Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,419 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 171 404 9 = 395 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 376 891 17 = 874 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 627 1,453 34 = 1,419 97% 4.6
All 5,150 10,850 364 = 10,486 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 828 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 355 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 189 88% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 47 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
We had a great family reunion on this fishing trip
Sat, Sep 19, 09   12:00 PM susanmadison Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
The staff on the boat were very friendly and helpful. When my fishing pole broke, one of the crew let me use his.

My family had a great time.
Rating: 5
Awesome trip!!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Tue, Sep 15, 09   5:00 PM mshebilske Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We booked this trip figuring we would see just dolphins. We actually got more than we expected. A blue whale!! The whale surfaced many times. What a great experience to see such a magnificent creature! Would recommend this trip even if all you saw was dolphins. Can't wait until our next trip! Thanks Dana Wharf!
Rating: 5
Great fun
Tue, Sep 15, 09   11:00 AM GVermeulen Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We have really enjoyed the trip. We did see whales and dolphins. The captain was very good with providing information. The 11 am trip was not as busy as the later trip. we had enough space to move around so that we could make pictures and videos.

I would recommend this trip for other people.
Rating: 5
Great Trips! Always!
Tue, Sep 15, 09   10:00 AM markld Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Dana Wharf provides one of the best ocean deep sea fishing experiences consistently year in and out. They are professional, respectful and helpful to all, even the ones that never been out on a boat fishing.

Even if I do not catch a fish, it is usually a nice boat ride.
Rating: 4
Lots of kids...Must bring kids own poles
Sun, Sep 13, 09   12:45 PM shoten Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
this is a great trip for kids although NOT great for catching good fish to eat.

The smaller kids under 6 really need to bring their own poles if they are going to catch anything...

The first time we went our 4 year old loved being the bait girl. The second time we were on a different boat and she could not REACH the bait therefore she got bored. The rental poles are way too big for her.

The bait was also way too big for the bottom feeding fish which are always the ones we like to eat... It is a bit pricey for a family of five even on Sunday when kids are free it cost us close to $200 for the half day trip for everything and we did not even get any fish to take home and cook....

We would like to try a different time of day maybe twlight is better, but then it will cost us even more.

The crew was great and very helpful....

We will be going again sometime in the future...
Rating: 3
Gear the trip for rookies
Tue, Sep 8, 09   10:00 AM dgeiger Male 40-49 Combination Family With Children
Two things:

We spent about a fourth of the trip in a rough patch of water. Myself and few others got sick. Once we moved to smoother waters, I had a great time.

The experienced fisherman were allowed to hog the back of the boat. I felt that it was a good old boys' club with these guys and the crew.

That's why I rated the experience a neutral.

Thanks, Randy
Rating: 5
Fantastic! Super!!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Sep 6, 09   5:00 PM loislel Female 70+ Local Family With Children
Enjoyed the cruise very much. Saw dolphins and 3 whales thanks to

the crew taking us out further because of another boats sighting.!!! So

it lasted latef but was well worth it!!
Rating: 5
Sun, Sep 6, 09   12:45 PM felipev1968 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
It was my son birthday gift. He wanted to go fishing we had a great time. Will return again.
Rating: 4
Great Trip
Sat, Sep 5, 09   5:30 PM DaveWhite Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Although the weather did not cooperate the captain and crew did their best to find fish. Even though I am an experienced fisherman, there were novices aboard who could have used some coaching. I always wondered why these party boats don't use the time while travelling to the fishing grounds to give a fishing tutorial to those who need it. It would make their trip more enjoyable and encourage repeat customers.
Rating: 5
Experience of a lifetime
Sat, Sep 5, 09   11:00 AM ToddThomas Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My 12 year old son and I went out at 11:00 a.m. on 9/5/09. We would have enjoyed our excursion even if we had not seen a single whale. The crew was friendly and did a great job explaining the marine life that is found in that area. The boat was perfect with plenty of room to move around. The sandwiches that we purchased from the galley were outstanding. To top it off, not only did we see 2 huge blue whales up close but the crew put us in the middle of a pod of 800 to 1000 dolphin. I want to thank everyone at the Dana Wharf for an experience of a lifetime.
Rating: 5
Good Time
Fri, Sep 4, 09   12:00 PM Ogdough Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Crew is hard working and helpful
Rating: 2
wrong rental equipment
Thu, Sep 3, 09   10:00 AM kotimothy Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
I would suggest that if the boat will be fishing from the top, the rod rental should suggest casting type of rod. It's frustrating when everyone is catching fish by casting and we only have bottom fishing rod rentals.
Rating: 5
A thoroughly enjoyable adventure!
Wed, Sep 2, 09   1:00 PM loislarsen Female 70+ Local Family With Children
I needed an activity for 2 grandsons, ages 11 & 13 and myself; something that didn't entail tramping around in the summer heat. I googled Dana Point not knowing what I might find. The whale watching seemed like a great idea, and so it turned out to be. All 3 of us loved it, and were thrilled at seeing the dolphins, and of course the Blue whale.

I'd like to take the trip again, to see if I can improve my camera skills on a fast moving catamaran. A thumbs up on this activity!!!
Rating: 5
Blue Whale and dolphins sighted!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Tue, Sep 1, 09   5:00 PM ctudor Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Very well organised trip, spacious boat with plenty of seating. 10 dolphins were swimming very close to the boat and we saw a blue whale swimming with its calf .We then sighted another very large blue whale and several sealions. The whole family had a great time and there was sufficient space on the boat for everybody to have a good view.
Rating: 5
Great excitement
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Tue, Sep 1, 09   5:00 PM maccarone1 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My husband and I along with out two children(6 & 8) took the whale watching trip on Tuesday from 5-7. The boat trip and the scenery was amazing. The first half hour we did not see anything and then we spooted a pod of dolphins jumping and swiming right up to our boat. There must have been at least 20 of them. Then we spotted a blue whale. The captain steered the boat so we could get fairly close to him. He came up 4 times and we saw his tail out of the water twice. It was amazing.

The crew member also gave alot of information on whales.

Would definitely recommend the toup and on Tuesday they offer a discount.