Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,440 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 212 479 19 = 460 94% 4.5
Last 6 months 396 909 25 = 884 96% 4.6
Last 12 months 643 1,479 39 = 1,440 97% 4.6
All 5,230 11,008 377 = 10,631 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 845 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 182 85% 4.0 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 Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Had a great time.
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 29, 11   2:00 PM Greenhurst Female 60-69 Combination Other
Would recommend this to anyone looking for a nice boat ride on the ocean. You never know what you'll see. The crew is excellent teaching & keeping you informed.
Rating: 5
Great value!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 29, 11   10:00 AM fossek Female 30-39 Combination Family With Children
Crew friendly and knowledgable. Boat clean. No whales this time but dolphins and sea lions are cool too! Kids love it (5 year old boy, 3 year old boy). Newborn slept in sling whole trip, must have been the motion! Snackbar helpful for kids midmorning munchies. Prefer the Dana pride to other boat we were on (same company) during blue whale season. Dana Pride larger, cleaner, more seats better for kids. We'll be back to try and catch the blue whales.
Rating: 4
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 22, 11   2:00 PM lesleynuno Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
It was a nice tour, but my only complaint would be that the captain spent too much time waiting for one whale to surface...then rushed us back when the whale never emerged. The whales we flew by on the way back were not brought to our attention (having worked on a whale watching tour myself I doubt the crew didn't notice) and the boat would not slow down for us to view them because they had to be back in time for the next tour.
Rating: 5
RE: What a Day!
Wed, Mar 9, 11   12:00 PM WayneBlauvel Male 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
My Second Great Adventure with Dana Wharf whale watching this season. My Out of Town guests didn't know what to expect but will never forget the boat surrounded by Dolpins leaping from every direction to feed on huge school of bait fish and Pelicans dive bombing by the hundreds... Better than any National Geographic special... and just a couple minutes out of the Harbor in deal calm seas! Crew was terrific explaining what was happening and enthusiam for the day as well... A great bargain for anyone visiting The OC ...
Rating: 5
Beautiful day, helpful crew, multiple sightings...
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 8, 11   12:00 PM stumpshot76 Male 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
This was the second Dana Wharf outing by family members in the past year, and we were again pleased by the service, scenery and pleasant and helpful crew. We will be back again..!!
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 22, 11   2:00 PM Strindberg Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
We enjoyed a beautiful two hour trip and followed two California Gray Whales at a respectful distance on their trip down the coast. The narration provided by the captain and others was both educational and enthusiastic. The crew was as delighted as the passengers in observing these beautiful animals. Really enjoyed our outting!
Rating: 4
Good times had by all.
Sat, Jan 29, 11   2:00 PM gett0029 Female 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
The boat ride was excellent. Not too choppy. I have been on smaller boats and felt nautilus. They did everything in their power to find whales, and provided us with info on the species. We saw two whales and some other sea life. Very fun, especially, for the reasonable price. Our group consisted of graduate students from across the country that are currently going to school in California. We found Dana Point to be a beautiful area worth visiting as well.
Rating: 4
Saw dolphins, but no whales
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 25, 11   2:00 PM smiles56 Female 50-59 Combination Family With Children
We saw lots of dolphins, but no whales. however, at half price, and 78 degrees and sunny, what's not to like? We enjoyed it even if we didn't see whales!
Rating: 5
Fun experience!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Dec 28, 10   10:00 AM sentprak5 Male 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
We were lucky in spotting three gray whales and a pod of thousand dolphins. The captain was very knowledgeable and he took every possible effort to make sure we experienced a fun whale watching trip. The trip was totally awesome and my family enjoyed it. We are planning to come back for the summer season!
Rating: 5
Great crew running the boat
Thu, Dec 9, 10   10:00 AM lymanjason Male 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
Fun times! Great boat crew, always providing a hand to keep us fishing.
Rating: 4
Dana Sport Fishing Whale Watching Trip
Sun, Nov 28, 10   12:00 PM CRParker Female 60-69 Combination Other
Since it was early in the season and it was very cold and the water was very rough we didn't see any whales or dolphins. Even the sea lions were few and far between. It was a very nice boat and the crew seemed very knowledgeable and friendly. Some people couldn't handle the rough ride and got seasick. If my friend had been staying longer we might have waited for more favorable conditions, but since she was leaving the next day we didn't have much of a choice. I strongly recommend that people dress WARMLY if they are going to take this trip in the winter months. By warmly, I mean winter coats or jackets because it was COLD. Fortunately, we were dressed accordingly so we were relatively comfortable. Since we didn't see any whales or dolphins we received a voucher for another trip at some point in the future. Hopefully, we will have better luck then, but we felt that it was an enjoyable experience nonetheless. I have been on these trips before and got to see many dolphins as well as the occasional Grey Whale. This time of year however, it is a crap-shoot as they say with regard to the weather and/or the likelihood of seeing marine life. It's still worth the trip in my opinion as it is generally an enjoyable two hour cruise if nothing else.
Rating: 5
Fri, Nov 12, 10   11:00 AM koach47 Unspecified Unspecified Combination Other
This was our second time on the whale watching excursion. Fantastic we saw a large pod of dolphiins well over 1000. We visit our daughter and son in-law and make a yearly trip. We definitely will be back!!!

Robin & Leonard Koci

Topeka, KS
Rating: 5
A Lot of Fun !!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Nov 2, 10   12:00 PM CherylLougen Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
We went out on the half priced Tuesday catamaran trip. Weather and conditions were perfect. The captain and crew seemed very knowledgable about where to find marine life and provided a very informative narration on the way out. Their concern for the ocean was evident.

We did not see any whales as we were really not at the right time of year for it but we did see a lot of dolphins and seals. The staff approaches the animals with respect and at the same time are able to optimize your experience by getting the dolphins to surf in the boats wake and manuever the boat to ensure everyone on board gets up close views. They explain the animals behavior in detail. We were also lucky to get an unexpected viewing of seals on some of the local rocks.

I would really recommend this trip to anyone considering a whale or dolphin cruise. The price is great for the duration of the trip (2 hours). The boat is clean and well maintained.

I plan on going out again when the grey whales are here and would also take any out of town visitors out for an enjoyable day on the ocean. There are nice little restaurants right by the docks too ...so if your cruise is one that does not include a meal it is nice to be able to have lunch or dinner right there on the water before or after the cruise. Little shops in the area as well ..nice for sourvniers for out of town guests. Dana Point is a pretty area so you can easily make a day of it. You will definitely get some great photographs !
Rating: 3
Good trip and crew!
Sat, Oct 2, 10   6:30 AM froadinfan Male 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
We took the half day on the Clemente. Great captain and crew. They were very courteous and informative. The whole process was easy and enjoyable! We all had a good time!
Rating: 3
huge fish
Sat, Aug 21, 10   6:30 AM noltedumas Male 20-29 Combination Group of Friends
It started out slow but they found the fish . every body caought fish . I caught a monster!