Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,179 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 205 465 10 = 455 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 297 674 13 = 661 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 524 1,211 32 = 1,179 96% 4.6
All 4,343 8,996 323 = 8,673 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 334 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 Gender Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Tue, Apr 15  12:00 PM tcarter22 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
This ride was well worth it. I would have been satisfied even if I had paid full price. The boat staff was very friendly. The knowledge of the captain was impressive. VERY informative. This would be great for older children who are simply interested in learning more about sea life. The dolphins stole the show!!! It was a wonderful experience! Must do it again soon!
Rating: 5
Great time
Sun, Mar 23  10:00 AM Iheisenstein Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We saw two gray whales and tons of dolphin. My six year old was fascinated. Very nice staff. Brought our 3 year old and baby too and felt they were safe on board.
Rating: 5
Great fun!
Sat, Mar 22  10:00 AM Annuh9 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Had a great time and so did my 8 year old nephew!
Rating: 5
Fri, Mar 14  12:00 PM Mdehner Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Family Without Children
trip felt short but it was a lot of fun. staff was excellent.
Rating: 4
Tue, Mar 11  2:30 PM rhindabosh Unspecified 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Cruise was for 2 hours and the entire duration was exciting .
Rating: 4
Take time to not talk so much and let guests enjoy
Sat, Mar 8  11:30 AM Labellejeff Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Too much talking from captain. Education is good, but take time that guests can all be silent and connect with nature.
Rating: 4
When it shines, it soars
Fri, Feb 21  12:00 PM 2334geneva Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This is an excellent excursion when there are whales; it's fun and a good boat ride when there are not. But if you are expecting whales you should contact them ahead of time to find out what is in season and how often they are being sighted. The captain/guide on our trip was extraordinary -- insightful and entertaining. I was concerned that we departed 20 minutes late -- though some of this time was made up on the back end of the trip. My only reason for not giving it a 5-star rating is that you might not see whales -- and for a trip billed as WHALE WATCHING that's a caveat emptor.
Rating: 5
Awesome Exeperience!
Thu, Feb 20  2:30 PM tinster1022 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We got to see a dozen dolphins swimming around our bite and even got to see 4 whales! Our captain was awesome, very informative and kept us out there for an extra half an hour just to experience the whales. Thanks for the great experience!
Rating: 5
A once in a lifetime day for seeing whales
Sun, Feb 9  3:00 PM BLStone Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Unfortunately, this kind of whale watching tour doesn't happen every day. The boat, crew, etc. were all great however, and that will happen (or should) every time.
Rating: 5
Glimpse of an Amazing Journey
Tue, Jan 28  2:00 PM fani1139 Unspecified 70+ Combination Group of Friends
Very pleasant 2-hour trip from Dana Wharf with great Captains who are Marine Biologists, qualified to talk about the sea life for which we search. On a beautiful day, we looked to the horizon and were not disappointed. A pair of whales kept us thrilled with their spouting and a few flukes, but mostly just playing side by side through the swells. Near the end of our time we encountered a large pod of Bottle-nosed Dolphin. They love to play in the wake of the boat, swimming right along side us ~ not unlike some kids when you get out the camera. :-) When our Captain cranked up the engine to return to port, the dolphin did not miss the opportunity to show off and enjoy the large wake. They rode those waves and leaped out of the water ~ high into the air ~ much to the thrill of the passengers. This was a repeat trip for me and two of my three guests. Without a doubt, we'll do it again!
Rating: 5
Awesome trip!
Tue, Jan 28  10:00 AM czy4brds Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
After reading about the awesome whale watch season out of Dana Point, we had to go see for ourselves and we were not disappointed. We followed 3 Gray whales south for over an hour and were treated to multiple close-up views, spy-hops, and even breaching! The captain is very knowledgeable and knows where the whales are and what they will be doing. He positioned the ship to give us maximum views. The ship was very clean and comfortable. We went on the Tuesday half price day and will definitely be back. To avoid the crowds, take either the early or late boat, the middle one had a lot of people waiting when we got back.
Rating: 4
what a nice trip!
Mon, Jan 20  2:00 PM mishuntley Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I was able to book the morning of my departure. Staff was friendly, Captain (Tom) was great and it was a beautiful day. They made sure we saw some of everything. After we followed a pair of Gray Whales down the coast they made sure to stop by a pod of playful dolphins &a group of sleepy sea lions. Thanks for a great trip!
Rating: 2
Don't go
Sun, Jan 19  6:30 AM akwalker13 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
While the crew seemed to be nice guys, it was a boat catered to new people that probably have never been on a boat. I should probably expect that on 1/2 day boats but common! We only fished in over fished areas, and when one of the guys told us that we would be lucky to catch 1 fish, I thought he was joking, but sadly was true. Go to other places like long beach or marina del ray, might not be the nice and friendly crew, but at least the will give you an opportunity to fish and not be a tourrest just happy to see the ocean. Waste of money. Never going back to Dana point
Rating: 4
It was nice
Sun, Jan 12  10:00 AM nahgshock Unspecified 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
it was nice and informative, 2hrs dont feel long enough for it thou.
Rating: 4
Whale watching half price Tuesdays
Tue, Jan 7  12:00 PM MikeRippee Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
My daughter who was visiting from Florida and I went whale watching on the Dana Pride on half price Tuesday a couple of weeks ago. We gad a great time and saw some whales, dolphins, and sea lions on our trip. The captain and crew were great and very knowledgeable about all the sea life and facts about the area. I would definitely do it again and recommend it to anyone that wants to go see all the sea life and have a good time!