Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,412 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 172 410 10 = 400 96% 4.6
Last 6 months 372 882 18 = 864 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 619 1,443 31 = 1,412 97% 4.6
All 5,159 10,870 365 = 10,505 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 817 98% 4.7 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 187 87% 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 Sort Descending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Fun day at sea
Sat, Aug 1  5:00 PM cmart7pnk Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Totally enjoyed our whale watch excursion at Dana Point. The reservation process on Zerve was quick and easy. The price was really reasonable. The staff on the boat was professional and very knowledgeable about whales. Our whole experience was good!
Rating: 5
Excellent viewing from DW catamaran
Sat, Aug 1  2:00 PM GaryGrigg Male 70+ Local Family With Children
Great day on the water. Excellent viewing from DW catamaran. Saw two whales and big dolphin pod. The adults and kids had a fun time and first time experience
Rating: 5
Best Day of Fishing I've ever had
Sat, Aug 1  12:00 PM AlJerousek Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I have only been Ocean Sport Fishing 9-10 times since 1989. Most of the boats I have gone on were out of San Diego and Oceanside.

This trip by far was the best day I have ever had on the water. I brought my two young Cousins from Phoenix with me, and we must have caught over 20 fish between the three of us. most had to be thrown back due to their size or type, but we were able to keep 5 nice Calico and Sand Bass. Towards the end of the day, on our final rotation around the boat, my pole bent hard and my line was racing out, after a 45 minute battle, 1 1/2 times around the boat, we finally won and brought up a Black Sea Bass that estimated to be around 50-60 lbs. Because it is a protected species, we couldn't pull it into the boat, so the crew held it alongside the boat long enough for us to snap pictures of it, then they removed the hook and safely set it free. That fish gave me the best battle I have ever experienced and the crew were absolutely helpful the whole time. If I would have been allowed to bring it into the boat, that lottery would have been mine. Next time I go sport fishing, it will be with these guys, the crew really helped make it an awesome day! Thanks again for a great day!
Rating: 4
Pleasant trip.
Fri, Jul 31  5:30 PM larrypayton Male 70+ Local Individual
Captain and crew were very nice.
Rating: 2
There was little or no management of the guests.
Wed, Jul 29  6:30 AM oldutch Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
After taking an open spot on the port side we were invaded by roving young fisherman who managed to tangle up lines with abandon. We spent most of the morning on the port side until the captain decided at the last stop to rotate. WE spent the rest of the morning - 1/2 hour? - fishing from the starboard side. Never made it to the stern where most of the large fish were caught.
Rating: 5
Great experience!!
Tue, Jul 28  2:00 PM Jenhansen4 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
We didn't quite know what to expect or even if we would see any marine animals. We had a wonderful time! We saw humpback whales, dolphins, and sea lions. The crew was also very friendly and available for questions. Thank you!!
Rating: 4
Tue, Jul 28  2:00 PM Amburr_Lynn Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I really enjoy these whale watching trips. Tuesday's are way more crowded than normal but that's fine and was expected. I've gone at 10a and now at 2p and I can assure you, the later the trip is, the more active the whales! Love!
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Tue, Jul 28  12:00 PM MaryWelsch Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband & I were vacationing in Laguna Beach. We learned of the whale watching tour from a flyer at our rented apartment, so decided to give it a try. We had an awesome experience during our tour. We saw 2 Brutus whales and several pods of dolphin. We also saw a hugh group of dolphin feeding. The ships captain estimated it to be at least 1000 dolphin. One of the best wildlife tours I have ever done. The captain & crew were very informative and helpful. I would recommend this tour to anyone who would like to see these magnificent creatures.
Rating: 5
Tue, Jul 28  10:00 AM susanalm Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
Took a whale watching trip with family and small children. This trip was really enjoyable. Not crowded and even though we did not see whales, we saw lots of Dolphins. The crew was very knowledgable and was ready to answer questions and provided great service! Really enjoyed when the staff provided live music by singing and playing the ukulele! The kids were dancing and singing along while watching the Dolphins riding the bow. The whole family had lots of fun! I would highly recommend taking a whale watching trip with Dana Wharf! It was an incredible experience!
Rating: 2
Sixty people packed on the SumFun..... Not fun!
Sun, Jul 26  5:30 PM Walter_Wyman Unspecified 50-59 Local Individual
49 rental rods, lines tangled, people had tackle on the deck! The only time a deck hand was on the tank was when he was asked to chum, 9 out of 10 times there was only one half dead sardines in one of the wells. The other thing that was strange was that the burgers had Siracha on them. The best thing was when I needed to rotate I went to the bow and the forward bait tank was green and dead bait was floating in it, I know hard to believe but I have a picture on my phone. The only thing that was cool, was a young boy in a wheelchair, when I got tired of all of the crud I helped him remove some of his mackerels so his dad could cast out...... He was stoked just to catch any fish even if it was mackerels. I wish I didn't know the difference in truly good service and what happened during this trip! It will be a while till I try this again......
Rating: 5
Great Tour
Sun, Jul 26  2:00 PM mom4tbwt Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a great time on tour. The guides were great very informative and the boat was clean and comfortable.
Rating: 3
Deckhands were not helpful
Sat, Jul 25  5:30 PM fpineda101 Male 30-39 Local Group of Friends
I rented my pole and tackle. Somehow, the line started to come out from the bottom of the reel. As a first time fisher, I asked my friend who I came with for help. They couldn't figure it out and suggested I ask the deck hand. I asked one for a hand with the reel line, he didn't snap the top back on right and all my line went off the reel. I didn't notice until the second deck hand saw it and pointed it out to me. He asked what I happened and I told him the first deck hand didn't snap the top of the reel back in correctly. The 2nd asked the first about it and the first denied doing it, in front of me. I was flabbergasted. The 2nd deck hand said he would try to find a 2nd pole for me but he never did. I ended up sitting the last 2 hours in the galley doing nothing. The deck hands really ruined the experience for me. My lesson learned, bring your own gear and bring back ups, especially hooks, tackle, line and reel. I'm willing to give this company another chance, I just won't trust the deck hands again.
Rating: 5
awesomeness definitely recommend it
Sat, Jul 25  5:00 PM arielmena198 Male 30-39 Combination Couple on a Date
Awesomeness absolutely loved it
Rating: 5
Beautiful day
Sat, Jul 25  12:00 PM yorkeystyl Unspecified 40-49 Local Family With Children
Great crew, knowledgeable, fun.
Rating: 5
Sat, Jul 25  12:00 PM nperel Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
We highly recommend this excursion to anyone that wants to experience dolphin and other sea life up close. Thanks to the entire crew for their efforts!