Rating Summary:
Rating: 4.5  1,347 rating points
# of Reviews Positive
Points
Negative
Points
= Overall
Rating
% Positive Average
Rating
Last 3 months 147 350 5 = 345 98% 4.6
Last 6 months 231 531 11 = 520 98% 4.6
Last 12 months 617 1,381 34 = 1,347 97% 4.5
All 4,834 10,098 352 = 9,746 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 325 99% 4.6 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
1/2 Day and Twilight Fishing Trips 210 91% 4.2 Read Reviews Info & Tickets
Catamaran Adventure Cruises 61 100% 4.8 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
GREAT EXPERIENCE
Fri, Nov 28, 14   10:00 AM rowlkr Male 50-59 Unspecified Family With Children
Boarded the DANA PRIDE for a two-hour whale-watching excursion. The Captain was informative and friendly as we pulled out of the marina and headed in the general direction of Catalina. He mentioned the locations of the previous three or four days' of whale sightings up and down the coast and that it would take some good luck for us to spot some on our trip; the whales had passed through a couple days before and were moving away. However we spotted two pods of dolphins, one of which was utterly amazing, playing, jumping, "escorting" our vessel. Ooh's and aah's from everyone.
Rating: 4
Safe & reliable
Wed, Nov 26, 14   10:00 AM Portiva Male 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a good standard experience with Dana Wharf San Clemente. Crew looked professional enough and knowledgeable although it seemed that they are doing the job by the book and obvious lack of enthusiasm and excitement or any encouraging were easy to sense. They had more their energy focused on selling food and drinks. Boat was half full and no extra happy ordinary mood had been practiced by the crew in order to make a nice weather day fabulous. Perhaps we will go next time with them, as far as location and price but we will be more self independent this time. Boat cleaning had been performed while heading back to the dock and this was totally inconvenient and uncomfortable for the passengers. They should clean their boat afterwards or adopt a better system. Generally I would say Staff were not an issue, lack of quality management made them to be like that.
Rating: 1
Newcomers run away.
Sun, Nov 23, 14   12:45 PM Talhaimam Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
Kids education before the 1/2 day noon trip was a farce. Not oriented towards totally first timers.

The bathroom were dirtiest possible with no running water.

The crew was busy amongst themselves, even fising themselves, smoking, joking. They did their basic job but not much more. Not guiding novice adults or kids. With so many options in SoCal why try this company again.
Rating: 5
Wonderfully enjoyable
Mon, Nov 3, 14   12:00 PM renabeachbum Female Unspecified Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
My daughter and I, having never been to or on the ocean, loved the whole experience. Can't express how exciting it was to see the two humpback whales!! Could have watched all day, and loved the dolphins swimming with and under the boat. Everything happening was well explained, and it was clear, the crew seemed to be enjoying it as much as we were! I appreciated that after so many years of taking people out to whale watch, it wasn't boring or ho-hum, to them. If you get a chance, I highly recommend this company!!
Rating: 5
The crew was very engaged and helpful
Fri, Oct 31, 14   10:00 AM ToddVoss Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
The crew was very attentive to everyone on the boat and excursion. They were very accessible and helpful with repairing broken lines to helping all with catching fish. I highly recommend this charter service.
Rating: 4
Enjoyable boat trip
Sat, Oct 25, 14   2:00 PM MikeCW Male 50-59 International Tourist(s) Family With Children
The kids enjoyed seeing the dolphins and searching for the young whale which we saw, sadly, right at the end. The crew were great though, and ran over time to get us a sighting. If we were staying in CA longer we'd have rebooked for the 50% off offer in the hope of seeing whales another day.
Rating: 5
Enthusiastic Past Customer
Tue, Oct 21, 14   12:00 PM DHarrington Female 70+ Local Family With Children
We brought our granddaughters whale watching and they talked about it for days afterwards.

They were so excited to see the whale and the dolphins.
Rating: 4
Great Experience
Sun, Oct 19, 14   6:30 AM leestrother Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
Fun trip but the fish were not cooperating this day. It's to be expected that some days it just isn't happening.
Rating: 5
It was awesome!
Sat, Oct 18, 14   2:00 PM PAthans Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Saw many whales of different types and a school of dolphin that played in the wake of the boat and swam along side. Great time. Perfect weather. Wonderful boat and crew. Great time overall!
Rating: 4
Fantastic time with Family
Wed, Oct 15, 14   4:00 PM SamPaget Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We had a great time with the Dolphins and saw a couple of whales too. The skipper did a great job! This was a lot of fun! The Dolphins were swimming right along the boat. As we came back to the marina the sunset was wonderful!
Rating: 5
Whale watching at Dana Point Harbor
Tue, Oct 14, 14   12:00 PM jowesenberg Female 50-59 Local Family With Children
Awesome excursion. Saw hump back whale and dolphins.
Rating: 5
No Whales this time, but worth it anyway
Sat, Oct 11, 14   2:00 PM KellyJColvin Female 40-49 Local Family With Children
The crew was so nice a helpful. We happened to be on trip where there were no whales, but the dolphins made up for that for the adults as well as the child. Because we didn't have any whale sightings, the company gave us all our tickets back so that we could come back for another tour. That is good business and made for a very happy and loyal customer. It is certainly not their fault that the whales swam somewhere else that day. I would recommend the trip to anyone.
Rating: 5
Awesome fishing trip
Wed, Oct 1, 14   10:00 AM rmattimoe Male 50-59 Local Family With Children
My nephew and I took the half day boat and it was great! The crew was so nice and helpful. No matter what you needed they were right there with it. Great food and fishing!
Rating: 5
The whale watching tour was amazing!
Sun, Sep 21, 14   5:00 PM tdickson1 Female 30-39 Local Family With Children
I took my family on the whale watching tour for my husband's birthday. It was amazing! We over a hundred dolphins, one blue whale which came up to the surface at least four times and cute little seals. The weather was perfect and the scenery was beautiful. Not to mention the caption was very informative and had a great personality. I would definitely go again in the future!
Rating: 5
Best Whale Watching captain on the bay!
Sun, Sep 21, 14   2:00 PM siberian1967 Male 40-49 Local Family With Children
We went out on a quiet day and from the outset the captain was clear "We have not seen much today but lets see what we can find!". For 40m or so it was pretty quiet and we saw a few flying fish. Normally on the bay you would see tons of dolphins, flying fish etc even if no whales are present. Everyone was preparing themselves for a no-sighting.

Like a hunter though the captain steadily tracked out and monitored the VHF and spotted a blue whale crazy far away! We motored over to it quickly and and had a great view and the whale was known to the captain so once it dove he understood how long it would be down and how fast he had to go along the swimline to be right there when it popped back up.

A bit later this same whale joined up with ANOTHER whale and we had an unexpected treat of seeing two blue whales swimming front the back, it was amazing.

More then the captain though it was great to be on a boat that had an enthusiastic naturalist on it, was not over-crowded, had refreshments for purchase as well as plenty of shade that still had visibility. Just a great experience, we can't wait to go again (and we are locals!).