Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,462 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 197 429 19 = 410 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 337 769 22 = 747 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 647 1,495 33 = 1,462 97% 4.6
All 5,283 11,128 377 = 10,751 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 838 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 214 88% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 47 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Love the Whales
Wed, Aug 14, 13   2:00 PM jsantella Female 70+ Combination Family With Children
We saw two species of whale. 1 Fin Whale. 2 blue whales. Common Dolphins.

The Fin Whale popped up approx 30 feet away 3 different times shortly after we left the harbor. Fin whales are the second largest whales averaging 70 feet and 80 tons.

We saw the common dolphins in pods of 20 - 30 several times on our way to see and from the blue whales.

The blue whale is the largest animal ever known to live on earth, averaging 100 feet and 200 tons. We were given the greatest blue whale show ever. The blue whales popped up many times as close as approx 20 feet away. We saw a spectacular diving show with the tail-fluke waving to us twice. Better than Sea World.

This is my third time on Dana Wharf Whale Watching. I recommend this tour to everyone.
Rating: 4
First time fishing in a long time, had fun.
Wed, Jul 3, 13   5:30 PM AllenRenning Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
Caught a coupler of keepers, Weather was perfect, had a good time.
Rating: 5
Had a great time!
Fri, Jun 28, 13   6:30 AM rdovala Male 70+ Local Group of Friends
We have used Zerve several times during the past fishing season. We have never been disappointed with their service. Thanks again for an enjoyable time.
Rating: 5
An amazing encounter with our local marine life
Tue, Jun 18, 13   2:00 PM MoiraNiblo Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
Everything about our two hour whale-watching was wonderful. No, we didn't see any whales, but we did see a huge pod of common dolphins. Amazing. And the expertise and enthusiasm of our guide made our encounter with these marvelous sea creatures so memorable. I can hardly wait to go on this trip again. Highly recommended!
Rating: 5
This was a wonderful trip to sea!!!!
Sat, Jun 8, 13   2:00 PM hilarywhitt Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
The crew was fantastic on this trip!!! They were knowledgeable, very helpful and overall a delight!!! I am physically handicapped and they helped me out in so many ways, it was wonderful. We thoroughly enjoyed our time on the ship and out at sea! Thank you!!!
Rating: 5
Whale Watching Always a Wow!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Wed, Apr 3, 13   2:00 PM CarolKSoCal Female 70+ Local Family With Children
My two granddaughters, ages 10 and 12, went whale watching with me for the first time. What a thrill to watch them in their excitement and awe as we watched 3 grey whales and common dolphins galore as well as something we'd never seen before, sea lions behaving like dolphins! The girls loved their boat trip and will come back again many times, I'm sure...
Rating: 4
Fun 2 hour trip. Saw mostly dolphins
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Apr 2, 13   12:00 PM TonyShloss Male 70+ Local Unspecified
The captain was very good about explaining the activites of both the whales and dolphins. There was a whole school of dolphins that we watched for quite a while. The captain went in circular pathe to create waves so we could see the dolphins dive through them. We only got a glimse of two whales, neither of which were California Greys. One was a fin whale that came up and went down quickly. The other was a humpback that you could only see the fin in the distance. It was an enjoyable trip and worth the price.
Rating: 5
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 5, 13   10:00 AM CarolKocalis Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
The captain really knows his whales and their interesting patterns. The boat was clean and it was a very good value.
Rating: 4
Lots of Dolphin and a nice boat ride!
Sun, Mar 3, 13   1:00 PM carolance Unspecified 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Our captain tried to find 2 gray whales which had been sited earlier, but they eluded us. He did find us a huge bunch (school?) of dolphin though- hundreds, and it was very exciting watching them play in the wake of the boat. A two hour ride is just about right.
Rating: 4
Had a great time
Sun, Mar 3, 13   1:00 PM naylore Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Other
We didn't see any whales but we saw over a thousand dolphins. There wer dolphins as far as we could see. It was amazing! The crew was polite and helpful. Only one criticism = I am 84 years old and I would have had trouble standing the whole trip and too old to climb up to the available seating. My son hunted up a box so I could climb up. It would be nice if they had had a stool Otherwise it was delightful.
Rating: 4
Whale of a Good Time
Thu, Feb 28, 13   12:00 PM donnawanato Female 70+ Local Couple on a Date
Who new the big whales got so close to shore! What a fun trip. The captain was full of interesting info and facts regarding the 7 mile area off Dana Point. We saw about 6 whales and lots of dolphin. Would recommend to anyone.
Rating: 4
Search for a Blue Whale
Thu, Feb 28, 13   12:00 PM ChrisClawson Male 70+ Combination Individual
A most enjoyable two, plus hours cruising and searching rewarded all aboard to witness two pods and Gray going North and a single Gray heading south. I saw in the papers that a Blue Whale was spotted several days before and was in hohpes to get a rare sight. Regardless, It was a most enjoyable day.

There was a long wait before the boat returned from an earlier trip and it wold have been kind if someone would keep the passengers informed as to the arrival time expected. We assumed boadring at 11:30, but the ship did not arrive in port until noon.
Rating: 5
awesome afternoon activity!!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 26, 13   2:00 PM carolemetz Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
refreshing, informative,spirit lifting and lots of fun!
Rating: 5
extremely knowledgeable commentary
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 26, 13   10:00 AM mynard Female 70+ Local Other
Person giving commentary throughout the two hours was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the dolphins and whales. Liked seating arrangement at tables. Sat across from a delightful family from CT. Took Captain Dave safari last year - liked this much better - really liked friendly seating arrangements and just overall character of boat and captain. I live in Dana Point and take friends/relatives on these safaris. From now on I would only use this particular boat/service.
Rating: 3
Enjoyed the activity, but did not see much of whal
Sun, Feb 17, 13   2:00 PM Bookgal1 Female 70+ Local Individual
The captain was very informative and made the trip interesting.