Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,320 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 185 400 12 = 388 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 369 807 20 = 787 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 599 1,351 31 = 1,320 97% 4.5
All 4,582 9,514 338 = 9,176 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 593 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 318 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 226 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 158 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 25 100% 4.6
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 2
Needs adult supervision!!!
Sat, Jul 30, 11   12:00 PM dwgoward Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Too many "serious" fishermen running around the boat overhead casting - recipe for disaster with no one in charge to stop them. Too many young children running around the boat unsupervised - again, no one in charge to stop them. Finally, I don't care if we are outdoors. Boat should be non-smoking. That includes the crew.
Rating: 5
Fantastic !
Sat, Jul 30, 11   12:00 PM jbougher Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Could not have asked for a better experience. Far exceeded our expectations.
Rating: 5
The best day I'v had in a long time!
Fri, Jul 29, 11   2:00 PM tongaaiko Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
We did not really expect to see any whales, but would have been happy to see a few dolphins and have a nice boat trip on the water. We saw so many big blues that we stopped counting! The guides were great, very knowledgable. Best $42.00 ever spent! Do it!
Rating: 5
Excellent adventure
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jul 26, 11   12:00 PM caroladams Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Amazing whale watching adventure. Blue whales, dolphins and the sea lions were easily viewed and enjoyed by those on board the catamaran. Everyone had a good view and watched the sea life in their natural environment. Thanks so much for a great day!
Rating: 4
Very much pleased with the trip.
Sun, Jul 17, 11   5:30 PM abeers Female 50-59 Local Individual
The crew was outstanding. Helpful, courteous and attentive. Even if I hadn't caught a thing, I would recommend this trip to anyone who wishes for a relaxing and enjoyable fishing trip.
Rating: 4
A Great Way To Spend An Afternoon
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Jul 17, 11   5:00 PM brendaclarkl Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a great time and were able to see up close and personal 100's of Dolphins. We also were able to see 3 blue whale although not as close as we would have hoped.
Rating: 3
Good service and operation, lousy fishing day.
Sat, Jul 16, 11   6:30 AM johnmcgaffey Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Enjoyable day and company did their best to find the fish. Fish just did not bite today.
Rating: 2
You are on your own
Fri, Jul 15, 11   12:00 PM bruce9432 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Lack of seating. The captain didn't rotate positions on the rail so we were stuck at the front of the boat for the entire trip. This was burdensom since the bait was in the back of the boat. This is my chief complaint about Dana Wharf, they don't see to it that the 'meek' get a fair share of fishing near the back of the boat. I've been out of Dana Wharf about 40 times and have only fished the back of the boat 6 times. The captains cater to regulars (intimidators) and don't see to it that "we" all paid money and would like the benefit of being near the bait and expanse of the rear of the boat. Never had that problem when I go to San Diego, it is worth it to me to make the hour drive
Rating: 2
Reel Fun should be retired
Fri, Jul 15, 11   12:00 PM sujohn Male 50-59 Combination Family With Children
There is no place to sit on this boat, we will fish again but never on the Reel Fun..
Rating: 5
Great fun, caught fish and we were treated well
Wed, Jul 13, 11   5:30 PM scshaws Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The twilight trip was a nice evening and well worth the trip
Rating: 5
Amazing whale and dolphins
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Wed, Jul 13, 11   5:00 PM hunsukim Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
My daughter and I enjoyed a late afternoon on the Dana Pride (great boat, plenty of room). The captain spotted a Fin Whale even before we exited the harbor. We watched this whale as it made repeated dives after what the captaint described as a massive school of krill about 300 feet below. The water was 70 degrees and amazing green-purple color (wish I had my fishing pole). After hour and a half of admiring the whale, the captain turned the boat toward a school of 'common' dolphins. My daughter and I love the common dolphins. They are the smallest of the dolphin species but we think they are the prettiest. There were plenty of room at the front of the boat and we enjoyed watching the dolphins as they took turns 'riding' the wave in the front of the boat. In fact, one of the dolphin turned over to take a better look at us. What an amazing trip. This was the second time we took this trip and we will definitely be back again.
Rating: 5
the staff was great.
Wed, Jul 13, 11   2:00 PM dlouis Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
our excursion was so much fun. actually saw a blue whale and loved the dolphins. would recommend this to anyone visiting dana point.
Rating: 2
Not Worth The Cost
Mon, Jul 11, 11   5:30 PM gcram399 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The first three years we did the 1/2 day fishing we were out on the Dana Pride and were very happy with the results. we and everyone else on those trips caught fish. The last two years we ended up on the Clemente and were very dissapointed. Since the purchaser has no control over which boat you get to go out on it's basically a crap shoot. Our party of four caught 3 fish and because one was a non game fish (basically bait) we only got 2 keepers. @ $40 each with license and poles that was $160 for 4 small fillets on an over crowded boat. There were 40 people on our boat and there were only 40 keepers total. On Long Island and Virgina Beach for less money the boats hold just as many people but they also have seating for everyone to get out of the sun/weather because they are longer wider boats, the poles and bait are included and are identicle (personal rigs are not allowed) so there is less time lost untangling lines. I just felt that for the same investment of time and money there are better ways to spend my valuble vacation time than to accept pot luck and end up on a boat that couldn't find fish even if it fell into a bait tank. ALSO, why does it say 5 hours?? We left the dock at 5:30PM and got back to the dock at 9:30PM. That is only four hours total. I think they still owe me an hour. What a rip-off!!!!
Rating: 5
A great experience. Would do this again.
Thu, Jul 7, 11   5:30 PM jeqberry Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Enjoyed it, but was too short, will do a 3/4 boat nxt time.
Rating: 4
Enjoy the Boat Ride
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Wed, Jul 6, 11   5:00 PM MaryFWong Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
The evening we went whale watching was perfect.. calm sea's, warm weather, boat not crowded.. so it was an enjoyable outing for us and my brother and his family visiting from the East Coast. I will say the captain and crew knew where to look and we hung out with the fin whale that was around....saw a pod of dolphins WAY OUT in the distance which were closer to shore and on the way back in - stopped to visit a couple of sea lions hanging out on the buoy. Pretty much that was it... If I did it again, I would definitely do it on 1/2 price Tuesday or wait until Whale Season Migration. The boat was clean, but I don't think the experience was above and beyond, captain and crew had very little interaction with the passengers but didn't hesitate to direct passengers to the tip jar at the end of the 2 hours.