Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,353 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 174 403 7 = 396 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 323 761 11 = 750 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 610 1,385 32 = 1,353 97% 4.6
All 5,005 10,498 358 = 10,140 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 761 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 319 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 216 92% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 57 100% 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? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Fantastic!
Tue, Apr 22, 14   12:00 PM PollyZ Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
My sister is visiting from Toronto, Canada and whale watching is always on her "must do" list. We had a terrific afternoon; followed a grey whale mother and calf at a safe distance so as not to spook them. The mother breached four or five times, coming straight up out of the water and the youngster copied her To round it off the mother flipped her tail out of the water (fluted?) three or four times. We were both thrilled to see it AND it was half-price Tuesday! Thank you!!
Rating: 5
Fish bite at night!
Sat, Apr 19, 14   5:30 PM ANNA92688 Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
The fish really bite at night! Huge sand bass were caught! I caught two and my mom caught one. I also caught two treefish. Really good eaten. That day there were 20 sand bass caught, some rockfish, and a few calico bass. Check it out and give it a try! Good bites on squid. Fish on this trip or the 3/4 day trip, because the regular 1/2 day trips are not catching anything. Twilight at 5:30pm( this trip) is a good one to go onto. Good luck catching fish, and have fun fishing!
Rating: 4
Good crew
Tue, Apr 15, 14   12:00 PM smerritt39 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The captain was very knowledgeable. Took time to be sure we saw whales.
Rating: 4
A smooth boatride!
Tue, Apr 8, 14   12:00 PM aeslinger Female 60-69 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw a grey whale mom and calf. We enjoyed our trip and A bonus: I did not get sea sick!
Rating: 3
Nice trip without sightings.
Tue, Apr 8, 14   10:00 AM howiee9 Male 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Ticketing was easy, the boat was comfortable, the crew courteous and professional. We did not, however see anything but birds and other boats during the entire trip. Therefore everyone received their ticket back for use at another time, anytime. We plan to try again next year.
Rating: 5
Excellent time, clean boat, and great crew
Sat, Mar 15, 14   2:30 PM RickDD Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Excellent time, clean boat, and great crew
Rating: 5
fun
Fri, Mar 14, 14   12:00 PM Mdehner Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Family Without Children
trip felt short but it was a lot of fun. staff was excellent.
Rating: 5
Great Whale Watching Experience
Fri, Mar 14, 14   12:00 PM RobertHettic Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The boat,crew and captain were good and knowledgeable. Weather was great ,we followed 3 grey whales northbound for about 45 minutes.
Rating: 5
FANTASTIC!
Thu, Mar 13, 14   10:00 AM Timchris Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a fantastic trip off Dana Point. My husband and I were vacationing in So. California. A happy retreat from N.Y. This was a real highlight for us. We had the opportunity to see courting among 3 gray whales, literally right next to The Dana Pride. Extraordinary. Worth every penny!
Rating: 5
Great trip - saw whales and dolphins
Mon, Mar 10, 14   2:30 PM ESchreiber Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the Dana Wharf whale-watching trip. The captain went out of his way to make certain we saw both whales and dolphins. When he located a large pod of whales, he kept the boat with them, giving those on board ample time to watch and take photos. He brought us right to the edge of the pod, so that the dolphin were literally beside and under the boat. Later he spotted two Minke whales, an unusual species for southern California. One of them breached four times, a rare occurrence, but great for photos. On the return trip, the captain pointed out a grey whale to us. He attempted to bring the boat to where the whale might breach, but the whale stayed submerged. The captain kept the boat out at sea an extra half hour in hopes we would see more grey whales. We were thrilled to see the whales that we did. It was clear the Dana Point crew wants their passengers to have a good experience. We did.
Rating: 2
disappointed.
Sun, Mar 9, 14   8:00 AM PAMELACOUCH Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Not because we did not see any whales, but because there were too many people and even if the whales did come by not everyone could visualize them. Unless you are standing at the "exact" spot or you have a bench up on top. I would have paid extra to sit on top if offered instead of "first come, first serve" . But the weather was beautiful and so I enjoyed the beautiful ocean and land views...
Rating: 4
fairly good
Sat, Mar 8, 14   12:00 PM PhyllisJean7 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We felt since it was whale season that there would be more activity The boat trip was very nice. We would definitely come back. But did wish we would have seen more whales and at least some dolphins.
Rating: 4
Educational experience
Sat, Mar 8, 14   8:00 AM nottman Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We took the 2 hour boat trip and it was so nice it didn't seem that long out on the water. So exciting that we actually viewed a whale. The entire boat was caught up in the moment that we all exclaimed "there it is" each time the whale surfaced. I wish we would have been able to come upon a group of whales but it was still an experience to remember.
Rating: 3
Saw a whale waaaaay far away, very disappointed
Sat, Mar 8, 14   8:00 AM Mariya_du Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
My husband and I decided to save money by going on a 8 am tour. Which was a huge mistake. Apparently, that early morning tour is designed for the captain to find out the location of the whale for his next tours for the day. So we pretty much chased one whale for a while, but the closest we could get to it was probably 1000 feet. Once every 10 minutes some of the guests would exclaim and point their finger at the direction where they just saw a whale, and the captain would steer that direction. And by that time the whale was gone, and the chase continued. It was so damn far, that even the captain couldn't say what type of the whale it was.

We saw a bunch of dolphins, but that was not what we went there for. I would rather save the money and watch whales on youtube.

My recommendation though is - do not go on an early morning tour. It's nothing but a test tour to locate the whales.
Rating: 4
Buy your tickets on site
Tue, Mar 4, 14   10:00 AM AnitaDavis Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Unless you are going Whale Watching during a weekend, purchase your tickets on site to avoid the $2.50 per ticket charge by using this service.