Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,326 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 134 281 14 = 267 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 302 659 18 = 641 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 613 1,360 34 = 1,326 97% 4.5
All 4,661 9,688 344 = 9,344 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 700 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 317 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 204 90% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 11 100% 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? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great value, great time, want to go again!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, May 25, 13   12:00 PM Man_Of_Means Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My family and I are California natives, but we're not very much beach people nor had we ever been whale watching. Not only did we have an excellent time on board the boat (more to come on that) we actually spent the rest of the day at the Dana Point harbor beach area and very much enjoyed every minute of it. After working so hard for so many years in school, and in the work force, my wife and I were able to have a minute to reconnect and escape our stressful careers for a little while...and my son, who's 11, loved every minute. The website recommends you arrive for the trip a little early as the boat leaves promptly on time. This is very true! I appreciate the fact that the company actually runs by the clock and as a result respects the value of their patron's time. We were scheduled to leave at Noon. We left the dock at 12:01. The boat was very clean and well-kept. There was plenty of room to move around deck and the 3 crew members made themselves available at every turn. Very attentive! The captain's narration and informative dialogue about sea life and the habits of its living creatures was very intriguing. Not a dull moment. We saw many bottlenose dolphins and common dolphins during our trip. We also saw 2 Fin whales, and actually spent a good amount of time following one of these magnificent creatures as it went about its feeding habits. Most impressive. If you're anything like me you'll spend all of your time on deck so as not to miss anything. FYI, however, the bow of the ship is the best place on board and can get crowded quickly so you'll want to stake a spot out. The winds can make it pretty cold up there so be sure to bring a windbreaker or sweater. After an hour up there I sought something warm to drink for my family. I went below deck to see what I could find. I asked the fella behind the counter for some hot coffee, then changed my mind to hot tea, then decided on hot chocolate. Thinking they probably had only one of those selections I was thoroughly impressed when the fella asked "okay, which one? We've got all 3!" That was unexpected, but a pleasant surprise! (and it was delicious too - warmed us right up for the next hour) In a nutshell the trip is worth the cost. It's not the least expensive trip available, but I assure you that you won't be disappointed with your purchase. This splurge is worth it. Pacific Coast Highway runs right past Dana Point so it would be my suggestion to spend the rest of the day at the beach, or saunter along PCH and explore its many beautiful points or quaint shoppes. Have fun!
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: 4
No whales but many dolphins, Sea Lions and Birds.
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Sun, May 19, 13   12:00 PM BEikeland Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The weather was great, the crew informative and we got passes to come back due to no whales.
Rating: 5
Great experience
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Sun, May 19, 13   12:00 PM LexiCf11 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The captain and his staff were so knowledgable and fun to listen to. The catamaran was clean and spacious. I had a really great experience.
Rating: 5
Great Adventure
Catamaran Adventure Cruises
Sat, May 18, 13   12:00 PM MarkConley Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I have been to the gulf coast of Texas and went on dolphin watch tours which were pretty good. This adventure was the best. We saw hundreds of dolpins and the staff was extremely knowledgable on dolphins and whales. The interesting facts and all of the dolphins really made this trip worth while. I would highly recommend this for an afternoon outing.
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
Good time, crew was great
Thu, May 16, 13   12:00 PM DEastin Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Fishing was slow but was stll good time.
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: 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!
Rating: 5
Whale watching at Dana Point
Sun, Apr 28, 13   10:00 AM ekrli2005 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We borded the boat Dana Pride on time. Left harbor on time. Saw three types of dolfins. In the past with this company I did see whales. This time unfortunately we did not, so they gave us back our tickets to use another time. Wonderful.
Rating: 5
Fun Had By All
Sun, Apr 21, 13   10:00 AM Jpshannon Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
What a great trip! I went because of my parents, and I'm glad I did. We all had a great time. The crew was awesome. The captain was very knowledgeable, and kept the trip fun and interesting. Iwill certainly recomend it to all my friends
Rating: 3
it was a nice boat ride
Sat, Apr 20, 13   2:00 PM 438garner Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The boat was well maintained and clean and appeared to be a sturdy vessel. The captain was interactive and cordial with the group on the boat. However, he couldn't find much for us to look at. So I would not call my experience a whale watching tour but more a nice 2 hour boat ride.
Rating: 5
First visit to the west coast
Thu, Apr 18, 13   12:00 PM tommarie Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Nice boat. Clean, well kept, friendly captain and crew, saw whales and lots of dolphins. Actually went two days in a row. The first day was great and when they handed us a 1/2 price offer to go again....we signed up for the next day! Marie and Tom Johnson, Spencer, Iowa
Rating: 5
Great Fun!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Wed, Apr 17, 13   12:00 PM blaustin Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The crew was awesome, although the water was choppy the day we went, the crew made the best of it and we did see a mother fin whale and her calf!
Rating: 4
Sun, Apr 14, 13   10:00 AM gregmitchell Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I really enjoyed this trip. Even though we didn't see any whales, it was still fun. Since we didn't see any whales, they gave our ticket back to come another time. I would do it again in a heart beat. Very exciting