Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,304 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 190 418 15 = 403 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 341 754 19 = 735 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 598 1,338 34 = 1,304 96% 4.5
All 4,614 9,589 341 = 9,248 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 639 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 324 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 200 90% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 125 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 16 100% 4.5
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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Never disappointed with Dana Wharf Sportfishing
Wed, Feb 22, 12   2:00 PM jennygarden Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Spent last Wed (2/21) on the afternoon whale watch with my son and his friend. The crew was TIRELESS in their efforts to find whales, going over the allotted time by almost 45 minutes. Thanks to their patience & know-how, we saw four fin whales--GLORIOUS! That's on top of seeing a pod of dolphins, which are always amazing to see. We go on about two whale watches a year, and we are always so happy with DWS; they also happen to make the best grilled cheese sandwiches in the galley!
Rating: 5
Perfect day. Great dolphin and whale experience!!
Wed, Feb 22, 12   12:00 PM lkubin Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Perfect length of tour. Perfect amount of passengers on ship. I have been on other trips that lasted way too long and had way too many people on the boat. We had a great time!!!
Rating: 5
Amazing Experience
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 21, 12   12:00 PM irishcelt1 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Dana Wharf Sport fishing and Whale Watching is an amazing company to go whale watching with. This was my first experience with whale watching, but the captain was very knowledgeable about the whales, dolphins, and sea lions. The crew were also very knowledgeable and helpful. They let us know what to look for so that we would be able to get the best pictures. It was an incredibly amazing experience and I would and have recommend this company. The fact that they offer a half-price day allowed me to add this when I normally wouldn't have.
Rating: 5
wonderful day
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 21, 12   12:00 PM karolynmarr Female 70+ Local Other
Beautiful day, calm seas, and we even saw a whale which was very entertaining.
Rating: 5
Great trip
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 21, 12   12:00 PM pammyc Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
The boat was clean....we cast off on time....the crew was helpful and talked to everyone......knowledgeable.....AND We had a whale frolicking next to the boat for almost an hour. The whale and dolphins and sea lions seemed to be playing with each other and keeping up with the boat.
Rating: 5
Family fun for an afternoon on the ocean!
Mon, Feb 20, 12   2:00 PM GlendaCarhar Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
For my 56th birthday I decided to treat my parents, spouse, teenage AND adult children and grandchildren (ages 2,5,6 and 11) to whale watching at the Dana Point Harbor. We have gone before and had a fun adventure for the day. Although last year when we went for Valentine's Day we had a spectacular day (seeing not only whales, but dolphins and seals) this year our tour guide left the whales we spotted first thing, to visit a pod of dolphins. Turned out that we never did get to see whales for the day. In addition, our guide ignored a number of seals sun bathing and zoomed right past them. I guess because we had such a fantastic trip last year this year was a bit uneventful except for the 15 minutes we had with the dolphins! I understand that depending on the day and time we don't always see all three of these amazing creatures however we might have had the guide followed the first whale he had spotted and also taken us for five minutes to see the seals! All-in-all the trip on the ocean was fun, the boat very comfortable and the hot chocolate and snacks were tasty! We are planning another trip out to see the whales with my brother when he comes to visit from Northern California. This time I will ask the guide to see the seals too! I would definitely recommend this activity for all ages and especially families with children!
Rating: 4
Whale Watching
Sun, Feb 19, 12   2:00 PM andhutting1 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Guides were very informative. Only problem were adults who sat on table tops and blocked view for children and shorter adults.
Rating: 5
Enjoyable and informative!!
Sun, Feb 19, 12   12:00 PM EPolizzi Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
My whole group had a wonderful time on this trip: we saw so many dolphins, a few whales, and learned so much about where we live. I want to do it again next week!
Rating: 5
It was fun!!
Sat, Feb 18, 12   12:00 PM kimberlytyhu Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We went to go whale watching for my grandaughters birthday. We did not see a whale but enjoyed the boat ride and and while heading back into the harbor we were surrounded by a couple hundred dolphins the captain cruised around and the dolphins played right next to our boat it was fun. Since we did not see a whale we were offered a whale check to go out again for free. The crew was great as well. What else could we ask for!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rating: 4
Awesome experience, bit pricey, no whales
Tue, Feb 14, 12   4:00 PM erikalovespj Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We love this whale watching tour. The price goes up significantly every year though :( we wish they sold tickets through Goldstar for the dates/times we want. Whales are hit or miss and we can't blame them. For Valentines day, if it was 2 comp glasses of Champagne - it would be perfect! dolphins are super cute if you don't get whales - it's still really cool :)
Rating: 5
So much fun
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 14, 12   12:00 PM Socalfem Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
This was so much fun, we saw a grey whale, a humpback whale, seals and dolphins ! I would recommend it for everyone. Just the views alone were great
Rating: 5
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 14, 12   12:00 PM Thomasct Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
We saw two whales, one making quite a show. Also had fun watching a large pod of dolphins. I loved this day.
Rating: 4
Great time!
Mon, Feb 13, 12   2:00 PM Cjbock Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Fantastic crew!
Rating: 3
Mon, Feb 13, 12   12:00 PM yvonne1234 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We saw not one whale on our 2 hour tour. That was disappointing!
Rating: 2
Did not see any whales
Mon, Feb 13, 12   12:00 PM RitvaDiCarlo Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
It was cold and windy, saw quite a few dolphins but no whales. We were disappointed as we had family from Europe and Chicago area with us.