Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,302 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 141 308 7 = 301 98% 4.5
Last 6 months 349 779 17 = 762 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 585 1,336 34 = 1,302 97% 4.6
All 4,486 9,307 330 = 8,977 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 490 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 344 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 243 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 194 88% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 31 100% 4.7
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: 4
Beautiful Views, Excellent Crew
Thu, Mar 10, 11   12:00 PM Alice_Martin Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
While we were disappointed that there had been no whale sightings that day, we were impressed with the effort the crew made to give us a delightful and entertaining ride. They scanned the waters and contacted other boats to locate a pod of dolphins. They were such fun to watch playing in the water. Our boat paused in the area to give us excellent photo-opts. The children loved seeing the baby dolphin. As a grandma, I loved the views of the coastline. It was a cool day but the sunshine made it perfect. Thank you for a wonderful time!
Rating: 5
Fantastic way to spend a few hours!
Thu, Mar 10, 11   12:00 PM dmsphotos1 Female 50-59 Local Unspecified
I do this trip often and I am never disappointed! The boats are spacious and comfortable, the guys know more than a thing or two about sea life and they are always kind, helpful and courteous. Just an experience of a lifetime!
Rating: 2
Love deep sea fishing out away from the bank
Thu, Mar 10, 11   10:00 AM Bergener Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We stopped to get live bait and didn't go more than a 1/4 mile from shore. didn't use the live bait and didn't catch anything but bass. overall it was ok, but if bass was the only thing being caught we should have been told before going out to fish. The people on the boat were great and very friendly.
Rating: 5
No Whale Sighting But Excursion Sensational!
Wed, Mar 9, 11   12:00 PM judithtaylor Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The crew was most accommodating and knowledgeable. The excursion was educational with a lot of history and information provided.. While we did not see a whale, we saw several sea lions and hundreds of dolphin. The weather was picture perfect, and the passengers were friendly. I bought a DVD filmed by one of the crew that showed many whales, so I feel fulfilled.
Rating: 2
Not reccomended should have gone to Long Beach
Wed, Mar 9, 11   12:00 PM JanCortez Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
After having time to think about the trip I feel we were deceived. The whole time we were in the boat we never really left the local port, in fact we could see Dana Harbor the whole time. Seeing the Dolphins was a nice sight to see, but if the captain had taken us further out the chances of seeing a whale would have been greater. Seeing as the next trip was in 2 hours, I feel what happened was a standard practice of the excursion. Looking at the paper the next morning Long Beach sighted a whole pod of whales. Now that's whale watching. I don't like to say negative comments, but it was a waste of our money as we can see Dolphins any day by mearly walking the beach.
Rating: 5
RE: What a Day!
Wed, Mar 9, 11   12:00 PM WayneBlauvel Male 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
My Second Great Adventure with Dana Wharf whale watching this season. My Out of Town guests didn't know what to expect but will never forget the boat surrounded by Dolpins leaping from every direction to feed on huge school of bait fish and Pelicans dive bombing by the hundreds... Better than any National Geographic special... and just a couple minutes out of the Harbor in deal calm seas! Crew was terrific explaining what was happening and enthusiam for the day as well... A great bargain for anyone visiting The OC ...
Rating: 5
Beautiful day, helpful crew, multiple sightings...
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 8, 11   12:00 PM stumpshot76 Male 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
This was the second Dana Wharf outing by family members in the past year, and we were again pleased by the service, scenery and pleasant and helpful crew. We will be back again..!!
Rating: 4
Great day trip for homeschoolers
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 8, 11   12:00 PM jciano Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
I recommend Dana Whatf Sportfishing/Whale Watching. Check in with e-tickets is easy. Boats are crew are great. We had perfect weather (Tue 3/8), saw 2 whales. No breach, only flukes, but a couple good pix, friendly folks on board mid-week and 1/2 price Tuesdays--would do it again.
Rating: 4
Something different to do
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 8, 11   12:00 PM AJOJO23 Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
It was a fun experience, kids liked it
Rating: 4
WHALE SEARCHING - NO WATCHING
Sun, Mar 6, 11   2:00 PM BRUCEBLINN Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
TRIP WAS FUN CREW WAS GREAT, SAW NO WHALES, GUESS WE WERE LATE NO DOLPHINS EITHER BUT IT WASN'T A WASTE, THEY GAVE US FREE TICKETS FOR SOME OTHER DATE. THE PREVIOUS TOUR (12PM TO 2PM) REPORTED SEEING 1000'S OF DOLPHINS BUT NO WHALES OUR TOUR (2PM TO 4PM) SAW NO WHALES OR DOLPHINS SO THEY GAVE EVERYONE FOREVER RAIN CHECKS THAT CAN BE USED WHENEVER. THE TRIP WAS STILL WORTHWHILE JUST GETTING OUT ON THE OCEAN AND SEEING THE COASTLINE FROM A DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVE. SEEING NO WHALES WASN'T THE CREWS FAULT, THEY HAD BINOCCULARS AIMED IN ALL DIRECTIONS. WASN'T THE WHALES FAULT EITHER, THEY JUST WERN'T AROUND AT THAT TIME. REMEMBER THE OCEAN IS HUGE, AND COMPARED TO IT THE WHALES AREN'T THAT BIG, NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK KIND OF THING. OVERALL IT WAS A FUN WAY TO SPEND MY BIRTHDAY, BESIDES- THEY HAD A FULL BAR ONBOARD AND WITH THE ROCKING OF THE BOAT NO ONE KNEW WHO HAD TO MUCH TO DRINK AS EVERYONE INCLUDING THE KIDS WERE FAILING THE "WALKING A STRAIGHT LINE TEST" - HILIARIOUS! I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO REDEEMING OUR "SEE NO WHALE OR DOLPHIN GET A FREE TRIP" TICKET. (WHICH IS A MORE THAN A FAIR POLICY CONSIDERING GAS PRICES THESE DAYS AND THE COST TO RUN THAT BOAT - THE (" DANA PRIDE"). ALSO DANA WHARF IS A GREAT PLACE TO SPEND A FEW HOURS ON EITHER END OF THE TRIP. SO I SAY GO FOR IT.
Rating: 2
sort of sucks
Sun, Mar 6, 11   12:45 PM yujuiting Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
sort of sucks, period. It was my Japanese friend's first sportfishing trip. Only 5 SMALL fish were caught by 50 people. She said "I will never go fishing again" after that. Now you can imagine how awful the trip was. Don't waste your money.
Rating: 4
great dolphins...no whales
Sun, Mar 6, 11   11:30 AM mcbrady11 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Pod of dolphins was fantastic. Unfortunately no whales which I know cannot be guaranteed. However to bill it as a whale watch leaves the customer a little disappointed when non are viewed. Suggest...maybe 25% refund if no whales. Some offer free ticket to see them on another trip but seeing the dolphins was generally worth the trip and 25% is a nice gesture.
Rating: 4
Dolphins
Sun, Mar 6, 11   11:00 AM danawhale Female 40-49 Unspecified Unspecified
The tour was nice, we saw a HUGE pod of dolphins and were able to spend a lot of time watching them, however, we didn't see any whales. While we were disappointed, it wasn't the captain's fault. The whales are not just sitting in a certain spot waiting for us to come and see them, they are migrating and sometimes there just aren't any around. The captains were so nice and informative. They were very knowledgeable concerning the area and the wildlife in the area. We had a great time with the others on the tour and don't regret our purchase at all. The captain said the dolphin pod had approx 1000 dolphin in it. It was amazing to watch them "play" with us.
Rating: 5
had a great time.
Sun, Mar 6, 11   10:00 AM caraann13 Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
even thought we didn't see any whales, we stopped in an enormous pod of dolphins and hung out with them for a while. it was very cool. the captain and crew were very friendly and helpful and the boat was clean. we had our 2 year old and infant and were able to sit when we wanted and roam also.
Rating: 5
Amazing Dolphins, nice boat 100% fun!
Sun, Mar 6, 11   10:00 AM anthonynazza Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
What a great date it was, my wife and I had a BLAST! We highly recommend Dana Wharf Whale watching! The captain was VERY knowledgeable about the area and the marine life and seems to have extensive experience. I would LOVE to go again, and highly recommend this company and outing to anyone. The boat was very nice, comfortable, lots of room to sit and surprisingly quite a bit of room to move about so you're not stuck in one spot. We saw some elderly people on board with walkers, so it's handicapped friendly compared to some other smaller vessels. Food and drinks on board make things easy as well, but being able to bring our own snacks (per our diet) was a plus as well. I had no idea the CA coast was this thriving with interesting marine life outside of the norm! 100% loved it, will do again!