Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,317 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 183 396 11 = 385 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 366 804 19 = 785 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 598 1,348 31 = 1,317 97% 4.5
All 4,570 9,489 337 = 9,152 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 573 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 324 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 231 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 164 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 25 100% 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 Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
awesome afternoon activity!!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 26, 13   2:00 PM carolemetz Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
refreshing, informative,spirit lifting and lots of fun!
Rating: 5
extremely knowledgeable commentary
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 26, 13   10:00 AM mynard Female 70+ Local Other
Person giving commentary throughout the two hours was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the dolphins and whales. Liked seating arrangement at tables. Sat across from a delightful family from CT. Took Captain Dave safari last year - liked this much better - really liked friendly seating arrangements and just overall character of boat and captain. I live in Dana Point and take friends/relatives on these safaris. From now on I would only use this particular boat/service.
Rating: 4
Very informative
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 26, 13   10:00 AM KarenPTerry Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
The crew was really informative about the animals we were seeing. The boat was clean and very comfortable. We saw 1 grey whale, quite a few common dolphins as well as sea lions.
Rating: 5
Awesome Whale Watching Experience!
Sun, Feb 24, 13   12:00 PM JasonBickley Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
We had such a great time whale watching with the crew from Dana Wharf Sportfishing! The captain made sure he did his part in making our whale watching experience great. We were able to see a couple fin whales. The captain had spent as much time as he possibly could have with the whales before we had to turn around and head back to the Harbor. Time was very limited, however on the way back to the harbor a couple more whales were spotted and the captain proceeded to change course from the harbor to see the new whales. Time had to be made up to get back to the harbor in time for the next group to get on the boat. The capt could have not stopped for the second pod of whales and kept heading to the harbor, but instead he stopped for us then made up the time by going full speed back to the harbor. This cost the boat and crew more money in gas which is a big factor in a boat that size. We were all very happy that he made the business decision to show us more whales! Thanks guys!!!!!
Rating: 4
The Whales Were Hiding
Sat, Feb 23, 13   2:00 PM karenrweber Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
We were disappointed that we did not see any whales, but we saw sea lions and bottlenose dolphins. The dolphins put on a real show for us, leaping out of the water and swimming close to the boat.
Rating: 5
Fun Day
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 19, 13   10:00 AM Lucykimatomi Female Unspecified Local Other
The day was wet because it was drizzling and somewhat cold but everyone layered so we were comfortable. During our cruise the drizzle stopped but there was a downpour as were getting off the "Dana Pride". The tour was very educational and informative so we learned a lot. We encountered a mega-pod of dolphins numbering 1,800 to 2,000. That was the highlight of the day! The captain of the "Dana Pride" went out further than his usual route trying to locate whales for us but we didn't see any. The guarantee is to see whales so we were each given half-off coupons good for a family of four with no black-out dates and no expiration date to encourage us to come back to try again to see whales on another day. The coupons could also be used by others if we wanted to share them. All in all it was a worthwhile experience and the thirteen seniors said they would come again!
Rating: 5
whales galore!
Mon, Feb 18, 13   2:00 PM BevJBaker Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
It was a very successful trip. We saw a lot of fin whales . The captain knew right where to go since the group before us had seen it. The only negative was because of all the excitement, we were 45 mins late leaving and returning.
Rating: 3
Enjoyed the activity, but did not see much of whal
Sun, Feb 17, 13   2:00 PM Bookgal1 Female 70+ Local Individual
The captain was very informative and made the trip interesting.
Rating: 2
Captain was informative but very annoying
Sun, Feb 17, 13   12:00 PM skreeke Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
First off make sure you find a coupon for the whale watching trip as it is way over priced. We went on a weekend so there were many people on the boat and many private boats on the water. We were the second trip of the day and it started off 1/2 hour late. Captain said they found whales at the end and could not break away from them. I completely understand this. Said boat would be ran above cruising speed to make up the time as we went to look for the pair of whales they left earlier We found the whales about 4 miles from the harbor. There were a number of private boats already following the whales. For about 1/2 an hour we had to listen to the captain tell us what morons (his words) the private boaters are. Granted they may have been getting close to the whales but constantly insulting them when they can not hear is not necessary. It got extremely annoying and my kid kept asking why he was calling them names. Bottom line we found whales but is was not the best experience. If you go go during the week when there is not as much boat traffic so you do not have to listen to the captain yell at the private boaters.
Rating: 5
Awesome Trip
Sun, Feb 17, 13   10:00 AM jvanleyen98 Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Captain did a great job in getting us to location to spot fin whales and we even had bonus of spotting a grey whale.
Rating: 5
Captian was Fantastic
Sun, Feb 17, 13   10:00 AM ruthacohen Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We came upon some breaching whales (which does not happen off california coast) and the captian stopped the boat for a long while to watch them play. We were on our way back to dock and should not have stopped. Instead he stopped and used up excess fuel to get back to dock quicker.
Rating: 5
Fun day and trip
Sat, Feb 16, 13   2:00 PM dbaker3847 Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
The employees are professional and the driver of the boat was very factually informative. The parking was horrible but they gave us a parking pass so we could have better parking. They don't over crowd their boats so there is room for everyone to see a whale or other animals. Loved it :)
Rating: 5
Great Experience
Sat, Feb 16, 13   10:00 AM BevGlasgow Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Captain was very knowledgeable and provided information in very understandable manner. Saw lots of dolphins and 2 whales. Well done!
Rating: 5
Excellent Trip
Sat, Feb 16, 13   10:00 AM mgriewe Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
The crew and captain were very polite and knowledgeable. The captain happened to spot some grey whales and headed toward them rather than going to a spot where there were already a lot of boats waiting for Fin whales to surface. We saw dolphins just after we left the harbor and they slowed the boat so we could get pictures and watch them. We were able to see 2 grey whales mating and were the only vessel out there. We spent probably a half hour watching and following them. A large pod of dolphins were in the area and we were also able to watch them. The captain also was very informative about the whales and dolphins which added a lot to the trip.
Rating: 5
Great Time!
Thu, Feb 14, 13   12:00 PM davidauch Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Captain explained grey whale migration habits, how they live, breed and their comparison to other whale family members. Sited two grey whales almost immediately out of the harbor! Beautiful day, great boat--very clean--and a good crowd on Valentine's Day--but not overcrowded.