Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,339 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 95 208 9 = 199 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 285 623 21 = 602 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 620 1,376 37 = 1,339 96% 4.5
All 4,682 9,737 347 = 9,390 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 727 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 320 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 198 89% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Worth the money and time
Sun, Jul 17, 11   2:00 PM ktdone Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I was nervous going on the cruise in July when the whales aren't migrating, but we still saw 4 different whales several times and that was plenty to make me happy. We saw dolphins and seals too. Well worth the money, and if you have the time I would recommend going on the longer tour. The two hour tour went by really fast, but was still worth the trip down to Dana Point.
Rating: 4
MY SON HAD FUN ANC CAUGHT HIS FIRST BARRACUDA
Sun, Jul 17, 11   12:45 PM TomEhinger23 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
WE HAD A GOOD TIME. WISH WE CAUGHT MORE FISH. THE DECKHANDS WERE A GREAT HELP. THE ONLY NEGATIVE THING I CAN SAY IS THE TRIP ENDED EARLY. WE LEFT THE DOCK AT 12;45 PM AND BACK AT THE DOCK AT 5;00 PM. I THOUGHT THE TRIP WAS FROM 12;30 TO 5;45 PM. OTHERWISE IT WAS A FUN EXPERIENCE FOR MY SON. WE WILL PROBABLY GO AGAIN.
Rating: 5
Enjoyable cruise
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Jul 16, 11   5:00 PM phxthorne Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Saw many whales and the cruise is well worth your time.
Rating: 5
Fantastic Ocean Adventure
Sat, Jul 16, 11   12:00 PM koffeekathy Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
What an amazing two hours. Nothing disappointing about it whatsoever. And Captain Larry is the best-knowledgeable, friendly, charismatic, and nice looking to boot!
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
Amazing experience!
Thu, Jul 14, 11   2:00 PM jmbanares Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I took my boyfriend out on this trip for his birthday. I've never been on a small boat before. I didn't know I would get so sea sick. However, even though I was dizzy for most of the trip, I don't blame it on the boat or the workers. Even though my head hurt for most of it, this trip was an awesome experience! Many of the reviews I read about this cruise said that they didn't see any whales. But we saw two huge blue whales! We saw a mom and a baby whale swimming next to each other! We even saw one of the whales FLUKE! We also saw a BUNCH of common dolphins! They played with our boat and swam with us. We even saw a tiny, baby dolphin! Seeing the magnificence of God's aquatic creations made the entire trip worth it, even though I got sick! There were only a handful of people on the boat, so it was very comfortable and friendly! I would recommend this to everyone. I would love to go on a trip like this again, but hopefully, I'll find a way to not get sick. :P
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
great day
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Wed, Jul 13, 11   5:00 PM TyrusConner Male Unspecified Local Couple on a Date
The whole day was amazing, a good size boat with little rocking with the waves. We spotted a Fin back whale with in the first two minutes, and group of dolphins that played very close to the close for a good amount of time and made for some great pictures.
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.