Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,172 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 210 472 11 = 461 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 293 665 13 = 652 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 523 1,204 32 = 1,172 96% 4.6
All 4,335 8,975 323 = 8,652 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season 360 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale Watch 322 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 289 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 157 85% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 40 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 4 100% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
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: 4
Very good time. Well worth the price.
Tue, Feb 22, 11   12:00 PM johnb1 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw two grey whales and a few dolphins. Even without that, however, the boat ride itself was worth the price. The day was beautiful, the scenery from the boat was great, and the crew was very good. My wife and I really enjoyed it.
Rating: 5
Dana Wharf
Tue, Feb 22, 11   12:00 PM jfenton365 Male 70+ Local Individual
Had a very exciting trip aboard the "Dana Pride" Was happy with the knowledgeable crew and their ability to place us in a position for photographs and general viewing of the Whales.
Rating: 4
provider strives to give people their monies worth
Tue, Feb 22, 11   12:00 PM pbupbu1 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
dolphins more exciting than whales
Rating: 3
it was ok for the money spent
Sun, Feb 20, 11   12:00 PM janice2002 Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
The boat ride was ok, it was a little under a 2 hour cruise up the harbor from dana point to laguna beach area. Didn't see any whales, the captain for the ship spent a lot of time following dolphins. Was not worth the money spent.
Rating: 5
Worth the extra $20.00
Sun, Feb 20, 11   11:30 AM clj_131 Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
You can go cheaper but you wont find a better crew or boat. No diesel smell, quiet, smooth, not crowded, nice selection in the galley, grilled cheese smelled great! Crew was knowledgeable, pleasant, and worked hard to get us to see whales, dolphin, and even found us a rare sunfish! I will use them again. I gladly tipped them after the tour. Don't forget to ask for a parking pass at check-in - no parking ticket worries if your tour runs long.
Rating: 4
Saw alot but was persuaded to go
Sun, Feb 20, 11   11:30 AM patpauls Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
The trip it self was awesome. Saw about 5-6 gray whales, bunch of dolphins and sea lions, even saw a huge sun fish outta no where! Bright sunny day fun boat ride my girlfriend was afraid to walk anywhere and that was perfect. But the descripition says a close encounter with the sea life as you watch swim below you in our special observation deck.... I thought that meant a glass floor like just a square... nope they mean front of the boat... WOo hoo lol any boat has a front. And the prices are insane for food and drinks but thats not a surprise.
Rating: 4
Fun trip out to sea!
Sat, Feb 19, 11   12:00 PM jose85138 Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
This was an enjoyable trip, we got to see part of a whale who was being stubborn but overall I enjoyed the trip out to sea. I liked the fact that the tour company wants to ensure your satisfaction and provided passes for a future whale watching trip, although we wont be in Orange County again in the near future we will definitely consider this company for next time.
Rating: 5
Shut out but received a "whale check"
Tue, Feb 15, 11   12:00 PM PaulPie Male 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
great trip and narrative, saw nothing but are returning for free trip soon--scheduling make sure if on early boat there's no school groups unless you're into teerns having fun glad we went on mid day trip
Rating: 5
You can't beat the low price or the guarantee.
Mon, Feb 14, 11   4:00 PM DavidRizzo Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
It's nice getting your moneys-worth, and you do with these guys. Friendly and competent crew. The boat wasn't overcrowded. We saw a whale, but if we hadn't, the boat operator was willing to issue a discount voucher for a future trip. Awesome.
Rating: 5
Fun and Romance in Dana Point
Mon, Feb 14, 11   4:00 PM surfingolas Male 30-39 Unspecified Couple on a Date
We have done this trip every valentines day for the last few years and have never been dissapointed. We have only been on one trip where we didn't see a whale and on that trip we still saw a tightly grouped pod of dolphins that were very entertaining. The crew on the boats are always invormative and personable and we always make at least one new friend. We look forward to it every year and will be going again next year. Cheaper than a french restaurant and twice as romantic
Rating: 3
Only fair experience
Sun, Feb 13, 11   12:45 PM TopherChris Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Crew not organized to keep fishing entertaining and informative. No rotation enforced thus people just stayed in one location and made parts of boat over crowded.
Rating: 5
Dana Point Whale Watching
Sun, Feb 13, 11   12:00 PM roneal Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Had an incredible time. Took my wife and two young children out for a 2 hour whale watching trip. We were able to see a large pod of Dolphins as well as two gray whales. The captain and crew were great. Well educated in the sights and wildlife. Food onboard the boat was good. Great experience overall and great memory maker for our kids.
Rating: 5
Excellent Tour!!
Sun, Feb 13, 11   10:00 AM kedar123 Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Knowledgeble Captain and crew. Very informative. Went the extra mile to get us closer to the whale. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5
Always great
Sun, Feb 13, 11   10:00 AM devered Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
a fine california grey whale and a huge pod of common dolphins - the captain always finds them and treats them with huge respect
Rating: 5
An amazing whale watching excursion!
Sat, Feb 12, 11   4:00 PM MATTBARR2011 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Let me start out by saying that this is our family's 5th whale watching experience with Dana Wharf. The fact that we come back yearly should speak volumes alone. We have been fortunate enough to see not only dolphins and seals, but a whale or two every time we've gone. Is this typical? Probably not. But, if you don't go, you will never see a whale! :) It's kinda like the lottery, you have to play to win!. So, expect to be thrilled by the experience, At the very least, It's always a good day for a boat ride in beautiful Orange County. Bring plenty of cash for drinks and snacks, (a large bloody marry is $10). Dress appropriately, wear layers of clothing and a hat. Wear shoes that make sense. You can wear your heels ladies, but if you do, then you deserve to fall in! Expect to be standing most of the time. The boat can get crowded and seating is limited and availability depends on the vessel. Have a good attitude. Be nice to strangers and the staff. Side note, we always go on the last cruise of the day. The sunsets are breathtaking and the captain tends to take his time getting back.