Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,330 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 136 285 14 = 271 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 304 663 18 = 645 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 614 1,364 34 = 1,330 97% 4.5
All 4,663 9,692 344 = 9,348 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 703 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 318 98% 4.5 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 204 90% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 94 100% 4.8
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 11 100% 4.6
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? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 4
enjoyed trip but saw only a glimpse of a whale
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 27, 12   12:00 PM RuthAnnS Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The Dana Pride was a nice boat with informative narrative. Some of the family ate from snack bar and said it was very good. We did not see much sea life on our day but the cruise was fun anyway.
Rating: 5
Fantastic Tour!!!!
Mon, Mar 26, 12   12:00 PM Poopsie07 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
All boat personnel were extremely friendly and helpful. Within 45 minutes we spotted three Gray whales and followed them for about another 45. One of the boat staff gave excellent commentary including whale facts. The boat was clean and easy to navigate around.
Rating: 5
Beautiful
Sat, Mar 24, 12   4:00 PM Ladyteesears Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour was amazing!!! The crew was nice and the boat was clean. We were able to see whales that day as wellas dolphins. Would definitely recommend the tour, and we will certainly do it again when we come back!!
Rating: 4
Good experience
Sat, Mar 24, 12   10:00 AM uintahiker Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I bought tickets for my daughters. They saw sea lions, dolphins, and sea birds. They saw no whales and had their tickets refunded. Completely reasonable and satisfactory. I look forward to taking them out again later this year to spot whales. Dana Wharf might consider cooperating with local general aviation (private and commercial pilots) to ask for spotting reports on where whales are - might improve their chances of spotting whales.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable
Sat, Mar 24, 12   10:00 AM lzylstra Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
On the morning that we went, we did not see any whales (but TONS of dolpins!). They gave us FREE tickets to come back any time (they guaruntee a whale sighting). The crew was very informative and gave a great educational talk about the whales and dolphins. Overall, it was a nice way to spend a couple of hours out on a boat!
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
Very disapointed!!
Fri, Mar 23, 12   10:00 AM vaney4 Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
This is the first time where I go In a boat and didn'Get any fish , out of 40 people in that boat only 1 person caught a fish, and only one fish.!! Very disapointed because you would ve thought they will reinburse you but , NO!!! Came back home with 0 fish and spent a lot of money on 4 trips, license and roads!!!
Rating: 5
Unforgetable experience
Wed, Mar 21, 12   2:00 PM Heroabrian Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I found this trip online when I was searching for activities to do in orange county, CA. To my surprise it was shown on the orange county's website but was not even advertised on the flyers at the hotel. I was immediately interested to do the whale watching trip and was happy that the trip provider, Danawharf, give a 40% discount! On the trip day, I was glad that the cruise boat was a big (and very clean ) catamaran which provides an outdoor seating and indoor seating area (with a bar!) as well as plenty of walkabouts around the boat as you need to walk around in case the whale shows up around the boat. In addition to that, the trip guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the whale that we were about to watch. To my surprise, the whale showed up several times, and it was an amazing view, considering that this is an open sea and that we are dealing with a wild animal. As a bonus after trailing the whale for an hour the boat took us to dolphin enclaves around the area, which is another amazing experience. All things said, I really like to recommend to do this this activity with danawharf whenever you're in OC between Nov-April as that is the best time to catch a glimpse of migrating whales. Five out of Five.
Rating: 4
We saw whales, schools of dolphins and sea lions..
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   4:00 PM lindashaub Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw just what we went to see. Nice tour
Rating: 5
This was a bucket list item for me!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   12:00 PM AMYDPRICE Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Amazing! Couldn't have been a better experience! The whales played as close as 20 feet from the back of our boat! So incredible, it brought me to tears! Crew member said it was one of the best tours/show in his 24 years of doing this!
Rating: 5
Terrific
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   12:00 PM dmhorowitz Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Taken the tour twice in summer for blue whales and spring for grays. Great both times, polite and knowledgeable staff and saw many whales
Rating: 5
WOW
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   10:00 AM chadlroth Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Totally amazing. The crew was great very friendly, and full of information. We would have loved to spend all day with them. We will go again when we get back in to the area for sure. Thanks again for a great experience.
Rating: 5
A wonderful experience!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   10:00 AM eldbike99 Unspecified 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We were so delighted and fortunate to have spotted 5 whales on our trip. Our crew was SO great, informative and polite. I would definitely recommend this company.
Rating: 5
Great Trip!
Mon, Mar 19, 12   2:00 PM jamstark Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The trip was a lot of fun! We saw 5 grey whales and also sea lions. The captain kept manuevering the boat so we could get great views of the whales, always telling us ahead of time where to look for the whales to surface. The crew was friendly and informative and made the experience very enjoyable. Thanks for a great trip!
Rating: 1
Trip canceled by Dana Wharf due to weather.
Sat, Mar 17, 12   6:30 AM willcboyd Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I can certainly understand the cancellation due to the weather. Unfortunately I flew in from Arizona, was only there for the fishing trip and now I can't get a refund. In my opinion Dana Wharf and Zerve are both a bunch of crooks.