Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,455 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 197 431 19 = 412 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 340 778 22 = 756 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 644 1,488 33 = 1,455 97% 4.6
All 5,280 11,121 377 = 10,744 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 834 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 363 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 211 87% 4.1 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 Sort Descending Gender Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
Wonderful and Amazing
Thu, May 20, 10   12:00 PM santiagomd Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
The staff and crew were informative and friendly. The catamaran was the perfect boat to enjoy the scenery and watch for any kind of wildlife. We didn't get to see a whale, but our captain found a large pod of dolphins. The dolphins had a blast racing the boat and coming up to swim along side and under the front of the boat. The viewing deck on the bow was perfect for picture taking and for small children to safely get up close and personal. Then after trying hard to find us something else, the captain took us to see a group of sea lions resting on a buoy. The entire 2-hour tour was relaxing and great fun and went by way too fast. Highly recommend the company for the employees and price as well as a wonderful way to enjoy the coast.
Rating: 4
Blue Whales not best seen from a Boat
Tue, Sep 6, 11   5:00 PM sannis Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
While the boat ride was pleasent and the crew very good and the Tuesday 50% off deal is great, trying to see Blue Whales from a boat is not the best. No fault to the crew, Blue Whales basically stay below the surface and when they come up it is just for a little while and all you can see is a small part of their hump where the spout is. They do not breach like the other whales and if you see their tail consider yourself extremely lucky. Simply put, if you really want to see a Blue Whale get in a small sightseeing plane or helicopter that will take you out for approx $125/pp and you will be able to see the whole whale from the air.

The pods of dolphins that you usually see are the highlight of the trip. Glad I went and experienced it but also glad I only paid 50% of regular price. Next time I take to the air!
Rating: 5
Absolutely amazing!
Mon, Mar 30  2:00 PM sandyserna Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Our captain was very informative and enthusiastic. You could tell he truly cared about the ocean and it's inhabitants. Moved the boat the minuted he could tell the mother whale was uncomfortable with our presence, unlike a few other boats that kept after her. A wonderful experience! Will for sure return for another trip.
Rating: 5
Awesome !
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Sep 22, 09   1:00 PM sandykracht Unspecified 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
We saw blue whales - it was great! We enjoyed the time on the ocean and were thrilled to get to see whales. We really were empressed - when we learned from a friend at the Catalina Island Marine Institute that many of the instructors there had never seen a blue whale - much less three in one day. They were empressed. Just a day on the ocean enjoying the sun is worth it!
Rating: 5
Amazing cruise, great service
Sat, Mar 29, 14   2:30 PM SandrineSai Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Loved the cruise this past saturday. The captain spotted 3 grey whales right away and we were able to follow them for one hour and a half. I wished the boat got closer to them so we could get a better view up close. Overall a great time!
Rating: 5
Great local excursion with out-of-state friends
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Oct 2, 12   2:00 PM Sandrasturla Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
We had friends visiting us in San Clemente from the mid-west and we thought that a good outing with them would be a whale watch cruise. We enjoyed the cruise just as much as our friends did. The captain and crew were friendly but professional. They wanted us to have a good time and see some sea life. The weather was gorgeous, the sea was glassy and we saw several different groups of dolphins and a whale! The time passed quickly and before we knew it the 2 hours were over. We will be returning.
Rating: 5
Got some great pictures!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Wed, Apr 18, 12   2:00 PM SandraKolo Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had visited Southern California before and never spotted any whales. We decided to take the Dana Wharf Whale Watching tour. The Captain and crew were very informed about whales and dolphins and not only gave tips on spotting whales and dolphins but also shared factual information in an interesting way. On the trip we saw several Grey Whales, Sea Lions, and a large group of Common Dolphins. The Captain cruised slowly and turned the boat frequently allowing all passengers to get a good view and take photographs. We took the 2 p.m. cruise after the morning fog lifted. That worked well for visibility. After the cruise, I was able to spot more whales from the shore using the tips I had learned on the cruise. We would definitely go again.
Rating: 5
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jul 24, 12   2:00 PM sandrablair Female 70+ Local Group of Friends
A beautiful day of blue whales close by and dophins swimming under and around the boat. Friendly and helpful crew. The large catamarian much more fun than a big boat.
Rating: 5
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Aug 30, 11   2:00 PM Sandra43 Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Saw dolphin, sea otter, and 2 whale (over and over again) GREAT
Rating: 5
An Amazing Experience
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Fri, Aug 10, 12   2:00 PM sandiruggles Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was a fantastic experience. The boat ride was comfortable and relaxing. We saw dolphins, sun fish and a Blue Whale and her baby! It was amazing to see.
Rating: 4
Whale Watching
Wed, Dec 28, 11   2:00 PM sanders2426 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We saw one grey whale and tons of dolphins.
Rating: 5
Try it. You will love it.
Sat, Jan 14, 12   2:00 PM sandc2 Male 70+ Local Family Without Children
In addition to the beauty of the ocean and the ocean mammals, the captain and his commentary were impressive and entertaining. His knowledge of the mammals and the sea is extraordinary. Our little group highly recommends this experience and Dana Wharf Whale Watching.
Rating: 5
Great time.
Wed, Jul 9, 08   5:00 PM samuelE Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Our 2nd trip. Took 2 Grandchildren with us this time, they loved it. This will become a regular activity for ourselves and guests visiting us from back home (MI).
Rating: 5
Gorgeous, action-packed two hours
Sat, Mar 9, 13   8:00 AM samsmom729 Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
We went out on the first tour at 8am and were back right on time at 10am. The captain was very knowledgeable and he found three or four whales, a couple quite close to our boat. The swells and troughs were pretty intense and but the boat kept chasing whales so the no one in our group got ill. We had seats on the top deck, which I highly recommend. Just a beautiful day. Thanks!
Rating: 4
Fantastic time with Family
Wed, Oct 15, 14   4:00 PM SamPaget Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a great time with the Dolphins and saw a couple of whales too. The skipper did a great job! This was a lot of fun! The Dolphins were swimming right along the boat. As we came back to the marina the sunset was wonderful!