Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,460 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 190 401 16 = 385 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 331 744 22 = 722 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 648 1,493 33 = 1,460 97% 4.6
All 5,290 11,134 377 = 10,757 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 366 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 216 88% 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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great 2 hour excursion, and we saw whales!
Mon, Feb 6, 12   12:00 PM TWillumson Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a group of 10 people from age 12 to 90 and we all had a fantastic time. Mom (90) was completely safe with her walker and had no trouble boarding or boating, which was my concern. We all got to see the grey whales, the sun was out, the ocean was quite calm, and it was a great day! An.d they gave us 50% coupons off the next time if we choose to come back again, which I think I will! Big thumbs up and you'd better make those reservations and GO
Rating: 4
good, but...
Tue, Jun 17, 08   12:00 PM tvalentyne Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
Everything was great...the crew was good but, they spent more time traveling to a site than staying there to fish. It was rather frustrating to b/c with children you spend time getting them ready to fish, which on average they only stayed in each spot for 15-20 min. Its a 5 hour trip with 4 destenations and we got about 20 min in each spot. you do the math! My kids still loved it, but it did not give them any time to get ready, bait, or enjoy the little time they had to fish.
Rating: 5
Friendly Service & Awesome Experience
Mon, Mar 31, 08   10:00 AM turtle_kml Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
Whale watching is a great activity for people of any age. While we were out we saw 2 whales & watched for at least 20 minutes, plus saw a few dolphins and lots of California Sea Lions.

The boat crew was very knowledgeable and helpful in pointing out the wildlife and telling a bit about them. They were very friendly from the first greeting to inviting us to come back again when we left.

I will definitely go whale watching at Dana Wharf again.
Rating: 4
Nice cruise
Thu, Aug 7, 14   12:00 PM turkeyshoot Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The two hour whale and dolphin tour was on time and the captain and one man crew were very efficient and kept everyone up to date on what was out there. Unfortunately there were no whale sightings that day on any outing. We did come across 2 large pods of porpoise. We had some very good film of them. I will do this again in the winter and hopefully have better success in seeing whales.
Rating: 3
It was ok
Sat, Aug 2, 08   5:00 PM tuobaxuan Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
The trip was fun at first, saw pods of dolphins and sea lions, but there was no Whale.

It was altogether an alright trip, but I would explore other similar tours if another occasion arise for whale watching.
Rating: 4
Nice way to get tickets
Mon, Jul 9, 12   10:00 AM tunahooker19 Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
Zerve was a great way to go to have tiks ready when you arrive. Fishing stunk that day.
Rating: 4
Great first trip for Grandson.
Thu, Aug 2, 12   10:00 AM tunabob Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
This was the first ocean fishing trip for my 9 yr. old Grandson and he was boiling over with excitement by the time we arrived at the warf. I had decided to book the 1/2 day boat since it was his first time, just to get a feel as to how he would handle this type of fishing among a group of people. He landed one of, if not, the first calico bass that day as well as a couple others. The crew was very helpful, polite and one crewmember gave my Grandson cuddos for his fishing skills, which made him feel pretty good. Fishing was a little slow that day but our Captain kept us on the kelp where the boat still managed to land over 50 bass and a few other species as well.That turned out to be more than the full day and 3/4 day boats combined. It was a fun day on the water and I don't believe we had even left the boat before my Grandson asked when our next trip was.
Rating: 4
Great Experience
Tue, Mar 3, 09   12:00 PM tuckerjlake Female Unspecified Combination Group of Friends
We weren't lucky enough to see a whale, but received a free pass to try again! Mother nature doesn't always cooperate. Everything was well run, on time & the crew was curtious. It was a nice way to see the coast from a different perspective & spend time on the water.
Rating: 2
There must not be a fish finder on the boat...
Sat, Aug 10, 13   10:00 AM Tuckerdoo Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
The staff was nice, and helpful.

I have to believe that there was no fish finding equipment installed on the boat, and the captain sure didn't know where to look. However, he captain did mention, repeatedly, how good the fishing was the day before. That was fun to hear.

The boat stayed roughly 800 yards from shore, must be the gas prices? I really expected to go much deeper. The food and beverages where very resonable, I had a great meal and one hell of a bloody mary. That's one for the galley.

At this point, I cannot recommend a fishing trip, but if you are going for the view, food and drink, it's a fun adventure along the coast.
Rating: 5
Once in a lifetime experience
Sat, Mar 14, 09   9:00 AM tthistle Female 30-39 Local Individual
I went Whale watching from the Dana Point Harbor on March 14 at 9 am. Saw 3 whales. One of them breached 5 times. One of the whales started doing mating behaviors and we saw them mate. We even saw the whales give each other a hug as part of the mating behavior. Amazing!!! The guide was very knowledgable as well.
Rating: 5
Great break from Reality!
Sat, Mar 27, 10   4:00 PM TSYExpress Male 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
Both my wife and I have needed a break for sometime to just take a breath of fresh air. This trip truly allowed that! It was a time to remember there are more things in this world we need to experience rather than being so entrapped with the daily routines of our jobs. The staff was wonderful, the burgers were the best! And the atmosphere AWESOME, heck its the ocean, how can you go wrong? =) Thanks guys for a wonderful day!


Tiny and Spk! =)
Rating: 4
Went on whale watching adventure
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sun, Jun 28, 09   5:00 PM tsodal Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Had a great time... Zerve customer service was great! Very cooperative! I have told friends already!
Rating: 4
No whales seen but tried hard
Sun, Sep 12, 10   12:00 PM tslimmer Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
the captain did his best to find us a whale but no luck this day. He did put us in several dolphin pods with many baby dolphins to watch. Sunfish, anchovies, sunshine and good smooth ride still made it a good day to be on the water. and they made a good grilled cheese sandwich too!
Rating: 4
pretty good gtaff great job
Sat, Aug 11, 12   12:00 PM tsl123 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
wish we stay out longeer
Rating: 1
Sat, Oct 24, 09   1:00 PM tsharp3 Male 20-29 Local Other
This is one of the worst experiences that I had. The customer service received at this place was by far one of the most horrid situations. I got passed from person to person and each time had to retell a story and then got accused and blamed myself for a mistake on their end that they refused to acknowledge. The sad part is that I had proof in my hands, had an extensive call record with details, but there was still a lack of wanting to even look at this. Bringing a group of eager students from a university, this was an exciting trip and we had to buy tickets ahead of time. Because of mistakes on the company's end, we are now out several hundred dollars and they still refuse to acknowledge their mistake and work with us. Now I'm in the process of trying to work through legal means to get our money back and try to move on from one of the worst situations of customer service and organization that I have ever seen!!!