Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,182 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 206 465 10 = 455 97% 4.5
Last 6 months 299 677 13 = 664 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 526 1,214 32 = 1,182 96% 4.6
All 4,345 8,999 323 = 8,676 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 359 97% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale Watch 334 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 156 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? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
No Whales, but an excellent activity.
Wed, Mar 2, 11   12:00 PM fulnez Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We didn't see any whales, but the views, dolphins, and crew were great!! We will go again in hopes of a whale of a good time. I don't know why we waited so many years to go. Remember, it is about 10% cooler on the ocean.
Rating: 5
Great time!
Mon, Feb 28, 11   2:00 PM SLGarcia Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Beautiful day. The boat was large and comfortable, and on our day not many people on board so it was like a private tour. The crew were very nice and knowledgeable about the whales and dolfins that we saw and it was fun to learn new things about them. Get on board . . . everyone should experience this adventure.
Rating: 4
great family outing
Sun, Feb 27, 11   12:00 PM svrubin Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We enjoyed a sunny day on the water last Sunday. Though no whales were seen, the 2 hour tour fit the bill for the attention span of my younger 2 kids (4 and 7 yrs) - though the 10 year old would have been more excited to actually see whales. We saw a beautiful pod of dolphins, some seals and sea lions. The fresh-grilled burger and BLT sandwich were awesome! The little kids loved the ring pops. Some families were experiencing seasickness but we did OK. I will consider a longer trip (one of the 3-4 hour ones) with just my 10 year old to increase our chance of seeing a whale. The boat seemed pretty full but we found an outdoor table with bench seats and then moved around to the sides when we wanted to get closer to view the dolphins
Rating: 5
A lot of fun
Thu, Feb 24, 11   12:00 PM tmihalko Female 40-49 Local Other
Although we didnt see any whales, we saw a LOT of dolphin. The boat was nice, the bathrooms were clean and the crew seemed knowledgeable and fun. We truly had an enjoyable time.
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.