Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,382 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 193 459 8 = 451 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 308 734 11 = 723 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 618 1,411 29 = 1,382 97% 4.6
All 4,978 10,443 355 = 10,088 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 788 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 315 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 219 92% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 60 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
Great time!
Fri, Jul 10, 09   1:00 PM tshadof Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
Although we didn't see any whales, we did see two species of dolphins and some sea lions. It was a great time!
Rating: 5
Just Plain AWESOME
Sat, Aug 30, 14   10:00 AM TSchreiner Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
If you've never gone then what are you waiting for. Beautiful day out on the ocean looking for Dolphin and Whales. Came across hundreds of Dolphin and two blue whales. Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour out of Dana Point is awesome. The crew is very friendly and knowledgable and the catamaran is the way to go. Very comfortable, clean and has a nice kitchen/galley area. Would do this over and over.
Rating: 4
Whale Watching / Dolphins
Tue, Mar 24, 09   4:00 PM tschenk Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We are from Wisconsin and purchased tickets in advance. This worked very well.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we were forced to cancel our 1200 reservation, but were able to quickly reschedule to the 1600 time slot by going online.

The cruise was very nice, even though we did not see any whales. We were given the replacement tickets for a later date. (I'm not sure when we would use them.)

Overall, still worth the trip!

Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 13, 10   2:00 PM tschaier Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
The trip was great the staff was wondedrful. The seas were quite rough that day other than that it was great.
Rating: 4
Great view of the sea with a good team on board
Tue, Oct 23, 12   4:00 PM tsauser Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We have a nice view of the sea with unfortunately we have not see any whales and dolphins but we had a nice sunset and we have very appreciated that the money guarantee attidude and the fact you give us back the tickets for another time.

Thanks a lot and have a very nice Day

Kind Regards,
Rating: 4
Loved the dolphins!
Tue, Aug 16, 11   5:00 PM trudyhanson Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
On our whale watching tour (Aug. 16) we saw two blue whales and a pod of dolphins. My grandchildren loved the dolphins! They were less impressed by the whales--but I think that was because they didn't quite comprehend the size of what they were seeing. The tour guide's commentary was informative. We had a great time.
Rating: 5
some of us didn't catch a thing, but had a ball
Sat, Aug 25, 12   10:00 AM truckinnn Male 60-69 Local Group of Friends
We had a group of 13 and most caught something but I did not. Ether way I had fun, the crew was very helpful and and friendly. We will do this again. Thanks Mike Paggen

Also the girl that checked us in was awesome and treated us great
Rating: 5
Perfect outing
Thu, Aug 22, 13   12:00 PM Trubey Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This 2 hour outing is well worth it; staff is knowledgeable and provides interesting information. Boat is great, clean and comfortable and we saw both whales and dolphins.
Rating: 4
A bad day for fishing but a great time on Ocean!
Sun, Apr 3, 11   12:45 PM TroyTerBest Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
The fish didn't bite much at all, but the crew was energetic to help get you baited in the water to try. The day was beautiful and the food on board was fabulous. Still a great time. Time seemed long but that was because we didn't get many fish on the whole boat (about 6 or 7). Was really hoping to have the kids catch something. Maybe next time. For some reason when we checked in early 2 1/2 hrs we were overcharged (kids rods were free) and did not receive the boarding tickets. So after we stood in line to get a good rail spot we were last on board after I went back to the office for the tickets. They remembered me because of the refund of the 2 kids rentals. The crew wanted fish for us too and helped out whenever needed. Would definitely try again.
Rating: 5
Great whale watching experience
Sat, Mar 8, 14   11:30 AM TroyFerreira Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
I have never been whale watching before. I didn't think that we would see much. Maybe some dolphins and sea lions and possibly a whale's tail in the distance. I was totally amazed by how much we saw. We saw several whales. One even jumped completely out of the water in front of the boat and breached a couple more times. The boat captain was very respectful of the whales. He got us close enough to see, but not too close so we wouldn't put stress on them. We also saw a huge pod of dolphins. There must have been a thousand of them. We got great footage of them surfing in the wake of the boat. Overall a great experience.
Rating: 5
Awesome whale watch trip!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 12, 13   12:00 PM tropicaltg Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
Had a great time! The captain was very personable and we were delighted to actually see a whale! We also saw a lot of dolphin which was very fun.
Rating: 4
Beautiful day!
Thu, Mar 27, 08   10:00 AM trooperjp Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Had a fun day. Saw Whales and Sea Lions. Very nice.
Rating: 4
A Very Fun Trip but Potentially Disappointing
Thu, Dec 23, 10   12:00 PM trmmhwrd Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Obviously, when a person chooses to go out on the vast ocean and look for whales, there is a very good chance they won't find anything. We almost didn't. However, near the end of our tour, our tour boat discovered a pod of nearly a thousand dolphins. Even for someone like me who gets very seasick - the opportunity to be that close to a vast group of marine mammals was absolutely breath-taking and worth the misery.

Despite the risks, Dana Wharf Sportsfishing and Whale Watching is a top-rate business. We changed our tour due to rain and they made it a painless transition. Their desire to please the customer and provide them with a memorable experience is evident in the way their employees treat their clients.

It was a wonderful experience. If we had gone the entire tour without seeing something, we would have had an opportunity to reschedule. However, rescheduling isn't always an option for people. So before you spend the money, take into consideration the amount you are spending and your tolerance for the gamble. We bought our tickets on a half-price Tuesday tour which made the gamble a worh while risk to us.
Rating: 5
Loved it
Tue, Jul 1, 14   12:00 PM Trixiebrown Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Kids loved the dolphins
Rating: 4
My trip was a once in a lifetime
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 3, 12   12:00 PM Trishrg Female 40-49 Local Other
I was blessed enough to observe one gray whale on my trip, on 1/3/12

After we viewed the gray fro a while, we went to see what else we might find, and I was blessed, fortunate enough to be on the Dana Pride noon ride, and we found the pod of 10 orcas.

This was my first trip since a kid on a field trip in 3rd grade.

Only downside, was the dude "narrating" the trip never stopped. So for essentially 2 hours, some dude on a loud PA system, was just yackin, and yackin, and..... it was really a downer. Otherwise would have been a 5-star trip.