Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,179 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 205 465 10 = 455 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 297 674 13 = 661 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 524 1,211 32 = 1,179 96% 4.6
All 4,343 8,996 323 = 8,673 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season 359 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale Watch 334 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 289 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 153 85% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 40 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 4 100% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
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
Joyful and eventful day!
Tue, Feb 1, 11   2:00 PM Janicewiest Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We were so lucky to go out for the day with such a hospitable boat crew and captain. Not only to us as passengers, but more importantly to the sea life that was presented before us. Such respect for our wildlife! We were very lucky to watch a gray whale breach 3 times and fluke a good handful of times. The commom dolphin mega pod was spectacular as well. A day we won't forget. Thank you!
Rating: 5
best kind of learning for a kid -- and a blast
Sun, Jan 30, 11   12:45 PM jastern949 Male 40-49 Local Other
this is a fun trip. and even tho' we caught no fish that day, and it rained miserably, we still had a blast. it was really good to go on sunday for the 12:30 trip where they expect and accomodate children and beginners. also, it was so obviously healthy for my kid to get out of the world of memorization (school, tutoring) and obligations (do your homework, eat your veggies) etc, and simply into a world of authentic, natural learning -- experiential learning -- just BEING in it.. learning to DO. such as catch anchovies from underneath, set them on a hook, how to dress for inclement weather, what to bring for food, how to stay balanced on a boat that is rocking, how to interact with strangers (other people fishing and their kids), how to tell the difference between a whale, a sea lion and a dolphin (all of which he saw).. these things are priceless, and he can't get anything like this in school. frankly, i think school SHOULD be like this. i liked that the captain took the time to call the children down onto the boat in a separate group beforehand to give them a pre- orientation. this was neat. and his explanation was kind and patient. however, it could have been simplified. when he got into knots and how to wire the rod with weight and hook in several various configurations it was too complicated, and i think the children did not follow it (i know i didn't). but it didn't matter because his crew was helpful all day long with hooks, weights, bait, etc. In fact, i think his initial talk could simply have been limited to safety concerns and the basics of handling the rod/reel (which he did cover nicely). when it rained, i was surprised to see we were the only 2 who had brought raincoats/slickers. everyone else was soaked and miserable (tho' no one complained). my recommendation: consider checking the weather, and bringing raincoats if rain is a possibility, as well as a backpack with extra food, sunscreen, hats/sunglasses, aspirin, sandwiches and grub, and even a towel -- whatever you need for the day. you'll be glad you did. one more shout out to the great captain and crew -- they were a blast, quite professional, and very friendly and helpful. it was a great day, thanks guys.
Rating: 5
My kids LOVED the trip!
Sun, Jan 30, 11   10:00 AM tonicraw Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
While we didn't get lucky enough to see a whale, we did see more dolphins than we could count, along with quite a few baby dolphins. My kids, ages 9 & 5, were thrilled to see the animals in the wild and can't stop talking about the experience. The staff was friendly and informative. We will definitely return.
Rating: 4
Good times had by all.
Sat, Jan 29, 11   2:00 PM gett0029 Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
The boat ride was excellent. Not too choppy. I have been on smaller boats and felt nautilus. They did everything in their power to find whales, and provided us with info on the species. We saw two whales and some other sea life. Very fun, especially, for the reasonable price. Our group consisted of graduate students from across the country that are currently going to school in California. We found Dana Point to be a beautiful area worth visiting as well.
Rating: 5
Perfect Whale Watching Trip!
Sat, Jan 29, 11   12:00 PM NoelleWylie Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My family and I enjoyed a wonderful day out on the ocean seeing not only whales, but many, many dolphins. The crew was helpful and informative. This trip was truly a delight - I'd do it all over again! :-)
Rating: 5
Great experience
Sat, Jan 29, 11   12:00 PM nan1cy Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Great day. Spotted and followed 3 whales. Also saw a large amount of dolphins,
Rating: 5
Great Experience!
Sat, Jan 29, 11   12:00 PM amaznkellbo Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
This is something to share with your family. My kids (6 & 2 yrs) loved watching the dolphins leap in and out the water, see the whales & watching a sea lion swim around. This was our 2nd time to go on Dana Wharf's Tour and it's been great both times. A must see!
Rating: 5
The experience was amazing!
Sat, Jan 29, 11   12:00 PM CathyFoster Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
The weather was perfect ! It could have been cold and windy. The boat is roomy with plenty of seating if you get in line early. The Captain was informative. We followed 3 whales for about 45 minutes. The captain then took us to see a pod of Dolphins numbering 50+. This was the real show. The adults as well as the children were so excited. It was a great experience!
Rating: 5
Fri, Jan 28, 11   2:00 PM IRENEREVA Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Two seniors with a a ten year old boy...............It was a wonderfu experience. We experienced one whale and a pod of dolphins on a beautiful day. The crew were very informative. Couldn't ask for more.........maybe a $3 hot dog instead of $5. Thanks
Rating: 4
Wonderful tour
Tue, Jan 25, 11   2:00 PM JanetKolker Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We really enjoyed this tour. Although we did not see any whales, we saw lots of dolphins. The crew was friendly and informative. Would highly recommend this tour to others.
Rating: 4
Saw dolphins, but no whales
Tue, Jan 25, 11   2:00 PM smiles56 Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
We saw lots of dolphins, but no whales. however, at half price, and 78 degrees and sunny, what's not to like? We enjoyed it even if we didn't see whales!
Rating: 4
Good time, two dolphin pods, knowledgable staff
Tue, Jan 25, 11   2:00 PM dvarey Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We didn't see any whales but we did see two different dolphin pods (common and Rizzo). Staff were extremely knowledgable about marine life which made the trip very enjoyable and interesting. We ended up staying out nearly 30 minutes longer as we found the pod of Rizzo's later in the trip which was very much appreciated. Beautiful day to be out on the ocean!!!
Rating: 4
If only the whales cooperated
Tue, Jan 25, 11   2:00 PM seasick Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
All of the folks and equipment associated with trip were great. Only problem was no whales. Probably be back for another try.
Rating: 5
Fun and relaxing afternoon
Tue, Jan 25, 11   2:00 PM Smilinmary Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
The weather was perfect, the ocean was clear, the captain knowledgeable the only thing missing was a whale! Still, we did see some fantastic dolphins. Fun and relaxing.
Rating: 5
Great Trip!
Tue, Jan 25, 11   12:00 PM JANETMCNEILL Female 50-59 Local Individual
Although we go "skunked" we did enjoy a nice trip out on the water.