Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,302 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 139 305 4 = 301 98% 4.5
Last 6 months 347 776 14 = 762 98% 4.5
Last 12 months 583 1,333 31 = 1,302 97% 4.6
All 4,484 9,304 327 = 8,977 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 487 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 344 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 243 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 197 89% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 31 100% 4.7
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: 4
Comment
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 15, 11   10:00 AM DeeAnn_Smith Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
Friendly and knowledgable
Rating: 5
Amazing day on the water!
Mon, Mar 14, 11   12:00 PM kimmyrand Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Had some friends in from Iowa looking to escape the cold winter weather. Thought whale watching would be a great day trip. I honestly worried it wouldn't be worth the money, but I was happy to be proved wrong. We had a great time. Just being out on the water in calm seas and sunshine would have been worth the price of admission, but we got so much more. We saw hundreds of dolphins and then were lucky enough to find three grey whales traveling together. At one point they surfaced just 10 feet of the bow of the boat...Amazing!
Rating: 5
Beyond Expectations.
Sun, Mar 13, 11   4:00 PM JoyceHula Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Crew was professional and knowledgable.
Rating: 4
whale "searching"
Sun, Mar 13, 11   12:00 PM fivecjs12345 Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Hi was a beautiful day in Dana Point, so just the weather and being in the ocean air was great:) The crew and the boat, ship, was great, smiling faces, explanation of what was going on, clean very clean:) A little dissappointed that we didn't get to see a whale, but that's why I titled it Whale "Searching" the day was great and we were one of the boats that got to go through, literally, through dolphins, soooo many that was quite a site. Great time will do it again soon before the season ends and hope will be able to see a whale, thanks!!
Rating: 5
Everything You Would Want It To Be
Sun, Mar 13, 11   11:30 AM tcalish Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
New boat in great condition, very clean. Friendly, knowledgeable crew. Convenient snack bar and bathrooms onboard. Viewing area in the front of the boat is a little limited but, otherwise, very nice boat to go whale watching on.
Rating: 4
The store staff was rude. The boat staff was great
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM ndrwtr Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Went to get our tickets and the cashier was shoving food in his mouth and said,"What do you want" as half his breakfast hit the counter. He found our tickets and we asked "okay where do we go?" A female barked out, "where do you think" and pointed around the corner to several boats in the dock. How about,"I'll be with you in a second?" Or it's the boat with the name of ...on the back. very UNPROFESSIONAL. On the other hand, the boat staff was awesome! They narrated the whole trip and apologized several times because we saw something but lost it. It wasn't their fault but they felt like it was. They really offered a lot of info and even gave us a refund to come back again! That is the ONLY reason I'd come back; definitely not for the sale people. They (cashier) treated us and others like we were interfering wiith their day by showing up.
Rating: 3
Good service, no sights
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM arschmidt Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
As we were advised on the way out of the harbor, whales and dolphins don't always cooperate and that was the case for our trip. Although a sister ship reported some whales "showing well" and we could see some spouting in the distance, by the time we got out there, the whales had obviously decided to go elsewhere. There were no other sightings of anything. The staff and crew were helpful and the captain was informative. We were given "whale checks" to come back another day and will certainly do so and hope for better luck.
Rating: 5
Fantastic way to spend a few hours!
Thu, Mar 10, 11   12:00 PM dmsphotos1 Female 50-59 Local Unspecified
I do this trip often and I am never disappointed! The boats are spacious and comfortable, the guys know more than a thing or two about sea life and they are always kind, helpful and courteous. Just an experience of a lifetime!
Rating: 5
Beautiful day, helpful crew, multiple sightings...
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 8, 11   12:00 PM stumpshot76 Male 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
This was the second Dana Wharf outing by family members in the past year, and we were again pleased by the service, scenery and pleasant and helpful crew. We will be back again..!!
Rating: 4
Great day trip for homeschoolers
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 8, 11   12:00 PM jciano Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
I recommend Dana Whatf Sportfishing/Whale Watching. Check in with e-tickets is easy. Boats are crew are great. We had perfect weather (Tue 3/8), saw 2 whales. No breach, only flukes, but a couple good pix, friendly folks on board mid-week and 1/2 price Tuesdays--would do it again.
Rating: 4
WHALE SEARCHING - NO WATCHING
Sun, Mar 6, 11   2:00 PM BRUCEBLINN Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
TRIP WAS FUN CREW WAS GREAT, SAW NO WHALES, GUESS WE WERE LATE NO DOLPHINS EITHER BUT IT WASN'T A WASTE, THEY GAVE US FREE TICKETS FOR SOME OTHER DATE. THE PREVIOUS TOUR (12PM TO 2PM) REPORTED SEEING 1000'S OF DOLPHINS BUT NO WHALES OUR TOUR (2PM TO 4PM) SAW NO WHALES OR DOLPHINS SO THEY GAVE EVERYONE FOREVER RAIN CHECKS THAT CAN BE USED WHENEVER. THE TRIP WAS STILL WORTHWHILE JUST GETTING OUT ON THE OCEAN AND SEEING THE COASTLINE FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. SEEING NO WHALES WASN'T THE CREWS FAULT, THEY HAD BINOCCULARS AIMED IN ALL DIRECTIONS. WASN'T THE WHALES FAULT EITHER, THEY JUST WERN'T AROUND AT THAT TIME. REMEMBER THE OCEAN IS HUGE, AND COMPARED TO IT THE WHALES AREN'T THAT BIG, NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK KIND OF THING. OVERALL IT WAS A FUN WAY TO SPEND MY BIRTHDAY, BESIDES- THEY HAD A FULL BAR ONBOARD AND WITH THE ROCKING OF THE BOAT NO ONE KNEW WHO HAD TO MUCH TO DRINK AS EVERYONE INCLUDING THE KIDS WERE FAILING THE "WALKING A STRAIGHT LINE TEST" - HILIARIOUS! I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO REDEEMING OUR "SEE NO WHALE OR DOLPHIN GET A FREE TRIP" TICKET. (WHICH IS A MORE THAN A FAIR POLICY CONSIDERING GAS PRICES THESE DAYS AND THE COST TO RUN THAT BOAT - THE (" DANA PRIDE"). ALSO DANA WHARF IS A GREAT PLACE TO SPEND A FEW HOURS ON EITHER END OF THE TRIP. SO I SAY GO FOR IT.
Rating: 5
Beautiful Day
Sat, Mar 5, 11   12:00 PM Debfidel Female 50-59 Local Individual
A beautiful day on the ocean with gorgeous weather. No whales but LOTS of dolphins. Nice to just relax on the boat and watch as they played, swam, jumped. Will definitely do this again, and again!
Rating: 4
Fun Activity
Sat, Mar 5, 11   11:00 AM ngaudion Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
I booked an 11 am trip on March 5 during the Whale Watching Festival for my husband, myself and our 24 year old son. The weather was great, cool but sunny. The number of people on the trip seemed just right. The captain found a school of dolphins that played with the boat, great for photos. He did find a whale about an hour plus into the trip. That was terrific and again a great photo-op. The captain seemed to have a good knowledge of the marine life in the area and shared that with the guests. We all enjoyed the trip.
Rating: 5
Great trip in a perfect SOcal weather
Sat, Mar 5, 11   9:00 AM Jessieyau Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Enjoy both the whale and dolphins watching
Rating: 5
8am trip is GREAT VALUE!
Sat, Mar 5, 11   8:00 AM BMathias Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Best deal in Southern OC. 2 hour boat ride with numerous dolphins (don't expect to see a whale).