Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,456 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 204 447 19 = 428 94% 4.4
Last 6 months 344 791 22 = 769 96% 4.5
Last 12 months 646 1,492 36 = 1,456 97% 4.6
All 5,279 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 835 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 Gender Age Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 2
Boat was too crowded
Fri, Jul 16, 10   12:00 PM dlmell Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
The boat was over sold and congested. Reel Time is too tight for such a group including children. I would not want to go out on Reel Time again. The Captain only moved spots once despite meager bottom fishing. I think the captain should have searched out more bottom fishing which was the tackle most were issued and carrying.

Calico bass were hitting on the surface, but few had the proper tackle. Those with the light tackle crowded onto the rail where kelp was present and the fish were biting on the surface. The customers with light tackle did not adhere to the rotation that was set up by the captain. They pushed to the rail adding further congestion to the children trying to enjoy a day of fishing. Overall, a very frustrating day, rather than the enjoyable day that was expected.
Rating: 4
Thu, Jul 15, 10   12:00 PM marylag2 Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
Great experience for anybody. Of course we had a perfect day.

Giant pods of dolphins. No whales, but sharing the experience with our grandson was priceless.
Rating: 1
too many people
Thu, Jul 15, 10   10:00 AM jaksiemash Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
they had over 50 people on the boat, there was not enough room to fish, the lines were constantly tangleing, shoulders bumping, waiting for bait, etc

they also catered to the people who they knew, at the expense of the people who, just wanted to have a good time with their families.
Rating: 4
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises
Tue, Jul 13, 10   12:00 PM Leonard3 Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
THe weather was beautiful and the boat was comfortable. We were slightly dissapointed we did not see any whales and only 1 pod of dolphins. I kept bragging about seeing whales in March when we came and our honeymooners were looking forward to seeing some. I realize you can't predict where they are, but more sea life would have made the memories sweeter.
Rating: 2
no fish available
Wed, Jul 7, 10   5:30 PM tomschmeltze Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
I was looking forward to going ocean fishing off the california coast, since I have done so many times off the

oregon coast. I went on the twilight trip, thinking that would be a good time to go. WRong! we went out for about an hour to what was supposed to be a good spot, nothing there, moved to another spot, 2 fish caught, for the whole boat, 12 fishermen, moved to another spot nothing , moved to another spot 2 more fish caught,.By then it was time to go back in.I was very disappointed, to say the least. When you concider they had boats going out all day, they should have known that the spots we were going to were fished out. needless to say, I will not be going back.

If you are going ,be sure to ask when you book if any fish are being caught or not. It's up to you if you want to waste your your money on a boat ride.
Rating: 3
Whale/Dolphin Watching
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, Jul 3, 10   5:00 PM miekomom1 Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
It was fun going on the boat, however, after two hours, we saw nothing, nada. Amazing, not even a dolphin, we did see sea lions on a buoy, that was the only time the captain talked. It would have been good if we had a little verbalization on the trip, but zero, even when we were heading in. When we were inside the harbor, he told us we would get our tickets back. We will go back since we have the tickets.
Rating: 5
Chasing Marine Mammals
Tue, Jun 29, 10   5:00 PM mdeborah Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
We have gone "whale watching" on numerous occasions and went out on the "Dana Pride" twice this month (June 2010), both times with family visiting from out of state, and both times on the evening run from 5-7pm. On our first trip this month the captain found a large pod of dolphins and managed to engage them with the boat. They swam alongside of us for a long time - maybe as long as half an hour. Everyone on the boat was absolutely thrilled, and to cap that, we then found a pod of orcas! They sounded right in front of us, slapped their flukes and swam directly under the bow of the boat. We were told it is unusual to see orcas here at this time of year, but that too was absolutely thrilling. The captain apparently thought so too, because he spent an entire hour chasing and finding them again and again, rather than heading in to land, so we returned at 8 rather than 7pm. We saw no whales on our second trip this month, but we did see more dolphins, though not as many as the first time. Our tickets were returned to us, so that we can come back and try again. These were half-priced tickets, so I'm not sure if these "rain tickets" will enable us to get on for free on any day other than Tuesday. Don't forget to dress warm - it gets chilly out on the water, especially at the end of the day.
Rating: 4
Disappointed with crew
Thu, Jun 24, 10   10:00 AM fishinfrank Male 60-69 Local Other
I've been on many fishing trips out of Dana Point. On this trip, the fishing was good but I was a little disappointed with the crew/deck hands. More than once when I went to get fresh bait there were none in the hand tanks. Once a deck hand told someone not to get any bait out of the bait tank but to get it out of the hand tank. Unfortunately there wasn't any there.

One other minor thing - if there was an announcement that the grill was closing I missed it. I would have ordered something. But the fishing was good and I just lost track of the time. Next time I've have to set an alarm or something.
Rating: 5
Exciting whale and dolphin sighting!
Tue, Jun 8, 10   5:00 PM SissyLowe Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Individual
We saw a lot of dolphins, sea lions, and Two Blue Whales! Very exciting and I highly recommend this activity.
Rating: 4
Whale Watching
Sat, Jun 5, 10   2:00 PM johnsoj6 Female 60-69 Combination Group of Friends
We did not encounter or view any whales or dolphins and as a result we were issued a return trip voucher. We will return because the boat and crew were very knowlegable and great to their customers!
Rating: 4
A Really fun Outing
Thu, Jun 3, 10   10:00 AM BillKemp Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Enjoyed the fishing trip out of Dana Point. Great experience for basically first time fishermen. Marcus was exceptional in providing all around service to every one on board. The captain of the boat moved us to four different fishing spots to get the number of fish caught increased. Both the captain and Marcus were out going and tried to provide a good time for every one.

A suggestion for future boat trips is rotating the available spots on the stern of the boat. A majority of the people on board were not regulars. The regulars who were the first on board immediately locked down the stern fishing spots and they did not give up the slots through out the entire fishing trip. Recommend that the captain use the manifest list to reassign the slots each time he moves the boat to another fishing position. The fishing off of the stern is obviously the best especially when the captain is "chumming" over the stern so every one should have an equal shot at catching a fish regardless of skills and fishing equipment. Word of mouth is going to work best when every one on board can say that I caught a big one!

One last thought is there any way to get rid of the seals who definitely enjoyed the chumming and had no problem catching and eating the fish that were supposed to be on my hook!!
Rating: 5
Nice Adventure
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, May 29, 10   5:00 PM donna302 Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
This was a great outing for my granddaughter and her cousin. It was the second whale watch trip we took that week while staying at our timeshare in Capistrano Beach. Though we didn't see whales, we enjoyed a lively show by the dolphins...so much so the trip was extended by 20 minutes. Because the Clemente is a small boat, I wouldn't recommend this for the little ones. They'll have to stand the whole time and the ride is quite a thrill...like a mini roller coaster. The larger boat with the seating inside and on top of the deck, would be recommended for smaller children. I would do it again and I would recommend it to family and friends.
Rating: 3
Timing is everything
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour
Sat, May 29, 10   5:00 PM 1rookielynn Female 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
We were supposed to depart at 5:00PM but the boat was late returning from it's previous fishing expedition. It is not really romantic to watch people rush off the boat with their fishing poles and then see the crew wash off the "fishiness" while you're waiting dockside with your date for your evening cruise. But I will say that the boat was clean (though still slightly damp) and the captain was very informative and helpful in our evening whale watching expedition.

I think it was worth the trip but if you're on a date you might want to find something with more romance and less Eau de Fish :-)
Rating: 4
Great Service
Sun, May 16, 10   10:00 AM cegobby Female 60-69 Combination Family Without Children
The men on the boat were extremely helpful and courteous. Would recommend the trip to everyone.
Rating: 3
Not hot
Sat, May 15, 10   5:30 PM Maguro88 Female 60-69 Local Individual
Very cold night. Fishing was slow, did not catch any.