Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,309 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 145 316 7 = 309 98% 4.5
Last 6 months 356 796 17 = 779 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 588 1,343 34 = 1,309 97% 4.6
All 4,494 9,327 330 = 8,997 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 500 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 335 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 240 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 203 89% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 31 100% 4.7
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: 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
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
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
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
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
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
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
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
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
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
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
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
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!
Rating: 3
They tried
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Thu, Jul 12, 12   5:00 PM smikkas Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We were disappointed as we did not see anything. It was cool and rainy and the crew did their best to find signs of life. Turned into a two hour boat ride only. The company offered everyone another free ride within a year as long as we kept our ticket and called prior to coming to the dock to make sure they were not full. This was a very nice gesture as we did not expect it. We knew going in that this type of venture is a risk. The crew was friendly and everything ran on time. Although disappointed that we did not see anything, I feel the company did a great job trying to rectify that. It was a nice surprise. It was our last day so it did us no good. I would have been more upset had I paid full price.
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience from start to finish!
Tue, Sep 20, 11   12:00 PM SMHatch Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The crew and captain were polite and professional and the whales were amazing!! Understanding that the captain cannot produce the whales, what he can do is maneuver the boat so that everyone on board gets an excellent view of the animal without getting too close and disturbing the creatures!!! It was wonderful. We saw 11 blue whales and three HUGE pods of dolphins. Everyone on board was knowledgeable and friendly. And the boat was large enough that even this prone to seasickness passenger had a great time.
Rating: 2
Not so Deep Sea Fishing
Tue, Mar 24, 09   10:00 AM smewilson Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
There could be a number of reason why it was like this, (it was just the time of year, last week of March, or that a strom had made the waters cold, we had only half a day, ect.) but the deepest we ever fished in was 66 ft of water. Nothing substantialy large was caught eithe and I think it would be safe to say that most of the people didn't catch anything. The last spot we fished was in 18 ft of water. We road a half an hour down the coast (never more than 900 yds from shore) to our fishing spots. I remember a time when my dad went out deep sea fishing south of Portland where they were fishing in 900 ft of water and bringing in monster fish every cast . Maybe it was ingnorance on my part, but that was what I was hopeing for, not 18 ft of water with little rockfish. Perhaps it would have been better fishing on a longer trip. I don't konw.