Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

Dana Point Festival of Whales

March 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 2014 –

Two weekends of terrific events including a Parade, Music Series, Art Show & Sale, Pancake Breakfast, Ocean Awareness Day, Rubber Whale Race, Street Faire, Horseshoe Contest, Sand Sculpting and Mobile Marina Mammal Museum, Sailing, Kayaking, Outrigger Canoe and Stand Up Paddle Demonstrations and Competitions, Polynesian Event, Chowder Cook Off, Seashore Interpretive Walk, Historical Walk, Ranger Campfire Nights, Family Outside Movie Night, Grunion 5k Run and closing Concert and BBQ with Wine & Beer Garden other activities. Check out our new Festival of Whales On Line Store and Visit online for a full listing of all activities


Check out the 2014-2015 Dana Point Destination Guide for information on our beautiful city. You can review the Destination Guide by going to the link: Dana Point Destination Guide

The Ocean Institute

OCEAN INSTITUTE is full of memory making opportunities! For information call (949) 496-2274 or online at Check out the fun events below.

Underwater Parks Day – Saturday, January 18; 10am-3pm

Join us at the Ocean Institute to celebrate recreation and conservation along Southern California’s coast. On January 18th, you can learn about and explore the species, habitats, and resources that make our ocean exceptional. Admission price is $6.50 for adults (13 yrs+) and $4.50 for children (3 -12 yrs); children 2 and under are free.

Marine Mammal Cruise – Saturday, January 18 & 25; 10:00am – 12:30pm

Journey to sea with Ocean Institute scientists and they introduce you to the local marine wildlife; including an astounding variety of fish, microscopic plankton, and the animals that live in sediment retrieved from the ocean floor. Encounter a pod of playful dolphin or witness the majesty of a traveling whale. Discover the amazing, and sometimes bizarre life that lives just beneath the waves! Visit for complete info.

The Harbor Grill

We welcome 2014 and all the wonderful things to come. We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day Week with Champagne & Oysters! Serving up our delicious oysters for 9.95 & Champagne to celebrate this special holiday! Another holiday tradition the Harbor Grill likes to take part in is Mardi Gras! Join us in a week long celebration and indulge yourself in wonderful Southern Classic Cuisine as well as cocktails. We have many wonderful Cajun style dishes we will be featuring for Lunch & Dinner. Check out Harbor Grill Facebook for our Trivia Questions during these week long celebrations and WIN BIG! Reservations recommended. “Like” us on Facebook and keep up with our daily promotions & specials. You may view our full menu online Reservations: 949-240-1416 and

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Luxury Whale Watching on Capt. Dave’s Newest 62-Foot Catamaran!

Lily, Whale Research/Rescue Safari is a 49-passenger luxury power catamaran with state-of-the-art research and rescue equipment. Enjoy dolphin and whale watching in luxury with a beautifully appointed cabin, climate-controlled pilothouse, shaded upper sundeck, and spacious bow, all with cushioned seating, as well as a fully equipped galley. The sundeck and bow both feature rails enclosed with Lexan® glass for wind protection. Contribute to whale and dolphin research and learn more about the lives of individual animals using our on board ID catalog. Explore beneath the surface with an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) that passengers can drive. See and hear dolphins and whales underwater with our hydrophone and underwater camera. A life-size common dolphin, micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts, and stunning photographic art throughout the boat immerse passengers in the world of dolphins and whales. Trips are broadcast live on our website. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat!

2 and 1/2 hours. $65 per adult and child. Limited availability. For reservations please call (949) 488-2828 or visit

Up Close with the Largest Animals on Earth!.

Join Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari to experience magnificent whales and mega-pods of wild dolphins aboard our high-tech, never-crowded, catamarans. Daily, year-round, trips can get up close and personal with these breathtaking animals! Dana Point has five species of dolphins, with some pods numbering in the thousands. Only aboard our catamaran Manute’a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods.

2 and 1/2 hours. Reservations recommended. Please call 949-488-2828 or reserve online

Hear below the surface with our research quality hydrophone, too. You’ll learn how these animals live from our experienced naturalists while exploring the micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts. Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets give you a really up close encounter! And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back. Share your whale watching trip live with friends and family back home. Daily trips; 2 and 1/2 hours. $59 per adult, $39 per child (3 to 12). 2 and younger are free.

Please call (949) 488-2828 or reserve online at

Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching


Dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphin, harbor seals, and California sea lion. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, albacore, and dorado.

Whether coming to Dana Point for fishing or whale watching, or privately chartering one of our fishing or whale watching boats, our catamaran, or our sailboats, one thing is for certain; your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Every Tuesday is 1/2 price! All local fishing trips and all whale watching cruises are 1/2 price on Tuesdays! Dana Wharf just received the 2013 DANA POINT TIMES PEOPLE’S CHOICE GOLD AWARD FOR BEST HARBOR RECREATION/EXCURSION! Check out the new Halibut Derby with Dana Wharf. For information go to or call (949) 496-5794

Every Tuesday is 1/2 price! All local fishing trips and all whale watching cruises are 1/2 price on Tuesdays!

Whale Watching Trips


Day Trips Adults: $45 ~ Seniors (55+)/ Military: $35 ~ Kids (3-12):$25 ~ Kids 2 and under are FREE! 2 Hours. 10am, 12pm, 2pm Join us as we search for whales, dolphin, sea lion and other exciting marine life! All of our cruises are narrated by our expert captains who will educate you on the abundant ocean life on our coast. Trips are all 2 hours long, plenty of time to discover the world that lies beneath! Remember that sightings are guaranteed! If you don’t see A GOOD SHOWING of whales or dolphin, you will get your ticket back and are invited to come out again with us! These “whale checks” never expire.

Orange County Wine Cruise

$49 per person 5:30pm – 7:00pm – This cruise runs Fridays & Sundays

Join us for a 90-minute evening cruise aboard our luxury catamaran through the beautifully lit up Dana Point Harbor. This cruise will feature the lights of beautiful and charming Dana Point Harbor while you enjoy some winter Reds paired with delectable cheeses and crackers, fresh fruit and assorted nuts. Wines are from The Organic Wine Cellar featuring a signature wine by notable and local artist Wyland. Reservations recommended. (949) 496-5794.


Wyland, the renowned environmental artist has teamed up with Dana Wharf to offer the Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures,”Art Lessons in the Wild” program. Passengers learn how marine wildlife inspired Wyland to create some of the best-known paintings and sculptures of our time. Before each Whale Watching 10am excursion on Saturdays, children will get an art lesson from Wyland via video feed. The adventure includes pre-boarding at 9am and each child participating will be entered into a contest to win prizes. Cost is $5 per child plus the cost of the trip. The mission of the Wyland Foundation is to give children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented through public art programs.

Dana Wharf and Wyland also have several other surprises for visitors during the month. Trips will sell out and advance reservations are required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Wyland’s Foundation. For more on the foundation visit

6th Annual Dana Wharf Halibut Derby November 1st, 2013 – April 30th, 2014

Win great cash and prizes in the Dana Wharf Halibut Derby! Last year’s winners received a check for $2,915! For more information, visit

Riviera Snorkeling and Dive Charters

SNORKELING AND SCUBA DIVING ADVENTURES – Snorkeling is fun and easy. Or come joins us beneath the blue sea scuba diving and explore our fascinating reefs. Riviera Dive Charters and Beach City Scuba offers snorkeling and scuba diving aboard The Riviera as well as private costal cruises and Burials at Sea. Not a scuba diver, try a quick resort course and learn to dive. The Riviera is the only dive vessel located in the convenient Dana Point Harbor in South Orange County and is an exceptional way to experience Orange County’s local snorkeling and diving. Our local reefs are covered with lush kelp forests where marine life abounds. If you are diving aboard the Riviera you will enjoy a 2 tank local dive trip exploring the reefs and kelp forests of San Clemente, Laguna Beach and Dana Point. Experience divers may want to explore the beautiful wreck dive, The A.C.E. The Riviera is outfitted to accommodate 30 passengers but we only take 20 divers and snorkelers to maximize your comfort! The Riviera provides tanks, weights, food and drinks. Nitrox is available upon request. Private coastal cruises and burials at sea are available, ask us for our weekday discount. Call Riviera Dive Charters today. Tel. 866.400.3483


THE OC SAILING & EVENTS CENTER The OC Sailing & Events Center says save your quarters and purchase a 2014 Beach & Parks pass. Makes a great gift! The center invites you to check out their classes and sailing opportunities. They are also available for meetings, special functions and weddings. They are located at 34451 Ensenada Place (949) 923-2215 You can take sailing instruction classes for the entire family, or just adults or children as well as boating skills and safety classes, paddle boarding and kayaking classes. Get with the program and join a fitness class jazzercise, body sculpting, yoga and self-defense are all offered.

Check out for their SUP Fitness Classes and Instruction schedule. Right Now they have a special on Buy one SUP Fitness Pass and receive another for FREE for yourself or a friend.

Dana Point Marina Inn

TThe only in Harbor Hotel, The Dana Point Marina Inn is a fantastic place to kick start your New Year. They offer very affordable and competitive rates and have wonderful redecorated rooms and who can beat the view? Restaurants, shopping and activities right at your guests’ fingertips. Give them a call at (949) 496-1203 or visit