Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,347 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 147 350 5 = 345 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 231 531 11 = 520 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 617 1,381 34 = 1,347 97% 4.5
All 4,834 10,098 352 = 9,746 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 751 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 325 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 210 91% 4.2 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 Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Great Fun
Sat, Mar 7, 09   1:00 PM bfoster Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Part of the activities for the Dana Point Festival of Whales. Did it for my wife's 60th Birthday celebration. Great fun for everyone involved. Did not hear any comments that were negative. Everyone had a great time. Lots of whale sightings, dolphin encounters and sea lion viewing.
Rating: 5
Must do tourist or not!
Sat, Mar 7, 09   12:00 PM calibadger Male 40-49 Combination Family With Children
My parents were in from Wisconsin visiting us in Carlsbad. My cousin and her husband came down from Huntington Beach. We have 7 and 3 year old daughters. We were looking to do something different so we started looking at tourist type activities. As luck would have it we came across the Whale Festival in Dana Point. The absolute highlight of the day was the Whale watching tour. Incredible crew, great food (and bloody marys!). We could not have had a better time. Seeing the whales was amazing, but the crew definitely made the trip a must do for anyone! Great for families, couples or anyone!
Rating: 5
Will do this again! Blue Whales, here we come.
Sat, Mar 7, 09   10:00 AM elindsay Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Absolutely enjoyable day. Of course the boat isn't as smooth as, say, the quick boat that goes over to Catalina, but still pretty great. We took the four-hour trip. There was definitely an hour in there that many of us felt seasick. But I think we've all agreed that this was well worth it. Had two 8-year-olds with us that were absolutely besides themselves with joy. Saw glimpses of gray whales, a rare molo molo (sunfish), and lots of dolphins playing in the boat's waves. The marine biologist on our trip was absolutely excellent. She is so enthusiastic about what she was doing that it was contagious. At the beginning of the trip when the kids were a bit bored she got out special supplies for them to keep them interested and learning. I highly recommend this trip.
Rating: 5
Excellent Experience
Sat, Mar 7, 09   9:00 AM rlmelendez Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
this was everything the web site promised and more. I especially liked that the boat was not overbooked (in peak season) and therefore not overcrowded. There was plenty of room for my 8 year old daughter to be able to see. Wonderful activity for children, very educational and exciting.
Rating: 3
Nice staff, clean ship, OK experience
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM beckymoody Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw a whale the last 10 minutes of our excursion and the staff was nice enough to hang around a little longer and we were late getting back to our dock. I felt like the staff was nice and friendly, but I wished they would've educated us more on the ocean life and whales. My 4-year-old son was more excited about just being on the boat, but after 30 minutes that wore off. I've been on other excursions where they have music in the background adding to the fun and they tell you more about everything you are seeing.
Rating: 5
Loved it!
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM daubisoss Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The instructions from Dana Warf were clear and easy to follow, from the driving directions to what to do when you arrive. Easy to buy tickets on Zerve, too. Boats were clean, people were very friendly and professional. Also, the food in the galley was tasty, and not over-priced. (for example, Hot dogs were $1.50). If you had fun, be sure and drop a bill in the tip jar at the top of the ramp when you're getting off of the boat.

After the whale watching excursion, we went to the Ocean institute which is right there at the harbor, and spent the day. Neat place, high school and college students studying marine biology work there and are very knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. Took the guided tour (Jena was our guide) out to the tidepools and had a blast exploring and discovering a ton of tiny sea creatures.

I would recommend this trip to anyone, and plan to do it again next year. May visit again this summer as well. We live in the California desert, and will be taking out of state visitors there to experience the Southern California beach and maybe a boat ride on the ocean.
Rating: 5
Great Trip and great company
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM ndamoore Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We didn't see any whales for the first hour and fifty minutes. It was a two hour trip and we were headed back to port when our captain heard or spotted one out a little ways. Instead of heading back, which he totally could have, he took us out there to see it. We were so grateful that he decided to do that for us, despite the fact that he would be running behind schedule. My four year old daughter was just floored. It was a wonderful day for us and I would recommend this company to anyone. And we are planning the same trip next year, and probably many more years to come.
Rating: 5
Beautiful Morning at Sea
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM enlitenment Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We set sail on an absolutely beautiful March morning and the two hours at sea were a wonderful experience, despite the fact that only one whale made an appearance. The experience itself was great, my only complaint is that the captain did not give an overview of what to expect before setting sail. It was not until 1 1/2 hours into the trip that we stopped because a whale was in the vicinity. I think that an overview should be given so you know what to expect i.e., where exactly are we headed? which direction? will we sail until we see whales and then stop, or will we stop and wait? We had absolutely NO clue as to what would happen for 2 hours, except the obvious. Other than that, it was a wonderful experience. Not recommended if you experience motion sickness though. I do and took dramamine and it did not help. Made the last leg of the trip rather green!
Rating: 4
Fun at Sea
Sat, Mar 7, 09   8:00 AM kimimayer Female 20-29 Local Family With Children
The ride was fun, a bit choppy this day, but beautiful cool weather.

We thought we were not going to see anything, we were headed back to the harbor after a disappointing 1 1/2 hours, but then another boat spotted a whale and we were able to see it.

Overall, boring trip if you don't see anything - great if you do. We asked the crew when is the best time of day to go and we were told it varies and there is no perfect time to spot sea life.
Rating: 5
Great Day!
Thu, Mar 5, 09   10:00 AM Reiniwinter Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The weather was beautiful and our daughter's first time whale watching (3). Unfortunately we didn't see any whales however we saw a massive pod of dolphins. We spent about 40 minutes with them and have awesome pictures. The boat had a group of school children who were absolutely delighted. The staff was informative and would do the trip again.
Rating: 3
No whale/dolphin sighted so rain checked
Tue, Mar 3, 09   12:00 PM tikulitch Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Very friendly patrons. Honored word of rain checks as we did not see any whales or dolphins.
Rating: 5
A Whale, Sea Lions, Dolphins and Great Food
Sun, Mar 1, 09   10:00 AM Croemmer Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Another boat let our captain know the siting of a whale and he was able to go full speed ahead and found the whale in question. We followed it for some time. We also saw sea lions and dolphins.

In addition, the food was great along with a cocktail bar. It was a beautiful sunny California day. What more can anyone ask for!
Rating: 4
Very enjoyable
Sat, Feb 28, 09   12:00 PM WayneTaylor Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
We enjoyed the whale watching. The boat was professionally maintained and run. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is that it was too crowded. Very difficult to move around on deck.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable Experience
Sat, Feb 28, 09   10:00 AM wendymarcot Unspecified Unspecified Local Family With Children
It was a clean boat...even the restroom was clean---thank you!

The captain gave information on the wildlife we saw, which was great and kept us updated on the plan of action. It's good to be informed and not just drifting and wondering.

The cashier in the shop on land was very friendly and the entire process was very organized.

I highly recommend this trip!
Rating: 5
Freindly & Helpfull Staff
Sun, Feb 22, 09   12:45 PM chwiii Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
My recent trip with my son for a 1/2 day fishing aboard the Clamente out of Dana Wharf was very pleasant due to the amount of professional and friendly service from the Captain and Crew on board. My son and I will definitely be returning for more fishing.