Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,306 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 147 317 14 = 303 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 300 651 21 = 630 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 603 1,340 34 = 1,306 96% 4.5
All 4,649 9,662 344 = 9,318 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 682 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 312 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 14 100% 4.7
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
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 12, 10   10:00 AM RonZech Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw a gray whale as predicted. The highlight, however, was where we found the school of sardines being fed on by about 4 kinds of sea birds, sea lions, and dolphins, all in a broiling frenzy with sardine scales floating on the water. Lots of great close-up pictures! Beautiful day with fairly calm seas.
Rating: 5
Don't miss this opportunity to have a blast!
Sat, Jan 9, 10   12:00 PM ljsquare1 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We went on this adventure on January 9, 2010, to celebrate my sister's birthday, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. I suffer from motion sickness on almost all moving vehicles, but decided to go anyway because I wanted to spend the time with my family. I'm so glad I did, because I didn't even have a twinge of motion sickness. Although we didn't see any whales, we saw hundreds of dolphins and lots of sea lions, pelicans and seagulls. The crew was amazing and saw to our every need, including recommending a fabulous local restaurant for fresh seafood. Even if we hadn't seen any dolphins, it would have been worth the money just to be out on the ocean on a luxury yacht for a few hours. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
Rating: 4
No whales yet, lots of dolpins
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 5, 10   12:00 PM mylaherr Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Had a great time, weather was clear and sunny. We saw a lot of dolpins but no whales yet. I guess it is still early in the season. For half price it was well worth it to be out on the ocean. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4
Good outing
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 5, 10   12:00 PM krtodt Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I was a little hesitant to buy tickets online because I'd never used the site before, but we had no problems. The tickets were emailed to us and we had no problems finding the dock or the boat, and no problems with the tickets. We didn't see any whales, but saw tons of dolphins and it was a great time. We would definitely do the trip again on a half price day.
Rating: 3
No whales seen.
Sat, Jan 2, 10   10:00 AM ThomasJEllis Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Nice boat ride, but we only saw 4 risso dolphins. Voucher was given for future trip.
Rating: 4
Pleasant Day
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Dec 29, 09   2:00 PM martinef Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
While we didn't see any whales on the 2-hour trip it was a very good time spent for the money. We saw sea lions and many dolphins. The Captain worked very hard to make it an enjoyable, informative trip.
Rating: 5
I had an awesome time!
Sat, Dec 26, 09   6:30 AM pikobel Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I've only gone fishing 3x in my life.. and they were on lakes and i only caught one fish, so i would consider myself a beginner. I figure based on the reviews that i read that this boat trip would be a great experience for me and maybe i would learn something about fishing. I went on the 1/2 day trip... 6:30am-11:30am .. I went with my sister.. being the only females on the boat... and probrably also being the only people under the age of 30..and maybe also the only BEGINNERS on the boat. i had a great time!! i caught 7 fishes... i learn what each fished were called.. and i even caught 2 poisonous fishes!! which the guys on the boat helped me out with. both me and my sister came home with 3 good size Sand Bass. The boat provides the bait for you (squid and sardines), and the guys help u with unhooking the fishes from your pole if u need help. You can bring your own food, but there is food on the boat as well; there is a volunteer jackpot for who catches the biggest fish too. Very cold, make sure you wear lots of LAYERS of clothes.. i had 7 layers on.. still very cold!! Especially make sure your ears, neck, and hands are covered... VERY COLD!! :-) People on the boat were very friendly and helpful. I would definately do it again!
Rating: 4
awesome customer service in lue of bad weather.
Wed, Dec 23, 09   10:00 AM TKRiexinger Female 40-49 Unspecified Family Without Children
Our trip was postponed 1 day due to bad weather. Gale force winds etc. (thank you for not taking a chance on the ocean with our life's :) ). The next morning we went out but it was still a rough ocean and we saw only sea lions around a bouy but enjoyed a beautiful view of the coast. We received a voucher to return any time for another 2 hour whale watch excursion. I asked when it expired and the reply was NEVER. That is rare and we appreciate it especially because DanaWharf has no control over the weather! Great customer service and damage control in the face of bad weather. We are from NIagara Falls NY and may never make it back to beautiful California but if we can, we'll be back to Dana Wharf! Thank you K & T Riexinger
Rating: 3
No whales
Wed, Dec 23, 09   10:00 AM KatharinaE Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We are from New England and I've never seen a whale on the MANY trips I've been on...I was pumped to finally HOPEFULLY see one but we didn't, oh well! Maybe next time!
Rating: 4
If only the whales had cooperated.
Sun, Dec 20, 09   12:00 PM susan25 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The boat trip alone is great, but it would have helped if the whales had cooperated and been present. We did see some California sea lions and the discussion about them and how they are different from seals was informative. We didn't see any other marine life except for sea birds until the very end when the boat ran thru some bait fish being chased by some dolphins. There was a potential sighting of a whale, but it was already too far behind us as we entered the harbor and we couldn't take the time to verify what it was. The captain made sure that we had the opportunity to go out again free of charge, which he really didn't have to do.
Rating: 5
One great afternoon on the ocean.
Mon, Dec 14, 09   12:00 PM Zambia100 Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Working with the people of Zerve was a pleasant experience. They patiently answered all my questions. When rain threatened our day to go out whale watching, they patiently helped out by moving our date from a Saturday to a Monday. When our party increased from two to four persons, there was no problem getting the extra tickets. I appreciated the attached map and instructions to get to the Dana Point wharf. Thank you all. We had a great time. I recommend this activity for everyone, all ages, all backgrounds.
Rating: 5
Great time!
Sun, Dec 6, 09   2:00 PM sundaybikers Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Love being on a boat, it's a relaxing time! We saw a school of tens of dolphins and a Blue Wale, the Captain was nice enough to spend more time to wait for the whale to come up again! We were late 5 min but nobody complained, we saw the Blue Whale!
Rating: 5
Terrific outing even without the whales.
Fri, Dec 4, 09   12:00 PM loiscohen1 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Staff was well informed and interesting. We knew it was early in the season for the grey whales and we did get to see 4 varieties of dolphins. Very nice experience.
Rating: 5
Great Trip and Beautiful Sunset!
Tue, Nov 24, 09   3:30 PM junkomuraki Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
What a lovely trip! It gets cold on the boat, so have very warm jackets/hats/gloves ready. We saw a lot of dolphins (three different kinds), and also saw two sea lions. What a fun way to spend the afternoon, and the view from the ocean was gorgeous. I would definitely go again!
Rating: 4
You need to understand the ticketing
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Nov 24, 09   1:00 PM joaneasley Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Our boat ride was great. We didn't see whales, but we spent time with two large, playful pods of dolphins. They put on an amazing show, even purposely swimming right under our boat. My one frustration happened when I tried to order tickets. When I first tried to order in mid-November, Zerve gave me a choice between the next two Tuesdays -- Nov 17 or Nov 24. I wanted Tuesday, Nov 24 because it was my daughter's birthday. Up until Nov 17th, every time I tried to order tickets for the following Tue the 24th, I would get an error message. I only wanted 2 tickets, but the computer wouldn't accept an order for less than 6. However, on Wed Nov 18th, I was able to order two tickets for the 24th without a problem. So if that happens to you, wait to order your tickets until there is no other trip scheduled before the one you want to take. Other than that quirk, the trip was fine.