Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,347 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 99 222 7 = 215 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 291 637 18 = 619 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 620 1,381 34 = 1,347 97% 4.5
All 4,678 9,730 344 = 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 320 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 203 90% 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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great Fun
Mon, Jun 27, 11   2:00 PM cdvaughan Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The crew were as excited as we were at the whale sighting.
Rating: 5
Terrific Deep Sea Fishing Outfitter
Sun, Jun 26, 11   12:45 PM Qiqueen Unspecified 50-59 Local Family With Children
My teenaged son has been on several 1/2 day trips with this outfitter- he always has a great time. Each boat has a different captain and crew but all are very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. I highly recommend the Kids Club and Kids Fishing Camp in the summer, too.
Rating: 5
Excellent day in the sun!
Sun, Jun 26, 11   12:00 PM SherylAdams Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a great time fishing together as a family. The crew was very friendly and helpful. Always available to take fish off our lines and answer questions. We didn't catch a ton, but were able to a have one meal of various fish. It was a beautiful day and we saw lots of other wild life such as dolphin swimming right along side the boat! It was awesome! We will definitely do this again next time we're visiting.
Rating: 4
Nice boat trip
Sat, Jun 25, 11   6:00 PM Smendonca Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The trip was very nice, we saw a couple of dolphins, many sea lions and had a wonderful view of the immediate coast. I usually get seasick but found the boat to be reasonably stable even when we left the harbor. I also liked that with the online ticket receipt, the company provided useful tips for people not used to boats (what to bring, what not to bring etc.). The only less than positive aspect of the experience had to do with the exchange of the online receipt for tickets. The company's offices at the harbor are not clearly marked and we had no idea we had to exchange the print out of our online receipt for tickets. Fortunately, the people at the boat accepted our print out and did not make us go back to find the office.
Rating: 5
was my third visit
Sat, Jun 25, 11   5:30 PM shelleylala Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
i was kind of upset about my fish i caught and they lost my fish i wanted to take home and they were quite rude about it but oh well maybe ill try it again hopefully ill get treated a little kinder.
Rating: 3
Twilight 1/2 day fishing trip on the Clemente
Sat, Jun 25, 11   5:30 PM EDurand Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
The fishing was relatively slow, and the fish stopped biting once the sun went down, so there was a wasted hour and a half. The fishing was so slow that the boat actually came in about 35 minutes early. I highly suggest the morning fishing trip when the fish are actually feeding.
Rating: 4
it was fun, but no whales.
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Jun 25, 11   5:00 PM stephansen Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
The weather was great and the tour was nice, but my son really wanted to see whales. We saw lots of dolphins and they chased the boat and were jumping which was very neat, but no whales. We saw the sea lions for a brief min. They all sat on a marker and we pasted them on the way back to shore. I'm not sure if they would have given us a voucher for not seeing whales, but they didn't offer it up, and at the end we were kind of rushed off the boat. It was fun but you probably could find a cheaper dolphin tour
Rating: 5
Great family activity
Sat, Jun 25, 11   12:00 PM rabradford32 Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
My husband and I took our 6 year old daughter who had a blast. It was relaxing to be out on the water and the crew was quite personable! Look forward to our next time out.
Rating: 2
Elbow to elbow
Sat, Jun 25, 11   10:00 AM Maryblodgett Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I would not recommend taking this trip unless you don't mind trying to fish with 95 other people with two staff members to help. I am an accomplished fisherman and I didn't pull in one fish, not even a poisonous one! With 5 of us who fish all summer long you would have thought that we would have caught more than one very small keeper. You have to change your bait every 2-3 minutes and you have to shimmey past all the other people who are standing elbow to elbow to get to the bait. Most fish caught were not keepers and the biggest one I could have easily caught in Nebraska in one of our beautiful lakes. Most definitely a different species but still. The restrooms are not convenient since they are on the side of the boat where everyone is standing elbow to elbow trying to fish. The limited staff that was available were OUTSTANDING. Hats off to Tim, Chris, Tom the Captain and Jack in the galley for doing their best! The breakfast burritos are fantastic! and the beers were cold.
Rating: 4
Fri, Jun 24, 11   11:00 AM Alexann15 Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
I have been on the whale watching adventure twice. We enjoyed the experience. Certainly wished one could be guaranteed to see a whale on a whale watching trip. It would be nice to have spotters pre-locate whales and or be offered a follow-up trip for a chance to see the whales on another day if you are not lucky enough to see one. The first trip we were on, we say the gray whale and the talk was all about seeing the Blue Whale. We re-booked in June hoping to see what all the talk was about and did not see the great blue whale. Maybe next time. We will try again.
Rating: 5
slow bite but great day
Fri, Jun 24, 11   6:30 AM joeloan45 Male 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
probably should have waited another week or two so water would get a few degrees warmer. but the captain and crew were very helpful and deligent in trying to get the right spot. unlike some boats that only try 1 or 2 spots, we tried several which you must do to find that right temperture level for a good bite. bait was very lively and food was very good. i plan on going in 2 or 3 weeks on same boat. by the way this was my first time at dana point. i usually fish closer to home but this was well worth the extra drive. sincerely, dennis mukai
Rating: 2
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 21, 11   2:00 PM BSCCPA Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Call me spoiled but I have been out on another Whale Watch from Dana Point several times but the 1/2 price offer seemed a bargain and so I signed up. No comparison!! I went out with the other company Friday paid full price and had a wonderful time. Sorry, but I will not be returning as I felt they were more concerned with providing the minimum than providing a fun outting.
Rating: 4
One Great Day on the Water!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 21, 11   12:00 PM jimmyholden Male 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
Excellent experience.We did not see any whales on this trip. We found a pod of several hundred dolphins and it was fantanstic! We spent a good hour with the dolphins as they do like to play by the boat. We also a rare sun fish near the surface. This was worth everything and was a wonderful day on the water. Boat and crew were wonderful.
Rating: 5
Have a great day at sea!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 21, 11   12:00 PM ChrisSoares Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
This was my 2nd whale watching trip with Dana Sportfishing, and for the 2nd time I was not disappointed. We didn't see any whales this time (on my 1st trip we saw a humpback whale - amazing!) but we saw an enormous sunfish & a large pod of hundreds of dolphins. The Dana Sportfishing crew definitely knows how to find ocean life for passengers to enjoy. The catamaran was clean & not crowded with plenty of sitting & viewing room for all on board. I completely recommend this trip & will definitely be going again myself.
Rating: 5
Spectacular 2 hours !!!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 21, 11   12:00 PM LisaJ22 Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
We spent an hour in the center of a pod of 300 or so Common Dolphins and let me tell you there was nothing "Common" about the experience. What a spectacular and refreshing 2 hours! I'm considering doing this at least once a month :)