Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,177 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 210 474 11 = 463 96% 4.5
Last 6 months 292 664 13 = 651 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 524 1,209 32 = 1,177 96% 4.6
All 4,334 8,974 323 = 8,651 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 321 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) 10 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
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: 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: 5
WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE!!!
Tue, Feb 22, 11   12:00 PM snebh4 Female 50-59 Local Individual
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching has an excellent boat, captain, and crew for the best whale watching I have ever attended. I have gone out several times from Newport Harbor but Dana Wharf is definitely the BEST!
Rating: 5
Nature at its fines
Mon, Feb 21, 11   12:00 PM robertaberna Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
It was amazing to see our wildlife so up close and personal. in their own environment and not at the water parks. amazing animals and a wonderful family experience
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
Would have been great
Thu, Feb 17, 11   12:00 PM GlendaJean Female 60-69 Local Other
Sorry, but we did not get to go this time as I became ill with the flu on Monday. Sick for 5 days. Will schedule another time later.
Rating: 5
Excellent low-priced outing
Tue, Feb 15, 11   10:00 AM Carol1172 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
An enjoyable trip. The crew was friendly and informative, giving educational info about the wildlife. We saw sea lions and a very large pod of dolphin. Unfortunately the whales eluded us but the dolphin put on a delightful display and our captain maneuvered the boat so that we would get a great show. Weather was great and a group on the boat, about 100 students, along with the group we met who moved to CA from Paris, made it even more enjoyable. Can't beat the deal!
Rating: 5
A very fun date activity for us!
Mon, Feb 14, 11   4:00 PM Rbrady Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
We went on Valentines Day. We weren't sure if we would see anything but we saw one whale and a whole bunch of dolphins that were swimming right next to the boat. The crew was super nice and helpful. They knew exactly where to find the sea life. We even got to see the sunset. We would definitely recommend this to our friends.
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
What an AMAZING experience!!
Mon, Feb 14, 11   12:00 PM lowdermilk Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
This trip is definitely worth attending! Everything from purchasing the ticket to the trip itself was great. We did not see whales, but saw a "super pod" of dolphins, over 5,000, and we were right in the middle. We also saw sea lions and seals. My 8 year old was over the moon excited and could not stop smiling. The burgers on the boat are HIGHLY recommended!! Also, if you don't see any dolphins or whales, you get a ticket to return. We will absolutely go on that trip again.
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
AWESOME
Sun, Feb 13, 11   12:30 PM ColetteHory Female 30-39 Local Group of Friends
I'm tempted not to write a great review for the simple fact that I don't want the secret to get out! :) The Catamaran is the way to go if you want to get on the water and do some whale watching or sightseeing. I plan on several trips this year, and did several trips last year. It's smooth, it has the capability to move faster if you spot something and want to get there quicker, and the best part? You're not elbow to elbow like you are on the fishing boats. There's a 30-something person max which guarantees you a super comfortable trip! And, the captains are incredibly knowledgeable! If there's something to find that day, you can be sure they will find it. Nothing better than a day on this boat, some groovy reggae tunes, sun, and the big blue ocean!
Rating: 5
Truly wonderful whale watching experience!
Sun, Feb 13, 11   12:30 PM Jenibird Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
This is the third Whalewatching adventure i've been on this past month and was by far the BEST! In addition to the excellent weather - we lucked out-- dana wharf's catamaran is a great way to sail! This adventure, being an hour longer than the other tour (which is also great!) gave us more time to get to where we could see the grey whales. The dolphin love swimming in front of the boat and are incredibly fast! I think both tours are excellent but if you can afford the extra expense and extra hour for the catamaran cruise it is quite worthwhile. Hope to go back out again very soon! Thanks!!
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.