Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.9  63 rating points
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Catamaran Adventure Cruises

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Join us for an extraordinary whale watching experience aboard the OCean Adventure, an eco-friendly, state-of-the-art catamaran.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Beautiful day on the water!
Thu, Sep 15, 11   2:00 PM nettebini Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
As a certified "whale geek," I've been on a lot of whale watching cruises with a variety of companies. My afternoon on the water with Dana Wharf Whale Watching definitely ranks near the top of all my experiences. The crew was helpful, informative and courteous. We learned about the area, the animals and more. The boat was fantastic. Clean, stable, well appointed. There was plenty of room for everyone to have a great view. Oh, and the view? We were treated to great looks at blue whales, common dolphins and California sea lions. Not to mention the beauty of the California coastline.

We had a fantastic time. We'd recommend Dana Wharf Whale Watching to anyone looking for a good, safe wildlife viewing adventure. We'll definitely be back next time we're in Southern California!
Rating: 5
Wow
Wed, Sep 14, 11   12:00 PM John_Susan Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We are from Indiana on a business / vacation and saw the add in the hotel fliers. The catamaran was very clean and manned by a very friendly and knowledgeable crew. The most rememberable part of the adventure was the sight of the Blue Whale. If we are ever able to get back to California we will diffenatly make anouther booking. Thank you very much in helping book the adventure.
Rating: 5
Worth Every Penny
Sun, Sep 4, 11   4:00 PM drelyn Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My husband, seven year old son, and I all enjoyed the catamaran tour. It was fantastic. They don't over-sell so there was plenty of room to move around the boat and get good views of the ocean and the animals. We saw dolphins and whales on our trip. The crew was friendly and really knew where to look and how to approach the animals once they found them. It was an amazing experience I absolutely recommend it to everyone of all ages... except for people who get sea-sick. Not that the boat was too bumpy, it was a fairly smooth ride, but one person on our boat found out that even a smooth lull was too much and she had a miserable time, so please avoid it if you get sea-sick. If not for yourself then for your fellow passengers.
Rating: 4
Entertaining two hours
Sun, Sep 4, 11   12:00 PM oconnortrip Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We enjoyed the Noon Whale Watching tour on the catamaran. The boat was clean and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The captain worked diligently to find whales. We had several great whale sightings that were quite impressive. We also really enjoyed the dolphin pod that we encountered. It was helpful that we did not have a full cruise. It would have been pretty crowded with a full boat. The view from the front of the boat was great and we all enjoyed ourselves. Our trip was pretty choppy, so if you have any problems with motion sickness, you need to prepare for that.

The parking lot has a four hour maximum and they do have attendants patrolling the lot, so plan your trip so you fit into that time frame. The company doesn't provide permits for the two hour tours. We almost ran out of time because we had brunch before the tour.
Rating: 4
Great Adventure!
Sat, Aug 27, 11   12:00 PM msluciak Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I really enjoyed the boat ride and getting to see all the Wild Life. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommended this activity!
Rating: 5
Very nice boat!
Sat, Aug 27, 11   10:00 AM Cande91357 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Plenty of seating room. Hard rails. Detailed captain. Clean boat with clean restroom facilities. Full bar. Everyone in our group LOVED it.

We saw the other whale watching boat at sea... this is boat is W.A.Y. better!
Rating: 5
Wonderful Catamaran Adventure!
Fri, Aug 26, 11   12:00 PM Tabbbey73 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The guide and crew of the catamaran were great and within about 20 minutes of the trip two Blue whales were spotted along with hundreds of Common dolphins. Our guide was very knowledgable giving us information about the blue whales and the Common dolphins. This was truly a wonderful experience and I would reccomend this two hour trip to anyone who enjoys the outdoors.
Rating: 5
FANTASTIC VOYAGE!
Wed, Aug 17, 11   2:00 PM justkiki2 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We had heard about the whales being sited in and around Dana Point, and had heard good things about Dana Wharf, so we decided to book our trip! I loved the fact that there was a covered/ wind-blocked area to get out of the elements, and a spacious open deck for passengers of all ages! The crew knew exactly where to take us, and were very knowledgeable about the species of marine life around the area. We were not disappointed and had a great time seeing the Blue Whales, several species of dolphin and sea lions basking on a buoy! 2 hours of fun!
Rating: 5
ONE OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR WEEK IN SOCAL
Fri, Aug 12, 11   12:00 PM scharpnick Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This cruise was a lot of fun. We saw dolphins and whales, and we were more than close enough for great photos and videos. Crew was knowledgeable and friendly.
Rating: 5
Must do!
Sun, Jul 31, 11   12:00 PM mnichols1976 Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We went out as a family our last full day in California to try and see the whales. It was my wife and my 8 year old daughter. We had been out there for 11 days and seeing the majestic blue whales was the highlight of our entire vacation. I cannot recommend highly enough taking the time and spending the money to see those animals. The boat itself was very stable, and the Captain and the crewman both were very helpful and knowledgable. We got the pleasure of seeing 3 blue whales, and a group of dolphins. It was a fantastic experience.