Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,628 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 293 715 9 = 706 99% 4.7
Last 6 months 388 931 13 = 918 99% 4.7
Last 12 months 727 1,670 42 = 1,628 97% 4.6
All 5,706 12,116 397 = 11,719 96% 4.5
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 885 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 407 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 231 88% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 105 100% 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 Sort Descending Age Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 5
great time...highly recommend
Sat, Feb 15, 14   10:00 AM tinytammy25 Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Unspecified
We had a great time. It was so neat to see all the sea lions, dolphins, and whales. The crew was so nice and very knowledgeable. Worth every penny and made lifetime memories.
Rating: 5
Whale Watching
Sat, Feb 15, 14   10:00 AM Jturner949 Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We had a great time on the Dana Pride with Captain Jack. We saw a giant pod of dolphin and 2 whales! Wonderful crew- professional and friendly
Rating: 4
Fogged out but will return
Fri, Feb 14, 14   12:00 PM jeannieweis1 Female 60-69 Local Family With Children
The day started sunny and warm. Our grandchildren were so excited about the very good chance of seeing whales. However, a fog bank rolled in and they ended up being so bored they fell asleep! Dana Wharf gave us all free tickets for another day so we'll try again before the season is over. All in all we had a fun boat ride.
Rating: 4
Thu, Feb 13, 14   12:00 PM goodsusan Female 60-69 Local Group of Friends
Hey we all had a wonderfull time. Giy narateing was so good. Explain all well. It was such a perfect day and we did get to see some tails, yea. No dolphins though which would of been nice. The crew was great. Susan
Rating: 5
Captain and Crew were awesome!
Tue, Feb 11, 14   12:00 PM kwright42771 Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
We had an extremely foggy day but the captain and crew were awesome and did track down a few whales. Can't wait to go out again!
Rating: 4
Foggy Day
Tue, Feb 11, 14   10:00 AM janesking Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
Unfortunately, it was so foggy that we couldn't see much of anything. Captain Jack was unable to look for animal activity & of course the other boats were in the same situation. He was very sorry & we got rain checks for a better day.
Rating: 5
Fun trip! Knowledgeable guides
Mon, Feb 10, 14   2:30 PM FERRELSALEN Female 70+ Local Couple on a Date
A wonderful day! The boat was comfortable, and the "guide/pilot" was knowledgeable and very pleasant. We saw three whales, a family of sea lions and a school of dolphins.
Rating: 1
horrible first time experience for a family
Sun, Feb 9, 14   6:30 AM chonyun Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
We are a fishing family. We have been to many lakes, rivers, and piers. We love the activity. However we always wanted to go on a trip with professionals and experts. However our excitement soon turned into a nightmare as soon as the boat took off. We were surrounded by a group of guys in their late twenties early thirties who were drinking like crazy and using inappropriate language front of our children. Later they even started smoking cigarettes and cigars like next to us. The crew members did nothing to control them and many of us on the boat were very uncomfortable and not able to concentrate to fish. I don't recommend this company especially if you are coming as a family. We regretted through out the whole trip and we were stuck for five hours. We were very disappointed and my kids asked not to ever go on these trips ever!!!!
Rating: 5
Whale Watching Date
Fri, Feb 7, 14   12:00 PM jodizbirdz Female 50-59 Local Couple on a Date
My boyfriend and I had a great time last Friday, even though we didn't see a single whale. Our captain tried really hard, but for what ever reason, they weren't in the area at that time. They did see them that day, but not on our trip that left at noon. But we saw several hundred playful Pacific Bottle-Nosed Dolphins and got to watch their acrobatics for at least 30 min.

This is my second trip with Dana Wharf Whale Watching tours, and I will be back again. Totally professional operation.
Rating: 5
Fun and Educational! Can't wait to do this again!
Fri, Feb 7, 14   10:00 AM CarolynCobb Female Unspecified Local Unspecified
Though I've been whale watching several times, and as a "California girl" have learned quite a bit about whales and sea life, I forget what a lovely adventure awaits me right in my own backyard, one that visitors to our state travel miles and miles to experience. So when I heard that this year there was an especially large number of whale sightings, I decided it was time to go again.

I knew that even if not a single whale was sighted, sailing out of Dana Point Harbor would be a fun excursion providing gorgeous views of the OC coast.

It was with great anticipation that we watched the horizon for those tell-tale puffs of water vapor. We were not disappointed! Our captain and crew tracked down several California Gray whales and two different kinds of dolphins (common and bottlenose) who frolicked around and ahead of our boat...providing ample opportunities for viewing and photos. All the while, we were provided with very interesting and educational commentary.

Whales and dolphins are so awesome!! It seems I learn something new about them every time. This voyage was no exception --gets an A plus from me -- and I'm ready to go again.... soon!
Rating: 5
Amazing Adventure
Tue, Feb 4, 14   2:00 PM ChristinaHar Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
I was thrilled about how much my husband and children loved this amazing adventure. This was their first whale watching trip and they are ready for the next whale watching trip. The crew was wonderful and the Captain was entertaining as well as providing very informative information about the whales and dolphins we saw on this trip.
Rating: 5
Absolutely wonderful day! Crew was great !!
Tue, Feb 4, 14   2:00 PM Terrij11 Female 60-69 Local Individual
Had such a fun time. Saw 4 whales lots of dolphin and met really great people. Any day on the ocean is a great day!
Rating: 4
Gray whales & a megapod of dolphins
Sat, Feb 1, 14   2:30 PM judithLV Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
I have never seen so many dolphins together at one time; hundreds leaping and cavorting.

The whales (3) showed their tails. Sun was shining, it was a great 2 hours.
Rating: 5
Tue, Jan 28, 14   2:00 PM omlmk1 Female 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
This was the best whale watching trip I've been on. We did one last year with this company and enjoyed it so I rebooked with them this year. It was really a great trip. We saw whales and then bottle nosed dolphins. The captain sped up the boat so they would follow and jump in the wake, it was really a good time. They are great!
Rating: 4
You Won't Be Disapointed!
Tue, Jan 28, 14   2:00 PM diannah15 Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
This was a great way to entertain my family who came in from out of town! Everyone enjoyed the cruise and had a wonderful time. The crew was friendly and very knowledgeable with the local marine life. We will definitely return in the near future!