Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  835 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 93 229 0 = 229 100% 4.7
Last 6 months 163 396 3 = 393 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 356 842 7 = 835 99% 4.6
All 2,008 4,213 97 = 4,116 97% 4.5
Rating and reviews for:

Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour

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Majestic whales, playful dolphins, and other wildlife make this narrated cruise an exciting and awe-inspiring trip.

Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Wonderful New Years Day watching dolphins & whales
Wed, Jan 1, 14   12:00 PM Mariogreco Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Really enjoyed this whale watching trip! Nice boat with plenty of room so everyone could see the animals. Our guide was very informative about the wildlife and considerate of them. Saw a pod of dolphins who played behind our boat and a pair of grey whales. We're back in SoCal in August and plan on doing this whale watching trip again - I want to see blue whales!
Rating: 4
Whale watching tour
Mon, Dec 30, 13   12:00 PM gmacak Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Crew and Captain were excellent.
Rating: 4
Great activity terrible check-in
Fri, Dec 27, 13   10:00 AM Artscheffer Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The actual event was great. Totally loved it even though we saw no whales. Nature is like that and I totally understand. I will certainly come and try again. Your captain was really good and informative and clearly knowledgeable. Your check in process though was simply terrible. The line was long and unbelievably slow. Terrible way to start the experience with a pointless standing in line. If I have bought and paid and printed my ticket why do you make me stand in line with those that have not done that. Instead of getting a coffee and finding a place on deck I had to stand there for 15 - 20 minutes waiting for someone who couldn't even operate the credit card machine. You guys really have to sort this part out. It's such a bummer to start an excursion like this with fifteen minutes of complete frustration. Had I not paid for the ticket yet, I would have walked away. Hope you fix it, despite this, I loved the experience on the water.
Rating: 5
We had a great time.
Sun, Dec 22, 13   2:00 PM mborgeson58 Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
My family and I had a great time. The staff was helpful and the boat was nice.

The Captan was very knowledgable and told us about whaling\fishing history and stories of the past during the trip.

We saw a mega pod of dolphins (like 300+ dolphins), a whale, and some sea lions.

Highly recommended.
Rating: 5
Whale watching
Sat, Dec 21, 13   12:00 PM Woolfie43 Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Saw 4 gray whales , loads of dolphins and sea lions.Captain Jack and his crew ere great and very knowledgable .great trip thanks
Rating: 5
Whale watching at Dana Point
Sun, Apr 28, 13   10:00 AM ekrli2005 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We borded the boat Dana Pride on time. Left harbor on time. Saw three types of dolfins. In the past with this company I did see whales. This time unfortunately we did not, so they gave us back our tickets to use another time. Wonderful.
Rating: 4
Hard to see whales
Thu, Apr 25, 13   12:00 PM DonHolmes Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We saw 6 whales, 3 females and 3 babies but they were so far off that we didn't really "see" them. Better than not seeing anything at all, but it was a little disappointing. Nice to be out on the boat, beautiful, sunny day and the sea was calm. Informative Captain, nice crew. Lots of Dolphins and saw a few Seals. I think I would do this again if we have out-of-town company that do not live close to an ocean.
Rating: 4
Barely out of harbor and sightings begin
Mon, Apr 22, 13   12:00 PM MaryAnnFlatt Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
We had family in from out of the country and they had been wanting to do this for some time. We had checked out many different companies before we settled on Dana Wharf. The reviews we read sold us on them. We had a doubter amongst our group that had already prepared himself to not seeing anything that day. As the boat exited the harbor on it's last turn passing the sea lions, a shout was heard of a sighting at 10 o'clock (meaning direction it was seen). We all turned in that direction to see a second sighting. The captain announced it was a mother and her young calf. We followed her a bit but gave her plenty of room so as not to scare or annoy them. We later came across another mother and her calf not too far away. The crew was friendly and the boat clean.

We definitely will be recommending Dana Wharf Whale Watching cruises. My husband and I are already looking forward to our next cruise later this summer to see the blue whales migration.
Rating: 5
Enjoyed the whole trip.
Fri, Mar 29, 13   10:00 AM Jayne509 Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Not only did we have a great time seeing all the dolphins and the fin whale, but the captain of the boat was very knowledgeable about all the sea life and provided and detailed explanation of what we were seeing. All of us had a great time.
Rating: 4
had a great time. need more whales
Fri, Mar 29, 13   10:00 AM gtsbiker Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
had fun. crew very informative and friendly