Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,388 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 135 334 3 = 331 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 359 859 11 = 848 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 613 1,420 32 = 1,388 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)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 803 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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 2
too crowded
Sun, Jul 19, 09   6:30 AM thegrau Male 40-49 Local Group of Friends
This operation books too many people to make it truely enjoyable. The boat was elbow to elbow from bow to stern. but as they say, the worst day of fishing is better than the best day of work and we did catch some fish and the deckhands were helpful. I'm sure I will go again, but never again on the weekend unless they limit their load.
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience with passionate crew
Tue, Apr 22, 14   12:00 PM thefoxes Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
You could tell that the captain was a little concerned whether or not we'd find some whales at the beginning of our trip. It was getting towards the end whale migration. The crew was glued to their binoculars. When we stumbled upon a mother and her calf the crew was thrilled and high fiving each other. The whales put on quite a show for us. The mother breached twice, including once simultaneously with her calf. While other boats in the area pulled in for a few minutes, our captain stayed with the whales for a long time, keeping a respectful distance. He was clearly passionate about these animals, providing lots of information about them with no script. It was a highly memorable trip.
Rating: 5
Best 2 Hours on the water ever!
Tue, Aug 17, 10   5:00 PM theelledges Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Thank you Captain and crew of the Dana Pride. You were awesome!

I have lived here for over 35 years and have never done a "Whale Watch". In part; I get sea sick and the other being skeptical of others having respect of sea life.

My niece and her husband came from Philadelphia for vacation. I wanted to plan something so they could enjoy the Pacific Ocean.

Booked 8 tickets--half price--what a deal! My family is still talking about it two weeks later. From the west coast to the east coast.

Saw a school of dolphins with babies. They followed the boat as if they were playing for attention. Water was calm, sky blue, no wind. Like they came just to see us. The Captain's narration made us feel secure in that they were enjoying this as much as we were.

Then on to the search for the Blue Whale. Not one Blue Whale--but 5. Yes I said 5. There were others on the boat that said they had been on other Whale watches and had never seen a whale. Not this time!. Not only was it exciting and enjoyable to see these massive creatures of the sea, I felt appreciative of the Captain and crew's respect for these creatures and our ocean.

Best 2 hours on the ocean I have ever had. Too much fun to get sea sick.
Rating: 4
We had a good time I got the tickits
Fri, May 22, 09   10:00 AM thedeer Male 20-29 Local Couple on a Date
I talked to three people to get the tickits because I had to cheek on things and keep calling back and everyone I talked to was very nice and helpful.
Rating: 4
Nice day out on the ocean
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 13, 12   12:00 PM thedaker Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
We did see a gray whale and watched it emerge several times over 30-40 minutes. Good value for 1/2 price.
Rating: 5
Exciting and Fun
Wed, Feb 22, 12   2:00 PM thecha Female 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a great time, enjoying the fantastic weather and scenery. We saw sealions and dolphins and finally some whales. The crew went out of their way to try to ensure we saw some whales and actually over ran the sailing time to do so. Very friendly and informative staff.
Rating: 5
Amazing!!!
Sat, Jul 19, 14   5:00 PM Thebartender Female 30-39 Local Couple on a Date
We had a great time. We seen several pods of dolphins only one whale bit the captain and crew we all amazing and filled with a lot of knowledgable information. It was an amazing day.
Rating: 5
Fun for whole family
Thu, Jul 21, 11   10:00 AM THEACO731 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Crew was great, if you don't want to touch the fish you never have to, there is always a crew member around to do everything for you. Good food too!
Rating: 4
Beautiful day whale watching...minus the whales
Sat, Mar 13, 10   8:00 AM Thawley Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The 2 hours spent on the whale watching boat were very fun! The ocean was calm, the crew experienced, friendly and professional. Though we ultimately did not see any whales, we did receive a coupon to go back out again! I would recommend this activity to my friends!
Rating: 5
A WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE AND VERY REASONABLE COST
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Mar 16, 10   2:00 PM THADDEUS8 Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I were visiting as tourists from Arizona in Laguna Beach. We had driven down the coast to Dana Point Harbor where we became aware of the Tuesday Special whale watching cruise. The cost was more than reasonable at 1/2 the regular price and we signed on.

The Dana Pride is a very well appointed and well maintained boat and the crew was very experienced- - -not only in maning and operating the boat, but expert in dealing with people who were their guests on the cruise. A remarkable point in that was their helpful and compassionate assistance with 5 people in wheel chairs who went on the cruise.

Throughout the 2 hour cruise our very able Captain educated us with the ecology of the sea, migration habits of the whales and soon found two grey whales migrating north. The Captain pointed out that sea mammals, including the Gray whales we saw are protected by law. A number of speedboats and personal watercraft were there and operating their crafts far too close to the whales. Our Captain used the boat's loudhailer to warn the craft and tell them they were breaking federal law.

We were brought to see many dolphins and California seals as well as the whales.

This was a very memorable experience and we would highly recommend the experience to anyone visiting the Dana Point area. Dana Point is about 12 miles south of Laguna Beach California.

THAD & Bette
Rating: 5
Awesome experience
Tue, Jun 2  10:00 AM Tgrlly Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The first time I've ever seen a whale. The captain was extremely helpful and knew everything about the sea life.
Rating: 5
We had a great time
Tue, Mar 4, 14   10:00 AM tgregg6721 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Years ago I had a boat in Dana Harbor and went out to see the whales. This trip far surpassed that. My wife had never seen the whales even though we just got back from a 12 day cruise in the Sea of Cortez. The speaker had lots of really good information and by picking up the North bound whales down South by Cotton's Point and following them all the way North of the marina we really had a good opportunity to observe the whales behavior. Excellent adventure!
Rating: 5
Great trip.
Sat, Mar 7, 09   9:00 AM tgillert Male 30-39 Local Other
We were very fortunate to see a whale within 15 minutes of departure. Our captian followed him for about 45 minutes, so we all got to see it a dozen times as it surfaced for air.

If we hadn't seen a whale on the trip, I would have been very dissapointed and probably not recomend the trip, although the scenery was beautiful.
Rating: 5
awesome trip
Tue, Jun 3, 14   2:00 PM Texast68 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was a great adventure. We saw a cow and calf fin whale. Captain and crew were very Informative. My niece had the best time.
Rating: 5
Awesome way to end our vacation!
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Mon, Aug 6, 12   5:00 PM texasguy13 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We weren't sure what to expect and thought maybe we were just going to be seeing the coastline. Boy did you surprise us!

We were blown away when we were able to see the whales several times as they resurfaced. It was jaw dropping and exciting. What amazing creatures! The staff made it truly special with their interesting facts and knowledge base. The crew was extremely knowledgable about the sealife in the area and really great with the guests. You can tell that the crew respects the whales and are just as fascinated by them as we were.

Thank you for making our voyage an event to remember!