Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,341 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 94 207 9 = 198 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 284 620 21 = 599 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 620 1,378 37 = 1,341 96% 4.5
All 4,680 9,733 347 = 9,386 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 727 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 317 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 200 89% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 3 100% 5.0
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 Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Great for locals and visitors!
Fri, Jul 12, 13   2:00 PM Needell Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
Our family from NYC came for a visit and chose to go whale watching over a trip to Sea World. We were all thrilled! We had an incredible time! The captain and crew were teriffic and really engaging. Not only did we all learn a lot, we were lucky enough to observe Blue Whales (up-close) and Common Dolphins in their natural environment. Captivating. Seriously. The crew was tracking several whales at the same time and extended our cruise by at least 15 minutes (at no charge) so we could all observe a bit longer. I would definitely do it again and highly recommend to locals and visitors.
Rating: 5
We saw more than expected!
Fri, Jul 12, 13   2:00 PM jhartman Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw more than 20 dolphin right up to and under the boat. We had two whales that surfaces half a dozen times each and our captain was very aware of giving the whales space but positioning the boat for us to see the whales in detail. Great trip and will certainly go again if we have the chance.
Rating: 5
Awesome time!
Thu, Jul 11, 13   12:00 PM Sharrison75 Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
The captain was very informative. We saw a bunch of whales and dolphins, too. Captain was even familiar with the whales (he had named them) and, for example, drove the boat out to the whale that tends to show it's tail. Had a great time. Also loved that the boat only had 25 people, so it wasn't super crowded. I'd recommend it to locals or tourists!
Rating: 4
fun time and good fishing with a very helpful crew
Wed, Jul 10, 13   6:30 AM jalberti2 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
mostly bass, but too small to keep. some more skilled folks caught bigger ones with lures. also caught some barracuda which are fun to catch.
Rating: 5
Great Time with the Family
Tue, Jul 9, 13   5:00 PM poppitt Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a great time on the cruise. It was both fun and educational. We were lucky and did get to see the blue whales while we were out. Amazing! Thanks for a great afternoon!
Rating: 5
Great trip! Great Group!
Thu, Jul 4, 13   12:00 PM igilgoff Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Dana Wharf is amazing! The captains are so informative. The crew is so friendly. And the whales of Southern California are incredible. Blue whales and dolphins this trip!
Rating: 3
Fun event that was not well handled
Wed, Jul 3, 13   10:00 AM jpwildcat Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I thought the boat was great and the crew interaction was marginal based on the fact that they canceled a boat trip and combined two trips into one. This caused a lot bigger crowd and very little interaction with the crew as they hung at the back of the boat while we were forced to stay at the front because the Capt only rotated once which caused us to be away from the bait and crew for basically the whole trip. Will look at another boat company potentially for our next outing as this one was not good for the experience or value that what we got during the day. It was my sons first experience and he is not jumping up and down to go again when the little interaction he had with the crew consisted of them cutting his tangled line and than left me to re hook and sinker the line as the crew member went to the next person without a helping hand. I have gone on Seaforth in San Diego and had a better day with less fish caught just based on the fun crew on the boat. It is a service industry and I do expect some service for the money spent.
Rating: 5
Best experience we had on our California vacation!
Tue, Jul 2, 13   12:00 PM marniewood17 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Our family was excited to learn that Tuesdays were 1/2 price with this company on our vacation at the beginning of July 2013. It was a perfect excursion to take after a long day at Disneyland the day before. We had the amazing opportunity to have a large group of dolphins swim alongside the boat with us for a long time. That would have been enough to satisfy our land-locked family from New Mexico! However, the appearance of a majestic blue whale for about 4 surface visits while he was feeding was beyond imagination. The captain's description of these amazing creatures captivated and educated all of my family (my husband and I, our 17 year old son, and our 13 year old daughter). After we returned home, I heard my husband and each of my children going on and on about our "whale-watching trip"... Disneyland was mentioned briefly but THIS was definitely one of our most treasured memories from this vacation. You won't regret it!
Rating: 5
Highlight of our vacation!
Sun, Jun 30, 13   12:00 PM jmccollom Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We've been out with this crew twice. Both times were wonderful! On the last trip we saw hundreds of dolphins. Some were riding the bow and I literally got splashed from one dolphin's spray. Three years later my kids still love telling this story. Our most recent trip was very windy and choppy, but completely worth the rough ride as we saw a blue whale and her calf. The captain and crew were all so knowledgeable and friendly (particularly Steve was right on the bow with us and just as excited). We are planning to make this a yearly excursion.
Rating: 5
Best money spent in Southern California!
Tue, Jun 25, 13   2:00 PM tammytwostep Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Though we are local, we had family in from Upstate New York. The group ranged in age from 10 to 70. The eldest was in a wheelchair. Every person had a blast and didn't stop talking about it for the rest of the trip. The crew helped my aunt in the wheelchair down and up the ramps. My uncle didn't have to do a thing. They are all super nice and enthusiastic. We all had a great time!
Rating: 4
Nice trip
Tue, Jun 18, 13   12:00 PM Chuckhaw Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We took the 1/2 price whale watching tour from Dana Point. While we didn't any whales, we did see a large pod of dolphins. The captain was very knowledgeable of the local marine life and educated the passengers about dolphins. We took advantage of the galley. It was a good trip.
Rating: 5
Best experiance ever
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Jun 16, 13   2:00 PM Lankeysue Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
I have been on several whale watching trips this was by far the best ever!
Rating: 1
Not value for money
Sat, Jun 15, 13   6:30 AM GILLIAMELS Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Not value for money, Captain suppose to do rotation to give everybody the same time at the back of the boat where they are chumming, and where all the deckhands focus he decided to let the first group stay an extra hour due to being early! We paid the same price ticket. The captain stayed in one spot the whole 5 hours where we continuously has to struggle with kelp in the way, and 1 hour before the time was over he said it is now to late to move and just stayed put.
Rating: 5
Great time with an excellent crew
Fri, Jun 14, 13   10:00 AM skipstein Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My 12 year old son and I had a great time on the 1/2 day trip. As we are both beginners , the crew helps us with all the tasks and shows what to do. The galley provided good food and the cabin and top deck seating was comfortable and with a good view. The other people on the boat were all friendly and we all worked as a team. Even though we did not catch any fish we had a great time. I not only would recommend this outfit, but will go out on another 1/2 day trip next time we are at Doheny State Beach and Dana Wharf.
Rating: 4
Very Enjoyable
Wed, Jun 12, 13   2:00 PM MICAMP Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The boat was clean and nice. The boat driver was very knowledgeable. The website wasn't clear that it was in between whale seasons. They did however give our tickets back for another trip because we didn't see any whales or dolphins. I would recommend this company.