Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,456 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 107 221 8 = 213 96% 4.4
Last 6 months 321 703 27 = 676 95% 4.5
Last 12 months 656 1,494 38 = 1,456 96% 4.5
All 5,339 11,232 385 = 10,847 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 834 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 349 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 220 86% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 53 100% 4.9 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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Had a great time
Tue, Jun 14, 11   5:00 PM alaska23 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We loved everything about the trip. I have been out whale watching before and have never seen a whale. I hope that a large percentage of the time people see whales and I am just not lucky. Or maybe we should name the trip dolphin watching.
Rating: 4
Lots of dolphins, no whales (past season?)
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 14, 11   11:00 AM jackmom1112 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The experience on the boat was great, and we saw a huge (super pod?) of dolphins, which was wonderful. We did not know that we were actually really past the blue whale season, or we might not have booked the cruise. Not a big deal, but probably would have factored into our choice of this as a family activity. Overall, we had a good time.
Rating: 1
Lousy Fishing
Sat, Jun 11, 11   5:30 PM gyzent Male 50-59 Unspecified Unspecified
My son (15) went with 2 friends. They got 4 fish between the 3 of them and 1 was a mackerel. Captain should have known better locations to go to.
Rating: 5
Relaxing Ride - lots of dolphins, 1 whale
Sat, Jun 11, 11   2:00 PM cathycares Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
Nice boat and staff, comfortable ride although it was an overcast day. We observed several groups of common dolphins - they came up to boat in groups and jumped etc. They were fun to watch. Towards the end of the ride we had a blue whale in the distance. The boat chased after the whale and we saw a small part of the whale several times. Too bad it didn't come fully to the surface as it looked huge! I would recommend the tour!
Rating: 1
Feeling Ripped Off
Sat, Jun 11, 11   12:00 PM Arnieg57 Unspecified Unspecified Local Family With Children
EMAIL SENT jUNE 18, 2011

I have taken people on the Catamaran Whale watch several times. I has always been a nice trip.

This trip I took my girl friends family from Las Vegas on June 11, was memorable for all of the wrong reasons. I bought tickets for eight of us, 5 adults, one teenager and 3 children.

When we left we headed north off of the point to view dolphins. We found a small pod and then moved on to a large pod. The person speaking gave very little information about any of the dolphins during the trip. Instead he spent the majority of his time speaking about how great his DVD is and why we should buy it. This wasn't just once, but I would estimate about 6 times. After we had spent time with the dolphins, he asked, "So do you want to stay here or go see some whales". Nobody even answered. My take, is that it is his job to take us on a whale watching trip and anything else is secondary. When we left the area, we were about another 1/4 mile and he said that there were some very rare Rizzo Dolphins. There were about 12 and we stayed there a considerable amount of time. He said we were going to look for whales, but instead traveled at half speed parallel to the breakwater to eat up time for about 30 minutes. We were not anywhere near where the blues are usually spotted. when he line up with the breakwater opening he turned and and went in.

When I called to complain to you Manager, his response was "You can find Blues in 30' of water". His response only angered me more. I have been on the trips and we never went near the krill beds on this trip. I told your manager that it appeared that they were trying to save gas by not going out very far. Your narrator IMO didn't have a clue. A nice guy, but clueless. A clueless huckster trying to sell his DVD throughout the trip.

To summarize my complaint, you failed to provide, or even attempt to provide:

A whale watching experience but instead turned it into a close to shore dolphin watching experience

An educational experience - get your questions answered by our on-board professional naturalist or marine biologist. (FROM YOUR WEBSITE)

So far I have only been given a patronizing response by your Manager. Being a small business owner I believe that every attempt should be made to resolve the issue with Management.

To tell you a little about myself, I am 67 years old, and grew up in Southern. I have been fishing in Dana Point long before the harbor was built. Of all of the locations along the coast, Dana Point offers what no other area along the coast has. Ever since my first whale watch at Dana Wharf about 15 years ago, I have told countless people that a lot of locations have Whale Watching, but none can match the Dana Wharf location.

So I hope you can investigate and determine that I am not just some disgruntled tourist.

Thank You,

Arnie (last name withheld
Rating: 5
Enjoyed Whale Watching Adventure
Sat, Jun 11, 11   12:00 PM MarcRayC Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Even though we didn't see any whales, I still thoroughly enjoyed ALL the dolphins we were able to see. I can't remember his name, but the gentleman who told us all about what we were seeing was very nice and engaging. Would do it again
Rating: 4
Good time!
Fri, Jun 10, 11   10:00 AM randallandwe Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
the boat crew was great! organized from the time we checked in, the crew were helpful with lines, poles, bait. it was great to have live bait. some of the 'regulars' were nice and friendly, too, but as we were first timers to this type of fishing, the regulars grabbed the best places to fish on the boat and not until the very end, my kids were given the opportunity to fish off the back of the boat. my 11 year old son was extremely disappointed he was the only one in our group who didn't even have a hook up. it was a nice boat ride, as we saw seals and flocks of pelicans.
Rating: 5
A great evening "out"....
Tue, Jun 7, 11   5:00 PM SArellanes Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We did not see whales the Tuesday we went but did see lots of dolphin, sea lion pups, etc. It was a great value. Educational, fun, relaxing, refreshing. In future, we will be taking all our out-of-town visitors!
Rating: 2
your supposed to see whales, but you probably wont
Tue, Jun 7, 11   5:00 PM alaynaappel Female Under 20 Local Couple on a Date
it was blue whale season and i was really hoping to see a blue whale! i mean that was the whole reason I bought the tickets for my boyfriend and I.. But we didn't get to se a blue whale. We didn't see any whales AT ALL! Just some dolphins, which was cool, but we only saw them for about 20 minutes of the 2 hour long "whale watching tour". It wasn't worth it. All they gave us for not seeing any whales was a 10% of coupon for next time. But I will not be going back...
Rating: 5
Great Experience!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 7, 11   2:00 PM quattlebum1 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Very informative guide! My son was repeating what he had learned on the tour. The staff were all very kind. The boat was large and beautiful.
Rating: 4
Clean boat and nice staff
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 7, 11   12:00 PM pablopep Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
This trip was the perfect amount of time - 2 hours. Although we didn't see a whale, it was nice to be out on the ocean on a nice boat on a warm sunny day. We saw lots of dolphins and the captain was very informative about the sea life that we encountered. Overall it was a pleasant day.
Rating: 4
I would recommend
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Mon, Jun 6, 11   5:00 PM ellenbob Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Our family of 15 enjoyed the trip. (Ages 10 to 70) We saw no whales unfortunateley but several dolphins. the crew was very nice.
Rating: 5
Great Trip and Great Experience!!!
Thu, Jun 2, 11   10:00 AM CPalacio Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My girlfriend and I were visiting from Oklahoma. We both love to fish and this was no exception. The service we received while on the boat was great. Everyone was quick to help and they moved around for better chances at catching fish. We joined the jackpot and came close to winning. It was a great experience and we would do it again. We would also recommend this experience to anyone coming to the area. A really great time!!!
Rating: 5
Lots of Fun
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Mon, May 30, 11   5:00 PM mcolli01 Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
My wife and I went into this knowing we may not see whales. We thought it'd be a good way to spend our anniversary either way. However, we saw whales. The captain and his crew were able to find us whales and get us several good views of them while they fed. Part luck, and part skill of the crew.

The crew was also knowledgable, giving facts about blue whales while we watched and between sightings. They also joined in the excitement with the rest of the guests all-the-while telling us what to look for and when to look for it over the loud speaker. It was fun, informative, and an all around very good experiece with a fun bunch of hosts.
Rating: 5
Such a great, informative and memorable experience
Mon, May 30, 11   2:00 PM LexiCf11 Female 20-29 Local Other
Had a wonderful time relaxing and watching whales and dolphins. Loved it!