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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 2
The trip went to the Birds
Thu, Sep 1, 11   10:00 AM Yaronlohr Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We were attacked by birds the whole trip. I caught 6 birds 1 fish. The trip was unorganized and the crew had no idea what to do about the birds that were attacking the boat 24/7
Rating: 4
Twilight Fishing Was a BLAST!
Wed, Aug 31, 11   5:30 PM eacrawfo Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
We enjoyed the twilight fishing with the gang at the Dana Warf Sport Fishing! We had a great time. The crew did a great job of helping us out with the "fish on" and addressing the needs with our tackle. We will be back!
Rating: 5
Highly recommended
Wed, Aug 31, 11   10:00 AM smadere Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
Crew nd staff extremely helpful,great time.
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 time with knowledgeable, friendly guides
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 30, 11   12:00 PM davingal Male 30-39 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The best praise that I can give is that they give you your money's worth on their tours - packing as much sea life as possible for the day in the 2 hrs. Would definitely go back next time I'm in SoCal
Rating: 5
Great Trip
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 30, 11   10:00 AM paulgriffith Male 70+ Local Couple on a Date
Everything about the experience was excellent...from the crew to the cleanliness of the boat. The crew's ability to find Blue Whales and Dolphins was outstanding and the Captain's narrative along the way was especially valuable and not overdone.
Rating: 4
N/A
Fri, Aug 26, 11   10:00 AM LouisNelson Male 60-69 Local Individual
N/A
Rating: 5
a great event
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Thu, Aug 25, 11   2:00 PM doug2006 Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
had a great time - would recommend
Rating: 3
Where's the fish
Thu, Aug 25, 11   10:00 AM jdurandesign Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Crew and day were great, but no fish. This is my second trip out of Dana Point and we only caught two. Out of a group of 40, the boat was lucky to catch 15
Rating: 4
Great crew, slow fishing, pelicans suck
Wed, Aug 24, 11   10:00 AM JaredCBell Male 20-29 Local Individual
My fishing time was 10am to 3pm. Typical half day. We left at about 1020 on the Sum Fun boat, stopped to get the live bait, arrived at our first fishing spot at a little after 11. But aside from the late start, the captain also fished later than we were supposed to which was nice. Crew was VERY helpful with everyone, didnt seem to get annoyed either especially with all the kids on board. They pushed the boat almost to its max (60 people) with 54. But amazingly, I only got crossed once and was able to fish almost the entire time. I hooked up TWO pelicans at once, crew member ran over and got them off no problem. After that it was a sculpin fest and they were running around helping everyone get them off their lines. My only complaint is that we sat on dead spots for a bit longer than I would have liked. It was extremely slow fishing as it was and I think we should have moved around a bit more. But Im not a captain and im not sure exactly how they decide where, when and what spots to go to. Anyways, only caught two fish, neither of them keepers, hooked into something MASSIVE though which was fun to pull up. It swam down and got caught under a rock but luckily my 65lb braid was able to pull it up. Half way up to the boat, it got off the hook. Good experiences all around and I learned a lot as this was my first party boat. Tips: 1) Bring Dramamine if you get motion sickness at all. The boats out there really rock 2) the heavier weight the better. I was using 4oz pyramid with a double dropper loop setup and with the strong current was able to stay almost right in front of me, while everyone else was drifting around. 3) Cast or drop when no pelicans are by your bait. They were extremely annoying stealing everyones bait and getting tangled. The big weight helps the bait get down before they dive for it as well. 4) 15-20 line is all you need. I had 65lb braid to a 20lb fluoro top shot. This worked really well ripping through the kelp beds. 5) Smaller live bait the more fish you will catch. You can go big and try to get bigger fish but if you want more of an enjoyable experience, stick with the small sardines or anchovies. The ticket our day was squid strips though. 6) if you are an experienced angler, arrive a little early so you can get a spot you want on the boat. I was first in line and got the spot I wanted. This is also key for pre-launch. I was flipping a swim bait by the docks waiting for people to load on to the boat. I got slammed by a huge barracuda right there. Wasnt able to set the hook though but theres a lot of fish in that area. Just a little warmup fun.
Rating: 5
The icing on the cake for your trip to Dana Point!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 23, 11   4:00 PM DYNAZOR Male 60-69 Local Individual
The tour really delivered the goods, with dolphins in abundance and many blue whale sightings. The captain's narration was excellent as well. What better way to spend a part of your day during your visit to beautiful Dana Point. The boat is new, clean, and comfortable. Not only was the crew friendly, but so were the other guests on board; I guess having a really good experience brings out the best in people. In summation, take this trip, you won't be disappointed. The 1/2 price special offered on Tuesdays (the day I went) made it extra sweet.
Rating: 5
Life Affirming Experience!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 23, 11   2:00 PM JohnnyTu Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
From the initial journey out to open waters, the deck of the Catamaran put us hovering just above the water.. It was moderately windy, so the waves heaved us up and frequently dropped us a good 5-6 meters to be met with sprays. The Captain expertly guided us to close proximity with first a couple of seals, then a few blue whales coming up for air.. He was able to spot and track them with extreme accuracy, as well as, time their surfacing intervals (we came back when they resurfaced). We took a side excursion to play with a couple hundred dolphins. They DID dance and play in a way you would never experience at an aquarium or Sea World. Imagine a couple hundred of them leaping in a row.. row after row, in sync. We then returned to the spot the surfacing whales.. In the wild and open waters.. we were unexpectedly became aware of the amazing and precious life that surrounds us. Seeing the blue whales and it's majestic body coming out of the water.. should make anyone humble and speachless!
Rating: 5
A Great Birthday Event
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Aug 21, 11   6:00 PM brihan Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
To get away from the usual birthday bbq we decided on a family adventure to celebrate mom's 76th. We had 12 people ages 10 to 96 and EVERYONE had a great time. The boat (Dana Pride) was very clean and although it looked like a very long line of people getting on the boat there was plenty of room. The crew was great as Captain Mike found many pods of playful dolphins and Betsy tended to all the passengers and made sure everyone was having a good time. She made the trip very special. Thanks Betsy!! We all got off the boat wondering why we had not done this long ago and I'm sure we will be back for another trip. Make sure you stop by Turk's before and/or after the trip for cocktails and a bite to eat.
Rating: 3
only minimal efforts
Sun, Aug 21, 11   2:00 PM abausch Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
the 2 hour tirp was much more an 1 hour trip!! the trips are scheduled in such a way, that per default they are always much shorter than promised - the maximal possible time on the sea is 1,5 hours....!! this is serious cheating, but probable the wording in the web is legally ok.... the captian was nice and fun, the boat was fast and in a good shape, yet the captain did not really go the extra mile to really find whales or any intersting wildlife.... certainly there is luck in it, yet a bit more effort and time would go a long way...
Rating: 5
Memory-of-a-Lifetime!
Fri, Aug 19, 11   2:00 PM FranBuster Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
The whole operation is very professional. Our captain was very knowledgeable and guided us directly to where he knew a whale to be. We watched this whale for at least half an hour. We also "played" with countless dolphins. The only complaint was that the optimal viewing was on the front of the deck, and one had to be a bit aggressive to get there. But overall, the whole experience was most amazing and wonderful. We had one of the most memorable times of our lives! Very highly recommended!