Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,310 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 188 419 15 = 404 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 344 765 19 = 746 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 599 1,344 34 = 1,310 96% 4.5
All 4,611 9,587 341 = 9,246 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 638 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 329 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 202 90% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 125 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 16 100% 4.5
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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
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: 5
Very good experience
Tue, Jul 12, 11   5:00 PM hakusho Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Had a good time, even we did not see the whale, the Dolphin really made this trip. well go again for sure. will recommend to friends
Rating: 5
Worth every penny and then some!
Tue, Jul 12, 11   5:00 PM LisaMalmquis Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We looked at numerous tour options and by luck found the Tuesday night 1/2 price option. We went and although we did not see any whales, we did see bottlenose and common dolphins and had a delightful boat ride. Would attend again in a heartbeat.
Rating: 4
Whale Watching
Tue, Jul 12, 11   5:00 PM MauriceR Male 70+ Combination Family With Children
My wife and I and our 2 granddaughters went on the whale watching cruise this week. We took advantage of the half price Tuesday evening cruise. The weather was perfect, sunny, smooth, and the boat was very clean and comfortable. Thought we did not see a whale, we were most fortunate to see a school of bottlenosed Dolphins. The captain explained that this was a rare sight, as most Dolphins around Dana Point are know as common Dolphins. They are smaller the the bottlenose. It was very exciting to see all those huge bottlenosed Dolphins swimming along the boat with us, Many of them had baby dolpins with them. We highly recommend this whale watching excursion.
Rating: 5
Great cruise with great company
Tue, Jul 12, 11   5:00 PM llwalters Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Even though the boat was fully booked it seemed like everyone had space to move. The crew was good to point out animals to see and give as much detail as possible. The crew was super friendly and helpful. The boat was clean and worked well. Could not have asked for a better experience.
Rating: 5
Tue, Jul 12, 11   5:00 PM lorihuhn Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a very nice time. We saw many dolphins. I wish we could have seen a blue whale that would have been amazing..
Rating: 5
We've gone on this excursion on multiple occasions
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jul 12, 11   2:00 PM SAMHARLEY Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Always worth the trip. 1/2 price Tues is a great deal.
Rating: 5
great two hours on the water
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jul 12, 11   10:00 AM evansvstar Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We saw three differant species. Common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin and blue whale.
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
Great Fun!
Mon, Jul 11, 11   5:30 PM pjstokman Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
My wife and I totally enjoyed the trip. The captain and crew were professional and very helpful. While the bite was off, the crew worked hard to try to find the fish and we had a great time anyway. I would highly recommend this trip. It is an excellent value for the money.
Rating: 5
Will go again!
Mon, Jul 11, 11   2:00 PM HazelPhillip Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The crew tried really hard for the passengers to locate whales to watch, by tracking and anticipating them as they dived and resurfaced. The whales were a little harder to find than the dolphins that swam close by the boat, but the crew was successful and we had an great experience.
Rating: 4
Getting Children Hooked
Sun, Jul 10, 11   12:45 PM stone_hinge Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
For this month’s Father Daughter day, my princess asked to go fishing in the ocean. I have gone out of Dana Warf many times so naturally I went to their website to get more information. They had an offer that was perfect for us. She was free and her pole rental was free. There was a clinic before the trip for the kids to show them how to tie on their hooks and how to properly bait the hook. She was ready to go. Since this was her first trip into the ocean I did not have a lot of expectations for a good time. Sea sickness, boredom and disinterest were my concerns. She loved the boat ride comparing it to a ride. As far as the other two concerns that was a non-issue almost from the first cast. Fishing was horrible because of the sudden water temperature drop but she didn’t care. She landed two fish and has her own “One that got away” story. She was very upset when the captain told us to pull in our lines because we had to head back. The crew was even impressed that she liked getting her own bait since a majority of the other kids (mostly boys) wouldn’t. It was a great bonding day which was the true goal. She is already planning our next fishing trip. By the way she read that you have sleep over trips. I wonder how her Hello Kitty sleeping bag will fit in with the rest of the fishermen’s gear. We will have to see….. Thanks for a great day filled with memories. R. Stone Alta Loma, CA
Rating: 4
Great Excursion
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Jul 9, 11   5:00 PM bethmarin Female 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
We went on the evening cruise between 5 and 7 PM - there had been whale sitings reported throughout the day, so we were taken out to an area where they had been feeding. We followed the activity of one whale for much of our trip until the whale's surfacings became too erratic. Noting that it was most the likely the end of a feeding cycle for "our whale", the captain quickly changed course to view another whale in the area. The crew was helpful and provided informative commentary about the whales and their feeding and migration patterns. And the sightings were breathtaking and worth the wait. We enjoyed our trip and would recommend it to anyone who is willing to be flexible, as there is no guarantee that you will get to see the whales during your trip.
Rating: 5
Amazing Anniversary Trip!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Jul 9, 11   5:00 PM sukabear Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband and I took this cruise for our 3rd wedding anniversary. It was absolutely amazing! I know a lot of it is circumstancial, but we saw 2 blue whales on our trip!!!!! One of them was almost right next to boat. One of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. The crew was also very nice and informative and we learned a lot about the whales. It was also nice that the crew was very strict about some small children that were being loud and obnoxious. They quieted them down so everyone else could enjoy the trip. It was much appreciated :)
Rating: 5
Never a disappointing experience!
Sat, Jul 9, 11   2:00 PM sjtracey Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We've been out whale watching with Dana Wharf many times, and have never been disappointed. Even on cruises when we haven't seen any whales, the crew does its very best to make it an enjoyable trip, and will seek out (enormous!) pods of dolphin or other sea life to share with the visitors. On our most recent trip this weekend, though, we saw more blue whales than we could keep track of. Through the entire two hours, Captain Larry shared all kinds of interesting facts and information about them as well. It was a trip that we'll never forget!