Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,307 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
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= Overall
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Last 3 months 191 421 15 = 406 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 342 757 19 = 738 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 599 1,341 34 = 1,307 96% 4.5
All 4,615 9,592 341 = 9,251 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
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Rating
% Positive Average
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 642 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 200 90% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 125 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 16 100% 4.5
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 4
Fun experience
Sat, Sep 24, 11   12:00 PM kcampmail Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw two different types of dolphins and a blue whale. The captain was very knowledgeable and gave us great information about each type of animal that we encountered (habits, natural predators, size, diet, travel range, etc). The boat is very clean and the crew was friendly. Parking appeared to be plentiful and was free. We had a fun trip!
Rating: 4
We had quite the experience
Sat, Sep 24, 11   6:30 AM Brandtbray Male 40-49 Unspecified Family Without Children
We went out hoping to find yellow tail, bass and others. The first thing we ran into were squid, not just squid but tens of thousands of them. None of us had caught squid prior to this trip, it turn out to be hilarious, fun, wild and then some. The first thing they do is blast you with their propelled ocean water, then ink the heck out of you next...it went flying right into our unsuspecting fishing cohorts. We laughed so hard at the expression of our unsuspecting family member who got it full boar into his face. We were covered with ocean water and ink from head to toe. The boat was great! Food good. Only wish we could have caught more.. meaning yellow tail, etc. We did get a couple small bass. One member packed up thirty pounds of squid to bring home.. caught far more but one can only take so much on a plane. The crew work their rears off, excellent crew on board.. clean boat can't ask for more. We plan to go out of Dana Point Wharf again.. it's the best. Really a great ride, and experience. The sea life alone can keep you more then entertained. Spectacular!
Rating: 5
Had a good time
Wed, Sep 21, 11   2:00 PM pat169401 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife didn't think we'd be lucky and see any whales. She was very impressed when we tracked next to two pair of blue whales. The crew was very informative and professional. We saw several groups of dolphins and some squid also. We would do the trip again and highly recommend it.
Rating: 4
Nice but could have been awesome.
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Mon, Sep 19, 11   5:00 PM KarenModeski Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Yes, we saw whales, but only when the boat turned on its own or the whale popped up beside the boat. The boat is not big enough for all to be on the bow so many of us were on its side. The captain was so worried about taking photos himself that he would constantly turn the boat to face the whales. This left some of us behind the crowd, unable to see anything. Thank goodness whales are unpredictable and they showed up out to the side once in awhile or we wouldn't have seen much at all. No tip for that cappy!
Rating: 5
Great activity, good to book well in advance
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Mon, Sep 19, 11   5:00 PM tanujkush Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My family was visiting in town, so I decided to go whale watching since I'd never seen whales before. I booked online for three but was told that the boat was full for that day (this was a sunday) and I could re-schedule for the next day. So I did, and man, did I enjoy!! We saw about 8-10 sightings of about 3-4 blue whales, the guys steering the ship took us real close to the whales and we got some awesome views. On the way back we passed by a shoal of dolphins and it was a pleasure to see them whip out of the surface every 3-4 seconds. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed and so did my parents. The guys who were steering the ship were very good and went out of their way to ensure all onboard got great pics. They were also very informative, giving out tidbits of information about the whales every now and then over the blow horn. I would definitely recommend this place to my friends. Book in advance though, and try going on a weekday, the crowd is lesser and there is more time given per trip. My whole trip lasted about 2 hours on the sea. Very enjoyable indeed!
Rating: 5
A memorable, lifetime experience
Sun, Sep 18, 11   2:00 PM bendent Male 70+ Combination Family Without Children
My extended family gathered for my birthday. We decided to go on the whale watching trip as a group activity -- 12 of us. Maybe we were lucky; but we saw seven whale flukes and countless porpoises, even baby ones, all around our boat. Our captain was eloquent in what he told us about all the animals and their behavior, which was of enormous help in understanding what we were seeing and knowing what to look for. I learned that there was a whole different world under our seas. It was truly and experience we will all remember for a lifetime.
Rating: 5
Best whale watching trip ever!!!
Sat, Sep 17, 11   2:00 PM a0948201 Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Great boat and crew--not overcrowded. Saw three blue whales and more dolphins than we could count. Very informative captain and crew. Highly recommend this trip.
Rating: 5
Beautiful day on the water!
Thu, Sep 15, 11   2:00 PM nettebini Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
As a certified "whale geek," I've been on a lot of whale watching cruises with a variety of companies. My afternoon on the water with Dana Wharf Whale Watching definitely ranks near the top of all my experiences. The crew was helpful, informative and courteous. We learned about the area, the animals and more. The boat was fantastic. Clean, stable, well appointed. There was plenty of room for everyone to have a great view. Oh, and the view? We were treated to great looks at blue whales, common dolphins and California sea lions. Not to mention the beauty of the California coastline. We had a fantastic time. We'd recommend Dana Wharf Whale Watching to anyone looking for a good, safe wildlife viewing adventure. We'll definitely be back next time we're in Southern California!
Rating: 5
Whale of a Time!
Tue, Sep 13, 11   5:00 PM dblackman Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The Dana Pride crew was great -- we went at 5pm for a sunset cruise. Captain stayed with the blue whale we saw for about a half hour, and then we went to "play with the dolphins". Very enjoyable.
Rating: 5
Awesome!!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Wed, Sep 7, 11   5:00 PM jenlealay Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My family and I went on the evening boat ride and we loved it. We could not say if good things about the tour. The captain and his mates were awesome. We saw hundreds of dolphin and 5 whale. We also saw many sea lions. We have been on many boat tours and this one has been by far the BEST!! The boat was very comfortable and the staff were great. They knew the every move of the whale and could tell us when we could get the best view of the fluke. It was awesome. You will not be disappointed!!
Rating: 4
Entertaining two hours
Sun, Sep 4, 11   12:00 PM oconnortrip Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We enjoyed the Noon Whale Watching tour on the catamaran. The boat was clean and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The captain worked diligently to find whales. We had several great whale sightings that were quite impressive. We also really enjoyed the dolphin pod that we encountered. It was helpful that we did not have a full cruise. It would have been pretty crowded with a full boat. The view from the front of the boat was great and we all enjoyed ourselves. Our trip was pretty choppy, so if you have any problems with motion sickness, you need to prepare for that. The parking lot has a four hour maximum and they do have attendants patrolling the lot, so plan your trip so you fit into that time frame. The company doesn't provide permits for the two hour tours. We almost ran out of time because we had brunch before the tour.
Rating: 5
Amazing Experience!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Sep 3, 11   5:00 PM icemanwill Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I had a great time on this tour. We stayed at the bow of the ship (Dana Pride) and were able to catch several sightings of Blue Whales and pods of Common Dolphin. The onboard naturalist did an excellent job of describing what to look for, and in describing the animals themselves. The crew took their time and made sure we had memorable experience. Highly recommended!
Rating: 3
Good trip
Sat, Sep 3, 11   6:30 AM MikeZenns Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
The overall trip was good. The Hands where helpful. Trip was smooth and eventful. Come time to leave I ask the deck hand where are the numbers on the sacks. He said I took them off. I asked him how am I suppose to find these 3 bags. Number 10,20 and,39. He replied oh I know where they are. So I said can you get them for me, and he said sure. Then he says I can't find them how many fish are you missing? To which I replied 3. He said someone must have taken them. No kidding I replied. I have been on trips in Oceanside, San Diego and other places too. And they all make sure this doesn't happen. So good trip poor deck hand. I will probably stick to what I am use to in the future. It's ok for catch and release but that wasn't want I was looking for in this trip. Also the other two guys that I was picking up the fish for were not to happy either. I still tipped him 5 dollars.
Rating: 5
Great Experience
Tue, Aug 30, 11   5:00 PM Kohlers Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Saw 300+ dolphines and 2 blue whales - many flukes - Great!
Rating: 4
GREAT SIGHTINGS
Tue, Aug 30, 11   5:00 PM GAELPARENT Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Hundreds of dolphins and several blue whales. I have probably been on 50 or more whale watches and had a great time. Only complaint is not enough seating if you must sit get onboard early. happy watching enjoy