Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,372 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 85 198 3 = 195 99% 4.6
Last 6 months 222 480 14 = 466 97% 4.5
Last 12 months 624 1,410 38 = 1,372 96% 4.5
All 5,417 11,411 388 = 11,023 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 751 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 306 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 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 Sort Descending Where From? Group Type?
Rating: 4
RELAXING
Sat, Dec 22, 07   10:00 AM featherseh Male 60-69 Local Couple on a Date
Very relaxing & smooth cruise. Unfortunately we did not see any Whales.They very graciously gave us a return ticket for another day. We enjoyed the 2 hour cruise.
Rating: 5
What a Day!
Fri, Nov 23, 07   12:00 PM felinepub Female 60-69 Local Other
The trip started on time, the crew were friendly and helpful, the day was beautiful, seas were clam, and the food was good (thank heavens that we don't ever get sea sick). We didn't get to see any whales but it's only the beginning of one season and the ending of another, but the Captain found a large pod of dolphins and took us to the center and we got to enjoy their play (sometimes right under the bow of the ship)...what a wonderful experience. The Captain also educated us about what we encountered along the way. Thanks much.
Rating: 4
Had great fun, as always.
Fri, Nov 2, 07   10:00 AM kenkudla Male 60-69 Local Family With Children
The trip was fun - this is the 3rd time my Grandson and I have done it. We didn't catch mayn fish - 8 between the two of us - but we had a good time. One recommendation is that the crew needs to be more friendly. They were way to serious. I know they do this every day but we don't. They need to be part of making this fun. One other thing is it would be niece to have a poster to see what types of fish we might be catching. I am from the Northeast so I am not familiar with the local species. But, all in all, we had a fun day. Thanks.
Rating: 5
Nice Boat and Pleasant Trip
Tue, Feb 2  3:00 PM michaelpeak Male 50-59 Local Group of Friends
I have gone whale watching many places around the world. This was one of the most comfortable boats I've been on. Very nice and fast compared with boats of the same size. Also, it's a catamaran, so it was a smooth ride. We saw two gray whales and a handful of common dolphins on a pleasant 2 hour trip.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
So happy to hear you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for the positive review. We hope to see you back again soon!
Rating: 4
Great whale watching tour
Tue, Jan 26  2:00 PM Ehdbl1 Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
A perfect day on Dana Point. The guys took us right to the spot where we were able to see whales and some dolphins as well. Crew was friendly enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Would recommend them.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the positive review!
Rating: 5
Great experience & crew.
Mon, Jan 25  12:00 PM ahill537 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We had a wonderful time. We were able to watch 8 different whales during our journey. The crew was very friendly and knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this trip.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the positive review. Happy to hear you had a great time!
Rating: 5
Fun day on the water
Sun, Jan 24  8:00 AM orcageary Female 50-59 Local Group of Friends
The weather was sunny and beautiful and the dolphins were playful and fun. The Captain was very enthusiastic about providing us with a wonderful experience and showing us as much wildlife as possible. We saw three species of dolphins and several migrating gray whales. The boat allows a lot of room for viewing and it was a great way to spend a Sunday.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Happy to hear you had a nice time. Thanks for the positive review
Rating: 4
Fun two hours on the water!
Tue, Jan 19  12:00 PM alhanson Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Group of Friends
It was exciting to find and follow a grey whale. We saw the whale's tail flick up at regular intervals, and little 'spouts' of water to let us know where it was. This was exciting for awhile. They use other boats and a drone to help locate the whale, so there's a good chance one (or more) will be found. While you're on the water, the 'captain' provides interesting/helpful 'narration' of what you're seeing, information on the whales, and insight into local marine life. We had a cloudy, chilly day, so 2 hours started to feel a bit long - especially since there wasn't a great deal of 'action-packed' whale activity that day. Still - a fun thing to do - especially on a beautiful day!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
We are happy to hear you had a great time. Thanks for the great review!
Rating: 4
Nice boat and crew - few fish caught
Sun, Jan 17  12:45 PM kenbayne Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
Friendly captain and crew. Captain gave a seminar before the trip for children. Well done. My son really enjoyed. The boat was nice and the crew were friendly and helpful. Had a good time. There weren't many fish caught, but I guess it was because of the season and water temperature. Will definitely go with them on another fishing trip, but will wait until the weather and water temperature improves.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Glad to hear you had a good experience on our boat. Thanks for the great review and we hope to see you back again soon!
Rating: 4
Great Outing
Sun, Jan 17  12:00 PM susanrogers5 Female 50-59 Local Individual
Really enjoyed the day at sea and the whales.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Thanks for the great review
Rating: 5
Great Fun!
Tue, Jan 12  2:00 PM coachsara88 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
This was a lot of fun and very worthwhile. Also please buy their DVD to promote and help them continue education the 4th and 5th graders of the area.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
Glad to hear you had a great time. Thanks for the great review!
Rating: 5
Amazing
Tue, Jan 12  12:00 PM Jfagerlind Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We took this tour really not knowing what to expect but hoped to see something, we were told that sometimes you don't. There were 12 whales in the " area " the day we took this tour, and by in the area, it means we saw blow holes spouting off in the distance. I thought maybe that was as good as it would get, just knowing they were out there was somewhat thrilling. Then we started following 4 California Gray Whales that we got quite close to. We actually stopped out boat and they came up 60-100' from our boat and it was just amazing, majestic to actually see them so close. I cannot put in to words what an awesome experience it was. It was our favorite thing we did on this vacation to CA. The staff at Dana Wharf fishing were professional, courteous, boats were so clean. We came back a few days later and took a morning chartered fishing trip and the experience was just as amazing. Absolutely enthusiastically reommend either of these trips to everyone!!!!! I would give it 6 stars if I could!
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
You are so pleased to hear our trips were the highlight of your vacation. Thank you so much for the great review! We hope to see you back again soon.
Rating: 5
Amazing journey
Mon, Jan 11  12:00 PM Mad254 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Dana Wharf Whalewatching crew were great ! We were lucky to have gone out on a day that the boat was not crowded!!! Within a half an hour we had dozens of common dolphins riding right next to the boat !! Then a surprise visit from a grey whale frolicking right besides us. You cant get better than that ! To top it off they give you a ticket for 50/% off your next trip.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
We are happy to hear you had a great trip! Thank you for the great review!
Rating: 5
Saw some whales
Fri, Jan 8  2:00 PM Lisaferrell Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
My husband and I were on the last boat of the day. The boat trip before ours came back a little late. The reason they were late is they found some whales and wanted the guests to enjoy the view. So know going in you will get the same treatment! It took some time for the crew to spot a whale but once they did it was exciting. We saw whales, sea lions and two different types of dolphins. The crew was friendly and took the time to educate the guests on the different animal life we were seeing. We enjoyed the trip and would definitely do it again.
 
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching responded:
So glad to hear you had a great experience on our trip. Thank you for the great review, cant wait to see you again!
Rating: 3
Rough ride, no whales
Thu, Jan 7  12:00 PM Fdgonynor Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
I took a whale watching trip on Thursday, January 7, 2016. Buying tickets online through the Zerve website, you do not get to talk to the Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching employees directly until you are fully committed to going on the trip. When we were standing in line to go on the boat the Naturalist and then the Captain talked about what a rough ride it was going to be which was very unsettling. The ride was indeed very rough, unlike any other boat ride I have ever taken, and I have been whale watching in Iceland! In addition to the roller coaster feel of the trip, it started raining and then sleeting on us which was cold and unpleasant. We did not see any whales or dolphins, and we were given a rain check to come back at a later date, but I question whether or not the boat should have taken out any tourists on a day when the sea was that rough and the weather was that bad. If I were to go again I would call the company directly to talk about sea conditions and weather before booking a trip. The employees were all very nice and considerate, but it was an unpleasant experience for me overall.