Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,385 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 133 328 3 = 325 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 358 856 11 = 845 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 612 1,417 32 = 1,385 97% 4.6
All 5,068 10,658 358 = 10,300 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 800 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 326 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 215 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 44 100% 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 Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Best Fun Ever and We Saw Some Whales
Tue, Aug 17, 10   5:00 PM samanthafitt Female 30-39 Combination Group of Friends
We booked very last minute after seeing four dolphins at the beach on the Monday. I googled Dana Wharf whilst at the beach and found this website. Found the price absolutely fantastic and worth the risk of not seeing any whales.

The group consisted of two families with children, one local, the other family from England. We found a pod of 50-60 common dolphins which were absolutely out of this world, the boat followed the pod for about 20 mins so lots of photo opportunities.

We then sailed on and found approx 4-5 whales, one really up close and the others good photo opportunities.

We had a great time and made memories that will last forever.

Highly recommended
Rating: 5
Saw a blue whale
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Mon, Jul 26, 10   5:00 PM KTrejo Female 20-29 Combination Family With Children
The crew went the extra mile (and extra distance) to ensure we got to see a blue whale. They went farther than they normally go whcih meant they would be getting back to dock late and off of work late. We appreciated the extra effort. My little family traveled from Utah so we were very glad to be able to see a whale on our trip. My girl still talks about the whale--telling all her friends. Thank you.
Rating: 5
Take this trip!
Mon, Jul 19, 10   5:30 PM papdfns Male 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
We have not done the twilight trip in years. However, because of time constraints, we reluctantly booked the twilight trip instead of a morning or afternoon trip. It was one of the best trips I have ever taken. The boat was uncrowded, the crew was helpful, and we caught fish from almost immediately and kept on catching until it was time to leave. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jul 13, 10   12:00 PM Leonard3 Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
THe weather was beautiful and the boat was comfortable. We were slightly dissapointed we did not see any whales and only 1 pod of dolphins. I kept bragging about seeing whales in March when we came and our honeymooners were looking forward to seeing some. I realize you can't predict where they are, but more sea life would have made the memories sweeter.
Rating: 4
Love the new catamaran!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jul 6, 10   10:00 AM millertami Female 30-39 Combination Family With Children
We have been on another whale watching trip with this company before (and saw a whale) and this trip was even better! We loved the new catamaran; very smooth ride and it was great to have a somewhat closed area to hide from the chill and misty rain that was happening that morning! Great trip; saw a huge pod of dolphins; the kids loved it! Lots of placed to sit and just enjoy the ride; the staff was very friendly too!
Rating: 5
Tue, Jun 29, 10   5:00 PM rascalflatts Female 20-29 Combination Other
This is the second time we've gone Whale Watching with Dana Wharf. The first time was absolutely fabulous and we saw so many different kinds of marine mammals, two kinds of dolphins, two kinds of whales, and other marine mammals. The most recent was not as active but we did see dolphins which was worth the trip itself and we were compensated for not seeing any whales which very nice. It is a fun thing to do and well worth the money!
Rating: 5
great fun!
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jun 22, 10   10:00 AM MarthaJo Female 50-59 Combination Other
Although we didn't see any whales, we did see dophins, a huge sunfish and sea lions. The boat was clean and the crew very nice and informative. It was a beautiful Southern California day.
Rating: 5
Wonderful boat ride!
Tue, Jun 15, 10   5:00 PM ShawnnaGee Female 30-39 Combination Family With Children
We did the two hour whale watching trip with Dana Wharf Sprotfishing and Whale Watching. Even though we did not see any whales that day we did get to see a lot of playful dolphin jumping out of the water and playing next to our boat. The boat ride itself was very enjoyable as well. As we searched for whales we rode along the beautiful California coastline. We had a group of 5 including an out of state visitor who had never been on a boat before! This was the highlight of his vacation. I will bring my family on this trip again and I would recommend it to friends.
Rating: 5
Highly recommened!
Tue, Jun 8, 10   5:00 PM PBARTUSH Female 40-49 Combination Family With Children
We saw 3 Blue Whales, lots of dolfins, seal lions and seals. The crew was wonderful and informative. The boat was really nice and clean. I'm a native Californian and have been coming to Dana Point since I was 2 months old and never knew that whale watching was available out of Dana Point. Moved to Colorado 3 years ago and came to visit California with the kids and signed us up for whale watching! It's wonderful - do it!
Rating: 5
Loved it!
Tue, Jun 8, 10   5:00 PM sedefodemis Female 30-39 Combination Family With Children
We absolutely recommend it to everyone! I told everybody that I know! It was like entering a new world and gave us an awareness of the world. Thank you very much.
Rating: 4
Whale Watching
Sat, Jun 5, 10   2:00 PM johnsoj6 Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
We did not encounter or view any whales or dolphins and as a result we were issued a return trip voucher. We will return because the boat and crew were very knowlegable and great to their customers!
Rating: 5
You get your money's worth.
Sat, May 22, 10   12:00 PM SuzyAtkinson Unspecified Unspecified Combination Family Without Children
We observed little sea life, not for lack of trying, but the experience was great in spite of that. The boat was very nice and clean and handled the rough seas without difficulty. We were disappointed that we did not see whales or schools of dolphins, but we enjoyed the overall experience.
Rating: 4
Great Service
Sun, May 16, 10   10:00 AM cegobby Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
The men on the boat were extremely helpful and courteous. Would recommend the trip to everyone.
Rating: 5
Worth the Trip
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Apr 20, 10   12:00 PM JSticher Female 50-59 Combination Group of Friends
Took the Whale Watching trip at the noon hour in late April, and experienced a nice overview of the Dana Point Harbor and its origin. Seas were not very rough and the wind was pleasant, although does require a jacket and maybe hat.

Did not see whales, but located a large pod of dolphins and also sea lions resting on a large rock.

Hard to hear the captain if you are not at the front of the boat, so highly recomend standing toward the captain's location.

Would go again during a more advantageous timing for actual sighting of the whales.
Rating: 5
Whales and the biggest shark
Fri, Apr 9, 10   12:00 PM BRSCHIEBE Female 60-69 Combination Family With Children
this time we not only saw whales (from afar, as usual) but we also saw a HUGE shark up close - so close in fact it actually went under the boat leaving us wondering if its plan was to chomp off a chunk of boat. It has its mouth wide open as it approached us.

Our captain tells us he never had seen a shark like this one! There was much speculating, but by the end of the trip, because of the determination of the crew and some fancy equipment, we were able to find out what it was.

All the crew members seemed fun, knowledgable, excited, enthusiastic, and willing to respond to questions.

I wish there was a way to get closer to the whales for a better view without disturbing them.

We had a great trip!