Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,627 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 293 715 9 = 706 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 381 915 12 = 903 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 726 1,669 42 = 1,627 97% 4.6
All 5,707 12,119 397 = 11,722 96% 4.5
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 887 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 407 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 228 88% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 105 100% 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: 4
Lovely afternoon off Dana Point, CA
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 10, 12   12:00 PM llp342003 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We took part in the Whale Watching expedition (Dana Wharf Sportfishing) last week. Though it was January, Southern California's weather was beautiful. Our boat was clean, tidy, and the crew was very helpful. My parents, in their 80's, were able to sit comfortably in the galley, and watch the cruise from inside.

Our captain was very informative, and we saw a "pod" of a type of whale I'd never heard of, a few schools of dolphins (they loved playing in the wake of the boat!), and two grey whales (a mother and her calf.) The trip was just the right length and was very pleasant.

Though we did not eat, the cooking coming from the galley smelled great!
Rating: 5
Enjoyable, Affordable Afternoon on the Water
Mon, Jan 9, 12   12:00 PM RobertZabel Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I are spending most of the winter in this area rather than in Kansas City. My cousin and his wife visited us and wanted to see the whales. We found the Dana Point site online and decided it sounded better than the site downtown. We had gone to Catalina before from Dana Point. We enjoyed the trip very much. Got to see Bottle-nosed Dolphins, at least one Gray Whale (on several occasions) and another species of dolphin (can't remember the name) that looked white. Everyone in our group thought the trip was well worth the fee, and we all would do it again.
Rating: 5
A very pleasant experience
Mon, Jan 9, 12   12:00 PM KathyEdwards Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We thoroughly enjoyed the whale watching experience. Of course, it helped that we were able to follow a grey whale for about 1/2 an hour, and observed a school of 60 or more dolphins, finalized by viewing a small group of a larger species of dolpins. The captain of the boat shared knowledge regarding the different sea creatures we observed, which enhanced the experience. All in all, I would reccommend it and would do it again.
Rating: 5
Great trip.
Mon, Jan 9, 12   10:00 AM suearchbold Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The whole trip was great. Weather was great, fishing was even better. Lots of keepers and just as many fun to reel in throw-backs. Captain and deck hand were really terrific as always.
Rating: 4
Overall, it was fun
Sun, Jan 8, 12   10:00 AM sscott94 Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
We didn't see any whales due to the dense fog. Better to go later in the day I guess. Still, the crew took us into a pod of dolphins which was fun to see.
Rating: 4
Great outing for the day
Sat, Jan 7, 12   2:00 PM Happylover Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Enjoyed the information given about whales and dolphins on the way back to port.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Sat, Jan 7, 12   10:00 AM karenmiller1 Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Although we didn't see any whales I was not disappointed. I saw dolphins playing and jumping in the water. I had never seen them other than Sea World before. They were very close to the boat and I could see the different types of dolphins. It was very exciting. I also saw many sea lions floating in the ocean with their flippers pointed towards the sun. The two hours was the perfect amount of time. It was a wonderful experience I plan on enjoying again.
Rating: 5
Enjoyable informative trip
Fri, Jan 6, 12   2:00 PM Lizzardhagen Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
We saw two gray whales and hung out with fun group of dolphins. The captain sped up the boat and the dophins were playing in the wake. It was great!
Rating: 5
Awesome Experience
Fri, Jan 6, 12   12:00 PM Coggsfam5 Female Unspecified Local Family With Children
My husband and I took our three children and my mother on this whale watching excursion. The crew was courteous, professional and knowledgeable. Unfortunately, we didn't see any grey whales, but we did encounter a pod of at least a 100 bottlenosed dolphins. They swam right up to the boat, giving us a front row seat to the beauty and majesty of these amazing creatures. My kids can't wait to go again and neither can I.
Rating: 5
Great Afternoon
Thu, Jan 5, 12   2:00 PM MHanson Female 70+ Local Family With Children
Boat very clean. Staff friendly and informative. Good value for the price.
Rating: 5
Beautiful day, beautiful boat, beautiful animals!
Thu, Jan 5, 12   12:00 PM mrfysla1 Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Dana Pride is a clean and tidy boat, well taken care of. The unobstructed view from the upper deck, outfitted with tables and benches, was a plus as we did not feel crowded. The pace was easy going and allowed for several nice sequences of photos. Would definitely go again with Dana Wharf on the Dana Pride.
Rating: 4
great trail run for the kids
Thu, Jan 5, 12   10:00 AM rmclane Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
the crew was very helpful the fish just was not biting we tried sevral locations even stayed out a little longer than scheduled the food was very good and this was my sons first time out so it was good for them and they had a blast we will use them again for me i like to charter the boat and go for big game fish like marlin or sword fish ect so if this is wa=hat u want i suggest look into something else but if u have young kids and never been before then this is a good one to do cheap and fun for a family
Rating: 4
Whales ok, dolphins great
Wed, Jan 4, 12   2:00 PM gregduffner Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We went for the whales. We saw whales, but we weren't lucky enought to see a big breach or a tail. But the dolphins were fantastic. We saw hundreds of dolphins. They were swimming along with our boat, surfing in front of the bow. That and the many dolphin breaches was the best part of the trip.
Rating: 5
The perfect date...
Wed, Jan 4, 12   2:00 PM PhilImmel Male 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
We hit the perfect day...weather was 75 on the water in January...boat not too crowed...saw Whales, 1000 dolphins and birds chasing the boat...We live in Dana Point and it was still a very special, unique experience...give it a try...

Phil & Valerie Immel
Rating: 5
Killer Whales!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 3, 12   2:00 PM kathy_master Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was the best whale watching excursion we have ever taken. We saw pods of killer whales, along with grey whales and dolphins, all for the price of $18.00 a person.