Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,319 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 185 400 12 = 388 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 369 807 20 = 787 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 600 1,351 32 = 1,319 96% 4.5
All 4,582 9,514 338 = 9,176 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 593 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 318 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 225 90% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 158 100% 4.9 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? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 4
Beautiful day in July,1 whale and tons of dolpins!
Sat, Jul 13, 13   10:00 AM chersmith77 Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
We only got to see 1 whale and we weren't able to get too close to it because every time it popped up, our boat was too far away. So that was a little dissapointing, but at least we got to see one from far away. The coolest thing were the dolphins!! The first hour we didn't see any and then suddenly there were dozens of them surrounding our boat and so close you could almost reach and touch them! It was awesome! They were very playful and surrounded our boat for a good 20 min or so. Made the whole trip worthwhile!! Found coupons on the internet for $25/ea. Great deal!! If boat leaves at 10:00am, get there at 8:00 and eat at Proud Mary's overlooking the harbor. Nice place.
Rating: 4
First time fishing in a long time, had fun.
Wed, Jul 3, 13   5:30 PM AllenRenning Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
Caught a coupler of keepers, Weather was perfect, had a good time.
Rating: 5
Had a great time!
Fri, Jun 28, 13   6:30 AM rdovala Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
We have used Zerve several times during the past fishing season. We have never been disappointed with their service. Thanks again for an enjoyable time.
Rating: 5
Thu, Jun 27, 13   2:00 PM AnnBorgione Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was the second time for me.....we were lucky enought to see a "mega pod" of dolphins, a Minke whale and a sunfish....The boat captain was really into it and very knowledgeable. Seeing that many dolphins is something I will never ever forget....Best day ever
Rating: 5
Crew makes it happen.
Mon, Jun 24, 13   10:00 AM papdfns Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The only complaint I have about my trip on 6/24/2013 is that they did not rotate fishermen back to the stern. Since most of the fish were caught back at the stern, rotating would have been good. nevertheless, the two largest bass landed were caught on the port side. Fish volume however, was at the stern. This crew was light years ahead of the crew we had last year at Davey's Locker in Newport Beach. Go with Dana Wharf if you have a choice. It does not matter how many fish you catch if the crew is great. And the crew is great at Dana Wharf.
Rating: 5
This was a wonderful trip to sea!!!!
Sat, Jun 8, 13   2:00 PM hilarywhitt Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
The crew was fantastic on this trip!!! They were knowledgeable, very helpful and overall a delight!!! I am physically handicapped and they helped me out in so many ways, it was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the ship and out at sea! Thank you!!!
Rating: 5
Fishing Day Success!!!
Mon, May 27, 13   10:00 AM StacyMohler Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
The experience we had on our fishing day in Dana Point was awesome!!! The boat was super clean and accomidating! The crew was so great and helpful! Super nice guys! We had the best time fishing for my hubby's birthday! He loved it....guess it didn't hurt that he caught the biggest fish on the boat and won the jackpot!! Everyone from the check-in counter at Dana Wharf to the Captain on the Reel Fun was amazingly friendly and we would love a repeat of this day soon!! Cheers!!!
Rating: 2
I definitely wouldn't go again
Fri, May 24, 13   5:30 PM maaofe Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
For starters, I would NOT recommend signing up for that jackpot thing they do for the biggest fish. In my opinion, it's basically a scam. The entire crew fishes with decent poles and use lures while the paying customers are stuck with cheap poles (and cheaper line) and are using minnows or squid. It's really not a fair fight because they cast out 50 foot and draw back while we just basically had to drop a minnow off the side -- and have no idea what depth the fish are even at. Crew is cool and nice, so I will give them that. They do have a little kitchen on board, with reasonable prices, so that's cool. No one on our trip ate anything so I don't know what kind of quality to expect. My expectations were just way too high. I was hoping to go out and do some real fishing at night, maybe even landing a shark or something, but we were right off a reef where there's mostly just one footer bass or random fish. After four hours of fishing, no one caught anything that was even legal to keep except the crew (on their lures). It was cheap, so that's a plus, but I guess you get what you pay for. The next time we go fishing on the ocean, we'll just shell out more money and charter a real boat. It's hard to fish on a big boat with 30-40 people who are all just dropping minnows or squid right off the edge. Plus there's not even seats or a bench or anything, so if you want to fish the whole time, be prepared for a long rocky ride on your feet. By the end of it, your just ready to get out of there. Despite the low cost, in my opinion, it's not worth it. There were some groups with kids, and halfway through the four hour trip, those little guys looked miserable. Oh, and take some sea sickness pills beforehand if you're not used to boating in the ocean. It gets real rocky out there so there were several folks who got sea sick.
Rating: 5
Great Fun on the Open Water
Wed, May 22, 13   10:00 AM adammwilliam Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
Actually went with my staff from work as a little retreat. While I came to the realization that my sea legs were not what I thought they were, the rest of my staff had a fantastic time. We were all able to relax and catch some fish in a totally stress free enviroment. They want to make it a yearly tradition now.
Rating: 5
Thank you for a great time.
Sun, May 19, 13   2:00 PM paulineherbe Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
I'm with Laurie Anderson and helping organize the Dolphins Love Kids boat trips. I really appreciate the open minded and friendly manner you displayed on the trip. I am a retired school teacher and also appreciated the interesting background information presented on the trip. Looking forward to more adventures in the future.
Rating: 5
Great Experience!
Sun, May 19, 13   12:00 PM Nanette707 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Accommodations and crew were great.
Rating: 3
Fri, May 17, 13   5:30 PM WoodyRigdon Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The management (folks in the office) were rude and unprofessional. The guys on the boat were great.
Rating: 4
nice, relaxing, fun
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Apr 30, 13   2:00 PM mgwhen Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
A great way to spend an afternoon - our guide was incredibly interesting, gave us lots of information on everything we were seeing. The half-price day made it affordable, too. Well worth the sunburn :)
Rating: 5
A Great Day!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
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: 3
This is the Family & Friends Time Slot
Sun, Apr 28, 13   12:45 PM rkrugel Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
While I have gone out with Dana Wharf before, and will continue to do so, as well as recommend them, I will not go out on this time slot again. The boat was packed, with a large number of kids. If you did not want to fish while dodging small children, or patiently untangle lines, the this specific package is NOT for you. I look forward to going out on a 6am or twilight trip soon!