Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,412 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 174 410 10 = 400 96% 4.6
Last 6 months 372 882 18 = 864 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 624 1,447 35 = 1,412 96% 4.6
All 5,155 10,860 365 = 10,495 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 820 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 361 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 184 87% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 47 100% 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 Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
My trip was a once in a lifetime
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 3, 12   12:00 PM Trishrg Female 40-49 Local Other
I was blessed enough to observe one gray whale on my trip, on 1/3/12

After we viewed the gray fro a while, we went to see what else we might find, and I was blessed, fortunate enough to be on the Dana Pride noon ride, and we found the pod of 10 orcas.

This was my first trip since a kid on a field trip in 3rd grade.

Only downside, was the dude "narrating" the trip never stopped. So for essentially 2 hours, some dude on a loud PA system, was just yackin, and yackin, and..... it was really a downer. Otherwise would have been a 5-star trip.
Rating: 3
No whale seen ...
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Dec 27, 11   12:00 PM marcdacier Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The tour is not very long and, therefore, the chances of seeing a whale really are a function of whether whales are in the direct neighborhood or not. They should provide more info up front (I'm sure they knew we would not see anything that day since they do the same ride 3 times a day). It is nice to see dolphins and sealions though but ...
Rating: 3
Always good to be on a boat
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Dec 20, 11   12:00 PM steve19zerve Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Did not see any Whales or Dolphins. Still good to get on boat. They did give a voucher for future boat trip.
Rating: 5
AMAZING
Sat, Dec 17, 11   12:00 PM RaNayNay Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
A very friendly group of guides. Very knowledgeable of all sea life and their habits and patterns. Went way out of the way to find a gray whale and found him and cruised with him for a while. Cruised for quite some time with the dolphin as well. They made you very comfortable and walked around making sure that all questions were answered and nobody was unsatisfied. This was for my daughters birthday and we did an early afternoon cruise, it was perfect and a perfect fun beginning to her day!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! They were too cool and it was way fun!!!
Rating: 5
Cold....but fun!
Sun, Dec 11, 11   2:00 PM marileeslade Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was a cold December afternoon, but we braved the weather as we stood at the front of the boat. Thank goodness there was coffee, hot chocolate, and cervesa to keep us warm. Although we didn't see any whales, we did see a few dolphins at the very last moment- which was fun, and we received a coupon to come try it again- we will be back for sure!
Rating: 5
Best Whale watching in So Cal!!!
Sat, Nov 26, 11   10:00 AM lkearney Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I live in Carlsbad and usually take visitors on whale watching out of San Diego. They were not offering whale watching on Saturday 11/26, so I found one in Dana Point. It was AWESOME! The harbor is much smaller, so parking is easier, We were on the open ocean in 5 minutes and spotted a grey whale 10 minutes after leaving the dock! They later brought the boat right in the middle of a school of about 20 dolphins with babies! The guides were extremely knowledgable about the whales, dolphins and local birds. HIGHLY recommend Dana Wharf tour!!
Rating: 4
That's the gamble.
Tue, Nov 22, 11   12:00 PM just10rice Male 40-49 Local Other
I am a leader of a youth group and we where in the process of biking down to Oceanside. I thought it would be fun to take them whale watching as a break from biking. It was very exciting when we left the harbor. Right away we saw bottle nose dolphins, but that is where the excitement ended until the very end. We came across a pod of Rizo dolphins. This was kind of cool, but not enough to change the attitude of the boys. They where really hoping to see a whale or two. I told them that it was at the end of the season and that 's the gamble you take. I would encourage others to take the same gamble, but do it earlier in the season.

Thanks for the adventure.
Rating: 5
Awesome ride!
Thu, Nov 17, 11   12:00 PM rajajoya Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Even though we just saw a glimpse of 2 whales, we saw a lot of Dolphins and they really entertained us. The captain went out of his way (extra 30 mins) to look for signs of other whales. It was a cloudy and chilly day, but we really enjoyed a lot!!
Rating: 5
Worth the Money
Fri, Nov 11, 11   12:00 PM Andiefandie Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Purchase of tickets was quick and simple. Location was easy to find, clean, neat docks. Boarding was quick and easy. Blue Whales spotted within ten minutes of heading out to open water. Three quarters of cruise was spent whale watching and managed to see a pod of Risso dolphins too. A clear beautiful day. Informative staff, and most importantly...not too crowded. Plenty of room to move about and get those saught after pictures. The catamaran is a smoother ride however, if you are prone to motion sickness think about taking some Dramamine an hour prior to departure. We had a fabulous time and have already recommended this trip to others.
Rating: 5
This was a great and exciting experience.
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Nov 8, 11   12:00 PM Myeisha Female 40-49 Local Individual
I enjoyed the professionalism of the staff. The captain (driver) was very informative about the sea life and narrated this during our travel. There were numerous dolphins sitings...dolphins diving in sequence, often 3 to four at a time and as many as a group of about 10 or more. There were even baby dolphins. The dolphins came alongside the boat and even had fun chasing the boat as we sped off. It was charming and entertaining. I saw flying fish and toward the end a blue whale. What an amazing day.
Rating: 5
Cant get any better !
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Nov 8, 11   12:00 PM kbreeck Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Individual
Hmmm... easy and free parking... a two hour cruise along the southern california shore... a nice boat with clean bathrooms and full bar/food capability, inside and outside sitting/standing options.. nice crew AND we saw 100s of dolphins and AND a BLUE WHALE ... all that for 1/2 price (because I went on a Tuesday) on an already lower then other companies cost... oh and a guarantee of a free ticket for another cruise if you dont see anything... not sure how you can really beat that value for your money...... I enjoyed it so much I came off the 12-2 cruise and rebought another ticket for another trip out that same day !
Rating: 4
Fun outing with the dolphins
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Nov 5, 11   10:00 AM RandRT Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We went on the $32 whale watching 2-hour tour. While we didn't spy any whales, we enjoyed playing with the dolphins on a fairly calm sea under sunny skies. The captain gave a nice commentary as we left the harbor and we enjoyed learning from him about sites on shores as well as the (unseen) sealife under us. He seemed genuinely disappointed that he couldn't make the whales appear. But we had a nice time and recommend this family friendly cruise. Some on our outing were rather seasick. Take Bonine or Dramamine even if you think you will not need it. Also sucking on mints while on the waves is helpful. You will need a hat or visor to enjoy the fresh air seating. Binoculars were very helpful.
Rating: 5
Awesome Finback Whale Sightings!
Tue, Nov 1, 11   12:00 PM kellywoods Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
This trip, our third in the past 2 years, was by far, the best one yet! We viewed a group of finback whales for an hour straight. At one point, there were whales on either side of the boat. My kids were in awe of the size, the blowhole spouting and the proximity of the whales to the boat. Your crew is the best and we will be back! Thanks!
Rating: 5
We saw whales, that's what we came for!
Fri, Oct 28, 11   2:00 PM mdhammer Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
It was an awesome day out on the water, lots of dolphins at first then we spotted several fin whales. Then the big blue whale showed up and was playing all around the boat along with a seal lion. Great fun was had by all!
Rating: 4
Good trip but with no guaranteed results!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Thu, Oct 27, 11   4:00 PM bumpy134 Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
We enjoyed the trip - staff were friendly and knowledgable. Although they guarantee some sightings, they do not state of what. We were heading towards a group of dolphins, but changed course to track 2 blue whales. These we followed for the whole of the trip - we therefore did not see any other creatures. (The earlier trip saw dolphins, humpback whales and other whales). Although it was great to see the blue whales, they do not rise above the water much so all we saw was a bit of their "backs" each time they surfaced, which was disappointing to us, especially our son. There were no "money" shots of whales leaping out of the water, in fact the "grey blobs" in our photos could be anything! It was an enjoyable experience, but don't go expecting too much.