Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,178 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 204 461 10 = 451 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 293 665 13 = 652 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 525 1,210 32 = 1,178 96% 4.6
All 4,338 8,984 323 = 8,661 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season 360 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale Watch 328 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 157 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 Reviewer Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Squid fishing was fun
Fri, Jan 11, 13   5:30 PM snowaay Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
First time squid fishing, lots of fun, especially when you have plenty to catch.
Rating: 5
Amazing experience & friendly staff
Thu, Aug 30, 12   12:00 PM snlieberman Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
We did this as a playdate with my four year old girls and their friends/moms and we had a really nice time. We got very lucky and saw multiple schools of dolphins and at least eight blue whales. The staff were friendly and accommodating and the boat was comfortable.
Rating: 5
Very fun trip!
Tue, Aug 2, 11   5:00 PM Snikonchuk Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
I took my two boys, who are 10 and 3, and my parents on the whale watching trip. The crew was very knowledgeable and nice. We should have been on the boat for 2 hours but it turned into 2 and a half hours because we kept seeing more whales! The captain didn't want us to miss one! The boat was clean and nice. There wasn't a lot of seating of course but if you feel you need to sit for the entire ride I would suggest getting in line about a half hour before your boat is to leave.
Rating: 5
Beautiful day on the water!
Tue, Jul 31, 12   2:00 PM snebh4 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Another wonderful afternoon spent with the knowledgeable folks of Dana Wharf Whale Watching. Although the "Blues" were napping, we were fortunate to see quite a few Bottlenose Dolphins and a variety of birds.
Rating: 5
Dolphin Mega Pod
Sun, Jul 1, 12   2:00 PM snebh4 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We were in the midst of a wonderful dolphin mega pod of 5000 to 6000! You never know what you will see in nature: we hoped to see a blue whale but instead were entertained by this amazing group!
Rating: 5
A great time to be had...
Wed, Sep 14, 11   12:00 PM snebh4 Female 50-59 Local Individual
I LOVED my whale watch adventure! The captain and staff were very knowledgeable and friendly! I HIGHLY recommend to anyone who wants to explore our Southern California coast wildlife, that they sign up for a cruise at Dana Wharf!
Rating: 5
Tue, Feb 22, 11   12:00 PM snebh4 Female 50-59 Local Individual
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching has an excellent boat, captain, and crew for the best whale watching I have ever attended. I have gone out several times from Newport Harbor but Dana Wharf is definitely the BEST!
Rating: 4
Great but no whales
Wed, Apr 14, 10   2:00 PM sneal404 Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
It was out of your control if there are no whales, you did try to find some for us and we will be back to look for some again soon... Loved seeing the other wildlife and the overall trip and experience. Just can not give you the 5 STARS without seeing the whales. Thank you !! We DO RECOMMEND this trip to everyone !!!!!!
Rating: 4
No whales spotted, but offered free return
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Nov 15, 11   12:00 PM snacks99 Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
It's getting late in the season, so I didn't have my hopes up on spotting whales. It seemed the crew had that attitude as well. The weather was great, the catamaran handled the chop well and it was a good day on the ocean, even if we didn't spot anything. We'll be back to try again, thanks to the guarantee and free return offer.
Rating: 5
Tue, Jul 7, 09   5:00 PM SMSTEINBE Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The Blue Whale watching cruise far exceeded our expectations. The staff was friendly and knowledgable and imparted just the right info at just the right time. The boat was clean and comfortable, the weather was fantastic, the wildlife cooperated as if trained to do so. The Common Dolphins were there to see in incredible #'s and swam with the boat, performing for us as if trained to do so. Then the HIGHLIGHT of our cruise appeared, A couple of Blue Whales , which we sighted numerous times as they surfaced , swam and dove and reappeared several times to our surprise and enjoyment. THE WHOLE EXPERIENCE WAS PHENOMINAL !! THANK YOU DANA WHARF FOR AN EXPERIENCE MY WIFE AND I WILL NEVER FORGET !! Scott & Danielle Steinberg.
Rating: 4
Great Whale Watching Trip
Sat, Feb 14, 09   4:00 PM smshaw83 Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Each member in my party thoroughly enjoyed themselves on our trip, even though the weather was very cold outside. We were able to see a grey whale, a pod of dolphins, and some sea lions - it was great! We would definitely take this trip again in the future!
Rating: 5
Great Deal
Tue, Sep 15, 09   5:00 PM smithums5 Female Under 20 Local Group of Friends
I thought I was getting a great deal by paying $14 (half-price on Tuesdays) to see something that very few people in the entire world ever get a chance to see.
Rating: 5
Fun and relaxing afternoon
Tue, Jan 25, 11   2:00 PM Smilinmary Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
The weather was perfect, the ocean was clear, the captain knowledgeable the only thing missing was a whale! Still, we did see some fantastic dolphins. Fun and relaxing.
Rating: 5
Will do this again!
Tue, Aug 14, 12   6:00 PM smiles56 Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
This is actually the second time I have gone on one of these cruises. The first time, a couple of years ago (in the middle of winter), we did not see whales, but we saw dolphins, and we still enjoyed the cruise immensely! The second time, we saw whales, too! I especially enjoyed the evening cruise, where we could watch the sunset as well. I look forward to doing this again!
Rating: 4
Saw dolphins, but no whales
Tue, Jan 25, 11   2:00 PM smiles56 Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
We saw lots of dolphins, but no whales. however, at half price, and 78 degrees and sunny, what's not to like? We enjoyed it even if we didn't see whales!