Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!
30th Annual Toshiba Tallships Festival (Sept. 5-7)
Every year a fleet of historically significant sailing vessels comes to join our ships in Dana Point Harbor. They come not only to display their beauty and majesty but also to share with the public a maritime history that is inextricably part of California’s past, a heritage w ework hard to preserve as we educate future generations about our oceans. It is in support of this effort that we assemble these great ships for all to experience.
Experience the sights, smells and sounds of a real working tall ship! Enjoy blasting cannons, towering rigging, bustling decks and the magnificence of canvas full of wind. Work with the crew hauling up sail or simply sit back and enjoy the spectacular demonstration of skill, knowledge and survival.
- Highlights include:
- Tall Ship Deck Tours
- Cap’n Jack’s School for Scallywags (pirate school)
- Parrot Jack’s Pirate Parrot Training Camp
- Radio Disney Los Angeles (Saturday only)
- Performances by the BooHoo Crew
- Live animal tanks, marine exhibits & squid dissections
- Music, hula performances, storytelling & pirate crafts
- Scrimshaw and knot-tying workshops
- Institute of Nautical Archaeology demos
- Naval Historical Education Foundation re-enactments
- Woodcarving exhibits, art shows, & ship models
- Traditional sail raising activities & cannon demos
For adventurers who want to test their sea legs, head to sea on the Sunset Parade Sail or the famous Cannon Battle Cruises (additional fees apply). Visit www.tallshipsfestival.com or call (949) 496-2274 for times, pricing, and reservations.
Directions and Shuttle Service
During the Tall Ships Festival, parking in the harbor area will be very limited and there will be no onsite parking at the Ocean Institute. For your convenience, free parking and shuttle service will be available at: Strands Beach Park at Pacific Coast Highway and Selva Road and also at Dana Hills High School (Golden Lantern & Alcapulco). Please allow ample time to get from the offsite parking lots to the Ocean Institute festival site. Shuttles will run continuously during Festival hours. The last shuttle will leave the Ocean Institute lot 1/2 hour after Cannon Battle Cruise ships return. Official shuttle hours are from 8:30am-9:30pm. Festival begins at 10:00am. Please note there will be no restrooms at these locations. Festival information will be available at many information locations at the festival site.
DANA POINT DESTINATION GUIDE
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
RICHARD HENRY DANA CHARITY REGATTA
Dana Point Yacht Club is proud to present the 16th Annual Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta, a four day event held September 4, 5, 6, 7. This annual event includes many facets of fun on the water!
We have two days of sailboat racing for PHRF classes, Non-Spinnaker classes, and the Audi-Cup One Design Classes. We also sponsor races for Juniors, racing in Naples Sabots, Lasers, and Collegiate Flying Juniors. In addition, there are Stand Up Paddleboard races for men, women and youth. For those interested in pure fun without the work of the SUP or racing, we have a Dinghy Poker Run within the harbor. And if that weren’t enough, we take about 50 Marines from Camp Pendleton on a twilight fishing excursion, compliments of Dana Wharf Sportfishing, Anheuser-Busch, Stuft Pizza, and home baked cookies from the kitchens of two club members.
Sponsors are recognized at a cocktail reception on Friday night, September 5, and there is an event- wide dinner, auction and dancing on Saturday night at the yacht club. Saturday morning there is a Pancake Breakfast, beginning at 8:00. Following the weekend of racing and frivolity, there is a hosted Awards Luncheon on Sunday afternoon. Harbor and area restaurants donate food and beverages for all of these events, and for that we are so grateful! Because of their generous support and the support of our generous sponsoring members, we are able to send many more classes of students from Title One Schools on field trips to the Ocean Institute.
All the proceeds are earmarked for Adopt A Classes at the Ocean Institute.
COASTAL CLEAN UP DAY
UNDERWATER & ON THE WATER CLEANUPS AND CIGARETTE BUTT ROUNDUP EVENT – Sept. 20
OC Dana Point Harbor is preparing for the 30th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day with an underwater cleanup in the morning, along with the annual cigarette butt roundup and new this year, to complement the underwater and landside cleanup, there will be an on-the-water cleanup program administered from kayaks and dinghies. Nearly 40% of all debris items collected on Coastal Clean Up Day in 2013 were cigarette butts – volunteers picked up over 217,000 of them in less than three hours. It was the 25th straight year in which cigarette butts were the most littered item in California; this is most likely because many smokers mistakenly believe they are biodegradable, but are composed of cellulose acetate, a form of plastic and contain over 165 chemicals.
Each event will be serving refreshments and have some great prizes and opportunity drawings. OC Dana Point Harbor is seeking certified volunteer scuba divers to participate in the underwater clean up event. Participants will receive an event t-shirt as well as prizes awarded for unusual items recovered. Aqualung America, Inc., will be awarding a SCUBA regulator valued at $650 to the most unusual item recovered. For more information please go to www.ocdph.com.
The Ocean Institute
OCEAN INSTITUTE is full of memory making opportunities! For information call (949) 496-2274 or online at www.ocean-institute.org. Check out the fun events below and don’t forget to get your ticket for the 10th Annual Laguna Beach Gold Coast Raffle (see below).
It’s Your Money Workshops
Wednesdays; Sept. 10 – Oct. 29; 11:30am – 1:00pm The Ocean Institute is pleased to offer a free series of financial workshops moderated by private fiduciary, Peter C. Kote. The goal is to educate you on ways to plan for your financial future and how to find competent professionals who have your best interests in mind. To register, please email Penny Mangione at email@example.com or call (949) 496-2274 x ext 111.
Teacher Days – September & October; 10am – 12pm Educators are invited to visit Dana Point for an in-depth look at the Ocean Institute. They will have the opportunity to meet members of our Education team, learn about our diverse educational experiences, and tour our facility including the new Maddie James Seaside Learning Center.
- Sat., Sept. 13: Kindergarten – 3rd Grade Programs
- Sat., Sept. 27: 4th – 5th Grade Programs
- Sat., Oct. 11: 6th – 8th Grade Programs
- Sat., Oct. 25: High School – College Programs
To attend, please RSVP by calling Jonathan Witt at (949) 496-2274 x 330. Bring your family for free admission into the facility to enjoy fun, hands-on activities!
10th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle
Thursday, September 18 – Early Bird Deadline
Southern California’s most successful Home Raffle is back! Buy a ticket and secure your chance to win a beautiful Laguna Beach home or $1 million in cash. Tickets are $150 each and a maximum of 21,000 tickets will be sold. Visit www.ocean-institute.org or call (949) 542-3600 for complete information.
* Purchase one ticket by September 18th and qualify for over $84,000 in bonus prizes. ?* Buy two tickets and qualify for $160,000 in bonus prizes! The sooner you get in, the more chances you have to win fabulous prizes including Lexus Hybrid leases, Dream Vacations, Shopping Sprees, & more.?* Buy a ticket and qualify for our Refer a Friend Drawing – Encourage a friend, business associate or family member to buy a ticket and mention your name when they buy. When they win, you win too! 1st prize for you and your friend is a Lexis IS 250 car lease or $7,000 each.
Coastal Cleanup Day
Saturday, September 20; 9am – 12pm Participate in California’s annual Coastal Cleanup Day at the Ocean Institute and receive free admission for the day.
Island FantaSea Luau presented by The Sand Dollar Guild
Sunday, September 28, 2014; 4pm – 8pm Enjoy the beautiful ambiance of the Samueli Center at the Ocean Institute while enjoying….
- Music of the Islands with a Steel Drum Band
- Limbo, Dance Contests and Hula Hoops
- Food from local restaurants featuring island favorites
- Wine and Island Punch For All
- Opportunity Drawings and Silent Auction
Proceeds benefit the Ocean Institute. Cost is $65/person. For more information or tickets call (949) 496-2274 ext 412.
The Harbor Grill
What a wonderful summer we have had so far! A great amount of activity here in the Harbor. How would you like to win a Harbor Grill gift card? It’s easy, join us on Facebook and watch for our Monthly Give-Away. Oyster Thursday is a local favorite, 1/2 dozen Oysters for 9.95. We offer 6 unique preparations to choose from, try one or try them all! Fresh Alaskan Halibut is still in season, enjoy this moist snowy white fish mesquite grilled to perfection while you can. You may view our full menu online www.harborgrill.com. Enjoy the end of the summer here at the Dana Point Harbor and be sure and stop by The Harbor Grill. Reservations: 949-240-1416 www.harborgrill.com
Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari - Whale Watching in Luxury on Capt. Dave’s Newest Catamaran!
Daily Dolphin and Whale Watching
Dana Point has the largest concentration of BLUE WHALES in the world during the summer months! Get up close & personal with the largest animal on earth!
New Video: Watch dolphins go blue whale watching!
Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari will take you on daily trips to see magnificent whales and mega-pods of wild dolphins aboard our high-tech, never-crowded, catamarans. During the safari learn you’ll learn how these animals live from our experienced naturalists. Only aboard our catamaran Manute’a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. On the bow our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets give you a really up-close encounter with the breathtaking animals! And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat! 2 and 1/2 hours. Reservations recommended. Please call 949-488-2828 or reserve online www.dolphinsafari.com
Relive The Dolphin & Whale Adventure!
At WhaleWatchingPhotos.com you can purchase beautiful photographs and photos gifts of dolphins, whales, and other marine wildlife photographs taken during our whale watching trips. We offer a variety of different print options, from 8 x 10 up to 36 x 36, with several mounting options. You can also buy gifts including keepsake boxes, t-shirts, mugs, coasters, tote bags, and more with your favorite dolphin or whale photo! Visit WhaleWatchingPhotos.com
Please call (949) 488-2828 or reserve online at DolphinSafari.com
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching
DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING & WHALEWATCHING HAS GREAT FALL ACTIVITIES FOR INFO CALL (949) 496-5794 X 7 or www.danawharf.com
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!
Every Tuesday is 1/2 price! All local fishing trips and all whale watching cruises are 1/2 price on Tuesdays!
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.
LIVE MUSIC CRUISE! DATE NIGHT!
A complimentary glass of Pride Punch will welcome you aboard! 8pm – 9:30pm every Saturday night through September. Relax as you cruise Dana Point Harbor aboard the 95 ft. Dana Pride featuring upper deck seating as well inside seating in its large galley, making it one of the most comfortable rides on the water. The boat also features a full cash bar including premium wine, beer, and mixed drinks. Sit back, relax and enjoy live music as we cruise through Dana Point Harbor at sunset. $15 per person includes a complimentary glass of our signature PRIDE PUNCH will welcome you aboard! Reserve Today – DANAWHARF.COM 949.496.5794 ext.7
$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 a sampling of wines from The Organic Cellar which promotes organically grown and pesticide-free wines as well as a sample platter of cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts that complement the wines. The 63′ Ocean Adventure catamaran also features a full cash bar if you’d like to purchase some additional beverages. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lights of beautiful and charming Dana Point Harbor This cruise includes: ~ 4 tastes of wine from The Organic Cellar which is a winery that infuses great tastes, health, and fine living. Join us in making our lives a little healthier and a whole lot more delicious.? Cheese/cracker/dried fruit/nut sampler? Wine host Additional wine can be purchased aboard the catamaran.
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 www.rivierayachtcharters.com.
MARINERS YOUTH SAILING PROGRAM
The Mariner Sea Scouts offer a co-ed boating program to youth ages 12-18 designed to allow kids an opportunity to have fun with their friends in boats of all sizes at a very low cost. Recreational sailing and racing opportunities, along with fun weekend trips to Catalina and Channel Islands provide participants an opportunity to become fully competent in handling boats of all sizes. For more info visit www.mariners936.com or check out their Facebook page at Mariners 936 Sea Scouts. Mariner’s in the News
Aventura Sailing Association
THE HISTORIC SCHOONER CURLEW
Curlew Sailing Charters will be having open sails during the Tall Ships Festival. Come aboard this historic Sailing Vessel and sail alongside as the Tallships parade into the Harbor and as they battle it out during the Cannon Battle Cruises. For more information go to http://www.sailcurlew.com.
OC SAILING & EVENTS CENTER
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 www.ocsail.com and www.ocparks.com. 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.
Dana Point Marina Inn
There is always something exciting going on in the Harbor. Why not treat yourself and stay for a day or two! The only in Harbor Hotel, The Dana Point Marina Inn has just been voted the Silver Lantern Award for “Best Lodging in Dana Point”. 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 www.danapointmarinainn.com.