Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,347 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 144 349 4 = 345 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 240 558 13 = 545 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 614 1,380 33 = 1,347 97% 4.5
All 4,827 10,087 351 = 9,736 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 752 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 324 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 210 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 61 100% 4.8 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 Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great Time! Great Crew!
Thu, Sep 2, 10   10:00 AM brianrodden Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I brought my 9 year old son- we had a tremendous time.

Caught a lot of fish.

The crew was the best! They took care of everything.

Great food also!
Rating: 5
Dolphins and a Whale!
Sun, Aug 29, 10   2:00 PM magnusx99 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
The boat crew was very professional, we departed and returned on schedule. and they were very informative. On our cruise the family and I saw some large fish hanging around the boat, then an entire school of Dolphins swimming next to, around and under the boat, some of them were diving out of the water and doing tricks. Finally we saw an enormous Blue Whale with it's gigantic tail coming up out of the water as it dived for food several times.

All in all an amazing trip and great experience for the kids who were glued to the front railing the whole time.
Rating: 5
Fantastic family experience
Sun, Aug 29, 10   12:45 PM marksaraceni Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Dana Wharf Sportfishing is a great way to take your kids fishing. Our Sunday trip included about 25 children of all ages. Everybody had fun. It was safe, clean and, for us, a really special day.

My younger son, 6 years old, is deaf. Crew guys Mark and Evan - both of whom have connections to the deaf community - were simply brilliant. They used some sign language and did everything they could to communicate and help him understand how to fish. They helped my son feel incredibly comfortable... even helped him catch two fish!!!

My older son, 10, caught only one fish -- but it was the biggest of the day. He won the Jackpot!!!

Do your family a favor -- go!
Rating: 5
Wonderful Trip
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Thu, Aug 26, 10   5:00 PM THillary Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Wonderful trip. Didn't see any whales the first day so we got free 'reschedule' tickets and we went out the next day. Saw hundreds of dolphins and had a wonderful boat ride. Excellent value for the money and very friendly and professional staff. Highly recommend a trip.
Rating: 5
A Beautiful Evening
Tue, Aug 24, 10   5:00 PM makraft Female 40-49 Local Other
Every season since moving to CA., 5 yrs. ago, we've come on a tour. Our first year we saw whales, and every year we see dolphins. Finally this year we got lucky again and saw the Blue whales. Thanks to an awesome captain and crew, who actively sought out the whales, we, and our out of town guests, were blessed with seeing these beautiful creatures. The whales were even nice enough to 'fluke' for us! Highly recommend the cruises
Rating: 5
Great day on the water!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 24, 10   4:00 PM chenwong Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The weather was perfect (heat wave inland but perfect out on the bay) and the crew was very nice and informative. We were joined by many pods of common dolphins that swam alongside and in front of our boat, saw a few fin whales (the crew said that was an unusual sighting), and saw a few blue whales spouting! Quite a successful day as far as seeing marine life. Two of the kids experienced some seasickness when the boat stopped (to view the whales) but they recovered once we were headed back to shore.

Parking was easy and free - boat was clean. Would definitely go again, especially on half-price Tuesdays!
Rating: 5
BEST Deal on Whale Watching in SoCal
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 24, 10   10:00 AM marcylyons Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Best price, great boat, awesome crew...2 hour cruise is just the right length.

Taken this tour 3 times now, been whale "watching" from Mexico to Vancouver and THIS IS THE BEST!
Rating: 5
Nice outing for father and son
Sun, Aug 22, 10   12:45 PM signboydan Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
The Sunday afternoon (12:45) boats are geared towards kids, especially with the "kids free" option. The crew definitely makes every effort to make sure the kids are having fun. I have been on several of these trips this year on the "Sum Fun" boat, and this crew works very hard. If you want a trip that's going to be very kid-friendly and fun for your kids, this is it. There are plenty of other trips for those who want something a little more quiet...
Rating: 5
Our daughter loved it!
Mon, Aug 16, 10   12:00 PM rhbiii Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
This was our daughters first deep sea fishing experience. She didn't catch anything but just enjoyed being on the boat and fishing. Great crew and very good food! We will be back for another fishing trip for sure.
Rating: 5
LOVED IT! We saw a Blue Whale!
Sat, Aug 14, 10   10:00 AM AgentWiley Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This trip is the best! In a 2 hour tour, we not only saw a superpod of dolphins with their babies, but we also saw a Blue Whale! The crew was eager to cover a lot of ground so the group could get the most out of the day. The catamaran is very comfortable, and allows for a smooth FAST cruise to all of our destinations. They were very lively and interactive. Great trip! We felt bad at the end of the trip though as they passed around a tip jar and we did not have any cash on us. The crew was worth it. Enjoy!
Rating: 4
Phenomenal whale watching!
Tue, Aug 10, 10   5:00 PM Jper8541 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
This was our second trip on the Dana Pride for whale watching and we had a great time. Great views of a BLUE WHALE and some dolphins. We loved the trip....
Rating: 5
AWESOME!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 10, 10   12:00 PM froglady Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a wonderful trip in "natures" aquarium. An experience we will never forget. The beauty of the animals in their natural habitat was a site to see. We saw bottle nose dolphins, a blue whale and sea lions. My kids wanted to go again the next day that is how impressed they were at ages 6,9 and 10. Didn't care for the hefty price on food items, but that is not why we went!
Rating: 5
Great!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Aug 8, 10   5:00 PM dawnjdarnall Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
let me get this out of the way: when my fiance exited the boat, the plate connecting the boat to the ramp kept lifting. One of the tour operators would step on the plate as each passenger exited instead of steadily standing on the thing. But his timing was less than perfect and my fiance's big toe got under the business end of this plate. Not broken it seems, but quite painful for a couple of days. If it had been a child's toe, the result would have been worse. Please fix this before someone truly gets hurt!

As for the tour itself: wonderful!

I'd like to say that it was a little kid who had the thrill of a lifetime seeing the blue whale surface 5 times.... but it was my fiance who had always wanted to see a blue whale and talked of little else every weekend after the recent local articles. Every year when the blue whales came to dana point, he'd want to see one. For years. This year... finally! The tour guide said it was one of the best sightings ever. I'd have been happy just with the dolphins! This weekend, our 7 year old niece wants to go. Thanks for a great tour!
Rating: 2
Was Too Small and very crowded
Sat, Aug 7, 10   5:30 PM cyrilsabbagh Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
It took the captain forever to find a spot (lost a lot of time). Too many prople on a small boat. Hard to move around.
Rating: 5
Great trip
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Wed, Aug 4, 10   5:00 PM mtischler Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We got to see a blue whale several times within 20 yards or so of the boat. The driver knew exactly where he was going (he had scouted out the location of the whale early in the morning in preparation for his 3 trips that day), and he kept us close to the whale each time it came up from deep-feeding. We also got to see lots of dolphins and some sea lions frolicking near the boat. It was a great trip! Got a little queasy on the trip back, due to some rough waters, but it was well worth the sights we saw.