Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,419 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 175 413 10 = 403 96% 4.6
Last 6 months 373 883 18 = 865 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 623 1,450 31 = 1,419 97% 4.6
All 5,158 10,867 365 = 10,502 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 821 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 361 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 190 87% 4.2 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
Excellent boat, crew, experience
Sun, Jul 6, 08   1:00 PM mpnally Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Seeing two mature blue whales up fairly close and tracking them for an hour was a great experience. Seeing a school of nursing dolphins on the way out was a bonus. Paying $20 extra per person for the 1pm cruise gets you a trip on their brand new catamaran which is fast, quiet and clean with no diesel or exhaust fumes. The crew was polite, friendly and knowledgeable. If you have a little luck with the whales as we did, it's hard to see how you could not enjoy this trip.
Rating: 3
Nice to out on a boat
Fri, May 30, 08   1:00 PM t4sha07 Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
All in all it was a good trip but due to the lack of wildlife it made the trip a little dull. Fortunately the weather was good so it was just nice to look out at the sea and back at the shoreline.

I would recommend to a friend.
Rating: 1
No Whales no dolphins
Sun, May 4, 08   5:00 PM HenrySchill Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
The boat was old, hardly any passangers.

Only found out there that the whale watching season was over.

Website of whale watching company is misleading.

Captain did not say anything that he will making an effort to spot whales, in contrast with another whalewatching experience from Monterey Bay last year.

There the captain and staff was zigzagging the area for us, and made an honest effort that we get our money's worth.

No whales there either, but at least we knew that everything was done what humanly possible.

It would have been much better to buy the ticket on site, that way I could have used the local coupons for discounts.

Since I preapid the tour, that option was lost.

Overall the experience was very negative. Cannot recommend it to anybody.

Received $10.00 discount for future trips, which I will not use, since I am a tourist from Canada, and will not come back to this area anytime soon.
Rating: 4
A little disappointing
Sat, Apr 26, 08   12:00 PM Kalimada Female 70+ International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Done this cruise many times and have always had a great time. This time the boat was small with no upper seating this ment we had to sit down below (which we did not want to do) or stand for 2 hours. Although we are in our 80's we are very active but standing in a moving boat for 2hrs is not pleasurable. We will think twice before doing it again
Rating: 2
Not so good
Fri, Mar 21, 08   10:00 AM stelzdagrk Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
I went on the fishing boat thinking I was going to catch a lot of fish and big ones but I ended up wasting my time and money. I didn't catch anything. I don't recommend fishing with Dana Wharf.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Tue, Mar 18, 08   12:00 PM PeterHiggs Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was an excellent trip seeing lots of whale both close and distant.
Rating: 5
Whale watching
Sat, Mar 8, 08   4:00 PM paulmcn Male 40-49 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Awesome trip. Saw whales, got cool information. not overbooked which was key. Laid back. We all loved it!!!
Rating: 4
Two funny and healthy hours! Reccomended!
Sat, Mar 8, 08   2:00 PM matright Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Individual
Staff is friendly and it's very exciting seeing dolphins swimming and playing around the boat. Remember your camera, you will also have the chance to take lots of nice shoots.
Rating: 3
Grey whale season in a lull
Sat, Feb 23, 08   10:00 AM MWright Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Individual
Captain did report that the grey whales were less frequent in that week in February, but only when we finally saw whales after looking for 1 and a half hours. In fact, they were closer in to shore and sailboats surrounded them, preventing us from getting closer. Their return to the north apparently starts in a weeks' time, so I just mistimed my visit.
Rating: 5
Excellent Value
Fri, Feb 1, 08   12:00 PM steveshaw Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
If you can get passed the pretencious, snobby, plastic locals that live outside of their means, in a dream world - the area is actually really nice. The ship it self was very clean, well maintained, with very well educated staff. I felt safe the entire time, as did my girlfriend. We were just looking for something to do to get away from Disneyland for a day, and this seemed like a good idea. We saw grey whales surface several times, and some dolphins jumping, as well as sea lions (these can be seen at pretty much every rocky point on the west coast, but still interesting). There are food and drinks on the ship, and the one guy who's name I can't remember - he actually stays on deck with you and is full of useful information about the area. I definitely will return and do this again, and highly recommend it for couples or families.
Rating: 4
A good cruise, but not many animals
Sat, Dec 29, 07   10:00 AM ggmcmill Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Individual
The cruise was enjoyable; it was nice to see the California coast from the ocean.

As we got on the boat, I overheard one of the staff members mention that they had only seen one whale this season. (I don't know when their 'season' starts.) Of course, they have no control over whether they will see any animals, but it's probably good for people to book the cruise and just relax and enjoy the ride with little expectation of seeing anything.

We saw a number of sea lions, but no whales or dolphins.

Wear warm clothing!! Enjoy!
Rating: 4
No whales but loads of dolphins and sea birds
Thu, Nov 1, 07   4:00 PM bjones Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
Dana point is a wonderful SC harbour
Rating: 5
Best Day of Fishing I've ever had
Sat, Aug 1  12:00 PM AlJerousek Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I have only been Ocean Sport Fishing 9-10 times since 1989. Most of the boats I have gone on were out of San Diego and Oceanside.

This trip by far was the best day I have ever had on the water. I brought my two young Cousins from Phoenix with me, and we must have caught over 20 fish between the three of us. most had to be thrown back due to their size or type, but we were able to keep 5 nice Calico and Sand Bass. Towards the end of the day, on our final rotation around the boat, my pole bent hard and my line was racing out, after a 45 minute battle, 1 1/2 times around the boat, we finally won and brought up a Black Sea Bass that estimated to be around 50-60 lbs. Because it is a protected species, we couldn't pull it into the boat, so the crew held it alongside the boat long enough for us to snap pictures of it, then they removed the hook and safely set it free. That fish gave me the best battle I have ever experienced and the crew were absolutely helpful the whole time. If I would have been allowed to bring it into the boat, that lottery would have been mine. Next time I go sport fishing, it will be with these guys, the crew really helped make it an awesome day! Thanks again for a great day!
Rating: 5
Great experience!!
Tue, Jul 28  2:00 PM Jenhansen4 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
We didn't quite know what to expect or even if we would see any marine animals. We had a wonderful time! We saw humpback whales, dolphins, and sea lions. The crew was also very friendly and available for questions. Thank you!!
Rating: 4
Love!
Tue, Jul 28  2:00 PM Amburr_Lynn Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
I really enjoy these whale watching trips. Tuesday's are way more crowded than normal but that's fine and was expected. I've gone at 10a and now at 2p and I can assure you, the later the trip is, the more active the whales! Love!