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: 3
Buyer Beware
Tue, Sep 4, 12   5:00 PM roxh59 Female 50-59 Local Other
We purchased whale watching tix as the company guarantees whale sightings or a return ticket free of charge. Most whale watchers are from out-of-town but we're local so we thought we'd take a chance. Of course, the animals are wild and we weren't able to find any even though the crew tried diligently. We ended up seeing only one pod of dolphins so, when we returned, we requested the return tix. We were told no way, because we saw dolphins, and dolphins are whales! Did you know that? If you don't, you're probably smart enough not to be lulled into the gamble in the first place!

As a side note, Zerve couldn't be nicer. I had a problem with the order and they cheerfully fixed it right away.
Rating: 5
Tue, Jul 7  12:00 PM Roxannhodges Unspecified 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
I took my Son for a surprise for his 10th birthday! He had the most amazing time as he loves the ocean and all its creatures! We saw blue whales and dolphins he hasn't stopped talking about it! The crew was great too!
Rating: 5
Truly a fun day. The crew was excellent
Mon, Dec 24, 07   10:00 AM Roxannaward Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
My 10 year old son is now hooked (pun intended)on fishing and can't wait to go again!
Rating: 5
whale watching
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 5, 10   10:00 AM roxanebeaudr Female 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
Did not see any whales, however, saw a school of rare riso dolphins. Beautiful day to be on the water.
Rating: 5
Fri, Nov 28, 14   10:00 AM rowlkr Male 50-59 Unspecified Family With Children
Boarded the DANA PRIDE for a two-hour whale-watching excursion. The Captain was informative and friendly as we pulled out of the marina and headed in the general direction of Catalina. He mentioned the locations of the previous three or four days' of whale sightings up and down the coast and that it would take some good luck for us to spot some on our trip; the whales had passed through a couple days before and were moving away. However we spotted two pods of dolphins, one of which was utterly amazing, playing, jumping, "escorting" our vessel. Ooh's and aah's from everyone.
Rating: 3
packed boat
Sat, Aug 2, 08   6:30 AM rowens Male 30-39 Unspecified Unspecified
The boat was over packed I think with around 50 fisherman. The fishing was very poor, but this is not due the the crew tring to find the fish they tried very hard to find the fish moving serveral times. The main issue was the fast moving current and people not following there lines. The breakfast Burrito was very good.
Rating: 5
it was great! Would definitely do again.
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Apr 19, 11   2:00 PM rowbear19 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Group of Friends
No whales, but literally thousands of dolphins that frolicked around the boat and wake.
Rating: 5
Amazing adventure
Sat, Dec 22, 12   12:00 PM rover2vette Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Other
It was an amazing time! We were on vacation and decided at the last moment to go out whale watching, the sea was calm and the temps no too cold so we booked the noon trip. Boat was clean and well stocked with snacks and refreshments at quite reasonable prices. The crew friendly and knowledgeable. We saw hundreds of dolphins and got up and close to sea lions as well. Unfortunately, we didn't see any greys during the trip, but the captain had received info that there were some headed towards us from up north, but our time had run out. He didn't have to do this, but he told everyone on board that if we had the time he would take us back out, for free, on the 2pm trip and we'd try to get to the group of whales headed our direction. We did get a glimpse of the amazing animals, but were't able to get very close as it was a mother and her calf. She did everything possible to keep us at a good distance from her baby, but was fun and interesting just the same. The captain manuvered the boat to entice the dolphins to play with us and what a show we got! Many of them chased the boat and would leap 15 feet or so out of the water jumping our wake. I would recommend this to everyone!!
Rating: 5
we'll do it again!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Wed, Mar 16, 11   10:00 AM roussel Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified Unspecified
No whales the day we did the whale watching, but plenty of dolphins, a nice crew and the will to do it again as soon as possible!
Rating: 5
Great Family outing
Wed, Apr 8, 09   12:00 PM Roubina Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
We had a great time on the whale watching trip, however, we did not see any whales or any dolphins. Maybe next season.....But overall great outdoor event with the kids.
Rating: 2
We went to catch fish, and didn't.
Sun, May 15, 11   6:30 AM Ross_Man Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
Everything was great but we didn't catch any fish. As a result we will not be returning there.
Rating: 5
Excellent service
Thu, Jul 8, 10   5:30 PM rosspurdy Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
We had a terrific time on our family fishing trip and always choose to go through Dana Point fishing because of its excellent services and convenience.
Rating: 4
whale watching
Fri, Feb 7, 14   12:00 PM Rossalexande Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
our trip did not see any whales, morning. trip did. the crew took was good and we saw sea lions sleeping on the buoys and dolphins performing around the ship. the dolphins made up for no whales. understand the whale migration is almost over at time of year we went. we would do it again
Rating: 5
Informative and enjoyable1
Tue, May 15, 12   12:00 PM roslyn23alan Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The tour was well organised, the crew were helpful and informative/educational, the trip itself was enjoyable and it was great to see the sea lions and lots of dolphins..pity we didn't sight a whale!

All in all a great experience..and I would happily recommend it to others.
Rating: 3
Lovely Day for being out on the water.
Sun, Mar 15, 09   12:45 PM rosh2009 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
The weather warmed up from previous days, so it turned out to be a lovely afternoon in hopes for a great or somewhat successful fishing trip. Met a lot a friendly people, but that was about it. They don't tell you really about the success rate of catching fish until about 1/2 through when you have not really even gotten a bite that the water is still to cold for fish to be caught. They should just let you know upfront that many excursions are coming up empty handed to say the least.

This was on a Sunday. My other family members went out on their 1/2 price special two days later and it was worse, they didn't even have any bites. Your just paying for a boat ride. Might as well go whale watching for the same price, that way you know you are only going for a "scenic" ride.

Most people on the boat caught nothing only 1 or at the most 3 people caught 1 fish each.