Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,418 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 174 412 10 = 402 96% 4.6
Last 6 months 372 882 18 = 864 97% 4.6
Last 12 months 622 1,449 31 = 1,418 97% 4.6
All 5,157 10,866 365 = 10,501 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 821 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 361 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 189 87% 4.2 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
Fun Trip, take it
Tue, Feb 18, 14   12:00 PM solutionssc Male 60-69 Local Unspecified
We only saw two whales, but we did see over a thousand dolphins in the water all at once. Yes, a gigantic pod of dolphins. I have seen many dolphins in my time, but never so manay in one spot. They were swimming and diving all around the boat for 20 minutes. It is a fun ride even if there are no whales.

Constructive criticisim, the guide talked continually. He needs to give it a rest occasionally.
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
Come fishing!
Wed, Feb 12, 14   10:00 AM Gary_Hurd Male 60-69 Unspecified Unspecified
I have fished up and down the California coast for over 50 years. There are a lot of good ports, and a lot of good boats. But none can beat the Dana Wharf for clean boats, good scenery, and friendly, helpful crews.

I fish on the Dana Wharf boats a lot- nearly every week. I hope to meet you when you come out fishing.
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
Awesome trip!
Tue, Jan 28, 14   10:00 AM czy4brds Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
After reading about the awesome whale watch season out of Dana Point, we had to go see for ourselves and we were not disappointed. We followed 3 Gray whales south for over an hour and were treated to multiple close-up views, spy-hops, and even breaching! The captain is very knowledgeable and knows where the whales are and what they will be doing. He positioned the ship to give us maximum views. The ship was very clean and comfortable. We went on the Tuesday half price day and will definitely be back. To avoid the crowds, take either the early or late boat, the middle one had a lot of people waiting when we got back.
Rating: 4
what a nice trip!
Mon, Jan 20, 14   2:00 PM mishuntley Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
I was able to book the morning of my departure. Staff was friendly, Captain (Tom) was great and it was a beautiful day. They made sure we saw some of everything. After we followed a pair of Gray Whales down the coast they made sure to stop by a pod of playful dolphins &a group of sleepy sea lions. Thanks for a great trip!
Rating: 2
Don't go
Sun, Jan 19, 14   6:30 AM akwalker13 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
While the crew seemed to be nice guys, it was a boat catered to new people that probably have never been on a boat. I should probably expect that on 1/2 day boats but common! We only fished in over fished areas, and when one of the guys told us that we would be lucky to catch 1 fish, I thought he was joking, but sadly was true. Go to other places like long beach or marina del ray, might not be the nice and friendly crew, but at least the will give you an opportunity to fish and not be a tourrest just happy to see the ocean. Waste of money. Never going back to Dana point
Rating: 5
As always amazing.
Sat, Jan 11, 14   12:00 PM Alvelia Female 60-69 Local Unspecified
This is like my third trip. the Dolphins, Whales and just the boat ride enjoying the Ocean Water, being free. Would come back again soon...... Love
Rating: 4
Whale watching half price Tuesdays
Tue, Jan 7, 14   12:00 PM MikeRippee Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
My daughter who was visiting from Florida and I went whale watching on the Dana Pride on half price Tuesday a couple of weeks ago. We gad a great time and saw some whales, dolphins, and sea lions on our trip. The captain and crew were great and very knowledgeable about all the sea life and facts about the area. I would definitely do it again and recommend it to anyone that wants to go see all the sea life and have a good time!
Rating: 4
Fun experience
Sat, Jan 4, 14   12:00 PM Taravet1 Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
We went whale watching for the first time ever. We didn't see any whales but did see dolphins and seals. They tried finding whales but they just weren't visible, so a bit of a bummer but still overall fun.
Rating: 5
Foggy, but fun
Thu, Jan 2, 14   2:00 PM JonnaGill Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
The fog was in which made it difficult to find any whales. However, the crew made a valiant effort. We saw several pods of dolphins & stayed out an extra half an hour in search. We got 50% discount passes for another trip. We'll definitely be going again.
Rating: 5
Great Captain!
Tue, Dec 31, 13   2:00 PM rosarioheppe Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
The captain went out of his way to make sure we saw the whale out that day, and find a pod of dolphins to play/chase us. Thank you captain - we loved the sea adventure on New Year's Eve!
Rating: 2
The boat was way too crowded to fish
Fri, Dec 27, 13   10:00 AM MLBradley Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
There were way too many people crammed on that boat. You could hardly cast your line in the cramped space. We were so excited about this but turned out disappointed. The idea is great but the actual trip was a waste of time & money.
Rating: 2
not worth the price
Tue, Dec 24, 13   12:00 PM ebdoc716 Female 40-49 Combination Unspecified
Would never pay full price for this. Guides were perfectly pleasant but tour needs more narration to make it interesting.
Rating: 5
Great Trip with Helpful Crew
Sat, Oct 19, 13   12:00 PM 15beats Unspecified 30-39 Unspecified Unspecified
After reading reviews for some other outfitters in the Newport Beach area, we decided to drive south a little bit and give this operation a try. They were fantastic! The crew were enthusiastic about their jobs and genuinely nice, helpful people. My son and I had a great time and I can recommend this outfitter without hesitation!