Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,178 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 210 476 11 = 465 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 294 668 13 = 655 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)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
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: 2
terrible fishing
Sun, Apr 28, 13   12:45 PM Slwalker25 Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
Not a fishing trip more like a boat ride.
Rating: 5
1/2 Day Fishing Trip was really a treat
Thu, May 5, 11   10:00 AM slvr68 Male 50-59 Local Individual
Went out on a 10 O'Clock trip on the Clemente, and it was great. Fishing had been marginal due to water temps being low, but a warm week leading up to Thursday had helped bump it up a bit, and the fishing was better than expected. Captain did a great job of getting us on a rock South of the pier, and it produced for several hours, with Rockfish, Sheephead, Calico's and Sand Bass. Fish were biting on squid, shrimp and live Chovies. Once this spot cooled off we headed back North for a few minutes and fished a rock with a lot of kelp, flylining Anchovies for Calico bass, and we hit quite a few. It was really fun, and just about the whole boat had something in their bags by then. Saw a few pods of dolphin, a few seals interested in a quick snack, jellyfish and so on. Crew did a great job of helping with snagged lines, bagging fish and grilling up some awesome grilled cheese sandwiches and killer cheeseburgers. All in all a really nice day. I've been fishing out of Dana Wharf SF for 20+ years, and as always, they have experienced Captains, great crew, and they know where to go to get you hooked up. And they're friendly too........ One thing to remember is that you can't park in the lot adjacent to the DWSF office anymore, as it has a four hour limit on that lot now, so you have to go check in at the office, get a parking pass, and then move your vehicle to the long term lot which is further away. So don't lug all your gear to the office, only to find out like I did that you have to go move your car. :(
Rating: 4
terrrific
Tue, Oct 26, 10   4:00 PM slumpbusta Male Under 20 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
It was great that since we didn't get to see a whale, they gave us ticket vouchers for another day.
Rating: 4
fun for the family
Sat, Sep 1, 12   2:00 PM slstull Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The cruise was a lot of fun. The staff were knowledgable, and friendly. The whales were beautiful!
Rating: 5
A Great Day!
Tue, Apr 30, 13   12:00 PM slsmith3 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We had a wonderful trip with Captain Todd and his crew. Over the course of our time on the boat we saw a Gray whale, Common Dolphin, Mola Mola, Sea Lions, and numerous sea birds. In addition to seeing the wildlife, we gained great insights into the animals and the habitat in which they live. Even learned a bit about human impacts. It was a great day!
Rating: 4
Dolphins
Sat, May 17, 08   5:00 PM slsisemore Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We were hoping to see Whales. However, the dolphins were amazing! Thousands of common dolphins! Definitely an experience to remember. Don't forget the camera!
Rating: 4
Best part about whale watching
Sun, Mar 14, 10   12:00 PM slmartin5977 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The best part about whale watching is being out on the water, especially when it was such a nice day. We only saw a few spouts of water and one whale's back, so from a whale watching perspective it was pretty lame. We didn't see any dolphins/porpoises either. We went by the buoy with the sea lions on it. It was 68 dollars for the three of us, which for what we saw was not worth it. Being out on the water was nice. Perhaps when the whales are staying below, there might be something interesting (geographically/historically) to relate to the people on the boat about the Dana Point area.
Rating: 4
enjoyed our day, can't wait to do it again
Wed, Mar 30, 11   12:00 PM slgslg Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
It was quite foggy but we still saw lots of dolphins and really enjoyed our day. We can not wait to do it again and hopefully see a whale but we are really looking forward to just having a better view. On a clear day this would have been a perfect day.
Rating: 5
Great time!
Mon, Feb 28, 11   2:00 PM SLGarcia Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Beautiful day. The boat was large and comfortable, and on our day not many people on board so it was like a private tour. The crew were very nice and knowledgeable about the whales and dolfins that we saw and it was fun to learn new things about them. Get on board . . . everyone should experience this adventure.
Rating: 4
Very Enjoyable and Memorable
Sat, Mar 22, 08   2:00 PM slatergirlz Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We saw one Gray Whale with her calf and followed them for about 20 minutes. We really had to strain to get a good look (there are laws that keep the boats from getting too close?). Very educational but not too much blah-blah. The ride was great...spectacular views and relaxing! Take dramamine 1 hour before to ensure enjoyment. Awesome staff and reasonably priced yummy snacks.
Rating: 4
Great experience!
Wed, Mar 10, 10   10:00 AM slancast1 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Great experience! We actually went out twice, due to left over wind conditions the first day. The captains on both boats were friendly, informative and you could tell they love what they do. Although we didn't see any whales either time we went out (which was disappointing)the scenary was fabulous. We did see some dolphins the second day and that was cool. This was the first time 3 of the 4 of us had been out on a boat like this and it was very nice. I would do it again if I return to California in the future.
Rating: 4
it was worth the $
Fri, Apr 26, 13   10:00 AM sladewilson Male 20-29 Local Family Without Children
Took my dad and my brother on a fishin trip.the skipper got us on The fish the crew was great. Well be back.
Rating: 5
Great Place, Great Staff
Sun, Jul 14, 13   5:30 PM SkylarGeer Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Fun, Enjoyable, lots of fish out there you just gotta catch em
Rating: 5
Good Family Experience
Wed, Aug 22, 12   5:00 PM skycladone Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We saw at least a half dozen individual blue whales with possible mating behavior of a whale rolling on its side with another whale. This was my third whale watching trip, first time with Dana Wharf. It exceeded my expectation because I actually saw whales, let alone blue whales whereas with other boats we saw only dolphins and maybe a couple of blowholes. This was highly active time in their feeding cycle, and blue whales were in the news at Dana Point, so it was good timing. Boat staff and captain seemed knowledgeable and cordial.
Rating: 4
A whate of a grest time
Fri, Jan 1, 10   2:00 PM SkyBest Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Although we had been out previously, this time we actually saw a WHALE. The boat's captain was able to keep the whale at about 50 yards to our port side and about 25 yards in front of the boat. we followed the whale for about 20 minutes and saw the tail multible times.