Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,628 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 293 715 9 = 706 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 388 931 13 = 918 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 727 1,670 42 = 1,628 97% 4.6
All 5,706 12,116 397 = 11,719 96% 4.5
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 885 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 407 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 231 88% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 105 100% 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 Ascending Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Great Family Activity
Sat, Mar 29, 08   2:00 PM JohnnyEstep Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a blast. It is hard to find an activity to please an 11 and 13 year old, but this was it. Staff were all freindly. We got to see Whales and Dolphins. Staff walked around and ask if we had questions. We would for sure do this tour again. Make sure if you got you take a sweater, its cold on the water. The sightseeing on the water is awsome.
Rating: 4
Another quality trip
Sat, Mar 29, 08   4:00 PM KarenShimer Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The tour left the harbor on time. Crew was friendly and informational. Saw and followed two whales for a bit, crew expertly spotted a sunfish and drew us closer for a look. Only dissappointment was there was not one dolphin to be seen (kind of strange) Tour ended at the precise moment. Our German exchange student was delighted. Another quality tour.
Rating: 4
Fun experience
Sun, Mar 30, 08   2:00 PM LinFishDU Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw about 5 grey whales, 2 on their own and then two adults with a baby. It was a little choppy which made it more difficult to see them, but it was still neat. The crew told us they didn't see any whales on the group that went out before us, probably due to the not-as-nice conditions. I would advise you to pick a nice calm day to go out, the crew seemed to indicate they have better success on those days.

Take binoculars if you have them. The boat cannot get super close to the whales.
Rating: 4
Fulfilling and Rewarding Cruise for Whales
Sun, Mar 30, 08   2:00 PM davebedell Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
Seas were slightly rough though the sun was shining brightly as my wife and her cousin (an L.A. resident) scanned the seas for marine life. We saw several gray whales blowing spouts and arching their backs out of the water near the cruise boat. On a couple occasions, we were able to clearly see the whales' blow holes and the barnacles, crustaceans, and other features of the whales' backs and skin. We also saw whale flukes on two occasions being raised from the sea surface just as or just before the whales dove into the sea. We also saw several dolphins arcing out of the water, three at a time swimming in unison and exposing themselves to our view off the side of the cruise boat. Our guides were quite knowledgeable about the whales and kept us informed about sightings and whale/dolphin locations relative to our boat's position. Our 7x birding binoculars were quite helpful in viewing the whales and dolphins as these mammals kept a bit of distance between themselves and our cruise boat. Our party of three (including my wife and I from out of state) felt this a rewarding and exciting experience, though it was a bit short (a little less than two hours all told considering maneuvering and docking the vessel, exiting and entering the harbor, etc.).

My wife's cousin & L.A. resident is looking forward to returning in July for a cruise to view Great Blue Whales, which our guide informed us often frequent these waters at that time of year.
Rating: 5
This trip was breathtaking!
Sun, Mar 30, 08   4:00 PM baibee Female 20-29 Local Group of Friends
This was the first time I have ever been whale watching and it was spectacular! It was breathtaking! It was so beautiful! I couldnt believe te number of whales we saw on our trip as well as dolphins. This is a trip I will remember my entire life.
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: 5
One of the best whale watching experiences ever!
Mon, Mar 31, 08   2:00 PM bugmenot Female Unspecified Local Couple on a Date
What started as a local jaunt to celebrate a birthday turned out to be one of the best whale watching experiences we've ever had. As our ship headed back to Dana Point harbor at the end of the trip, our captain spotted a pod of about a hundred dolphins in the distance. He turned the ship around to follow the pod even though we had come to the end of the tour.

Our ship was surrounded by dolphins leaping out of the water -- truly a joyous experience. Granted, we were extremely lucky to find the pod, but kudos to the captain for spotting the pod and delaying our return to the harbor to give us this experience.
Rating: 3
It was okay
Tue, Apr 1, 08   6:30 AM babybecky Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I called ahead and asked about poles/tackle and they gave me the wrong advise so I brought the wrong stuff for the trip, so that kind of sucked. I wish I would of been given more accurate information so I could of enjoyed the trip better. Needless to say, I didn't catch anything!
Rating: 5
Great adventure to take teenage girls on
Tue, Apr 1, 08   10:00 AM cindyschultz Female 50-59 Local Unspecified
I took two teenage nieces (15 & 17) visiting from MI on this Whale Watching adventure. They absolutely loved being on a boat in the harbor and seeing the dolphins so close they could almost touch them. We were all delighted to see the whales, especially the mother and calf. A seal popped his head out of wave quite unexpectedly and gave us all a good chuckle. My nieces were quite excited by this activity and besides enjoying it myself, it heightened the experience to be able to share it with my nieces. The crew was very friendly, polite, and knowledgable.
Rating: 4
Whales only at 12:00
Tue, Apr 1, 08   10:00 AM PatJohnston Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
Whales were only at 12:00 only the people on the front of the boat got to see them but the people on the sides and back only got a glimpse.

People in the front of the boat pushed the small children out ot the way and they didn't get to see.

Next time spin the boat around a little.
Rating: 5
Tue, Apr 1, 08   10:00 AM TracyUnger Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
Crew was great. Saw several whale flukes. Saw Gray whale mom and calf along with several schools of playful bottlenose dolphins. One dolphin even performed a great flip out of the water! Learned what a "footprint" was and will continue to look for that.
Rating: 4
Whale Watching
Tue, Apr 1, 08   12:00 PM sharri3322 Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We had such a good time on the Whale Watching Tour. We did not see any whales but we saw beautiful dolphins.
Rating: 5
Just Do It!!
Wed, Apr 2, 08   12:00 PM allyn5157 Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
If you're a tourist in Southern California and have stood in line for all of your other activities, you'll love this Whale-Watching tour! Dana Point is beautiful and the wharf area is manageable and pleasant - no lines (and if there are lines, they'll be short ones). The tour operators are knowledgeable and very friendly. The tour boat is large and comfortable and, on the day we participated, it just skimmed smoothly on the water. My wife and I had a great time and plan on doing it again. Oh, did I mention we didn't see any whales? It didn't matter to us, it was still a fun day and we understand that whales have a mind of their own and don't always read the script! Just make up your mind that you'll have a great time and you will.
Rating: 5
Great Trip
Sat, Apr 5, 08   6:30 AM calvinburt Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Please let the owners of the Reel Fishing boat know how much we enjoyed the trip. We were very impressed with Zach and the rest of the crew. Their attitudes were great, they were very helpful, and made us feel like they were there to help with whatever our needs might be.

I will come back.
Rating: 4
Fun but no whales....again!
Sat, Apr 5, 08   10:00 AM jcstonger Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
This is now our 3rd time whale watching here out of Dana Point, and the 3rd time seeing no whales. For the first 45 minutes we saw nothing, but then came across a very large pod of playful dolphins. This is in no way the fault of the guides, but still dissapointing. The kids ages 3 and 6 loved it regardles. We will probably give it one more shot next year, and then we will be done with it!