Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,453 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
= Overall
% Positive Average
Last 3 months 106 213 8 = 205 96% 4.4
Last 6 months 323 704 27 = 677 95% 4.5
Last 12 months 656 1,491 38 = 1,453 96% 4.5
All 5,341 11,233 385 = 10,848 95% 4.4
Ratings by Activity
(Each activity's ratings from the last 12 months)
% Positive Average
Whale and Dolphin Watching Adventure Tour 830 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Priced Tuesday Whale and Dolphin Watching Tour 350 100% 4.8 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 220 86% 4.1 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 53 100% 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: 4
didnt see any whales
Fri, Feb 27, 09   2:00 PM erinscope Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
tour was nice, patrick and staff were nice, didnt get to see any whales, saw a lotta dolphins, oh well.
Rating: 4
A great whale watching trip
Wed, Feb 25, 09   2:00 PM DICKCHAPMAN Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The weather was great, warm and sunny, but it was late in the season for the southerly migration and not really ready for the return north, so expectation was not high. After only 10 minutes at sea the skipper spotted a grey whale heading south and got us close by, without spooking the whale. It was wonderful to see it close up. We will certainly go again and now we are better informed as to times etc. we will choose a better time to view and probably take a longer trip. Thanks to the operators
Rating: 4
Good Fishing Trip
Tue, Feb 24, 09   12:00 PM iratimothy Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It was a slow day, however the crew was attentive and did there best to help out all their guests. It was a fun fishing trip.
Rating: 4
Fun but should be called Dolphin Watching
Sun, Feb 22, 09   10:00 AM kimmyprice Female 20-29 Local Family Without Children
We took this trip in February during grey whale season. I like that the boat wasn't overcrowded (we could see a different company's boat leaving at the same time and they were far more crowded than we were), and I enjoyed the information from the captain over the speaker. He was very knowledgable. We saw a large pod of dolphins and it was great fun watching them play around the boat for a while. Then we headed over to a rock off of San Clemente with seals and sea lions on it, and that was fun too. But we didn't see any whales and it felt like that captain knew fairly early that we weren't going to see any so he just showed us the dolphins and seals, and he didn't bother going out where there may be whales.
Rating: 5
Afternoon on the Ocean
Thu, Feb 19, 09   12:00 PM DANMUELLER Female 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
It was a beautiful sunny day, although chilly. Warm clothing is recommended. We unfortunately did not see any whales, but did see a huge pod of dolphins that swam with the boat for quite a while. This made it all worthwhile. We would definately go out again!
Rating: 5
Loved the Ocean!
Wed, Feb 18, 09   10:00 AM Lylekayhart Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
We loved the ocean, watching the dolphins playing! Seeing a little bit of the whale was awesome! We booked the trip and went 3 times! It was SO much fun! The first trip we saw tons of dolphins and sea lions and 1 whale! 2nd trip we didn't see anything, but still enjoyed the boat tour! - And since we didn't see dolphins or whales we received our ticket back stamped for a free trip, so we took our 3rd trip & we again saw tons of dolphins and sea lions! We would definitely recommend this tour! The staff was GREAT! :)
Rating: 5
dolphins galore!!!!
Sun, Feb 15, 09   1:00 PM karyn1020 Female 40-49 Local Family Without Children
we had a great time......everyone was friendly & the boat was very clean.................as far as wildlife.................dolphins scored big....they were fantastic......in fact the cruise should of been called the dolphin expedition with whales :):) we did see (kind of) 3 maybe 4 whales....we only saw their water spout up & a bit of their back side but if we werent looking we wouldnt of thought it was a whale.....but we understand whales can be elusive at times - this is not alaska, canada, or norway............we also saw some weird upside down stingray fish which was cool.....even though the whales were shy the dolphins totally made up for it................we had a blast & the catamaran was a nice choice for site seeing.................thank you!!!!!
Rating: 4
Great Whale Watching Trip
Sat, Feb 14, 09   4:00 PM smshaw83 Male 20-29 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Each member in my party thoroughly enjoyed themselves on our trip, even though the weather was very cold outside. We were able to see a grey whale, a pod of dolphins, and some sea lions - it was great! We would definitely take this trip again in the future!
Rating: 4
nice short trip
Sat, Feb 14, 09   2:00 PM ashishgoyal Male 20-29 International Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Don't forget to take the warm clothes because the ocean breezes are chilling.

Overall experience was nice.
Rating: 5
Beautiful Day on Whale Watching Excursion
Sat, Feb 14, 09   12:00 PM ricklyn Female 50-59 Local Family Without Children
This was a Valentine's Day excursion my husband and I decided we wanted to take. I was pleasantly surprised with the cleanliness of the boat and the guarantee of seeing whales (or at least dolphins) or they will give you "whale tickets" for another trip. Yes, we ended up getting the whale tickets but that was out of the generosity of the operators of the trip because we actually did see a small pod of white sided dolphins jumping and playing with a sea lion. It was really neat! There were about 100 people on our 2 hour trip but the boat was easily large enough to accomodate 200 people so there were no feelings of overcrowding. After we returned to the dock, we decided to have a late lunch at The Jolly Roger which was "a few steps" away. One other note...we decided my 86 year old, wheel chair boun father-in-law could easily come with us on our return adventure. The boat was very handicap accessible.
Rating: 3
Personally not terribly exciting. Disappointing
Tue, Feb 10, 09   12:00 PM trish320 Female 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
There is very little seating for those that need it. be prepared to standOur 74 old mother with her freshly healed broken foot looked forward to this adventure.. at this point probably a once in a lifetime thing for her...We went after a few days of rain and wind,The swells were very high, and nowhere for her to sit on the main deck , as there are no seats there( all the seats were taken on the upper deck) sitting down below caused motion sickness within minutes so she had to stand and hold her ground and balance with her feet. she was very sore afterward. the last 15 min as we were heading in we saw 2 whales...quite a ways away. that was it. you had to look hard. they surfaced twice and were gone. the next day we went fishing and we saw dolphins swimming with our boat and sea lions, but mom wasn't with for that trip. personally disappointed on behalf of my mom.I'm glad we took advantage of the 1/2 price Tuesday The crew were looking.. but if they are not to be seen not much they can do about it.They seemed knowledgable and were very pleasant. Everything was very easy. from ordering tickets, directions and getting tickets at the counter in the shop.Parking was free and there was plenty of it
Rating: 4
The boat ride was nice.
Tue, Feb 10, 09   12:00 PM JoCoupens Female 70+ Combination Family Without Children
Disappointing that we only saw a couple of whales at the very end of the cruise, no dolphin.
Rating: 4
Tue, Feb 10, 09   12:00 PM Bellflower Female 70+ Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
Have been participating in Dana Wharf whale watches for 20+ years and always take visitors. Not too lucky seeing whales and/or dolphins/porpoises but always a nice 2 hours on the water.

Commentary is always good and helpful to "first timers".
Rating: 4
Worth the trip
Sun, Feb 8, 09   2:00 PM pete4376 Male 60-69 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
I've been on other whale watching cruises and saw only dolphins and sea lions. This cruise was great as two whales were sighted and surfaced several times.

I would recommend anyone wishing to take pictures to have a high speed camera as you will have only seconds to point and shoot. The other option is to have a camcorder where you can catch the whale as it surfaces and clip photos from there.

An overall GREAT trip!
Rating: 5
Whale and dolphin watch
Tue, Feb 3, 09   2:00 PM Iselaward Female 70+ Local Family Without Children
Saw only a few whates from afar and a few dolphins but the real treat was the sea lion...wish we had seen more