Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,456 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 204 447 19 = 428 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 344 791 22 = 769 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 646 1,492 36 = 1,456 97% 4.6
All 5,279 11,121 377 = 10,744 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 835 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 363 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 211 87% 4.1 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 Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Beautiful day on the water!
Thu, Sep 15, 11   2:00 PM nettebini Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
As a certified "whale geek," I've been on a lot of whale watching cruises with a variety of companies. My afternoon on the water with Dana Wharf Whale Watching definitely ranks near the top of all my experiences. The crew was helpful, informative and courteous. We learned about the area, the animals and more. The boat was fantastic. Clean, stable, well appointed. There was plenty of room for everyone to have a great view. Oh, and the view? We were treated to great looks at blue whales, common dolphins and California sea lions. Not to mention the beauty of the California coastline.

We had a fantastic time. We'd recommend Dana Wharf Whale Watching to anyone looking for a good, safe wildlife viewing adventure. We'll definitely be back next time we're in Southern California!
Rating: 5
Wed, Sep 14, 11   12:00 PM John_Susan Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We are from Indiana on a business / vacation and saw the add in the hotel fliers. The catamaran was very clean and manned by a very friendly and knowledgeable crew. The most rememberable part of the adventure was the sight of the Blue Whale. If we are ever able to get back to California we will diffenatly make anouther booking. Thank you very much in helping book the adventure.
Rating: 4
Amazing, wonderful things to see.
Tue, Sep 13, 11   5:00 PM JAJacobs4JC Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
It was my wife and I on our honeymoon. We had a blast. Saw everything they said we would see. Technology and communication with other ships to make that happen I'm sure. No matter though, I don't like to take chances so I don't see why they should either. The one thing that did disapoint was at the end of our trip my wife and I were very cold so we went down to get coffee but they had already poured it out. He didn't offer to make more and we weren't even in port yet. I would have expected better costomer service in that regard. Other than that......,. Perfect!
Rating: 5
Enjoyed the whale watching trip very much
Tue, Sep 13, 11   5:00 PM debchuck Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
My husband and I had a great time. We saw a blue whale surface atleast 3 times and even got to see its fluke come out of the water. Then the captain went out to "play" with the dolphins. They swam all around the boat and leaped out of the water. On our way back into the harbor we spotted sea lions on the bell buoy near the breakwater. They were barking away.The trip ended with a gorgeous sunset!
Rating: 5
Whale of a Time!
Tue, Sep 13, 11   5:00 PM dblackman Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The Dana Pride crew was great -- we went at 5pm for a sunset cruise. Captain stayed with the blue whale we saw for about a half hour, and then we went to "play with the dolphins". Very enjoyable.
Rating: 4
enjoyed the evening
Sun, Sep 11, 11   12:45 PM vfrpapa Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
good crew
Rating: 5
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Wed, Sep 7, 11   5:00 PM jenlealay Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My family and I went on the evening boat ride and we loved it. We could not say if good things about the tour. The captain and his mates were awesome. We saw hundreds of dolphin and 5 whale. We also saw many sea lions. We have been on many boat tours and this one has been by far the BEST!! The boat was very comfortable and the staff were great. They knew the every move of the whale and could tell us when we could get the best view of the fluke. It was awesome. You will not be disappointed!!
Rating: 4
Blue Whales not best seen from a Boat
Tue, Sep 6, 11   5:00 PM sannis Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
While the boat ride was pleasent and the crew very good and the Tuesday 50% off deal is great, trying to see Blue Whales from a boat is not the best. No fault to the crew, Blue Whales basically stay below the surface and when they come up it is just for a little while and all you can see is a small part of their hump where the spout is. They do not breach like the other whales and if you see their tail consider yourself extremely lucky. Simply put, if you really want to see a Blue Whale get in a small sightseeing plane or helicopter that will take you out for approx $125/pp and you will be able to see the whole whale from the air.

The pods of dolphins that you usually see are the highlight of the trip. Glad I went and experienced it but also glad I only paid 50% of regular price. Next time I take to the air!
Rating: 5
Worth Every Penny
Sun, Sep 4, 11   4:00 PM drelyn Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My husband, seven year old son, and I all enjoyed the catamaran tour. It was fantastic. They don't over-sell so there was plenty of room to move around the boat and get good views of the ocean and the animals. We saw dolphins and whales on our trip. The crew was friendly and really knew where to look and how to approach the animals once they found them. It was an amazing experience I absolutely recommend it to everyone of all ages... except for people who get sea-sick. Not that the boat was too bumpy, it was a fairly smooth ride, but one person on our boat found out that even a smooth lull was too much and she had a miserable time, so please avoid it if you get sea-sick. If not for yourself then for your fellow passengers.
Rating: 4
Entertaining two hours
Sun, Sep 4, 11   12:00 PM oconnortrip Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We enjoyed the Noon Whale Watching tour on the catamaran. The boat was clean and the staff was friendly and knowledgeable. The captain worked diligently to find whales. We had several great whale sightings that were quite impressive. We also really enjoyed the dolphin pod that we encountered. It was helpful that we did not have a full cruise. It would have been pretty crowded with a full boat. The view from the front of the boat was great and we all enjoyed ourselves. Our trip was pretty choppy, so if you have any problems with motion sickness, you need to prepare for that.

The parking lot has a four hour maximum and they do have attendants patrolling the lot, so plan your trip so you fit into that time frame. The company doesn't provide permits for the two hour tours. We almost ran out of time because we had brunch before the tour.
Rating: 5
Amazing Experience!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Sep 3, 11   5:00 PM icemanwill Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I had a great time on this tour. We stayed at the bow of the ship (Dana Pride) and were able to catch several sightings of Blue Whales and pods of Common Dolphin. The onboard naturalist did an excellent job of describing what to look for, and in describing the animals themselves. The crew took their time and made sure we had memorable experience. Highly recommended!
Rating: 2
Fished for birds not fish.
Sat, Sep 3, 11   12:00 PM Zootropic Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Drove 3 hrs to fish at this location and want to say I'm very disappointed. 90% of the boat did not catch a thing. Out of 38 anglers only 2 caught fish and at best barely legal sand bass. We parked directly on top of a reef swamped by kelp at which point one person caught a small tiny kelp fish that was released. Personally caught 5 birds. Pelicans, seagulls, and cormorants which r dumber than fish. Really waste of time and money. Would NOT recommend this trip. Boat was sun fun. Not even a mention of getting money back. Captain could care less. The deckhands were useful with reeling in birds and releasing em back to get hooked again.
Rating: 4
Large waves
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Fri, Sep 2, 11   5:00 PM Jewlkin Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We went during a time when there was warnings for high waves. Was kind of like being on a rollercoaster for 2 hours. I wish we would have seen dolphins, but the whales were very fun to watch.
Rating: 2
The trip went to the Birds
Thu, Sep 1, 11   10:00 AM Yaronlohr Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We were attacked by birds the whole trip. I caught 6 birds 1 fish. The trip was unorganized and the crew had no idea what to do about the birds that were attacking the boat 24/7
Rating: 4
Great Adventure!
Sat, Aug 27, 11   12:00 PM msluciak Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
I really enjoyed the boat ride and getting to see all the Wild Life. The guide was very knowledgeable and helpful. I would highly recommended this activity!