Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,347 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
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)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
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 Ascending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
We Had A GREAT Time!!
Sat, Aug 2, 08   6:30 AM MARCYFALLER Female Unspecified Local Group of Friends
I have been fishing out of Dana Point before; it was my friends (co-worker) first time fishing any where!! The boat was a bit crowded, but there is no way to control that, it turned out to be fine!!! The Captain and Crew were very helpful and took care of everyone on board, that's very important!! The day was really nice, however we didn't catch hardly a thing, I only caught a few fish and all were too small and had to be tossed back into the ocean. The jack pot winner was a very small fish!! I believe there were 55 people on board and all put their $5.00 in the jack pot, so the guy received a huge amount for a very small fish, nice going who ever that was!! Fishing for me is just Fun!! I have been fishing out of other docks and some places the Captain and crew have not been very friendly I do love being out at sea and just the whole idea of fishing!! I believe that if the Captain and Crew don't project that feeling of fun and friendliness it just isn't worth it at all. However on this day it was the contrary and the Captain and Crew made it fun so not catching any fish made it ok - Thank You So Very Much!!! I've been fishing other times when I have caught nothing so it was fine for me, I just felt bad for my friend!! However, she said she had a Great time, only because of the Captain and Crew and would go again (Me Too) even though she didn't catch anything!! After all that's why they call it fishing instead of catching!!!!
Rating: 5
THE BLUE WHALES AND THOUSAND DOLPHINS -FANTASTIC
Sat, Aug 2, 08   1:00 PM EDHIBSMAN Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
I have been on whale watch rides for decades and never saw a whale close up. the slow moving blue whale was like a submarine nearby....It was one of the most breathtaking views I have ever seen. Then the two huge pods of dolphins with babies and different jump styles was also exhilirating.....On the way home as an extra treat we saw this huge "sharkhead" like fish that was sunning itself for quite some time before disappearing...I forgot its name--your guide identified it... We are now trying to pack in a couple more trips before September to see if we can keep our luck running. It was an incredibly cool trip rivaling the years of Caribean diving that we have done. thanks so much.....see you very soon.....Ed and Nora
Rating: 5
Excellent
Sat, Aug 2, 08   1:00 PM susanmcnally Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Boat was clean, comfortable. Boat staff were very pleasant, friendly and very informed!!! They were great to spend the afternoon with. We really enjoyed the trip. My group consisted of my husband and I, our 21 year old son and our 28 year old niece. This was a fun way to spend an afternoon and next time we are in California I would like to do this again or try the sportsfishing. The one thing that I do think could have been better would be the staff at the ticket counter. They oould have been friendlier.
Rating: 3
It was ok
Sat, Aug 2, 08   5:00 PM tuobaxuan Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
The trip was fun at first, saw pods of dolphins and sea lions, but there was no Whale. It was altogether an alright trip, but I would explore other similar tours if another occasion arise for whale watching.
Rating: 5
Fun!
Sat, Aug 2, 08   5:00 PM CSUF2008 Female 20-29 Unspecified Couple on a Date
Very enjoyable. My date and I had a great time watching the dolphins. A little disappointed that we didn't get to see any whales, but aside from that everything was great!
Rating: 4
Fun Fishing but overcrowded boat
Sun, Aug 3, 08   12:00 PM rynousa Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
The fishing was pretty good and the staff was great but there were just too many people on the but. I have taken this trip two other times with not nearly as many people and it was much better.
Rating: 5
fun fishing extravaganza
Tue, Aug 5, 08   10:00 AM IANANDERSON Female Under 20 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
i loved the feeling of a fish biting the end of my hook, its a great feeling when you reel that big fish in after a tough fight. you have not had fun untill you go deep sea fishing with them!!!! i loved it in every way, by the way i caught 2 sandbass. and my brother caught the one poisinous fish, the scorpion fish, or as my dad calls them a SKULPIN.
Rating: 5
Helpful Staff
Tue, Aug 5, 08   12:00 PM dmooney Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
This was my first ocean fishing excursion (I mostly fish freshwater). The entire staff (in the shop and on the boat) were friendly, knowledgable, and extremely helpful. We caught plenty of fish and had a great day. I'm looking forward to a 2nd trip!
Rating: 4
Nice short day fishing trip
Tue, Aug 5, 08   12:00 PM mikeb642 Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
I recommend this trip for a good day of non serious fishing persons and children. Nice trip to take you kids out on.
Rating: 5
Perfect
Tue, Aug 5, 08   1:00 PM le92530 Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
perfect way to spend an afternoon! Staff was just as excited as everyone else on the boat when we saw a humpback whale. Boat was clean and comfortable. Thank You!
Rating: 4
We got lucky!
Thu, Aug 7, 08   1:00 PM leopardldy Female 50-59 Local Other
I took my daughter-in-law on the trip for her 30th birthday. It was a perfect day weather-and-sea-wise and we saw hundreds of dolphins as well as one blue whale who kept appearing and disappearing throughout the whole trip. It was a fabulous adventure and we're so lucky to live here in South Orange County where we can do this type of thing, yet had never thought of doing it before. We'll definitely be back.
Rating: 5
Great trip
Thu, Aug 7, 08   1:00 PM mhieda Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Catamaran was super ... naturalist was very informative ... we were blessed with dolphin and whale sightings. We will do this again!!!
Rating: 3
Confusion
Fri, Aug 8, 08   12:00 PM rsmelcer Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Dear Dana Wharf Sportfishing, I missed that the 12am i thought is was booking was actually 12pm. So I showed up at midnight and nobody was there. It was totally my mistake but I think it would be appropriate for Dana Wharf Sportfishing to give a small discount on another trip when it is missed by a passenger. I know there are costs for fuel and labor that must be accounted for but there is also a profit on services not rendered. This would allow Dana Wharf Sportfishing to offer a small discount to encourage patrons like me to go on another trip and not just leave disappointed after having to incur the expense of the trip (even though it was my fault) its just good business to have happy customers. I drove all the way from Moreno Valley before I realized the mistake. It would be great if you could send an email a couple hours before departure so this would not happen. Thank You. Rodger Smelcer
Rating: 5
AWESOME Whale Experience
Fri, Aug 8, 08   1:00 PM bobby111 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had the best time! It was a great adventure and I took some awesome pictures! They offered a free snack and drink onboard and we really enjoyed seeing the schools of dolphins, the sea lions and 4 whales!!! Everyone should take this trip at least once!! Thank you!
Rating: 3
Good times
Fri, Aug 8, 08   5:30 PM KababaK Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
We had a great time. I would love to go again.