Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,177 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 210 474 11 = 463 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 292 664 13 = 651 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 524 1,209 32 = 1,177 96% 4.6
All 4,334 8,974 323 = 8,651 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season 360 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 Reviewer Gender Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience with great whale sightings.
Tue, Sep 20, 11   2:00 PM barnor Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Our grandchildren (age 10 and 12) enjoyed seeing the dolphins swimming along the boat and leaping out of the water, and we were all thrilled with the sightings of three blue whales. The captain did a great job of maneuvering the boat to maximize our view of the whales as they displayed their tails just prior to their deep dives. The boat was not crowded and we had plenty of room to move about from one end/side of the boat to the other. The trip was definitely well worth the money and we will go again when in the area!
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience from start to finish!
Tue, Sep 20, 11   12:00 PM SMHatch Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The crew and captain were polite and professional and the whales were amazing!! Understanding that the captain cannot produce the whales, what he can do is maneuver the boat so that everyone on board gets an excellent view of the animal without getting too close and disturbing the creatures!!! It was wonderful. We saw 11 blue whales and three HUGE pods of dolphins. Everyone on board was knowledgeable and friendly. And the boat was large enough that even this prone to seasickness passenger had a great time.
Rating: 4
Nice but could have been awesome.
Mon, Sep 19, 11   5:00 PM KarenModeski Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Yes, we saw whales, but only when the boat turned on its own or the whale popped up beside the boat. The boat is not big enough for all to be on the bow so many of us were on its side. The captain was so worried about taking photos himself that he would constantly turn the boat to face the whales. This left some of us behind the crowd, unable to see anything. Thank goodness whales are unpredictable and they showed up out to the side once in awhile or we wouldn't have seen much at all. No tip for that cappy!
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience...amazing whale sightings!
Sun, Sep 18, 11   12:00 PM mjurasek Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We decided to try out this trip based on the high number of recent whale sightings and the good reveiws. We had an AWESOME time! The captian was wonderful and even took us out looking for a pod of Orca's that had recently been sighted. We were able to find them and saw them blow their spouts but they never resurfaced. That was ok though because we headed back in and were able to see the most wonderful Blue Whales. We sat for a long time and watched a pair of them surface, dive down and surface again. They were so close to the boat you could almost touch them! My son is visually impaired and can't see things at a distance but was so excited that he could see the whales. It was a really neat experience and something I would definitely recommend! We plan to go again :)
Rating: 5
Sat, Sep 17, 11   6:30 AM BethRaybould Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
This was my first time fishing without my dad. My son and I had an amazing time, the crew was great they taught us everything and was happy to help. I would highly recommend Dana dwarf
Rating: 5
Fri, Sep 16, 11   5:00 PM bplayhouse19 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My daughter and I went hoping to see a whale, but saw so many that I lost count. And at least a hundred dolphin swimming right next to the boat. It was an amazing experience! One that I will never forget and she is 16 and hopefully will never forget it either. It was well worth the money! I would definitley recommend doing this if your at Dana Point.
Rating: 5
Beautiful day on the water!
Thu, Sep 15, 11   2:00 PM nettebini Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
As a certified "whale geek," I've been on a lot of whale watching cruises with a variety of companies. My afternoon on the water with Dana Wharf Whale Watching definitely ranks near the top of all my experiences. The crew was helpful, informative and courteous. We learned about the area, the animals and more. The boat was fantastic. Clean, stable, well appointed. There was plenty of room for everyone to have a great view. Oh, and the view? We were treated to great looks at blue whales, common dolphins and California sea lions. Not to mention the beauty of the California coastline. We had a fantastic time. We'd recommend Dana Wharf Whale Watching to anyone looking for a good, safe wildlife viewing adventure. We'll definitely be back next time we're in Southern California!
Rating: 5
A great time to be had...
Wed, Sep 14, 11   12:00 PM snebh4 Female 50-59 Local Individual
I LOVED my whale watch adventure! The captain and staff were very knowledgeable and friendly! I HIGHLY recommend to anyone who wants to explore our Southern California coast wildlife, that they sign up for a cruise at Dana Wharf!
Rating: 5
Enjoyed the whale watching trip very much
Tue, Sep 13, 11   5:00 PM debchuck Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
My husband and I had a great time. We saw a blue whale surface atleast 3 times and even got to see its fluke come out of the water. Then the captain went out to "play" with the dolphins. They swam all around the boat and leaped out of the water. On our way back into the harbor we spotted sea lions on the bell buoy near the breakwater. They were barking away.The trip ended with a gorgeous sunset!
Rating: 5
Whale of a Time!
Tue, Sep 13, 11   5:00 PM dblackman Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The Dana Pride crew was great -- we went at 5pm for a sunset cruise. Captain stayed with the blue whale we saw for about a half hour, and then we went to "play with the dolphins". Very enjoyable.
Rating: 4
Great fun
Fri, Sep 9, 11   2:00 PM Ianwhite Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
If you enjoy a short exhilerating boatride then this is for you. Dolphins are almost guaranteed which is fantastic anyway and to see whales would be the icing on the cake.
Rating: 5
Fantastic !
Thu, Sep 8, 11   2:00 PM BarbaraBryan Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Other
I went with my son who was visiting from England & we had THE best time ! The boat was immaculate, the crew were so friendly & informative. We saw so many dolphin & them were thrilled to see 2 huge blue whales which we followed just yards from the boat. The crew member on the speaker had so much information & interesting facts about the whales. It was one of the best trips I've ever done & I would, and will, recommend to anyone. Can't wait to take my grandkids!
Rating: 5
Wed, Sep 7, 11   5:00 PM jenlealay Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My family and I went on the evening boat ride and we loved it. We could not say if good things about the tour. The captain and his mates were awesome. We saw hundreds of dolphin and 5 whale. We also saw many sea lions. We have been on many boat tours and this one has been by far the BEST!! The boat was very comfortable and the staff were great. They knew the every move of the whale and could tell us when we could get the best view of the fluke. It was awesome. You will not be disappointed!!
Rating: 5
Nonstop sightings five minutes in!
Tue, Sep 6, 11   12:00 PM jakeandjill Female Unspecified Local Family With Children
Took a one and a half yr old... She loved it. We loved it! Bring your own food and its the most perfect setting for a crazy picnic. Drinks at the bar seemed a little weak for the price... So skip those n enjoy the sights!
Rating: 5
Well narrated successful whale search
Mon, Sep 5, 11   5:00 PM AMBUFFINGTON Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
This was my fourth whale watch outing in a month. It was just as good as the others (with a different company) and the narration was perhaps even better in the way the naturalist explained the 2 pods of dolphins and the blue whale that the captain found for us.