've taken in OC
Sat, Jul 6, 13   12:00 PM Hhenretig Female 30-39 Local Unspecified
Very informative! The staff was so knowledgable and we were able to get right up to a Blue whale and saw lots of dolphins and other sea animals.
Rating: 5
Great Day!
Sat, Mar 27, 10   10:00 AM hghassey Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
We had a wonderful day - beautiful weather with fantastic views of the animals... The captains were very knowledgable and personable and the boat itself was great. I am four months pregnant and had to throw up... The crew were so sweet and fixed me a cold drink right away - I highly reccomend this as it far exceeded my expectations for the price - I will definietly bring my four year old next time - there were several young kids on the boat who appeared to be having a really fun time:)
Rating: 5
Fantastic Trip!
Tue, Jan 1, 13   10:00 AM hfatzer Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We were able to follow a female Gray Whale for quite some time, and she kept fluking every few minutes. We also saw a pod of several hundred common dolphins with babies. This was our first time ever seeing whales and dolphins in the wild, and we were very pleased with the trip and the crew. Thank you!
Rating: 5
Sun, Feb 14, 10   4:00 PM heyden Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
I had my doubts that we would actually see any whales and thought at least we would get a great sunset. I was wrong we encountered 3 whales and it was very impressive trailing the whales. I am sure there are times where the sightings are nil but I would still recommend the cruise. The crew is helpful and have some knowledge of sealife.
Rating: 5
Great boat, freindly accomodating staff.
Wed, Aug 21, 13   12:00 PM Hetticher Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The boat ride was great, unfortunatly due to weaher conditions the sea was rough and we didn't see any whales or dolphins etc. The company gave us back our tickets to use another day.
Rating: 5
Lots of Fun!
Tue, Feb 2, 10   2:00 PM Herrscher Female 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
We had so much fun Whale Watching! The crew was great! We saw lots of Fin Whales (which I had never heard of before). It was my second time going and I would gladly go again!
Rating: 5
Unforgetable experience
Wed, Mar 21, 12   2:00 PM Heroabrian Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I found this trip online when I was searching for activities to do in orange county, CA. To my surprise it was shown on the orange county's website but was not even advertised on the flyers at the hotel. I was immediately interested to do the whale watching trip and was happy that the trip provider, Danawharf, give a 40% discount! On the trip day, I was glad that the cruise boat was a big (and very clean ) catamaran which provides an outdoor seating and indoor seating area (with a bar!) as well as plenty of walkabouts around the boat as you need to walk around in case the whale shows up around the boat. In addition to that, the trip guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the whale that we were about to watch. To my surprise, the whale showed up several times, and it was an amazing view, considering that this is an open sea and that we are dealing with a wild animal. As a bonus after trailing the whale for an hour the boat took us to dolphin enclaves around the area, which is another amazing experience. All things said, I really like to recommend to do this this activity with danawharf whenever you're in OC between Nov-April as that is the best time to catch a glimpse of migrating whales. Five out of Five.
Rating: 5
Fri, Nov 20, 09   10:00 AM hermelinda Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a great time and will come again! My Dad is already planning another trip out here for next summer. fishing is definitely on the list!
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
Several Blue Whales and Hundreds of Dolphin
Thu, Aug 11, 11   12:00 PM hepnerlaw Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
The boat was roomy. The captain was full of great information. We saw 4 individual blue whales - quite a treat.
Rating: 5
Luck was with us!
Thu, Mar 18, 10   12:00 PM HEPalmer Male 60-69 Local Unspecified
Went onThursday, 5/18, at noon. Trip at 10am before us did not see any whales. However, luck was with us! After an hour out the Captain was about to give up on seeing whales and go to find some dolphins when we came upon two grey whales. We watched them briefly when he saw more further away, so headed toward them. At that point, we came upon three more grey whales and they stayed in the area and put on quite a show. We watched them make a number of dives and the pictures of the blows and tails rising in the air are beautiful. A sight never to be forgotten. The crew really put an effort into finding the whales and once found provided very good narative on what to look out for so we were sure to time the pictures just right. You take your chances on making a sighting, but it is well worth it.
Rating: 1
No Whales no dolphins
Sun, May 4, 08   5:00 PM HenrySchill Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
The boat was old, hardly any passangers. Only found out there that the whale watching season was over. Website of whale watching company is misleading. Captain did not say anything that he will making an effort to spot whales, in contrast with another whalewatching experience from Monterey Bay last year. There the captain and staff was zigzagging the area for us, and made an honest effort that we get our money's worth. No whales there either, but at least we knew that everything was done what humanly possible. It would have been much better to buy the ticket on site, that way I could have used the local coupons for discounts. Since I preapid the tour, that option was lost. Overall the experience was very negative. Cannot recommend it to anybody. Received $10.00 discount for future trips, which I will not use, since I am a tourist from Canada, and will not come back to this area anytime soon.
Rating: 5
From start to finish it was a marvelous trip
Fri, Mar 18, 11   12:00 PM HelenPointer Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
The day was beautiful,sunny, and the sea was pretty clm. We saw dolphins of 2 different species. The captain was a wonderful teacher and guide. Thanks for a marvelous trip.