Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,315 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 133 280 14 = 266 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 297 648 18 = 630 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 608 1,349 34 = 1,315 97% 4.5
All 4,656 9,677 344 = 9,333 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 690 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 11 100% 4.6
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: 5
Exciting and Well Worth the Money
Sat, Jan 2, 10   12:00 PM sharob Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Our family day out included my husband and I and our two boys ages 5 and 9 there was also my brother and sister-inlaw and their three kids ages 4,6 and 8. My husband's mum and dad were with us to who were visiting from Scotland, UK. My husband and I have always wanted to do Whale watching as it is my husband's favourite mammal. Although when we went out we never saw any whales but we saw pods and pods of dolphins who swam right by our boat, we quickly got the video camera out and took lots of photo's and video's. It was a beautiful sunny day, the sea water was calm it was a perfect afternoon with the family the kids were in their element and had a great time. Sharon Walton
Rating: 5
Great dolphin watching
Sat, Jan 2, 10   12:00 PM richlynjo Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Really enjoyed the dolphin watching - amazing! We wish we could have seen a whale, but will come back to try again in the future.
Rating: 4
Thanks for wonderful memory with my kid
Thu, Dec 31, 09   10:00 AM Nobuyuki Male 40-49 Unspecified Family With Children
Very kind staff... always help us a lot when needed.
Rating: 2
Did not see any whales
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Dec 29, 09   2:00 PM RajeshMirani Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We could not see any whales. The boat driver was just circling around in a small area where dolphins were swimming. Towards the end he headed home and apologized for not able to spot any whales. He could have gone deeper into the ocean rather than circling in the same area and giving speeches about the lives of dolphins.
Rating: 4
did not see any whales
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Dec 29, 09   12:00 PM markin Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
While there were whales seen on the previous excursion, the team did not continue to track the whales, so we did not see them. This is unfortunate that there was a whale in the area that we could not see
Rating: 4
awesome customer service in lue of bad weather.
Wed, Dec 23, 09   10:00 AM TKRiexinger Female 40-49 Unspecified Family Without Children
Our trip was postponed 1 day due to bad weather. Gale force winds etc. (thank you for not taking a chance on the ocean with our life's :) ). The next morning we went out but it was still a rough ocean and we saw only sea lions around a bouy but enjoyed a beautiful view of the coast. We received a voucher to return any time for another 2 hour whale watch excursion. I asked when it expired and the reply was NEVER. That is rare and we appreciate it especially because DanaWharf has no control over the weather! Great customer service and damage control in the face of bad weather. We are from NIagara Falls NY and may never make it back to beautiful California but if we can, we'll be back to Dana Wharf! Thank you K & T Riexinger
Rating: 5
The day of the Dolphins!
Sun, Dec 20, 09   12:00 PM Lindash Female 40-49 Local Individual
The day was overcast and the ocean was calm and glassy when we took off from Dana Point on our Whale watching adventure on 12/20/09. I took the 12:00 to 2:00 tour and we headed north looking for Gray Whales, but it's a little early in their migration season and we didn't come across any whales or even any Dolphins. I was given a Whale check and figured I would stay on for the 2:00 to 4:00 tour because as we were comming into the harbor they had spotted Dolphin activity in the distance. As we headed out on the 2:00 to 4:00 tour we saw some In-Shore Bottlenose Dophins right away. Then we headed out further to a pod of Pacific White-Sided Dolphins that were very playful and would bow ride. They were very lovely with distinct dark gray and white markings. We continued on and saw a large pod of Risso's Dolphins and also some Off-Shore Bottlenose Dolphins. Apparently all were feeding on Giant Squid in the ocean. Everywhere you looked there were Dolphins. What a contrast to my earlier tour where we didn't see a thing. The captain said that yesterday they were in the direction we had headed this morning, but had moved South. I was very glad I had stayed on for the 2nd tour and was able to witness all the Dolphin activity. You never know what to expect in our vast ocean, it's either filled with life or empty and that can be all in the same day.
Rating: 5
great day with the kids
Fri, Dec 18, 09   10:00 AM HEIDIANN10 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I took my two teenage kids with a small amount of concern they would get bored or not catch anything. Quite the contrary. They had so much fun fishing, watching the birds, and my daughter even caught a 3 foot shark! It was a great day and the staff were wonderful.
Rating: 5
Fantastic Trip !!!
Wed, Dec 9, 09   12:00 PM rajeshprasad Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was a fun trip for all of us. We saw so many Dolphins and Sea Lions, but we weren't lucky to see any Whales. My kids were so excited to see the Dolphins in their natural environment. My little one was telling to everybody in school the next day about her trip and that she saw Dolphins coming under the boat. She was so happy. It is one in a lifetime opportunity to watch Dolphins and Whales in their natural habitat playing and swimming. We went their with my cousins who came to visit us. They also had a wonderful trip. I think it's a wonderful family outing. The boats are big and spacious and they have a small sitting area where you can sit and eat inside the boat. You can also see whales and dolphins from the top roof of the boat.
Rating: 5
Great time!
Sun, Dec 6, 09   2:00 PM sundaybikers Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Love being on a boat, it's a relaxing time! We saw a school of tens of dolphins and a Blue Wale, the Captain was nice enough to spend more time to wait for the whale to come up again! We were late 5 min but nobody complained, we saw the Blue Whale!
Rating: 4
Awesome to see how enormous a whale is
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Dec 1, 09   10:00 AM corinnapt Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Enjoyable trip and two hours is just the right length of time. A camera with excellent zoom feature is recommended to get the full effect of your sighting.
Rating: 4
Good value, smart crew.
Sat, Nov 14, 09   6:30 AM ShawnJones Male 40-49 Unspecified Individual
I have a great time every time I take the half day trip. Next time I am thinking about springing for the 3/4 day jaunt. The captain found the fish, I caught them, and the crew cleaned them. What more could you ask for from a fishing trip?
Rating: 5
What a Gorgeous Day
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Sun, Nov 8, 09   1:00 PM sofiewann Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
I would highly recommend Catamaran Adventure Cruises. My boyfriend and I went on the 1pm whale watching tour out of Dana Point on Sunday 11/8. The reason I gave this a five star rating despite not encountering any whales or dolphins was the fact it was a gorgeous day on the water. The crew was friendly, engaging, and extremely knowledgeable. They gave us all vouchers for 50% off of our next trip because we didn't have any whale or dolphin encounters.
Rating: 4
Too short?
Sun, Nov 8, 09   12:45 PM amkka1 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I recently took a 1/2 day fishing trip which was advertised for 5 hours. The boat left the dock around 12:45 PM and approximately 30 minutes later we made our first stop and began fishing. After several stops and a slow day fishing, the captain announced at around 4:35, that we would call it a day and started heading in. We arrived back at the dock before 5:00PM. Since there was still plenty of daylight left when we began to head home, and it was still light when we arrived, I wish we could have fished a bit more and kept closer to the 5 hour schedule that was advertised. On separate note, the crew was great and very helpful. A fishing clinic for the kids before we headed out was a nice bonus.
Rating: 5
great whale watching tour!
Tue, Oct 27, 09   4:00 PM regina44 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
great time, great crew, we loved it---thanks!!