Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,412 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 172 410 10 = 400 96% 4.6
Last 6 months 372 882 18 = 864 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 619 1,443 31 = 1,412 97% 4.6
All 5,159 10,870 365 = 10,505 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 817 98% 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 187 87% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 47 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Sort Descending Group Type?
Rating: 5
Excellent Trip
Wed, Jul 8  12:00 PM Lorijeanwagn Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had an amazing experience. Multiple dolphin and whales!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
We are so glad you had such a great experience! Thank you for the review!
Rating: 4
Fun, Great Trip... would do it again!
Mon, Jul 6  6:30 AM cowz22 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
There were about 25 people on the boat, the majority of which were new to fishing. We felt the crew could have done a better job informing the people what was going to happen and what was expected when people start catching fish - this would have prevented many tangles and confusion and a few lost fish.

Having said that, the trip was fun and we'd do it again for sure. We hit some hot spots and almost everyone caught fish, so the captain was spot on for targeting the bonita and yellowfin. Recommended for sure!
Rating: 4
Great family fun
Sun, Jul 5  10:00 AM Jeffdclark Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Our family (Me, wife and 3 daughters 14,16,17) was visiting from Arizona and booked a half day trip. I was unsure how my daughters would like fishing but to my surprise they had a great time. The clean boat Reel Fun and her captain and crew were very helpful getting us familiar with tying hooks and dealing with live bait and giving pointers on catching the big ones. Loved the fact that we did not have far to go to the kelp beds and we were fishing 30 minutes after leaving the harbor. Our catch was over 15 fish and the crew even cleaned and filleted for us!
Rating: 5
Amazing
Sun, Jul 5  10:00 AM michcote Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We spent 7 days in the area visiting family and feel this was the highlight of the trip. The crew was super attentive and encouraging. The option to get food and drink on board was very much appreciated (the burger was really good), and the captain brought us to a great fishing spot where everyone was catching. Incredible experience.
Rating: 5
Outstanding fishing trip
Sat, Jul 4  5:30 PM Bdesirey Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Great job by crew and captain. Very enjoyable loads of fun/fish/fireworks!
Rating: 4
Fun, fair viewing policy
Fri, Jul 3  5:00 PM jeffguy Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The cruise was fun. Dolphins seen clearly, a couple of whale blowhole spouts, and the rare glimpse of a Minke whale breaching a few times. The cruise has a policy of a good viewing or you ride again for free. THIS constituted as not a good viewing, so I can only imagine what a good day is like! We took the evening cruise, maybe better during the day? Was a good time regardless
Rating: 3
No whales, only dolphins but pleasant excursion.
Tue, Jun 30  2:00 PM Dgmattson Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Weather became overcast, windy, light rain so no whales. Disappointed but not company' s fault. Thought we would be on catamaran but we're on a large boat also used for fishing.
Rating: 5
Thar She Blows!
Tue, Jun 30  10:00 AM SteveDiane Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
Last minute decision and booked online...easy to do. Bonus was it was 1/2 price Tuesday. Great way to spend 2 hours on the water and get to see 100's of dolphins zipping and feeding on smaller fish all around the boat. A few seals were also seen. The big draw of the day was the reason most go on these tours. Catching a glimpse of a whale seemed to energize the entire boat and got people moving toward the front which offers the best vantage point. Crew efficient and Capt keep things from getting stale with his ongoing info tidbits. Been going to Dana Point for 40 years and this is the first time going on this whale watch tour. Would I do it again? Yes! Would I recommend to others? Yes! Leave the cellphones and computer games ashore and enjoy the Pacific Ocean and it's playful inhabitants.
Rating: 5
Excellent Adventure
Sun, Jun 28  10:00 AM JMCline62 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The staff at Dana Point Whale Watching were on schedule, knowledgable, and always eager to answer questions and assist their passengers. Did not see the sea life we wanted, but that is just a chance you take on these type of adventures. Dana Point Whale Watching staff are mindful of their guests desire to experience the sea life and offer return excursion tickets absolutely free with no expiration. KUDOS!
Rating: 5
Enjoyed the trip
Thu, Jun 25  2:00 PM MaryHedstrom Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It was very enjoyable. The only thing that would have made it more so would have been if we saw more whales. We were able to see the humpback whale. It surfaced many times. It was majestic. The sheer number of dolphins was mind boggling.
Rating: 5
Great experience
Tue, Jun 23  5:00 PM carlalarsen Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was a delightful experience. The Captain and crew put in a lot of effort to make our cruise enjoyable and successful. The Whales were fascinating.
Rating: 5
Great experience
Mon, Jun 22  12:00 PM Dennishelmer Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We had a group of 9. Ages between 13 and 68. All enjoyed the adventure. We only saw dolphins the day we went out. But, we saw hundreds of them. They followed the boat and would jump right next to the boat. We all enjoyed the experience.
Rating: 5
Great experience for the whole family!
Sun, Jun 21  5:00 PM Chrishannah Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Two kids ages 7 and 11 had a great time as well as both of us parents and two friends that came along. Glad we came!
Rating: 5
We saw a humpback whale
Sat, Jun 20  2:00 PM shelleychamb Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Not only did we see a Humpback whale, we watched dolphins play in the boats current. We also got to see California Sea Lions and many birds. Snacks are offered at a reasonable price. The crew was very friendly.
Rating: 5
Deck Hands are best around...
Sat, Jun 20  6:30 AM marcorlouis Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I have been coming out to Dana Wharf since I was a little kid, brought my 6 year old son out (1st timer) out with my Dad for Fathers Day weekend and we had a blast. The young deck hand guy and the main deck hand were awesome. Every time we needed help they were there immediately, so polite, cool and professional. Best eggs sandwiches in town as well! Thanks again guys! See you next summer.