Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,311 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
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= Overall
Rating
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Last 3 months 182 397 15 = 382 95% 4.5
Last 6 months 330 721 19 = 702 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 599 1,342 31 = 1,311 97% 4.5
All 4,618 9,599 341 = 9,258 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
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Rating
% Positive Average
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 645 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 325 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 206 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 119 100% 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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Whale encounter
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 22, 11   2:00 PM rlnadler Male 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
Being that it was mid-February, we didn't really think we'd be as fortunate as se were to see and follow two "greys" for an hour or more. Unfortunately Federal laws prohibit you from getting too close, but the trip was well worthwhile in finding them and being able to photograph them. They, the two grey whales, weren't very showy.....but it was truly a wonderful experience to see whales in the wild. Highly recommend this Dana Wharf 2-hour trip on a 2-for-Tuesday cruise.
Rating: 5
Excellent Experience
Sat, Mar 7, 09   9:00 AM rlmelendez Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
this was everything the web site promised and more. I especially liked that the boat was not overbooked (in peak season) and therefore not overcrowded. There was plenty of room for my 8 year old daughter to be able to see. Wonderful activity for children, very educational and exciting.
Rating: 5
pricing
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 16, 10   10:00 AM rlfisch Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
The half-price Tuesdays is an awesome marketing move! Great value!!! I would book a fishing trip on a Tuesday as well. Great trip and great price!
Rating: 5
A really nice time
Fri, Mar 23, 12   12:00 PM Rkulinski Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was our second time at Dana Wharf and even though we didn't see any whales this time, it was our first time seeing dolphins in the wild. We got great photos, videos, and purchased a very fairly priced stuffed dolphin toy on board. Our family enjoyed the snacks and the cocktails, too! It was a great day and the staff was very kind. Since we didn't see any whales, and to their standards the dolphins weren't enough, we got a "whale check" for another cruise for free in the future, which we will certainly use on our next trip!
Rating: 3
This is the Family & Friends Time Slot
Sun, Apr 28, 13   12:45 PM rkrugel Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
While I have gone out with Dana Wharf before, and will continue to do so, as well as recommend them, I will not go out on this time slot again. The boat was packed, with a large number of kids. If you did not want to fish while dodging small children, or patiently untangle lines, the this specific package is NOT for you. I look forward to going out on a 6am or twilight trip soon!
Rating: 5
Unlucky but Awesome!
Mon, Jun 4, 12   5:30 PM rkrugel Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Although the weather did not cooperate, and the fish were not quite biting, the crew was amazing, and we all managed to have a great time. Can't wait to go back!
Rating: 1
don't purchase the ticket
Sat, Feb 14, 09   2:00 PM rkrchen Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
don't purchase the ticket unless you're absolutely sure that you will make it on the boat. their ridiculous no refund/no exchange/no reschedule policy is completely unreasonable. my date and i purchased tickets and as we arrived at dana point she began to not feel well. even so, we could not even get a refund...we didn't even go on the boat!!
Rating: 5
It was a very enjoyable and relaxing respite
Tue, Sep 11, 12   2:00 PM rkoppel Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
I would definitely do it again!
Rating: 5
Great way to spend the afternoon.
Tue, Mar 25, 08   12:00 PM rknight Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I have lived in Orange County for more than two years, and I wish that I had done this before. My cousin and grandmother came to visit from out of state, and I booked the the tour/cruise for the three of us. The weather was beautiful, the view of Dana Point from the ocean looked like a painting, and the dolphins and whales did not disappoint. We saw 4-6 gray whales and a huge pod of common dolphins. The crew/staff were very friendly and knowledgable. Also, the cruise does not interfere with the animals travel patterns or harass nature just for a photo-op.
Rating: 4
No whales but still fun
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Tue, Aug 11, 09   5:00 PM rkhattab Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Family With Children
If you want to get a seat, get there early (at least 45 mins). There is very limited seating available on the upper deck. Otherwise, be prepared to stand by the rail for 2 hours. The seating area below deck is very stuffy and will make you seasick even if you are not. Use the restroom before you leave shore. We saw lots and lots of beautiful common dolphins - that made the trip - no whales. The guide didn't have much to say but we didn't care. We paid half price on Tuesday night so it was worth it. We all had fun. Would do it again.
Rating: 5
Great time had by all!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 11, 11   2:00 PM rkeithbeal Female Unspecified Local Group of Friends
We were a group pf 40-50 people with a common interest, but we didn't all know each other. When asked later that night if we minded not seeing any whales or dolphins, everyone answered with a resounding NO! We had so much fun with each other, we didn't really miss them. AND, they refunded our tickets to come back another day! I believe they said they hadn't had a no-show run in 27 weeks. (?) This is a great activity for a meet-up or any kind of group to do something together. The Capt was informative and the crew wonderfully nice.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable experiance
Sat, Dec 8, 07   2:00 PM RKBILLY Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
The staff was helpfull. weather was bad, saw no marine life. Was very surprised that we were given a return ticket. Makes me want to come back with more people. Thanks
Rating: 4
pleasant but unthrilling
Mon, Mar 15, 10   10:00 AM rjsin83 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a beautiful day for the whale watching. The day before they saw 13 whales. We saw none. The crew tried extremely hard to find some, but all we saw were three or four white fin dolphins and sea lions on the buoys. It was quite disappointing, but the boat ride was nice.
Rating: 4
Trip Review
Fri, Jun 27  8:00 AM rjscholtz Male 60-69 Local Individual
Very nice trip - good crew!
Rating: 4
A good afternoon which delivered as advertised
Sat, Mar 27, 10   3:30 PM rjpatrick Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
We spent about 2.5 hours on the water and saw Sea Lions, Common Dolphins and three Fin Whales. Inevitably you spend a certain ammount of time waiting for something to happen but it was a nice afternoon so not a problem. Apart from the Sea Lions they are all hard to photograph though - more of a video camera than a still camera type of activity.