Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,178 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 204 461 10 = 451 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 293 665 13 = 652 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 525 1,210 32 = 1,178 96% 4.6
All 4,338 8,984 323 = 8,661 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale Watching in Gray Whale Season 360 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale Watch 328 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 Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 3
Whale watching - don't wait too long!
Sun, Mar 1, 09   12:00 PM cakaras Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
While it was a beautiful day at sea and we saw many beautiful pods of dolphins, no whales were to be found. We waited too late in the season (Mar 1) so missed the south whales and too early for the north. The out-of-towners were all disappointed. I've been on no-whale trips before, but the captain and crew were able to make the trip entertaining with great information and attitude. Not this trip. I recommend the large catamaran vs. a cruiser like the Dana Pride.
Rating: 4
Great weekend activity!
Sat, Feb 28, 09   12:00 PM petusa Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
we did the two hour trip and if you have nice weather like we did this is a phantastic activity. The only reason I didn't give 5***** is because we didn't get to see a whale but that's just nature. In return we got to see lots and lots of dolphins up close. We went on the boat not the cat and the guy below making the burgers and drinks totally rocks. If you're lucky enough to actually see a whale this will make one of the greatest days of your life!
Rating: 4
We'd do it again!
Tue, Feb 24, 09   12:00 PM pricedogs2 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was our first time whalewatching with Dana Wharf. It was a smaller boat than on previous trips and that was a plus. The boat was clean, the crew was friendly and informative. We didn't have to go to far out before we began to follow a whale. On the return trip we spotted 4-5 more. We all had a good time.
Rating: 4
fishing trip
Sun, Feb 22, 09   6:30 AM dhorn7233 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The staff and crew was great and the fishing was excellent. Good bait,, no large groups on boat and plenty of room to fish.
Rating: 5
Whale watching in Dana Point
Thu, Feb 19, 09   2:00 PM JOSIEPUGH Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
My friends came from Chicago and were staying in San Diego when they decided to go whale watching. I told them to come up here since it was more convenient to get tickets, get on the ship, and more pleasant surroundings. We went whale watching, and although we didn't see any whales(can't predict), we did see hundreds of dolphins, non stop. The ship was beatiful(Dana Pride), plenty of room to walk around or sit, inside or out. It was a beautiful day, the coastline was fabulous, and we got great pictures. My friends said it was an E ticket, can't get better than that.
Rating: 4
good day on the water
Wed, Feb 18, 09   10:00 AM stanmcmullin Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Friendly, helpful crew made the fishing enjoyable. We caught enough fish for dinner without landing anything very large. It was winter fishing and we were satisfied with the day. Equipment rented was fine and bait supplied did the tick.
Rating: 4
Would do it again!
Sun, Feb 15, 09   1:00 PM kmaag1 Unspecified Unspecified Local Group of Friends
We took the catamaran boat for our whate watching experience. It was awesome! Weather was cold but clear, water was calm, boat was comfortable and offered both indoor and outdoor seating and/or standing. We saw whales on 4 different occasions during the 2 hour trip, however, they were very elusive, and did not like the boats approaching, so they stayed very quiet and did not exhale in a way that would allow us to see the big spray from their blowhole. Instead, they would come up to the surface, quietly exhale, then go back down again -- so, you only got to see a small part of the top of them, and just for a quick second or two. It was still really neat to observe. The dolphins were incredible though! There were hundreds of them, and they loved to play in the wakes of the boat. They were so much fun to watch! We also got to check out the seals on our way back to the dock. All in all, it was a great experience, and I would definitly do it again! :)
Rating: 5
Lots of Fun & Highly Recommended
Sat, Feb 14, 09   4:00 PM coolchic1123 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We had a wonderful time on our whale watching cruise, we saw whales and dolphins and the staff was very accomidating and friendly. The scenery was beautiful and we all enjoyed our trip.
Rating: 4
Good for the off season.
Sat, Feb 14, 09   12:00 PM Bob_Parr Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
I had to remind myself it was the off season, not a lot of fish were caught. The water was cold and it was the day after a rain storm. However, the crew was friendly and helpful, the boat wasn't crowded and it was a beautiful day, so why complain. I would suggest the crew place the bait knife out of the reach of children as 4 kids that had been "dumped" by mom were playing with everything in sight.
Rating: 5
Great Bargain
Tue, Feb 3, 09   2:00 PM bethyamamuro Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
We had a large group on a limited budget, so we wouldn't have been able to consider the trip without this special Tuesday discount pricing. We saw several whales and a family of dophins swam alongside the boat, but we would have been satisfied even with just the boat ride, which was refreshing and fun. Thanks Dana Wharf, and please consider more specials for locals like us!
Rating: 5
Great tour
Tue, Feb 3, 09   12:00 PM mybetancur Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
my friends and I were very happy with the service and every body was very please because we were able to see the whales. We will do it again next year. Thank you
Rating: 5
Had a ball!
Tue, Feb 3, 09   10:00 AM nh2stay Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
It was alot of fun. We are planning on going again!
Rating: 3
Nice Day and Ride...but no whales / dolphins.
Tue, Jan 27, 09   12:00 PM tljohnst Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
It was a beautiful day, nice people...but we didn't see any whales or dolphins.
Rating: 4
Pretty nice boat trip
Tue, Jan 20, 09   12:00 PM marydahl Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We enjoyed the boat ride but saw only a few dolphins and no whale. As we took the whale watching and were wanting to see whales, of course we were disappointed. We did this trip 5 or 6 years ago and although we again did not see whales, we ran into a large group of dolphins jumping up and running along side he boat for almost a 1/2 hour.
Rating: 5
Fun
Tue, Jan 6, 09   10:00 AM 9594mrios Male Under 20 Local Group of Friends
Good fun whether you catch or not!