Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,373 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
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Negative
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% Positive Average
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Last 3 months 207 491 8 = 483 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 311 735 11 = 724 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 619 1,405 32 = 1,373 97% 4.6
All 4,972 10,425 355 = 10,070 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
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Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 788 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 312 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 210 91% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 63 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 5
Lots of Fun!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Feb 2, 10   2:00 PM Herrscher Female 20-29 Combination Family Without Children
We had so much fun Whale Watching! The crew was great! We saw lots of Fin Whales (which I had never heard of before). It was my second time going and I would gladly go again!
Rating: 5
True Test of a Good Company
Sun, Jan 31, 10   12:00 PM mccrery Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The day was beautiful and we saw a few dolphins but no whales. Liked the boat (much quieter than expected). The test of a good company is not when everything goes as hoped and/or planned. We chose this company because of their policy that if no whales are seen, you get a "whale check" (free trip in the future during whales season). There is no expiration date. You just have to have the ticket.

The policy was honored. We may or may not be able to go again since we're from out of town but we're impressed with the handling of it. We did not have to ask. It was told over the loud speakers before we docked.

Pleasant crew just an uneventful trip.

Only suggestion is that there be disclosure that the "online purchase discount of $2 per person" is offset by the service charge of $2 per person (resulting in no discount at all). This is interpreted as a "smoke and mirrors" trick out of character for the company and not appreciated.
Rating: 4
Whales not guaranteed
Sat, Jan 30, 10   2:00 PM vmotis Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Being on the waer was fun and we saw lots of dolphins of varying types which ws cool. The crew was knowledgeable and helpful but the disappointment was not seeing any actual whales. Would have liked to know ahead of time the likelihood of seeing one, e.g. did any other boats th day see one. The consolation prize was a going past a buoy where sea lions hang out. Being up close tothem was interesting but not what we came on the trip to see.

We'll probably try again but will ask questions and do some research ahead of time to see if any whales are being sighted.
Rating: 5
Great Day
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 12, 10   12:00 PM jalhc54 Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
We had a trully enjoyable day . The trip had all of the sightings that were promised
Rating: 5
Excellent!
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 12, 10   10:00 AM RonZech Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw a gray whale as predicted. The highlight, however, was where we found the school of sardines being fed on by about 4 kinds of sea birds, sea lions, and dolphins, all in a broiling frenzy with sardine scales floating on the water. Lots of great close-up pictures! Beautiful day with fairly calm seas.
Rating: 5
Don't miss this opportunity to have a blast!
Sat, Jan 9, 10   12:00 PM ljsquare1 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We went on this adventure on January 9, 2010, to celebrate my sister's birthday, and it was an absolutely wonderful experience. I suffer from motion sickness on almost all moving vehicles, but decided to go anyway because I wanted to spend the time with my family. I'm so glad I did, because I didn't even have a twinge of motion sickness.

Although we didn't see any whales, we saw hundreds of dolphins and lots of sea lions, pelicans and seagulls. The crew was amazing and saw to our every need, including recommending a fabulous local restaurant for fresh seafood. Even if we hadn't seen any dolphins, it would have been worth the money just to be out on the ocean on a luxury yacht for a few hours. It was one of the highlights of our trip.
Rating: 4
No whales yet, lots of dolpins
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 5, 10   12:00 PM mylaherr Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Had a great time, weather was clear and sunny. We saw a lot of dolpins but no whales yet. I guess it is still early in the season. For half price it was well worth it to be out on the ocean. Highly recommended.
Rating: 4
Good outing
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Jan 5, 10   12:00 PM krtodt Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I was a little hesitant to buy tickets online because I'd never used the site before, but we had no problems. The tickets were emailed to us and we had no problems finding the dock or the boat, and no problems with the tickets.

We didn't see any whales, but saw tons of dolphins and it was a great time. We would definitely do the trip again on a half price day.
Rating: 3
No whales seen.
Sat, Jan 2, 10   10:00 AM ThomasJEllis Male 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Nice boat ride, but we only saw 4 risso dolphins. Voucher was given for future trip.
Rating: 4
Pleasant Day
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event)
Tue, Dec 29, 09   2:00 PM martinef Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
While we didn't see any whales on the 2-hour trip it was a very good time spent for the money. We saw sea lions and many dolphins. The Captain worked very hard to make it an enjoyable, informative trip.
Rating: 5
I had an awesome time!
Sat, Dec 26, 09   6:30 AM pikobel Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I've only gone fishing 3x in my life.. and they were on lakes and i only caught one fish, so i would consider myself a beginner. I figure based on the reviews that i read that this boat trip would be a great experience for me and maybe i would learn something about fishing. I went on the 1/2 day trip... 6:30am-11:30am ..

I went with my sister.. being the only females on the boat... and probrably also being the only people under the age of 30..and maybe also the only BEGINNERS on the boat. i had a great time!! i caught 7 fishes... i learn what each fished were called.. and i even caught 2 poisonous fishes!! which the guys on the boat helped me out with. both me and my sister came home with 3 good size Sand Bass. The boat provides the bait for you (squid and sardines), and the guys help u with unhooking the fishes from your pole if u need help. You can bring your own food, but there is food on the boat as well; there is a volunteer jackpot for who catches the biggest fish too.

Very cold, make sure you wear lots of LAYERS of clothes.. i had 7 layers on.. still very cold!! Especially make sure your ears, neck, and hands are covered... VERY COLD!! :-) People on the boat were very friendly and helpful. I would definately do it again!
Rating: 4
awesome customer service in lue of bad weather.
Wed, Dec 23, 09   10:00 AM TKRiexinger Female 40-49 Unspecified Family Without Children
Our trip was postponed 1 day due to bad weather. Gale force winds etc. (thank you for not taking a chance on the ocean with our life's :) ).

The next morning we went out but it was still a rough ocean and we saw only sea lions around a bouy but enjoyed a beautiful view of the coast. We received a voucher to return any time for another 2 hour whale watch excursion. I asked when it expired and the reply was NEVER. That is rare and we appreciate it especially because DanaWharf has no control over the weather!

Great customer service and damage control in the face of bad weather.

We are from NIagara Falls NY and may never make it back to beautiful California but if we can, we'll be back to Dana Wharf!

Thank you

K & T Riexinger
Rating: 3
No whales
Wed, Dec 23, 09   10:00 AM KatharinaE Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We are from New England and I've never seen a whale on the MANY trips I've been on...I was pumped to finally HOPEFULLY see one but we didn't, oh well! Maybe next time!
Rating: 4
If only the whales had cooperated.
Sun, Dec 20, 09   12:00 PM susan25 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The boat trip alone is great, but it would have helped if the whales had cooperated and been present. We did see some California sea lions and the discussion about them and how they are different from seals was informative. We didn't see any other marine life except for sea birds until the very end when the boat ran thru some bait fish being chased by some dolphins. There was a potential sighting of a whale, but it was already too far behind us as we entered the harbor and we couldn't take the time to verify what it was. The captain made sure that we had the opportunity to go out again free of charge, which he really didn't have to do.
Rating: 5
One great afternoon on the ocean.
Mon, Dec 14, 09   12:00 PM Zambia100 Female 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Working with the people of Zerve was a pleasant experience. They patiently answered all my questions. When rain threatened our day to go out whale watching, they patiently helped out by moving our date from a Saturday to a Monday. When our party increased from two to four persons, there was no problem getting the extra tickets. I appreciated the attached map and instructions to get to the Dana Point wharf.

Thank you all. We had a great time. I recommend this activity for everyone, all ages, all backgrounds.