Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!
Harbor Grill Restaurant
We are happy to announce our newest item, The Dungeness Crab Roll. This savory sandwich boasts of chilled succulent crab, fresh tarragon served on a warm toasted roll, it is absolutely Dungelicious!! Planning a special event this spring? We have room on our garden patio for up to 20 to host a delightful luncheon or dinner here at The Harbor Grill. Please call for more information. We are happy to help make your event a very memorable one! Follow us on Facebook for Monthly Give-Aways and promotions. Reservations recommended 949-240-1416.
The Ocean Institute
Grand Opening of New Ocean-themed Exhibits
Open daily starting May 16. Exciting changes are coming this month! On May 16, the Ocean Institute will celebrate the grand opening of new exhibits that will be open to the public 7 days a week. These hands-on exhibits complete the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center project. Join us the morning of the Grand Opening at the Sea Star Stroll fundraising stroll, ending at the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center and launching the new exhibits. Once open daily, come and explore our renewed courtyard and lobby showcasing the underwater world while participating in fun, family activities designed to indulge your ocean curiosity. Then, visit again on a weekend for a site-wide, immersive journey into the mysteries and excitement of the Pacific Ocean. Click here for complete info.
Ongoing Cruises and Sails
Head to sea on our research vessel Sea Explorer or take a sail aboard the tallship Spirit of Dana Point. Visit www.ocean-institute.org for complete information and to register.
- Dolphin Discovery Cruise – Most weekends in May
- Bioluminescence Night Cruise – May 16; 8pm – 10pm
- Adventure Sail – May 30; 2pm – 4:30pm
Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari
Daily Dolphin and Whale Watching
Gold Medal Winner – Best Whale Watching Dana Point Times Best of Dana Point People’s Choice Awards
Get up close & personal with gray whales, fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and more! This has been our best gray whale season in history, with sightings up over 100% from last year!
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 fudgebrownies 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.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching
DANA WHARF SPORTFISHING & WHALEWATCHING HAS GREAT 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! Check out the new Halibut Derby with Dana Wharf. For information go to www.danawharf.com 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!
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.
$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.
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is excited to include Top Tier Luxury Excursions, A Marine Life Experience in their charter fleet. Top Tier Luxury Excursions offers beautiful private tours of the Dana Point Harbor and beyond – all with a personal touch! They offer 5 packages for parties of varying sizes and desires or we can customize our tours to be anything you desire.
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.
Dana Point Yacht Club
DANA POINT YACHT CLUB is calling all Junior Sailors, novice or advanced. Our Spring and Summer programs are now online and registration is open. We have two week sessions for beginners and six week sessions for advanced sailors. Don’t hesitate …. Sign up now before they are full! Children 7 to 18 welcome. All information is posted in the Juniors page of our DPYC.org website.
Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta®
Dinghy Poker Run & Casino Night – May 30, 2015 – Join in the fun of the afternoon Dinghy Poker Run, the Casino Night including a Texas Hold’em Poker Tournament, or both and help us move towards our $100,000 goal for this year’s Richard Henry Dana Charity Regatta and support youth sailing in Dana Point Harbor. Promote your business, organization, or simply you’re your personal support with a Casino Night Table Sponsorship – $100
Buy Dinghy Poker Run Card Hands – $25 – 4 Hands Gets FREE Casino Night Entry w/$250 Chips
Casino Night Entry w/$250 Chips – $25 – Casino Games, Food, Drinks, Music & Dancing Lots of Prizes
Texas Hold’em Tournament Entry – $75 Enter Early – Limited to 24 Players
Check out WESTWIND SAILING for their SUP Fitness Classes and Instruction schedule and join them for AquaFest May 23 where they will be showcasing all the programs at the OC Sailing & Events Center and giving free sail rides, SUP and kayak clinics. It is also National Safe Boating Week and they will be handing out FREE lifejackets too!
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: DP Destination Guide
OC SAILING & EVENTS CENTER
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 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.
Check out www.westwindsailing.com 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
The only in Harbor Hotel, voted the 2013 Silver Lantern Award for “Best Lodging in Dana Point” offers 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.
Best of Dana Point - Lantern Awards
We are excited to have our businesses again win over 32 Awards in over 25 categories for the Dana Point Times-Best of Dana Point Lantern Awards 2014. For a listing of all the winners please log on to: Best of Dana Point. Congrats to all of the Harbor businesses that were nominated and an additional congrats to all those that won!
Shop Del Prado Campaign and Monthly Contest to Promote Dana Point Lantern District Businesses
The City of Dana Point and Dana Point Chamber launched Shop Del Prado to drive traffic to the 100 plus businesses along Del Prado in Dana Point’s Lantern District. A dedicated website www.dplanterndistrict.com features business profiles and a monthly contest through September 2015.Consumers can receive one entry per every $10 spent at eligible Del Prado businesses and prizes include hotel, retail and restaurant packages valued between $350 – $750 each. Visit www.dplanterndistrict.com for more details.