Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.6  1,353 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 174 403 7 = 396 97% 4.6
Last 6 months 323 761 11 = 750 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 610 1,385 32 = 1,353 97% 4.6
All 5,005 10,498 358 = 10,140 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 761 98% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 319 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 216 92% 4.3 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 57 100% 4.9 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Whale Watch (past event) 0 0% 0.0
1/2 Priced Catamaran Adventure Whale Watch Cruises 0 0% 0.0
Rating Date Attended Reviewer Gender Age Where From? Group Type? Sort Descending
Rating: 3
A total disappointment
Thu, Apr 10, 08   2:00 PM phynally Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
This was supposed to be the highlight of my California vacation. I had convinced the other members of my party that this was a "must do" and that we would see the things we'd viewed on the Nature channel with our very own eyes. I read so many positive reviews from people who had posted them just the week before, and was sure that we'd have a similar experience. I know that nature can be unpredictable, but all of the posts from the previous week insisted that we'd see hundreds of dolphins and I had no reason to think that we wouldn't have the same experience. The few negative posts I read were related to fishing, so I was sure we'd see plenty of dolphins and if we were lucky, a whale or two. We saw NOTHING!!!! We sailed for two hours and saw absolutely nothing! I was so totally disappointed. Their "no refund" policy guarantees that if you don't see dolphins or whales, you can sale again for free. I live in Maryland and probably won't be making this trip again, so it is little consolation and the guarantee is worthless. If you still choose to go, be aware that they cannot guarantee any sightings. Thankfully it didn't cost a lot. I'm just glad that we didn't purchase the four hour cruise.
Rating: 5
Very Fun
Tue, Apr 8, 08   2:00 PM ltssmls Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
The Guides were very nice and one offered to take pics of the whales because we kept missing them in the shot. All the guides were informative and would walk around and see if you had questions and would answer in detail. Will Defintly do again. All of them were very honest and we got to see a mom whale and her calf. Was completly worth it and absloutly loved the experience. Thanx you GUYS!!!!!!!!!!
Rating: 4
Would definitely recommend this, however...
Sun, Apr 6, 08   12:00 PM katiewhite Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
I would definitely recommend this tour. The customer service was great, and the cruise itself was also great. We saw tons of dolphins which was amazing, and they were all over the place, however, we did not see any whales. I knew going into the cruise that there was no guarantee, but my only suggestion would be that if we don't get to see whales, they should offer a coupon for another tour (not free, just discounted).
Rating: 5
Great Trip
Sat, Apr 5, 08   6:30 AM calvinburt Male 60-69 Local Family Without Children
Please let the owners of the Reel Fishing boat know how much we enjoyed the trip. We were very impressed with Zach and the rest of the crew. Their attitudes were great, they were very helpful, and made us feel like they were there to help with whatever our needs might be.

I will come back.
Rating: 4
Fun experience
Sun, Mar 30, 08   2:00 PM LinFishDU Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We saw about 5 grey whales, 2 on their own and then two adults with a baby. It was a little choppy which made it more difficult to see them, but it was still neat. The crew told us they didn't see any whales on the group that went out before us, probably due to the not-as-nice conditions. I would advise you to pick a nice calm day to go out, the crew seemed to indicate they have better success on those days.

Take binoculars if you have them. The boat cannot get super close to the whales.
Rating: 5
Sat, Mar 29, 08   12:00 PM DancnDolphn Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
THE WHALES ARE AMAZING. With the ocean in our backyard, we sometimes forget what lies within. I highly recommend you take advantage of what's given to us.
Rating: 5
Saw Lots of Dolphins!
Wed, Mar 26, 08   12:00 PM sadlot386 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Dolphins were very playful with us and the boat. I kept on the "lookout" for a migrating whale....and sure enough I saw it. Pretty far away but still exciting.
Rating: 5
Tue, Mar 25, 08   4:00 PM cyule410 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We went Whale watching on Tuesday, March 25 at 4:00p.m.. We were taken out to where we were surrounded by hundreds of dolphins. It was so much fun watching them all play and follow our boat. On the way back, our captain of the boat spotted some whales. He took us over to see them. To his surprise there were 6 of them. He followed them and took us as close as is legally allowed. Because we were the last trip of the day, he stayed out longer with us so that we could fully enjoy the whales. He made the trip so enjoyable. We would recommend this trip to anyone and we will be going again next year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Rating: 4
Hundreds of dolphins - 6 grey whales
Tue, Mar 25, 08   4:00 PM Nelnard99 Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Wednesday, March 25th, 4pm cruise

Didn't look good when we left port last Wednesday...but we ran into a HUGE pod of common dolphins. There were several hundred of them. On our way back to port we saw six grey whales and the ship captain let us stay out later than our designated time so that everyone would have a good chance of getting a picture.

THANKS Dana wharf whale watching crew!!
Rating: 5
great trip
Tue, Mar 25, 08   4:00 PM chimp_farmer Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Great trip. Saw loads of dolphins and whales. Crew was friendly. Recommended.
Rating: 5
great trip/very well run
Tue, Mar 25, 08   2:00 PM canadarad Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
Buying tickets was very easy.

Trip was worth the $ agency well run.
Rating: 4
Beautiful day on the ocean!
Tue, Mar 25, 08   2:00 PM AuntieSasa Female 30-39 Local Family Without Children
We had a great time! We brought sack lunches and sat at the tables on the top deck...thought we'd have a great view of the whales and dolphins, but the captain always kept the ship pointed at them, so we had to strain to see through the captain's windows. I'd recommend getting a spot in the front of the boat if you want the best views. I heard several people down there complain that they couldn't see over everyone else, so be sure to secure a spot on the railing. We saw 4 grey whales and a huge pod of dolphins. The captain was able to entice the dolphins to play, and they surfed in the ship's wake...sailing through the air, jumping and flopping on their sides. It was definitely the highlight of the afternoon!
Rating: 5
Great way to spend the afternoon.
Tue, Mar 25, 08   12:00 PM rknight Female 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I have lived in Orange County for more than two years, and I wish that I had done this before. My cousin and grandmother came to visit from out of state, and I booked the the tour/cruise for the three of us. The weather was beautiful, the view of Dana Point from the ocean looked like a painting, and the dolphins and whales did not disappoint. We saw 4-6 gray whales and a huge pod of common dolphins. The crew/staff were very friendly and knowledgable. Also, the cruise does not interfere with the animals travel patterns or harass nature just for a photo-op.
Rating: 5
It was fantastic!
Tue, Mar 25, 08   12:00 PM yolioli Female 50-59 Combination Family Without Children
It was a perfect day, 4 or 5 whales, thousands of dolphins, a friendly and polite crew, we couldn't ask for anything better and the price was outstanding!!!!!
Rating: 4
Great Trip!
Tue, Mar 25, 08   10:00 AM wcruver Male 40-49 Local Family Without Children
It was our first whale watching adventure and we were pleased. The staff was very friendly and informational on the cruise. We saw dolphins and a grey whale. Look forward to our next trip.