Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,430 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 216 486 19 = 467 94% 4.5
Last 6 months 403 925 25 = 900 96% 4.6
Last 12 months 638 1,466 36 = 1,430 97% 4.6
All 5,239 11,027 377 = 10,650 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 824 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 369 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 190 86% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 47 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Awesome Tour!
Tue, Sep 1  12:00 PM baeuerle Male Under 20 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
For under 100 Bucks we booked the whale and dolphin watching tour for four adults. The boat took off on time and the staff was very friendly. We saw four whales very near and hundreds of dolphins swimming at the side of the boat or under the boat. It was an insane tour. I definitely recommend it.
Rating: 5
Mon, Aug 31  12:00 PM ebryan68 Unspecified 40-49 Local Family With Children
It was a great trip, crew did a great job taking care of my son and I.

I would definitely recommend the experience to others.
Rating: 3
Need more Staffing (guidance)
Sun, Aug 30  5:30 PM stokesjohn Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
It seems all the focus from the on-board staff is geared for experienced fisherman.

The staff fish while your "paying" for their enjoyment. They are far more experienced than us regular fisherman so having their help and guidance would be a better use of time.
Rating: 4
beautiful day and ocean but got seasick
Sun, Aug 30  12:00 PM mjcrdc1265 Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
my third time on this cruise and I love it but on this last one got seasick half way through and was miserable. Choppy seas I guess Next time will use dramnimine for motion sickness
Rating: 5
Dad of 13 youngest child 1st deep sea fishing trip
Sat, Aug 29  5:30 PM fatherof13 Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
My seven year old came deep sea fishing with me for the first time and caught two Bonita. My 16 year old won the jackpot. We had a great time.
Rating: 5
Perfect day and multiple blue whale sightings
Sat, Aug 29  5:00 PM pjawest Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Last minute booking of sat 5pm cruise - great prices.

Up close sightings of dolphins and blue whales.

Interesting and informative commentary.

Helpful crew (one of our group in wheelchair).
Rating: 5
Awesome Anniversary Date!!
Fri, Aug 28  5:30 PM SaraCulver Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Fun boat with very helpful crew. Our boat was catching fish left and right. I can't wait to go back! A perfect evening of fun!
Rating: 5
Great 1/2 day fishing trip on the "Sum Fun"
Wed, Aug 26  6:30 AM tjallison Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
This trip was a lot of fun. I got the second yellow tail I ever caught in my life on this trip and the crew were very helpful in helping me land this fish. The deck hands and captain gave great advice as to what to do and when to do it. The fish weighed 26 pounds and took about 15 to 20 minutes to get it in. Deckhand and the captain were right next to me the entire time. They were very helpful all throughout the trip with all the passengers young and old. I highly recommend the "Sum Fun" for your next fishing trip.
Rating: 5
Tue, Aug 25  12:00 PM sarahcara Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We all had a great experience. The boat was well kept and very clean. The staff was friendly and the captain was giving us updates as to the locations of the sea life and also told us lots of great facts. We saw tons of bottle nose Dolphins swim with our boat and a blue whale. The experience was magical.
Rating: 3
Nice trip, no whales....
Mon, Aug 24  2:00 PM Dandoi Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
we spent 2 hours on the water and did not even see a dolphin..... But they gave us a free ticket
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience and a real value.
Sun, Aug 23  10:00 AM lsanders1 Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Professional crew and a fine boat. We saw lots of dolphins and four Blue whales. My three grandkids ages 5-12 all thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Rating: 4
Good time out with 8yr old son
Sat, Aug 22  5:30 PM Waynewhitko Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I have been fishing with DWS for many years and it was finally time to take my son for his first time out. We went out on Saturday night for the twilight charter and unfortunately the bite wasn't too strong but the crew and the rest of the folks on the boat made for a very enjoyable time. Lots of other parents with kids and extremely helpful crew made the experience really worthwhile. My son is ready to go out again!
Rating: 4
Good fishing, but not catching!
Sat, Aug 22  5:30 PM ANNA92688 Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I caught a few fish, but those fish were all too small to keep. I also had a big bass on, but lost it. My mom also only had small fish caught. The total fish caught and kept on the boat, was very few. If you are there for the fishing and not the catching, then you will have a blast! Great weather and great crew, as always!
Rating: 3
Way to crowded
Sat, Aug 22  5:30 PM Caroline19 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
We had friends coming to visit and decided we wanted to go fishing! We were really excited to take them out. My husband and I have only gone on private fishing tours before.. But since money was tight this time we booked this trip. I spent more time untangling lines then actually fishing. The boat was way to crowded (about 40 people) I think 20 people would have been good. The price was good.. But I would rather of paid just a tad bit more to have less people. I also had to deal with a drunk guy who was just annoying. We had such a good spot on the boat away from most of the crowd and the first part of the trip was great, but then they make you rotate around the boat and try different places! Then it got bad. I wish we could have just stayed in our spot. Overall we had a good night of laughs (and ALMOST got the jackpot for having the biggest fish) but I think I would plan ahead and save for a private fishing trip.. Or something with MUCH less people!!
Rating: 5
Checked the rest... chose the best.
Sat, Aug 22  5:00 PM jimshelley Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
I researched the whale watching excursions... Newport Beach... Long Beach... San Diego... and finally Dana Point. I did go off of other's reviews... and I didn't miss it. Captain Mike was great, making sure we saw blue whales. Six or seven I believe. The deckhands were cool and helpful (they work like 18 hours a day, tip well...). I wasn't 15 minutes in when I said to myself that even absent any whale sightings it was so nice to get out on the water and just cruise. Highly I recommend this excursion. My wife and I will be returning... with our grandkids next time.

Dana Wharf rocks!