Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,176 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 203 462 10 = 452 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 295 671 13 = 658 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 522 1,208 32 = 1,176 96% 4.6
All 4,341 8,993 323 = 8,670 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 331 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
nice time, even with funky weather
Thu, Dec 30, 10   10:00 AM erfkadoodlz Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
went as a family, my mom just went along for the ride. we had a nice time together and the crew was helpful and friendly. however, it started getting really windy so we headed back early. they gave us each $15 off our next trip to make up for the trip getting cut short, so that was really nice. next time will choose a better day (weather-wise) to go.
Rating: 4
Thu, Dec 30, 10   10:00 AM DonnaAhlers Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It would have been preferable if there were places to sit. It was hard for us to stand for 5 hours.
Rating: 5
A great couple of hours out at sea.
Tue, Dec 28, 10   2:00 PM kathleenayr Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Although we didn't spot any whales, the crew made sure that we spent plenty of time with the dolphins. A great deal on half price Tuesday. Captain pushed/advertised his DVD a bit too much though. Definately worth the 2 hours time and money spent for this trip :)
Rating: 5
Fabulous trip!!
Tue, Dec 28, 10   12:00 PM jstaley4 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We were staying at a beach house in Oceanside for the holidays and decided to take the Whale and Dolphin Watching trip on the Half-price Tuesday. We have been to Dana Point several times over the years and have always wanted to participate in this activity. It was a great activity for all of our family. We had 10 people in our party ranging from 7 to 64 in age. The kids loved seeing all the dolphins!!! We did not see any whales but lots of rare dolphins!!! Thanks for making this a memorable vacation!!!
Rating: 4
Fantastic December afternoon
Tue, Dec 28, 10   12:00 PM yaodavis Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We took the 12 p.m. ride and we were lucky to have a beautiful sunny day in December. The captain was friendly and helpful as were the staff. Our group didn't see any whales but we did see a large pod of dolphins that jumped and swam with us for 20 minutes or more. It was a great ride for a great price!
Rating: 5
Awesome Experience!
Tue, Dec 28, 10   12:00 PM Etrnlife Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
We had a fabulous time on our whale watching trip! Although we didn't see whales on our particular trip, Captain Jack did a great job of navigating us to a large group of offshore Bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins were amazing to watch! They weren't the smaller coastal dolphins we usually see closer to shore, but rather a much darker and larger species. We were told it was a rare treat to see these animals, but because of the recent rains there was a lot of plankton in the water for them to eat and so there they were! Captain Jack gave us a lot of interesting facts and information about the sea life (and dolphins) throughout the trip, and it was obvious he and the crew were determined to make it a memorable and worthwhile experience for all of us. They even sped the boat up for a bit just so the dolphins would start breaching (jumping high out of the water), and we were able to capture video footage of a few of them doing just that near us. Even if we hadn't seen any of the animals, just being out on the ocean is worth the price! Apart from the experience itself, the boat is very spacious and clean with separate men/women bathrooms conveniently accessible from the outside deck (so you don't have to go inside the boat). The boat is large and appeared to accommodate everyone with a good view of the water. The trip was very well organized and executed. Overall, we had an amazing time and would highly recommend this excursion to everyone we know!
Rating: 5
Very interesting and fun
Tue, Dec 28, 10   10:00 AM toddhavens Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The boat ride was nice with many dolphin (1000's, literally), sea lions and 3 grey whales.
Rating: 5
Marvelous Experience
Tue, Dec 28, 10   10:00 AM VandeVoort Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We found this activity on the web and decided to give it a try. We loved it from beginning to end!!! It was one of the most enjoyable experiences we have had as a extended family. It's not easy to find mutually enjoyable time for 14 people between the ages of 5 years to 65 years. This was it. The crew was kind and informative. The boat clean and comfortable. The price was fabulous. We will do it agin when we are in town.
Rating: 4
Well-led, informative, whale-watching
Tue, Dec 28, 10   10:00 AM stevenoxley Male 20-29 Local Family With Children
My family (my sister, brother-in-law and their kids, my brother, and my mom and dad) all enjoyed this great whale-watching expedition. We got to see a bunch of dolphins and a couple of gray whales. The tour guide was very entertaining and informative.
Rating: 5
Fun experience!
Tue, Dec 28, 10   10:00 AM sentprak5 Male 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
We were lucky in spotting three gray whales and a pod of thousand dolphins. The captain was very knowledgeable and he took every possible effort to make sure we experienced a fun whale watching trip. The trip was totally awesome and my family enjoyed it. We are planning to come back for the summer season!
Rating: 5
Enjoyable whale and dolphin watching experience
Tue, Dec 28, 10   10:00 AM satishrao Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We took the 10 AM trip on a good weather day. The crew was very prompt in boarding and departing. They were very polite and friendly. They also seemed very experienced and knowledgeable, and gave us a lot of tidbits of information. We were lucky enough to spot 3 gray whales that day. We also saw hundreds of dolphins which came right next to the boat. Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend this trip
Rating: 5
Fri, Dec 24, 10   10:00 AM Balekjia Male Unspecified Local Family With Children
Crew was awesome, we had a great time!The trip was after the storm, we didn't catch anything.I'm definitley coming back!!!!!
Rating: 4
A Very Fun Trip but Potentially Disappointing
Thu, Dec 23, 10   12:00 PM trmmhwrd Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Obviously, when a person chooses to go out on the vast ocean and look for whales, there is a very good chance they won't find anything. We almost didn't. However, near the end of our tour, our tour boat discovered a pod of nearly a thousand dolphins. Even for someone like me who gets very seasick - the opportunity to be that close to a vast group of marine mammals was absolutely breath-taking and worth the misery. Despite the risks, Dana Wharf Sportsfishing and Whale Watching is a top-rate business. We changed our tour due to rain and they made it a painless transition. Their desire to please the customer and provide them with a memorable experience is evident in the way their employees treat their clients. It was a wonderful experience. If we had gone the entire tour without seeing something, we would have had an opportunity to reschedule. However, rescheduling isn't always an option for people. So before you spend the money, take into consideration the amount you are spending and your tolerance for the gamble. We bought our tickets on a half-price Tuesday tour which made the gamble a worh while risk to us.
Rating: 4
Made the best of a day of rough water.
Thu, Dec 23, 10   12:00 PM lambfam8 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We were originally scheduled to do our tour on Tuesday, when it was pouring sheets of rain, but rescheduled it for Thursday, the first clear day in a week. Unfortunately, the ocean still had lots of waves, and everyone's stomachs were pretty queasy. Two younger members of our party "lost their lunches." Of course, the crew was doing its best to make it a good ride, but it seemed their efforts were thwarted. We couldn't find the grey whale we were seeking. In the end, they were able to redeem the trip by spotting a large pod of common dolphins. By then, all of us were feeling better physically, too, and it was a delight to see hundreds of dolphins swimming right along with the boat. All's well that ends well!
Rating: 3
Didn't catch a thing
Thu, Dec 23, 10   10:00 AM gkolodenker Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
Too bad they can't guarantee catching something.