Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,633 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 297 721 9 = 712 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 385 926 12 = 914 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 728 1,675 42 = 1,633 97% 4.6
All 5,715 12,135 397 = 11,738 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 111 100% 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 Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Nature at its fines
Mon, Feb 21, 11   12:00 PM robertaberna Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
It was amazing to see our wildlife so up close and personal. in their own environment and not at the water parks. amazing animals and a wonderful family experience
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
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
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
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: 2
Captain couldn't get us on the fish
Sat, Feb 12, 11   10:00 AM byucoug29 Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
I am VERY disappointed with this trip. I took my eight year old son out deep sea fishing for the first time and we didn't catch a single fish. In fact to boat of 40 plus people only caught 7 total. It was sad to see this little boy wishing so desperately to catch something and the captain couldn't get us on the fish. He moved the boat six different times, we left the dock late and we returned late making me late for a very important appointment I had. I will be going fishing again but with another company that can get my son on the fish. I won't be recommending this
Rating: 5
great for all ages
Fri, Feb 11, 11   12:00 PM mrslaurapark Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We had grandma/grandpa with us, as well as children (under 1 up to 5 yrs) and it was a wonderful experience. The crew seemed very knowledgeable, and we were able to see these amazing creatures. I highly recommend this trip and Dana Wharf.
Rating: 5
Very cool way to spend a few hours on a Saturday!
Sat, Feb 5, 11   12:00 PM cameronfam Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Even though we didn't see any whales, we did see a very large pod of dolphins out and about.....seemed like thousands of them! It felt great being out on the water and the captain gave a nice narration of all that was going on around us, especially of the type of dolphins we were seeing. We had a great time and it was very relaxing!
Rating: 5
It was a great experience
Sat, Feb 5, 11   12:00 PM cisi1119 Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
I took my 7 year old twins and they loved it!
Rating: 5
Joyful and eventful day!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 1, 11   2:00 PM Janicewiest Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We were so lucky to go out for the day with such a hospitable boat crew and captain. Not only to us as passengers, but more importantly to the sea life that was presented before us. Such respect for our wildlife!

We were very lucky to watch a gray whale breach 3 times and fluke a good handful of times. The commom dolphin mega pod was spectacular as well.

A day we won't forget.

Thank you!
Rating: 5
My kids LOVED the trip!
Sun, Jan 30, 11   10:00 AM tonicraw Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
While we didn't get lucky enough to see a whale, we did see more dolphins than we could count, along with quite a few baby dolphins. My kids, ages 9 & 5, were thrilled to see the animals in the wild and can't stop talking about the experience. The staff was friendly and informative. We will definitely return.
Rating: 5
Perfect Whale Watching Trip!
Sat, Jan 29, 11   12:00 PM NoelleWylie Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My family and I enjoyed a wonderful day out on the ocean seeing not only whales, but many, many dolphins. The crew was helpful and informative. This trip was truly a delight - I'd do it all over again! :-)
Rating: 5
Great Experience!
Sat, Jan 29, 11   12:00 PM amaznkellbo Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
This is something to share with your family. My kids (6 & 2 yrs) loved watching the dolphins leap in and out the water, see the whales & watching a sea lion swim around. This was our 2nd time to go on Dana Wharf's Tour and it's been great both times. A must see!