Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,319 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 178 389 15 = 374 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 321 700 19 = 681 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 604 1,350 31 = 1,319 97% 4.5
All 4,630 9,622 341 = 9,281 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 665 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 317 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 207 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 116 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 17, 12   10:00 AM kellyhoward Female 40-49 Local Other
It was a great trip, the captain really stayed with the whales,. The crew was great also, I have already passed the word to all of my friends and framily....
Rating: 5
So glad we went with Dana Wharf!
Mon, Jan 16, 12   12:00 PM bbarmore Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My two sons and I live in in Carlsbad and were hosting relatives from Texas. We picked Dana Wharf for a whale watching trip even though we could have gone to Oceanside Harbor or San Diego. It was a great choice. The boat was clean, the crew friendly and knowledgable, and best of all we not only saw whales, but hundreds of dolphins swimming with the boat. I don't know how rare that is, but it was magical. Didn't know if we could match the experience my relatives had when they were in Hawaii, but they were all smiles. Great day and a great family memory.
Rating: 3
good time
Sun, Jan 15, 12   2:00 PM lexkears Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
we had a nice time but didn't see any whales... lots of dolphins though.
Rating: 5
Would go again at twice the price!
Sun, Jan 15, 12   12:00 PM Misty_Rose Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Awe inspiring! Breathtaking! I smiled the whole time. I was happy just seeing all the dolphins play but to actually spot a whale and see it's tail while hearing a live informative narrative was awesome. I was there with my niece because it was on our bucket list but I would highly recommend it for a date. There's food, a bar and even the NFL on the tv during the trip and it's the smoothest ride.
Rating: 5
Exciting Trip
Sat, Jan 14, 12   10:00 AM jsolson Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
We often take visitors to special things in the area, and whale watching is one of the true highlights. This trip we found and followed a grey whale for about 20 minutes, getting his rhythm, seeing the deep dive with tail flop a number of times. Really exciting. I love it because this is where the whales live; it's not SeaWorld. The boat trip up and down the coast is also very beautiful. I'll be back, alone or with visitors, many times again.
Rating: 5
Don't miss this great adventure!
Thu, Jan 12, 12   12:00 PM linda1101 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
This excursion was WONDERFUL! The captain of the boat worked hard to find us Whales and was very knowledgeable and educational. He maintained a respectable, yet close, distance to the animals. The trip was 2 hours and we were all really sorry to see it end. This is an inexpensive and wonderful way to spend an afternoon and is definitely something I will do again.
Rating: 4
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 10, 12   12:00 PM DinoDeMarco Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Good info, saw shy mom and calf, risso and dolphin
Rating: 5
Fun & informative outing
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 10, 12   12:00 PM carina914 Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
We had a great time, the crew is young and very informative and respectful of the sea-life! As the captain saw the different dolphins (common, bottle nose & rizzos) he told us a lot of information of the different species that was very interesting. We also saw a whale and her calf, we really liked how respectful the crew was of the whale "mom" and calf and kept their distance . Wonderful outing and the crew was great!
Rating: 4
Lovely afternoon off Dana Point, CA
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 10, 12   12:00 PM llp342003 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We took part in the Whale Watching expedition (Dana Wharf Sportfishing) last week. Though it was January, Southern California's weather was beautiful. Our boat was clean, tidy, and the crew was very helpful. My parents, in their 80's, were able to sit comfortably in the galley, and watch the cruise from inside. Our captain was very informative, and we saw a "pod" of a type of whale I'd never heard of, a few schools of dolphins (they loved playing in the wake of the boat!), and two grey whales (a mother and her calf.) The trip was just the right length and was very pleasant. Though we did not eat, the cooking coming from the galley smelled great!
Rating: 5
A very pleasant experience
Mon, Jan 9, 12   12:00 PM KathyEdwards Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We thoroughly enjoyed the whale watching experience. Of course, it helped that we were able to follow a grey whale for about 1/2 an hour, and observed a school of 60 or more dolphins, finalized by viewing a small group of a larger species of dolpins. The captain of the boat shared knowledge regarding the different sea creatures we observed, which enhanced the experience. All in all, I would reccommend it and would do it again.
Rating: 5
Great trip.
Mon, Jan 9, 12   10:00 AM suearchbold Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The whole trip was great. Weather was great, fishing was even better. Lots of keepers and just as many fun to reel in throw-backs. Captain and deck hand were really terrific as always.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Sat, Jan 7, 12   10:00 AM karenmiller1 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Although we didn't see any whales I was not disappointed. I saw dolphins playing and jumping in the water. I had never seen them other than Sea World before. They were very close to the boat and I could see the different types of dolphins. It was very exciting. I also saw many sea lions floating in the ocean with their flippers pointed towards the sun. The two hours was the perfect amount of time. It was a wonderful experience I plan on enjoying again.
Rating: 5
Enjoyable informative trip
Fri, Jan 6, 12   2:00 PM Lizzardhagen Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
We saw two gray whales and hung out with fun group of dolphins. The captain sped up the boat and the dophins were playing in the wake. It was great!
Rating: 5
Awesome Experience
Fri, Jan 6, 12   12:00 PM Coggsfam5 Female Unspecified Local Family With Children
My husband and I took our three children and my mother on this whale watching excursion. The crew was courteous, professional and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, we didn't see any grey whales, but we did encounter a pod of at least a 100 bottlenosed dolphins. They swam right up to the boat, giving us a front row seat to the beauty and majesty of these amazing creatures. My kids can't wait to go again and neither can I.
Rating: 5
Great Afternoon
Thu, Jan 5, 12   2:00 PM MHanson Female 70+ Local Family With Children
Boat very clean. Staff friendly and informative. Good value for the price.