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“1/2 Day Sport fishing trip”

Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing
Ranked #4 of 24 Tours in Dana Point
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Whale Watching Adventures, Charters , Fishing and more from Dana Point
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 15, 2016

I took the noon trip on the Sum Fun an Aug Saturday. Parking was very limited, expect to pay extra ($18) for rod rental if you don't have your own and ($16) for the day non-resident fishing license which you can easily buy there in spite of all the info on their website that suggests you buy it online, print it and bring it with you. The trip cost me $80 plus tip. The Captain was very nice, Boat was very clean. The boat left the dock late, then we stopped for bait so probably out of the harbor 20-25 min late. There wasn't really any instructions on what to do. I was handed a left hand reel but after a few casts realized I could swap the handle sides. 2 of the 3 deck hands seemed pretty inexperienced. Typical party boat trip with the line tangles. Using live bait, no bait in the front of the boat so I was tripping my way to the back to get bait every few minutes, until I suggested they bring bait to the front tanks which they did. The day was windy and we moved 5 times. We came back in a little early probably had 3 hrs of fishing on a 5 hr trip. Some kids hogging the back of the boat even when the captain called to rotate, they said there dad was friends with the captain. To sum it up the trip was pretty much self service and shorter than it should have been. The only thing that makes it a 3 star is I caught several fish, all to small to keep. Ive spent less and had much better service although not in CA.

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Reviewed August 15, 2016

This was very light but pleasant activity. You board a small boat ad they go back and forth in Dana Point harbor, so its not like you are going in the middle of the ocean, but it was very mellow and just enough for meeting with friends or for a couple. You sit there, drink wine, have snacks. They offer 4 tastes of wine, which are pretty generous, I can drink good amounts of wine but I only had 3, 4th would have been too much, and my girlfriends too, so there is enough wine being offered. A selection is pretty good. It did not feel like some cheep wine for $3 out of convenience store. Overall I am happy we did that, something else to do, it was nice and relaxing.

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DanaWharf, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2016

Thank you for visiting us. It's always nice to learn that we have exceeded expectations and especially on such an important occasion as was your event. We never lose sight that you, as all consumers, especially now due to the wonders of the web, have a range of options available to them when seeking out a business to meet your needs. Therefore, your praise today means more than ever.

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Reviewed August 15, 2016

We really enjoyed the night
Great weather
Super music with Cali Conscious
And as always we love cruising on the Dana Pride

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DanaWharf, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2016

Thank you for your rating of our business! Our team works hard to deliver a superior experience in a friendly and courteous manner. Your rating validates our mission, and we look forward to serving you again soon.

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Reviewed August 14, 2016

Enjoyed the boat ride, the scenic views, and the Common Dolphin Pods we got to enjoy. Seas were little choppy but make for some great video and photos.

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DanaWharf, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2016

Thank you for your favorable rating. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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Reviewed August 13, 2016

Nice tour from Dana Point with beautiful views of the coast line. Really neat to see the pods of dolphins. Boat was simple with ample seating and crew was nice.

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DanaWharf, Manager at Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2016

Thank you for your favorable rating. We look forward to serving you again soon.

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