Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,454 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 107 221 8 = 213 96% 4.4
Last 6 months 323 707 27 = 680 95% 4.5
Last 12 months 656 1,492 38 = 1,454 96% 4.5
All 5,337 11,226 385 = 10,841 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 831 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 349 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 221 86% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 53 100% 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
A really nice time
Fri, Mar 23, 12   12:00 PM Rkulinski Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was our second time at Dana Wharf and even though we didn't see any whales this time, it was our first time seeing dolphins in the wild. We got great photos, videos, and purchased a very fairly priced stuffed dolphin toy on board. Our family enjoyed the snacks and the cocktails, too! It was a great day and the staff was very kind. Since we didn't see any whales, and to their standards the dolphins weren't enough, we got a "whale check" for another cruise for free in the future, which we will certainly use on our next trip!
Rating: 5
Captain and crew on Dana Pride were great.
Fri, Mar 23, 12   10:00 AM Jsiques44 Male 30-39 Local Family With Children
For my wifes birthday, I surprised her (and my 6 year old son) with a trip to Dana Point to go whale watching and spend the weekend relaxing. Our whale whale watching trip began at 10am and lasted 2 hours. I tried reserving another more expensive whale watching service from the same harbor, but they were fully booked for the first departure. I lucked out finding Dana Warf, instead. The other service (which uses a smaller catamaran) left an hour earlier that morning, which would have been tougher to get to on a weekday with traffic, and the catamaran bobed around in the water more than the Dana Pride. In addition, it was our boat and crew on Dana Pride that spotted the whale that we followed for a good 30 minutes. The captains from the different services talk to eachother on the radio when whale watching, so if one finds a whale, they alert the others to the location. From that aspect, its great so you will see a whale with either of the companies (if there's one out there to be seen and found that day). The captain and crew explained the behavior of the whale and then we let it go on its merry way and we began to follow a group of dolphins and a sea lion. It was a great experience for the whole family. This boat was also nice, since they have a gally to get hot food and drinks on a cold morning.
Rating: 4
Great trip, great food and staff.
Fri, Mar 23, 12   10:00 AM paulniehouse Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
If we would have caught fish it would have been a perfect day! The skipper did his very best to get us "hooked up" and we got our "pool money" back. The fish just were not cooperating.
Rating: 3
Very disapointed!!
Fri, Mar 23, 12   10:00 AM vaney4 Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
This is the first time where I go In a boat and didn'Get any fish , out of 40 people in that boat only 1 person caught a fish, and only one fish.!! Very disapointed because you would ve thought they will reinburse you but , NO!!! Came back home with 0 fish and spent a lot of money on 4 trips, license and roads!!!
Rating: 4
Bad fishing day
Fri, Mar 23, 12   10:00 AM TomAgcaoili Male 50-59 Local Individual
Great Crew & Captain
Rating: 5
What a great experience!
Thu, Mar 22, 12   2:00 PM lurain7 Female 40-49 Local Other
What a great experience, our captain and crew were very knowledgeable. We were lucky enough to see quite a few pods of dolphins (right next to our boat) and we saw 3 grey whales. The captain slowed the boat so we could get a better view, and even stayed out a little longer so we could enjoy our whale sighting. Other perks were the snackies, restrooms and inside viewing available down below. What a thrill to enjoy nature in their natural habitat.
Rating: 4
Entertaining trip
Thu, Mar 22, 12   2:00 PM jgdonaldson Male 60-69 Local Other
This was a very entertaining trip. We saw lots of dolphins and enjoyed the trip. We also saw a couple of whales on are trip. This was well worth the time.
Rating: 3
Was pleasant
Thu, Mar 22, 12   12:00 PM Krystle02 Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
Couldn't keep up with the whales but saw some dolphin which was cool
Rating: 5
Unforgetable experience
Wed, Mar 21, 12   2:00 PM Heroabrian Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I found this trip online when I was searching for activities to do in orange county, CA. To my surprise it was shown on the orange county's website but was not even advertised on the flyers at the hotel. I was immediately interested to do the whale watching trip and was happy that the trip provider, Danawharf, give a 40% discount!

On the trip day, I was glad that the cruise boat was a big (and very clean ) catamaran which provides an outdoor seating and indoor seating area (with a bar!) as well as plenty of walkabouts around the boat as you need to walk around in case the whale shows up around the boat.

In addition to that, the trip guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the whale that we were about to watch. To my surprise, the whale showed up several times, and it was an amazing view, considering that this is an open sea and that we are dealing with a wild animal. As a bonus after trailing the whale for an hour the boat took us to dolphin enclaves around the area, which is another amazing experience.

All things said, I really like to recommend to do this this activity with danawharf whenever you're in OC between Nov-April as that is the best time to catch a glimpse of migrating whales. Five out of Five.
Rating: 4
We saw whales, schools of dolphins and sea lions..
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   4:00 PM lindashaub Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw just what we went to see. Nice tour
Rating: 4
Fun for 2 Grandma's and their grandson!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   2:00 PM msistek Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Didn't see many sea creatures, but it was a fun adventure.
Rating: 5
Will worth it.
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   12:00 PM rhinofox Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Best whale watching trip ever.
Rating: 5
This was a bucket list item for me!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   12:00 PM AMYDPRICE Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Amazing! Couldn't have been a better experience! The whales played as close as 20 feet from the back of our boat! So incredible, it brought me to tears! Crew member said it was one of the best tours/show in his 24 years of doing this!
Rating: 5
This trip was great
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   12:00 PM charoates Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
What a wonderful experience this was. Our group was lucky enough to see four whales!!! I managed to get some amazing photos.

The crew was very informative about the whales and their life cycles.

I am already recommending this excursion to friends.
Rating: 5
fun trip
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 20, 12   12:00 PM nomeowstop Female 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
fun ride saw a pod of whales really close nice time the ships staff were really friendly