Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,372 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 85 198 3 = 195 99% 4.6
Last 6 months 221 479 14 = 465 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 624 1,410 38 = 1,372 96% 4.5
All 5,418 11,414 388 = 11,026 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 748 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 309 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 228 87% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 87 100% 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
Great Cruise
Fri, Jul 25, 08   5:00 PM Misona Female 30-39 International Tourist(s) Individual
It was a great experience ! I enjoyed every minute of it :)....I'll return for sure !

Thanks !
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: 4
Luck of the Draw
Wed, Jan 27  12:00 PM bodeks Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We hop aboard the Dana Pride and head out into the pacific, for a 2-hour tour (a 2-hour tour), where we spot 374 whales. Actually, no, we spot the same 2 whales 187 times. That'd be more accurate. They're no less spectacular, and the full-on Pacific Life breach by a grey whale is itself worth the price of admission. As a bonus, we also get to see bounding dolphins and sporting seals. We also sea wild pelicans (never seen one!) gracefully gliding over the waves. They look like Pterodactyls to me.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Happy to hear you were able to see some whales on your trip. Thank you for the great review. Hope to see you again soon!
Rating: 4
Great whale watching tour
Tue, Jan 26  2:00 PM Ehdbl1 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
A perfect day on Dana Point. The guys took us right to the spot where we were able to see whales and some dolphins as well. Crew was friendly enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Would recommend them.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the positive review!