Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,325 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 155 345 4 = 341 99% 4.6
Last 6 months 360 801 17 = 784 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 592 1,356 31 = 1,325 97% 4.6
All 4,514 9,374 330 = 9,044 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 521 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 331 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 228 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 217 90% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 28 100% 4.7
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: 1
Trip canceled by Dana Wharf due to weather.
Sat, Mar 17, 12   6:30 AM willcboyd Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I can certainly understand the cancellation due to the weather. Unfortunately I flew in from Arizona, was only there for the fishing trip and now I can't get a refund. In my opinion Dana Wharf and Zerve are both a bunch of crooks.
Rating: 5
Cruise was definitely "A" rated!!
Mon, Mar 12, 12   12:00 PM Capaci Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
The cruise boat was very clean and orderly. Crew was A+. The only thing our group would have recommended would be for the captain to announce a tad more about the grey whales (ie: since Newport Coast is such a fashion hub, it would be interesting to note a fun fact such as "ambergris". It comes from the whales and is historical in the use of a fixative in the perfume industry. The captain was wonderful in announcing whale info, but possibly add 5% of fun details such as this. All in all GREAT EXPERIENCE and would do it again.
Rating: 5
Great Activity
Mon, Mar 12, 12   12:00 PM pdiddy222 Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
We had a great time. The Dana Wharf facility has ample parking, friendly staff and clean boats. The captain's running narrative while we were out in the ocean was entertaining, educational and high energy. We saw at least four whales. Bonus round: a dozen dolphins followed the boat and played in the boat's wake for awhile. The captain glided by the harbour bouy on the return trip and gave us a close look and quick lesson about the seals/sea lion piled up in the float. I would highly recommend Dana Wharf Whale Watching trip.
Rating: 4
A Nice Activity
Sun, Mar 11, 12   1:00 PM Markeaston27 Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
This was a nice event. We did not see any whales. We did not see many dolphins either. Make sure it is sunny and warm outside.
Rating: 5
Fishing trip
Sun, Mar 11, 12   12:45 PM seinfeld1 Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Crew was fantastic
Rating: 4
This was a pleasant and well-run activity.
Sun, Mar 11, 12   12:00 PM skroeger Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
All of our experience was very positive except that it was sometimes difficult to hear and/or understand what was being said over the speakers depending upon where we were located. Safety information at the beginning was almost unintelligible. Perhaps it could be given before the boat is underway. Crew members answered questions in a professional and friendly way when asked. This was a very enjoyable experience!
Rating: 5
A Whale of a Time
Sun, Mar 11, 12   11:00 AM ShelbyLeigh Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
My mother, best friend, and myself had a great time on this whale watching excursion. We saw two grey whales, a pod of dolphins, and some adorable seals. Thankfully the crew also handed out 50% off coupons for the next time and I can't wait to use them! Thanks for a great tiem!
Rating: 5
Highly Recommended
Sun, Mar 11, 12   8:00 AM candigir11 Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
Such a great experience! The day started off slow with just a few dolphins but the trip ended with TWO Gray Whales! We got to hang around for about 20 min and got some good pictures! I whale watch through Dana Wharf often and will definitely be back!!
Rating: 5
Whale Tail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sun, Mar 11, 12   8:00 AM TeriMax Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Amazing....our captain stayed out over our scheduled time when we came apon 2 whales and one of them actually showed his tail...........Amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! Really made my weekend!!!!! Thank you sooooooooooo much!! :-)
Rating: 5
Fun full afternoon
Sat, Mar 10, 12   3:00 PM reneenuth Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
The day was wonderful. Unfortunely, the whales were hiding on us, but the dolphins were out to play. The staff was wonderful and very friendly and courteous. Would go again...
Rating: 5
Fresh air fun on the open seas!
Sat, Mar 10, 12   10:00 AM marysummer61 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
We had beautiful weather and the boat ride was delightful. We saw dolphins and seals but no whales. They provide you with a "whale check" (when no whales are spotted) to be used again at no charge which is a nice courtesy. Would definitely do it again--lots of fun and so nice to be outside!
Rating: 5
Excellent customer service
Sat, Mar 10, 12   9:00 AM cajunlady831 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Crew was Very friendly. We only seen dolphins for about 10 minutes, they were swimming along with the boat, got some great video. We did not see any whales and was a little disappointed, but did not blame this on the company , it was a beautiful way to start the morning with the boat ride and as we were getting off the boat the crew members gave everyone a free pass to come back again. Made my day as they did not have to do this. Will definetly be back again and will bring some more friends with us. Excellent customer service. Would recommend for everyone.
Rating: 1
shorter than 2h, no effort to find whales
Sun, Mar 4, 12   2:00 PM visiva Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I found a coupon at UCLA that advertised this company for whale watching. I went there (90 minutes driving from Los Angeles) on march 4 2012 and it was ridiculous. I wasted money and a sunny sunday. We were supposed to leave at 2pm for a 2 hour long trip. The boat departed at about 2.15. Pretty soon we found some common dolphins, nothing special. Initially I could not understand why the boat was stopping so long in that place, but then I realized why. They don't care about finding whales, just they want to show you a dolphin so that you can not be reimbursed for the trip. So the boat stopped for long time in that area with dolphins, and then basically it went very slowly back reaching Dana point at 3.50 going very slowly. It was much less than 2hours. Absolutely no effort to find whales. There is something very bad that I noticed. Very close to Dana point there was 1 single dolphin. I suspect it's there so that when the boat does not find any dolphin during the cruise, it can always find that dolphin when it is close to dana point, and no ticket can be reimbursed. This is indeed the last bad thing that happened. Since I booked a ticket after having read some advertising about whale watching, their policy instead is that 1 single dolphin is enough not to reimburse the ticket. This is ridiculous, even more in light of the fact that there is a dolphin just close to Dana point. Summing up, don't waste your money and your time with them.
Rating: 5
WOW-we saw humpbacks!
Sat, Mar 3, 12   2:00 PM auntiegogo Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Smooth and comfortable boat ride. Our leaders went the extra mile for us and took us out 7 miles where we were awed by the antics of two humpback whales right by our boat. Neat thing was, the crew were just as excited as we were! Rare sight to see these whales--sometimes they are only viewed 4-5 times a season. Would do this again in a heartbeat.
Rating: 4
dolphins, sea lions, and pelicans a plenty
Sat, Mar 3, 12   8:00 AM clemmesserli Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
It was my first whale watching trip and even though we only caght a glimpse of a southern grey snorkeling the hundreds of dolphins and other animals spotted were a welcome site. I won't hesitate to try anothet ride the next time I'm in town. CJ from Iowa