Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,322 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 132 277 14 = 263 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 300 655 18 = 637 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 611 1,356 34 = 1,322 97% 4.5
All 4,659 9,684 344 = 9,340 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 697 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 316 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 204 90% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 11 100% 4.6
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 Reviewer Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
My trip was a once in a lifetime
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 3, 12   12:00 PM Trishrg Female 40-49 Local Other
I was blessed enough to observe one gray whale on my trip, on 1/3/12 After we viewed the gray fro a while, we went to see what else we might find, and I was blessed, fortunate enough to be on the Dana Pride noon ride, and we found the pod of 10 orcas. This was my first trip since a kid on a field trip in 3rd grade. Only downside, was the dude "narrating" the trip never stopped. So for essentially 2 hours, some dude on a loud PA system, was just yackin, and yackin, and..... it was really a downer. Otherwise would have been a 5-star trip.
Rating: 4
Tues' trip
Tue, Jun 4, 13   12:00 PM TRISHMO Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Glad we got to see a whale and some common dolphins. Would have been nice to stay longer as it seemed we traveled quite a while and saw nothing and when we did, we had to return to dock.
Rating: 5
Beautiful experience!
Fri, Apr 17, 09   12:00 PM trishkeenan Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We really had a great time! The ocean was calm and the sky was blue. Since we only got to see just a few dolphins, seal and otters (and unfortunately no whales), the crew extended their 'whale check' so all of us received a return trip..... we would be back regardless. The crew was great (and provided a lot of interesting fish facts to the guests) .... the boat was pristine (even the bathrooms). Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!
Rating: 5
We had a great time, and can't wait to do again!
Sat, Mar 8, 08   9:00 AM trishasloat Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
Our experience overall was excellent, buying and printing tickets online was painless.....One arrived check in only took a couple of minutes The event itself was amazing, we loved every second of it.....It just so happen to be my boyfriends birthday, he was very impressed with the experience. The best example I have is, after our day was over my boyfriend who isn't amazed by the small things as myself, said that it was a once in life time experience and was very thankful for the birthday surprise. Therefore I would like to thank everyone involved in making his day a special one, it's a birthday he'll never forget! Thank you, Trish Riverside, CA
Rating: 3
Personally not terribly exciting. Disappointing
Tue, Feb 10, 09   12:00 PM trish320 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
There is very little seating for those that need it. be prepared to standOur 74 old mother with her freshly healed broken foot looked forward to this adventure.. at this point probably a once in a lifetime thing for her...We went after a few days of rain and wind,The swells were very high, and nowhere for her to sit on the main deck , as there are no seats there( all the seats were taken on the upper deck) sitting down below caused motion sickness within minutes so she had to stand and hold her ground and balance with her feet. she was very sore afterward. the last 15 min as we were heading in we saw 2 whales...quite a ways away. that was it. you had to look hard. they surfaced twice and were gone. the next day we went fishing and we saw dolphins swimming with our boat and sea lions, but mom wasn't with for that trip. personally disappointed on behalf of my mom.I'm glad we took advantage of the 1/2 price Tuesday The crew were looking.. but if they are not to be seen not much they can do about it.They seemed knowledgable and were very pleasant. Everything was very easy. from ordering tickets, directions and getting tickets at the counter in the shop.Parking was free and there was plenty of it
Rating: 5
Amazing Tour!
Sun, Feb 14, 10   4:00 PM treymix Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
These captains definitely know what they're talking about, and know exactly how to find the best places to watch. After stalking some Fin Whales for about an hour around an erratic course, we finally got ahead of them, and they surfaced right next to the boat! I will definitely tour with Dana Wharf again. And anyone who doesn't is definitely missing out.
Rating: 1
Dolphin Watching
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Tue, Aug 18, 09   5:30 PM trevor123 Male 20-29 Local Group of Friends
This whale watching trip short changes to the max. They say if you dont see anything you will get another ticket to go out another time, however if you see ONE dolphin and nothing else, they will not refund you. We saw some dolphins and I guess that was better than not seeing anything at all however my group was very disappointed in the experience overall and will not use this company ever again. I would not reccommend unless you want to pay for a 2 1/2 hour standing boat ride only to see nothing. In my book I would give it half of a star out of ten.
Rating: 4
Great time, not guaranteed, but will refund
Sat, May 24  5:00 PM travisleanna Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The first time we went on the Dana Pride to see dolphins/whales was almost a dud - we only saw three or four dolphins at the end. HOWEVER, they were kind enough to give us our tickets back so we could come to another show. We went the next evening on the smaller boat (not the Dana Pride). We went the opposite direction of the Dana Pride and ended up seeing a blue whale - the largest known animal alive on the planet. It was a BEAUTIFUL experience, and I was in awe of the opportunity to see such an incredible animal in its natural habitat. We saw a few dolphins leaping and several sea lions, including some baby sea pups with their mom :) A member of our group went a different time and had a completely different experience - hundreds and hundreds of dolphins leaping out of the water and close to the boat! From my experience, each time spent dolphin/whale watching is unique because the animals are in the wild, not trained to perform like puppets. To me, that is more precious than any "Sea World" show.
Rating: 5
Fantastic! Great orientation breakfast with Todd
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Sun, Mar 10, 13   11:30 AM Travelpals Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
I am a travel agent in BC Canada and we booked a tour plus orientation breakfast with Captain Todd. Could have sat and listened to him all day but a boat was calling our name! Great weather, and fantastic time out on the water. Saw whales and dolphins and spectacular coastal scenery. Really enjoyed it and for the price of $45 pp this is well worth it. Would do it again in a heartbeat. I will be recommending this area to clients who plan a trip in Southern California as it's definitely something they can do while enjoying a Disneyland vacation. I plan to connect with Todd and build a working relationship with Dana Wharf with the hopes of perhaps a group tour at some time. Tiffany in the office was a great help with giving directions and information when I called with questions before the tour. Thanks Tiffany! Look forward to doing another tour on another visit to this beautiful area.
Rating: 5
Best Whale Watching tour ever!
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Thu, Oct 27, 11   12:00 PM Trathjen Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw 2 blue whales, multiple fin whales, 2 humpback whales, and 2 huge pods of dolphins... Couldn't have been better!
Rating: 4
Great date event
Sat, May 30, 09   12:00 PM tranfour2000 Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
The captain and crew were very friendly and helpful with our fishing lines whenever we caught a fish or the lines got tangled. The food on board was great as well. If you take a date she has no where to go for 5 hours...she's stuck on the boat. :) J/k...it was a fun trip for us.
Rating: 4
Dont be turned off by the rude girl in the office
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Sun, Jun 17, 12   2:00 PM TRadek Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We almost didnt book the tour because of the rude woman in the office that we talked to in person when we stopped by to find out about the tour. But instead, did not book tour then, cause she was so short with us and made us feel like "who cares if you book with us or not, but make a decision, cause I have better things to do than talk to you tourists", We live in a VERY touristy area in the rocky mountains, so I know how employees and "owners" can be, and how it doesnt always mean you will be treated badly on your tour just because the person you book it through is rude..so instead, I went back to our condo, looked on line and booked it, being optimistic, and we were SO glad! We went for the tour, and the crew was great, we had a great time, and even though we did not spot whales, it was still a blast, we saw LOTS of dolphins, the crew had lots of great knowledge, we got out on the ocean, and when we got off the boat they gave us a coupon to come free another time, being true to their word that if you dont spot whales you can go free again! Impressed They stood behind their guarantee to see whales! We went the next day, had JUST as great a time, and got to see some whales! we enjoyed the cataraman boat more than the other boat (we did one one day, and the other the next), it just seemed smoother. But either was great and I would do it again. My only suggestion, book online, avoid the office lady so you wont be turned off by the office lady experience, and have a great time! Also, dont book at the end of your trip in case you get to go out again for free!! Cudos to the crew for a job well done, and prayers for the others who have to work in the office with her, i hope you are paid well!!
Rating: 5
Fantastic!
Tue, Apr 1, 08   10:00 AM TracyUnger Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
Crew was great. Saw several whale flukes. Saw Gray whale mom and calf along with several schools of playful bottlenose dolphins. One dolphin even performed a great flip out of the water! Learned what a "footprint" was and will continue to look for that.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching was wonderful
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Sep 1, 12   12:00 PM tracykl94 Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We lucked out and seen alot of whales and on out tour date and had fun.
Rating: 4
Fun and exciting!
Sun, Jan 20, 13   12:00 PM TraceyKane Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
The cost for the trip is in line with other whale watching trips I've experienced. We saw two gray whales and were able to follow them for about 30 minutes. We also saw a group of sea lions on one of the buoys a short distance from the harbor. We did not see any dolphins on this trip. The narrator was very informative not only about the gray whales we saw, but also about Dana Point in general. Overall, the ride, by itself, was amazing! I highly recommend the Dana Warf Whale Watching trip.