Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!


Visiting Vessels: Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain

The Ocean Institute will welcome the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, two tall ships from the State of Washington, January 5–17, 2016. The two ships will be open for tours during their stay and are included in the price of admission PLUS a $5.00 donation to the ships.

Tour Schedule: Monday: Closed Tuesday–Friday: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm! Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 and 11:30.

Join the Tall Ships on a Cannon Battle Sail on January 14, 2017 1:00 pm. The Spirit of Dana Point is back in action for an exciting mock cannon battle with visiting ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain. 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.

The Harbor Grill

Happy New Year! We are looking forward to a prosperous 2017! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all our specials and up to date promotions. Think ahead and make reservations for Valentine’s Day! Treat that special person in your life to a wonderful dining experience at The Harbor Grill. Mark your calendars, Thursday Oyster Day at the Harbor Grill! Dine on fresh delicious oysters for 9.95 a half dozen served all day EVERY Thursday! Please call for more details and reservations: 949–240–1416; ,

Westwind Sailing

Check out WESTWIND SAILING for their SUP Fitness Classes and Instruction schedule.

The Ocean Institute

THE OCEAN INSTITUTE has many great activities! For information call (949) 496-2274 or online at Check out the fun events below.

Dolphin Discovery Cruise

January 17, 24, & 31; 10am – 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

Visiting Vessels: Lady Washington & Hawaiian Chieftain

January 5–17, 2017

The Ocean Institute will welcome the Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, two tall ships from the State of Washington, January 5–17, 2016. The two ships will be open for tours during their stay and are included in the price of admission PLUS a $5.00 donation to the ships.

Tour Schedule: Monday: Closed! Tuesday–Friday: 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30! Saturday & Sunday: 10:30 and 11:30

Whale Watching Cruises

January 28 at 9:30 am, February 4, 5, 11, 12, 19, 25, and 26 at 10:00 am

Join Ocean Institute scientists on a Whale Watching Cruise aboard the R/V Sea Explorer to view the whales and dolphins that make the coastal waters of Dana Point their home. Year–round sightings include Fin whales, Minke whales, Bottlenose and Common dolphins. Other marine mammals can be seen during their annual migrations.

Click here for more info and to register.

Tiny Tots: Parent and Me Program

Six week series on Tuesdays at 9:00 am, starting January 17

You and your child are invited to join us for this six–week adventure exploring shapes, colors, textures, and more with everyone’s favorite tidepool animal, the sea star! Each Tuesday session includes exploration, an animal encounter, and an activity. Suitable for ages 2 to 3 years.

Time: 9:00am – 10:15am Drop-in class: $30.00 (6 week series: $150.00 is not available after January 17)


Valentine’s Day is almost here and you can Harbor the Good Life by avoiding the mall and box store madness and SHOP and DINE LOCALLY!

The Harbor shops are not just for tourists and visitors! They actually cater to the local customer. They carry many brands that you see at the mall, plus others that are really unique, affordable and fun. They will give you that long lost personal service that will have you feeling so much better about your shopping experience. Many of our stores offer gift cards and gift wrapping for your shopping convenience. Shop along the waterfront, dine dockside and truly enjoy the harbor experience.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Get Eye–to–Eye with Dana Point’s Amazing Dolphins and Whales!

RESERVE NOW: 949–488–2828 or

Daily Dolphin and Whale Watching + Private Charters

Get up close & personal with gray whales, fin whales, minke whales, and more!

Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari has daily, year–round, trips to see magnificent whales and mega–pods of wild dolphins aboard our high–tech, never–crowded, catamarans. During the safari 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

Relive the Dolphin & Whale Adventure!

At 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!


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! Check out the new Halibut Derby with Dana Wharf. For information go to or call (949) 496-5794

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.

1/2 Day Fishing This 5-hour trip is perfect for families and fish locally off the coast.

Adults – $46; Seniors – $41; Children – $29

2 For 1 Tuesdays

Join us on any Tuesday (all year long) and fish for half price! Valid on 1/2 day and 3/4 day fishing trips and all whale watching cruises. Check our half priced trip schedule and buy tickets now!

COOLEST CLUB OF THE SEA Membership Includes

  • Free 1/2 day Fishing Trip for 1 child and 1 adult (Over $100 Value!)
  • Free 2-Hour Whale Watching Trip
  • Official Kid’s Club Pin & Membership Card
  • Kids Club T-Shirt or Hat
  • 25% off all Merchandise*
  • $10 off all Kids’s Prices on 1/2 & 3/4 day Fishing Trips*
  • $10 off all Kid’s Prices on Whale Watching Excursions

California residents only. The membership takes 7-14 business day to receive in the mail. Not valid for group trips. Please call our charter department for group reservations at (949)496-5794 EXT 11. *Please make reservations once you receive your Kids Club packet. Valid Kids Club Membership and completed Membership Card required. Discounts valid on kid’s price only. Join Today for Only $39 Per Year!

Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip

Sundays at Noon Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts. After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:45, adults are $46 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE when an adult ticket is purchased at $46 (1 free child per paying adult). Extra bonus is the chance of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine life! This trip includes equipment! More information and reservations call Dana Wharf at 949-496-5794.

Riviera Snorkeling and Dive Charters

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. Call Riviera Dive Charters today. Tel. 866.400.3483

The only in Harbor Hotel, The 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

OC Sailing and 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 and 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.