Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,385 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 133 328 3 = 325 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 358 856 11 = 845 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 612 1,417 32 = 1,385 97% 4.6
All 5,068 10,658 358 = 10,300 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
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Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 800 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 326 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 215 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 44 100% 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: 5
Best Whale Watching in OC
Fri, Dec 9, 11   12:00 PM ckstock Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Although we didn't see any whales, the trip out was great! Smooth seas a few dolphins, some sea lions and lots of blue sky. This is my fourth trip with this company and they are always friendly, the boats are clean and it is a great experience.
Rating: 5
Fun Afternoon Adventure
Mon, Dec 5, 11   12:00 PM krismeyer57 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Our whale watching venture did not produce any whales, but we were lucky enough to spot a sea otter, sea lions & hundreds of dolphin up close & personal. The boat was very nice providing indoor & outdoor seating. The staff was helpful, knowledgeable & well qualified.
Rating: 4
not many fish
Sun, Dec 4, 11   10:00 AM davidwill Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
zerve worked well
Rating: 5
Good for out of town guests and locals!
Sat, Nov 26, 11   2:00 PM moonmarshall Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
The boat (Dana Pride) was clean and big. There were plenty of seats in the galley. There are seats on the upper deck but it's limited and you need to get in line early to snag one of those. We preferred to stand in the front of the boat anyway so it didn't matter to us. We didn't see any whales the day we went but we saw a large pod of dolphins and several sea lions. The captain rode along with the dolphins for a long time which was nice, everyone had plenty of time to shoot video and take pictures. We have more family coming next month and we are going to do it again. Even if we hadn't seen a thing, it was a nice way to spend a couple hours out on the water. It was a beautiful warm day but still chilly on the boat. We definitely needed a couple layers (as their website suggests). Grab a drink at Turk's afterward. It's a great day out!
Rating: 4
Good experience
Sat, Nov 26, 11   2:00 PM HIDETO Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We're satisfied with the activity because we watched lots of dolphins.

However we couldn't see whales at all.

If we had seen whales,I would have given five stars on this review.
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
Between whale watching season......
Fri, Nov 25, 11   2:00 PM ReggieF Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Went whale watching between seasons so expectations for seeing a whale were not high so of course did not see a whale. The captain of the boat spotted a large pod of dolphins and did a good job keeping the group entertained by traveling with the pod for about 45 minutes. Captain provided good commentary as we "mingled" with the dolphins. Will go back during season to see whales.
Rating: 5
fun fun fun
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Wed, Nov 23, 11   3:30 PM nancyjrow Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
My 7 year old granddaughter said it was best week of her life (then she added - "in November') We saw thousands of dolphins. Very exciting - no whales but no complaints!
Rating: 5
Excellent trip
Wed, Nov 23, 11   12:00 PM wjjump Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Saw no whales, but saw 100's of dolphins
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: 4
Nice afternoon, fun had by all
Tue, Nov 22, 11   12:00 PM agsntate Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
Nice boat ride, professional and knowledgeable staff. Saw dolphins before leaving the harbor, then unfortunately not much until the end of the trip. But, we came upon a large pod of rizzos...maybe 50+...it was really amazing. They swam with us for a while - got lots of great pics and video. Kids of all ages enjoyed it - from 5 to 15 - plus the adults. It was a great afternoon. I'd do it again - especially on 1/2 price Tuesdays.
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: 4
No whales spotted, but offered free return
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Nov 15, 11   12:00 PM snacks99 Male 30-39 Local Family Without Children
It's getting late in the season, so I didn't have my hopes up on spotting whales. It seemed the crew had that attitude as well. The weather was great, the catamaran handled the chop well and it was a good day on the ocean, even if we didn't spot anything. We'll be back to try again, thanks to the guarantee and free return offer.
Rating: 4
Fun but missed the whales :-(
Mon, Nov 14, 11   12:00 PM pdlarson Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
Had a good time, boat was clean and appears well maintained, crew was friendly and knowledgable. Saw Sea Lions and at least two types of dolphins but no whales in mid-November. We will be back!
Rating: 2
Dolphin watching, not whale watching
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Fri, Nov 11, 11   3:30 PM zachbyc Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
The water was calm and we had a clear sky; the ride to the ocean was full of excitement and expectation to see whales up close and personal. Time passed by, we saw disturbance on the surface of the water and few fins peeked out, surely some playful dolphins surrounded our boat and started showing off their diving skills. After the dolphin encounter, both kids and adults were more eager to see whales. However, as the boat continued to ride along, no signs of any sea creatures appeared in our visual field. Although the captain announced possible activity under the water, the tour arrived back at the dock disappointed. Personally, I have seen dolphins swam next to the surfers at the Crystal Cove of Newport Beach, FOR FREE. I specifically purchased the tickets to see whales, but instead I settled for dolphins.