Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,375 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 86 201 3 = 198 99% 4.6
Last 6 months 223 483 14 = 469 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 625 1,413 38 = 1,375 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 751 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 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: 4
Fun morning activity
Tue, Jan 26  10:00 AM brignwl Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Didn't get any spectacular whale sightings, but weather was great, ocean was calm and captain was very informative. For the money a fun way to spend Tuesday morning.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thank you for the great review! Hope to see you again soon!
Rating: 5
Great experience & crew.
Mon, Jan 25  12:00 PM ahill537 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a wonderful time. We were able to watch 8 different whales during our journey. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this trip.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the positive review. Happy to hear you had a great time!
Rating: 5
A wonderfully exciting and informative experience!
Mon, Jan 25  12:00 PM Madtown Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Each and every step of our whale watching experience was very easy and accommodating. While so often these types of ventures are disappointing, this one lived up to everything we had hoped for. Throughout our viewing of many gray whales, the crew was diligent in communicating with many other vessels to continue to follow and find them. As a bonus, the captain was very informative in providing constant information about the many species of sea life. Truly a wonderful experience!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thank you for the great review!
Rating: 5
Best part of our vacation
Sat, Jan 23  2:00 PM heatherw4 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We were thinking it would be fun to take a boat ride and "maybe" see a dolphin or whale. We saw dozens!!! Within the first 5 minutes of driving out into the sea we spotted first whale. We saw them as well as dozens of dolphins thru out the entire tour. Amazing.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Glad to hear you had a great experience on our trip. Thanks for the great review!
Rating: 5
Always an adventure
Sat, Jan 23  8:00 AM DianeCullins Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
The 8-hour whale watches are always exciting and this company goes the extra mile to make sure everyone has a good time. Their shorter cruises are always fun as well. Cetaceans normally aren't far from shore in the Dana Point area, so if you're in the area, I would strongly recommend going out with this company!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thank you for the great review!
Rating: 5
nice cruise
Thu, Jan 21  12:00 PM mrjoseph Unspecified Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Boat was good and crew was professional
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the positive review!
Rating: 4
Excellent trip!
Tue, Jan 19  2:00 PM pasque Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
Wonderful company, our first trip we saw no whales so we got a free trip anytime we wanted. Went a few days later and saw 5 whales! Great crew that was very informative, nice, and enjoyable. Highly recommend.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Happy to hear you were able to see whales on your second trip. Thanks for the positive review!
Rating: 5
AMAZING
Sat, Jan 16  8:00 AM AmberDenise Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
This trip was unforgettable. It was beautiful and exciting yet peaceful. I loved every minute of it and can not wait to do it again.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Cant wait to see you back again soon. Thanks for the great review!
Rating: 5
Great Fun!
Tue, Jan 12  2:00 PM coachsara88 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was a lot of fun and very worthwhile. Also please buy their DVD to promote and help them continue education the 4th and 5th graders of the area.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Glad to hear you had a great time. Thanks for the great review!
Rating: 5
Amazing
Tue, Jan 12  12:00 PM Jfagerlind Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We took this tour really not knowing what to expect but hoped to see something, we were told that sometimes you don't. There were 12 whales in the " area " the day we took this tour, and by in the area, it means we saw blow holes spouting off in the distance. I thought maybe that was as good as it would get, just knowing they were out there was somewhat thrilling. Then we started following 4 California Gray Whales that we got quite close to. We actually stopped out boat and they came up 60-100' from our boat and it was just amazing, majestic to actually see them so close. I cannot put in to words what an awesome experience it was. It was our favorite thing we did on this vacation to CA. The staff at Dana Wharf fishing were professional, courteous, boats were so clean. We came back a few days later and took a morning chartered fishing trip and the experience was just as amazing. Absolutely enthusiastically reommend either of these trips to everyone!!!!! I would give it 6 stars if I could!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
You are so pleased to hear our trips were the highlight of your vacation. Thank you so much for the great review! We hope to see you back again soon.
Rating: 5
Fabulous
Mon, Jan 11  12:00 PM Sandrajrg Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Hundreds and hundreds of dolphins all around the boat. You could almost reach out and touch them. Then we followed a grey whale for almost an hour as it teased us from all directions. An absolutely breathtaking experience!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thank you for the great review and hope to see you again soon!
Rating: 5
Amazing journey
Mon, Jan 11  12:00 PM Mad254 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Dana Wharf Whalewatching crew were great ! We were lucky to have gone out on a day that the boat was not crowded!!! Within a half an hour we had dozens of common dolphins riding right next to the boat !! Then a surprise visit from a grey whale frolicking right besides us. You cant get better than that ! To top it off they give you a ticket for 50/% off your next trip.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
We are happy to hear you had a great trip! Thank you for the great review!
Rating: 5
Saw some whales
Fri, Jan 8  2:00 PM Lisaferrell Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband and I were on the last boat of the day. The boat trip before ours came back a little late. The reason they were late is they found some whales and wanted the guests to enjoy the view. So know going in you will get the same treatment! It took some time for the crew to spot a whale but once they did it was exciting. We saw whales, sea lions and two different types of dolphins. The crew was friendly and took the time to educate the guests on the different animal life we were seeing. We enjoyed the trip and would definitely do it again.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
So glad to hear you had a great experience on our trip. Thank you for the great review, cant wait to see you again!
Rating: 3
Rough ride, no whales
Thu, Jan 7  12:00 PM Fdgonynor Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I took a whale watching trip on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Buying tickets online through the Zerve website, you do not get to talk to the Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching employees directly until you are fully committed to going on the trip. When we were standing in line to go on the boat the Naturalist and then the Captain talked about what a rough ride it was going to be which was very unsettling. The ride was indeed very rough, unlike any other boat ride I have ever taken, and I have been whale watching in Iceland! In addition to the roller coaster feel of the trip, it started raining and then sleeting on us which was cold and unpleasant. We did not see any whales or dolphins, and we were given a rain check to come back at a later date, but I question whether or not the boat should have taken out any tourists on a day when the sea was that rough and the weather was that bad. If I were to go again I would call the company directly to talk about sea conditions and weather before booking a trip. The employees were all very nice and considerate, but it was an unpleasant experience for me overall.
Rating: 4
Magical!
Sun, Jan 3  10:00 AM Hollymtodd Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We only saw one whale (a gray whale), but you really only need one. It was absolutely breathtaking and magical to witness this animal on its southern migration.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
We are so happy you got to see a whale on your trip! We should be seeing a lot more on their northern migration. Thanks for the great review and hopefully we will see you again soon!