Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,328 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 212 491 8 = 483 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 290 667 14 = 653 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 608 1,361 33 = 1,328 97% 4.5
All 4,921 10,290 355 = 9,935 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 752 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 322 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 203 90% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 51 100% 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 Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
The most amazing day for our family...
Sun, Mar 13, 11   8:00 AM lesalynn25 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My family and I went to Dana Point just to take a day on the ocean. We had such a great time looking for dolphins and whales. The pods of dolphins were wonderful,jumping right next to the boat all around each side. There were babies to adult dolphins. The childrens smiles of delight were the best, enjoying every moment...It made the family trip priceless with many memories to share...We will return again,and tell all our friends...The Haggstrom Family.
Rating: 4
Day of Fun!
Sat, Mar 12, 11   1:00 PM Meowary Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Went on excursion in hopes of seeing whales - there were absolutely NO whales in sight. We did stumble upon a pod of dolphins which were pretty amazing and quite playful.
Rating: 5
will definitely recommend dana point
Sat, Mar 12, 11   9:00 AM abpeckich Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Captain Corey was wonderful. Taught us all about the whales. Where they come from and where they go. the difference between the hieight of the fluke and how long they can stay under water. it was great. i felt very safe. all workers on board were kind to guide us carefulle while we went in and as we came off the boat, making sure we did not slip or fall. we didnt see any whales and we were pleasantly surprised to receive a whale ticket.

we did not know that we had a cook on the boat, but the bacon sure smelled good... will absolutely recommend dana point whale watching
Rating: 4
Sun, Mar 6, 11   11:00 AM danawhale Female 40-49 Unspecified Unspecified
The tour was nice, we saw a HUGE pod of dolphins and were able to spend a lot of time watching them, however, we didn't see any whales. While we were disappointed, it wasn't the captain's fault. The whales are not just sitting in a certain spot waiting for us to come and see them, they are migrating and sometimes there just aren't any around. The captains were so nice and informative. They were very knowledgeable concerning the area and the wildlife in the area. We had a great time with the others on the tour and don't regret our purchase at all. The captain said the dolphin pod had approx 1000 dolphin in it. It was amazing to watch them "play" with us.
Rating: 3
Whale watching... minus the whales
Sun, Mar 6, 11   8:00 AM ShelleyManus Female 40-49 Local Group of Friends
Thank god for the dolphins and sea lions! Not to mention the bloody marys! All in all it was worth getting up for! Haven't given up on seeing a whale up close and personal! Until that day, The discovery channel will have to do!
Rating: 5
Great Time
Sat, Mar 5, 11   10:00 AM brucemill86 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
The trip was great, received the ticket right away from the online print out and the boat left on time. The captain was very informative and we saw two whales, dolphins and seals. Would recommend the trip to anyone who wanted a few hours to see the shorline of San Clemente.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching is a great activity to do!
Sat, Mar 5, 11   9:00 AM mposecion Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
This is our family's first time to do this activity. We saw this in the OC Family ad and thought it would be a good idea. And yes, it was great! We had a great experience! Just being out to the sea at 9am, the breeze of fresh air was really refreshing, the water was calm. (We recommend you bring a heavy sweater for it was really cold.) Although our boat captain (boat named CLEMENTE) tried so hard for our group to spend more time chasing the whales to get a good glimpse, we are unlucky that we did not see them (mom and a calf) close-up. We only saw from afar their arched back. However, the boat captain brought us to the dolphins pod. We enjoyed the scene. Gosh... There were groups of dolphins (maybe a about 100 or even more) that we were in awe. They were everywhere playing, jumping up and down, swimming close to our boat that we don't know where to look. Due to time constraint, the boat just went around them and we hurriedly return back to the dock. We really hoped that we stayed a few more minutes so we can take great pictures and really see & enjoy the dolphins. Yes, we do recommend for others to do this activity especially if you have small children. You will love it!
Rating: 5
A lot of fun
Thu, Feb 24, 11   12:00 PM tmihalko Female 40-49 Local Other
Although we didnt see any whales, we saw a LOT of dolphin. The boat was nice, the bathrooms were clean and the crew seemed knowledgeable and fun. We truly had an enjoyable time.
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
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
Great 89th birthday gift
Sat, Feb 5, 11   2:00 PM irmalanglois Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
It was my father's 89th birthday, he had never been on the ocean and eager to see Whales and Dolphins. While we did not see a whale, we had the adventure of our lifetime as the captain spotted a large group of dolphin of all ages. They stayed close to our boat for what seemed like and hour. It was an incredible experience for my father as well as my 19th year old son. We had an amazing time!
Rating: 4
loads of fun
Fri, Feb 4, 11   10:00 AM markhall Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
fun to get out on the ocean and hope for fish. The crew was very friendly and help full.

Would recomend this for any group of friends for a fun day away from the office.
Rating: 5
Fantastic Fishing Experence
Thu, Feb 3, 11   10:00 AM dhowdy Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Great fishing, lots of fish caught, the weather was warm, clear, seas were calm and blue skys. We also were able to see whales and dalphins, along with sea birds and sea lions. Just a fantastic trip and well worth doing often.