Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,437 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 213 479 19 = 460 94% 4.5
Last 6 months 397 909 25 = 884 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 643 1,476 39 = 1,437 97% 4.6
All 5,231 11,008 377 = 10,631 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 842 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 366 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 182 85% 4.0 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 47 100% 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? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 4
Great boat ride but not whales
Tue, Jun 24, 14   2:00 PM Ledwithja30 Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The crew were very nice. Unfortunately we did not see any whales during our 2 hour boat ride. Dana Wharf gave us whale passes to sign up for another boat ride. No expiration. We came from NJ and stayed in Carlsbad, CA. The weather was great. We plan to return. When we do we will schedule to go on another boat ride. Whale season is from July to Sept. We went end of June. A bit early. Better luck next time. I still highly recommend going. Go during the season.
Rating: 5
Great trip even without any whales!
Sun, Jun 22, 14   12:00 PM LizBenz Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
The boat left right on time, was very clean and the crew very friendly and informative. Since we didn't see any whales, we got a whale watch ticket for another trip for free anytime. Also, the food from the grille is fantastic - all freshly made!! There is plenty of seating and/or places to stand along the railing, so it didn't feel too crowded.
Rating: 5
Great time!
Sat, Jun 21, 14   2:00 PM kelliclarke Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The captain and Steve were great. Very informative and friendly. We had a great time!
Rating: 5
Well run operation. Saw hundreds of dolphins!
Sat, Jun 21, 14   10:00 AM griffindad Unspecified Unspecified Local Family Without Children
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Rating: 4
nice experience
Sun, Jun 15, 14   12:45 PM gaoya139 Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
we caught 10 fish and kept 3 of them.
Rating: 5
Great time
Tue, Jun 10, 14   10:00 AM dougfailing Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
The capital and deck hand did a great job!
Rating: 4
very fun but slighty frustrating
Sun, Jun 1, 14   6:30 AM mggile2323 Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was our (my husband and I) first fishing trip on the ocean. We went in the morning when my husband thought the fishing would be better. It wasn't as cold on the ocean as we thought it would be, which was nice. My husband and I both haven't been fishing for years and we didn't really know what to expect. It was a little frustrating on our part just not knowing what to do at all. (The reels we used were top of the line and brand new last time I fished...) For the first part of the trip, we were on the side of the boat because it was less crowded. (There were approx 25 other people with us). My line got incredibly tangled and we weren't catching anything, while other people around us seemed to be reeling them up nonstop. When my line was tangled, we had to wait about 10 mins for one of the guys to come over and fix it. He told us we should fish off the back of the boat but there never seemed to be an open spot. When we made our way over, the crew had (what appeared to be) regulars move out of the way so we could try to catch something. We caught and released many fish after that, but it was still crowded. Every time we got stuck in kelp, the crew helped us, and so did the people who had done this before. Their advice helped a lot.

At first, we got conflicting advice on our fishing lines. We were told to fish off the bottom using the weights that came with the hooks, then we were told to take the weights off and aim the bait towards the kelp. (The second option worked better).

We caught and kept 1 fish that was large enough, but we never got it cleaned and unfortunately left it behind because we were from out of town and didn't know what we'd do with it or how/where we'd cook it. If the company had an option for things like that we didn't know about it and it was never mentioned.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and something I'm sure we'll do again. The crew was really knowledgeable and friendly, even though there weren't enough of them to go around for a brief time. The price we paid was worth it. It was great to watch the seals circle the boat and even steal fish right from our hooks. Watching the crew clean the fish was pretty cool too. The experience as a whole was great, there was too much fun stuff to let the minor let downs ruin it. Expect to come back covered in fish scales. :)
Rating: 4
Great fun!!
Tue, May 27, 14   2:00 PM BMikki Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Even though we did not see whale (seems we missed the migration period by a week or two), we saw hundreds of dolphins and a large group of sea lions. Fun day out with family. Already planning another trip soon!
Rating: 5
An Enjoyable Short Excursion
Sun, May 25, 14   2:00 PM mdeborah Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
We are repeat customers for the two-hour boat trips on the Dana Pride - it's something we treat ourselves to whenever we have out-of-town friends and family visiting, and no one ever seems to get tired of it. There are almost always at least dolphin sightings, even if the whales are not around, and we have had memorable experiences in the center of huge pods of dolphins AND whales AND bird feeding frenzies. Always fun.
Rating: 5
This is a whale of a show!
Thu, May 22, 14   2:00 PM BettyStreet Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I went on this whale watch last September. It was so fantastic (saw Blue Whales, Fin Whales and dolphins) that I took relatives on it this May. Once again, we saw lots of dolphins, who surfed with the boat, and the first sighting for the season of a Blue Whale and the 35-foot long baby. Quite exciting. I would recommend this to anyone, who enjoys wildlife, and doesn't get seasick. It can be quite choppy. Take layers of clothes, because it can be 15 degrees colder on the water. I think the 2-4 pm time is the best. The pilot finds the whales on the earlier whale trip. No meal is interrupted on the 2-4 pm slot. It can be colder and sun is lower on the 4-6 slot.
Rating: 5
Our whale watching trip was amazing!
Wed, May 21, 14   12:00 PM Deblowe Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Not only was the weather spectacular, we were so impresed with our captain and crew. Their friendly attitude and knowedge of the whale migrations and other water animals made the trip so interesting. I have checkd off an item on my bucket list! Thank you!
Rating: 5
Whale watching
Sun, May 11, 14   2:00 PM bdickieca Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
A fun afternoon
Rating: 5
Great Mother's Day Fun
Sun, May 11, 14   10:00 AM hwyjane Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
It was a great way to spend Mother's Day. morning My husband and I, with my 79 year young mother had a nice time. My mom even enjoyed a mimosa. The crew was great and would recommend to all Thanks
Rating: 5
Wonderful experience!
Sat, May 10, 14   1:30 PM Kpetrovacki Unspecified 30-39 Local Family Without Children
We saw four gray whales, several pods of dolphins, seals and beautiful views. The captain provided lots of interesting facts and did a wonderful job of navigating the beautiful coastline. The catamaran was spacious and made for a smooth ride.
Rating: 5
Different venue than I thought
Sat, May 10, 14   12:00 PM jmgarman Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
My mistake. I thought I had reserved the Dana Point location at the Institute at the other end of the pier. Fortunately we arrived early enough to still participate as scheduled. No problem with electronic check-in. The crew were very pleasant & professional. Would recommend to all.