Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,370 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 179 417 6 = 411 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 330 778 11 = 767 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 616 1,402 32 = 1,370 97% 4.6
All 5,013 10,516 358 = 10,158 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 778 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 318 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 217 92% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 57 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
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
Fun and Romance in Dana Point
Mon, Feb 14, 11   4:00 PM surfingolas Male 30-39 Unspecified Couple on a Date
We have done this trip every valentines day for the last few years and have never been dissapointed. We have only been on one trip where we didn't see a whale and on that trip we still saw a tightly grouped pod of dolphins that were very entertaining. The crew on the boats are always invormative and personable and we always make at least one new friend. We look forward to it every year and will be going again next year. Cheaper than a french restaurant and twice as romantic
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.
Rating: 5
Excellent Tour!!
Sun, Feb 13, 11   10:00 AM kedar123 Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Knowledgeble Captain and crew. Very informative. Went the extra mile to get us closer to the whale. Highly recommended.
Rating: 5
Always great
Sun, Feb 13, 11   10:00 AM devered Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
a fine california grey whale and a huge pod of common dolphins - the captain always finds them and treats them with huge respect
Rating: 5
An amazing whale watching excursion!
Sat, Feb 12, 11   4:00 PM MATTBARR2011 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Let me start out by saying that this is our family's 5th whale watching experience with Dana Wharf. The fact that we come back yearly should speak volumes alone. We have been fortunate enough to see not only dolphins and seals, but a whale or two every time we've gone. Is this typical? Probably not. But, if you don't go, you will never see a whale! :) It's kinda like the lottery, you have to play to win!. So, expect to be thrilled by the experience, At the very least, It's always a good day for a boat ride in beautiful Orange County. Bring plenty of cash for drinks and snacks, (a large bloody marry is $10). Dress appropriately, wear layers of clothing and a hat. Wear shoes that make sense. You can wear your heels ladies, but if you do, then you deserve to fall in! Expect to be standing most of the time. The boat can get crowded and seating is limited and availability depends on the vessel. Have a good attitude. Be nice to strangers and the staff. Side note, we always go on the last cruise of the day. The sunsets are breathtaking and the captain tends to take his time getting back.
Rating: 5
Great afternoon on the water
Sat, Feb 12, 11   2:00 PM kyzcno Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Even though the grey whale eluded us, we were honored with the playful antics of a HUGE group of Common Dolphin! We had a wonderful time!
Rating: 5
Unbelievable Experience
Sat, Feb 12, 11   12:00 PM Gruenewald Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
My husband and I took relatives and friends who were visiting us from VA, CT and KS. We had the most exciting ride ever. The day was perfect. We saw whales going south and whales going north which is quite unusual we found out. Some of the whales showed off their tails while other jumped clear out of the water. We saw about 8-10 whale jumps. Then as we were returning, a group (there were so many we could not count them) came along side our boat and put on a show for us . They were swimming with us and jumping up and out of the water. It was more that we ever exxpected and the Captain said it was the best trip of the season. I highly reccomend this trip to everyone of all ages.
Rating: 5
Saw several whales, scores of dolphins
Sat, Feb 12, 11   12:00 PM jbduncan68 Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Good staff!
Rating: 5
The Catamaran Whale Watch is the only way to go!
Sat, Feb 12, 11   11:30 AM smccowan Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
The crew was fantastic. The boat was clean and comfortable. The number of passengers was very manageable. The dolphins were playful and the whales were very accommodating! A wonderful adventure all around!
Rating: 5
Great adventure!
Sat, Feb 12, 11   11:30 AM salvngs Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
I took my wife on this tour and while we only caught brief views of the whales just interacting with the dolphins was worth it. Chad and Zack were very friendly and very helpful. Chad knows how to get the dolphins excited which makes for great action photos. They tried so hard to give us a better look at the gray whales and we appreciate it.