Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,365 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 89 204 3 = 201 99% 4.6
Last 6 months 221 479 14 = 465 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 622 1,403 38 = 1,365 96% 4.5
All 5,422 11,420 388 = 11,032 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 736 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 314 99% 4.7 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 228 87% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 87 100% 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: 5
Sun, Feb 14, 10   4:00 PM mcquilter Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
Three fin whales lunge feeding with a golden sunset in the background. It doesn't get any better than that!
Rating: 5
Beautiful day
Sun, Feb 14, 10   2:00 PM nursenaya Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
Our boat was the first of the day to see a gray whale. I have never been that close to a whale. The pod of dolphins we saw was huge, there had to be at least a hundred dolphins jumping in and out of the water. I do recommend having a camera with no delay if you want pictures. The crew was very friendly and informative. Best place to be is in the front of the boat.
Rating: 5
Twilight Squid Fishing & 1/2 day trip
Thu, Feb 11, 10   5:30 PM kspeidel Female 40-49 Combination Family Without Children
We went out squid fishing 2 nights after they had their final catch of squid. The captain made the decision to take us out farther where they could possibly be found since the close spots had been exhausted. It appears the squid have headed out. No squid were caught but we had a great evening The captain and the team gave it a good try for us.

We went out a few days later on a 1/2 day boat and caught a lot of fish! Sand bass, calico, bass, sheep head, baracuda, halibut, lobster etc. Fun!!! There was always a "fish on" for someone on the boat.

The staff is so wonderful and friendly and helpful.
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
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