Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,347 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 103 230 7 = 223 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 294 644 18 = 626 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 620 1,381 34 = 1,347 97% 4.5
All 4,678 9,730 344 = 9,386 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 727 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 320 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 203 90% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 3 100% 5.0
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: 5
will definitely recommend dana point
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM abpeckich Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Captain Corey was wonderful. Taught us all about the whales. Where they come from and where they go. the difference between the hieight of the fluke and how long they can stay under water. it was great. i felt very safe. all workers on board were kind to guide us carefulle while we went in and as we came off the boat, making sure we did not slip or fall. we didnt see any whales and we were pleasantly surprised to receive a whale ticket. we did not know that we had a cook on the boat, but the bacon sure smelled good... will absolutely recommend dana point whale watching
Rating: 4
The store staff was rude. The boat staff was great
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM ndrwtr Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Went to get our tickets and the cashier was shoving food in his mouth and said,"What do you want" as half his breakfast hit the counter. He found our tickets and we asked "okay where do we go?" A female barked out, "where do you think" and pointed around the corner to several boats in the dock. How about,"I'll be with you in a second?" Or it's the boat with the name of ...on the back. very UNPROFESSIONAL. On the other hand, the boat staff was awesome! They narrated the whole trip and apologized several times because we saw something but lost it. It wasn't their fault but they felt like it was. They really offered a lot of info and even gave us a refund to come back again! That is the ONLY reason I'd come back; definitely not for the sale people. They (cashier) treated us and others like we were interfering wiith their day by showing up.
Rating: 3
Good service, no sights
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM arschmidt Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
As we were advised on the way out of the harbor, whales and dolphins don't always cooperate and that was the case for our trip. Although a sister ship reported some whales "showing well" and we could see some spouting in the distance, by the time we got out there, the whales had obviously decided to go elsewhere. There were no other sightings of anything. The staff and crew were helpful and the captain was informative. We were given "whale checks" to come back another day and will certainly do so and hope for better luck.
Rating: 5
No Whale Sighting But Excursion Sensational!
Wed, Mar 9, 11   12:00 PM judithtaylor Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The crew was most accommodating and knowledgeable. The excursion was educational with a lot of history and information provided.. While we did not see a whale, we saw several sea lions and hundreds of dolphin. The weather was picture perfect, and the passengers were friendly. I bought a DVD filmed by one of the crew that showed many whales, so I feel fulfilled.
Rating: 5
RE: What a Day!
Wed, Mar 9, 11   12:00 PM WayneBlauvel Male 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
My Second Great Adventure with Dana Wharf whale watching this season. My Out of Town guests didn't know what to expect but will never forget the boat surrounded by Dolpins leaping from every direction to feed on huge school of bait fish and Pelicans dive bombing by the hundreds... Better than any National Geographic special... and just a couple minutes out of the Harbor in deal calm seas! Crew was terrific explaining what was happening and enthusiam for the day as well... A great bargain for anyone visiting The OC ...
Rating: 5
Beautiful day, helpful crew, multiple sightings...
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 8, 11   12:00 PM stumpshot76 Male 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
This was the second Dana Wharf outing by family members in the past year, and we were again pleased by the service, scenery and pleasant and helpful crew. We will be back again..!!
Rating: 4
great dolphins...no whales
Sun, Mar 6, 11   11:30 AM mcbrady11 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Pod of dolphins was fantastic. Unfortunately no whales which I know cannot be guaranteed. However to bill it as a whale watch leaves the customer a little disappointed when non are viewed. Suggest...maybe 25% refund if no whales. Some offer free ticket to see them on another trip but seeing the dolphins was generally worth the trip and 25% is a nice gesture.
Rating: 5
500+ dolphins warmed my heart...
Sat, Mar 5, 11   2:00 PM poophead123 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My significant other and I wanted to experience the ocean. During whale weekend, we didn't see any whales but sure enjoyed the dolphins and the show they put on. It was great, the service down below for drinks and food was amazing. The captain informed us of many pieces of information we never ever would've know about! LOVED IT! ps my s.o. is a smart bumm, with the name of poophead... lol
Rating: 5
We were much more than satisfied.
Sat, Mar 5, 11   11:30 AM JOANNERHART Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We have been on 5 cruise ships and a lot of adventures. This was by far the best one we have taken, We look forward to returning every year to enjoy this adventure. We were excited about the trip but seeing a whale within 15 minutes a large male and following it for an hour plus end up in the middle of over 100 dolphins all around us. We took plenty of great pictures. We also were up close to a number of sea lions. An unforgettable adventure!
Rating: 5
8am trip is GREAT VALUE!
Sat, Mar 5, 11   8:00 AM BMathias Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Best deal in Southern OC. 2 hour boat ride with numerous dolphins (don't expect to see a whale).
Rating: 5
No Whales, but an excellent activity.
Wed, Mar 2, 11   12:00 PM fulnez Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We didn't see any whales, but the views, dolphins, and crew were great!! We will go again in hopes of a whale of a good time. I don't know why we waited so many years to go. Remember, it is about 10% cooler on the ocean.
Rating: 2
Did not look for whales!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 22, 11   4:00 PM gibsonpc Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Although advertised as a whale tour, the captain went after dolphins near shore and made no attempt to look for whales. VERY disappointing.
Rating: 4
Very good time. Well worth the price.
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 22, 11   12:00 PM johnb1 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw two grey whales and a few dolphins. Even without that, however, the boat ride itself was worth the price. The day was beautiful, the scenery from the boat was great, and the crew was very good. My wife and I really enjoyed it.
Rating: 5
Even Without Whales, it was great! Go Dolphins!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 15, 11   10:00 AM ericajackson Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I can't say enough about how much fun we had on this trip. It was an opportunity to really put my DSLR Nikon to the test. I got some amazing shots of dolphins swimming next to the boat, body surfing and flying in midair. We went on a Tuesday, for half price, can't beat that deal! Our relatives from Indiana really enjoyed it, but so did we.
Rating: 5
Saw several whales, scores of dolphins
Sat, Feb 12, 11   12:00 PM jbduncan68 Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Good staff!