Monthly Happenings Jan03

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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

Valentine Shopping

VALENTINE’S DAY is just around the corner 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.

Harbor Grill Restaurant

Happy New Year! We have a lot on the calendar for 2016, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for all our specials and promotions. Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, plan ahead and book your reservation, space fills up quickly. Bring your special date in to dine on our cozy patio while listening to live piano music. We will be offering our daily selections of fresh mesquite grilled seafood and prime beef entrees, something for everyone. In the mood for Oysters? Mark your calendars for Oyster Thursday! Enjoy fresh succulent Oysters for $9.95 a 1/2 dozen- 6 tasty preparations to tantalize your palate. Please call for more information. 949-240-1416 www.harborgrill.com

The Ocean Institute

THE 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.

Whale Watching Cruises

January 23, & 30; 10am – 12:30pm

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. In the winter and spring months, guests can spot Gray whales, which make their annual migration to and from Baja California and Alaska. Click here for reservations.

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January 22 & 23, 2016

The facility will be closed due to our Jazz Festival event.

Underwater Parks Day

Saturday, January 16; 10am – 3pm

Celebrate recreation and conservation along Southern California’s coast. Learn about and explore the species, habitats, and resources that make our ocean exceptional. Activities are included with general weekend admission

Ocean Institute Jazz Festival

January 22 & 23, 2016

Performing both nights: Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & Louis Price

Don’t miss the fun this year. Enjoy live jazz and gourmet dining in this intimate setting with an ocean view. Stimulate your taste buds and see jazz sensations Rick Braun, Richard Elliot & Louis Price. The festival benefits the Ocean Institute’s Adopt-A-Class program. For additional information: www.oijazzfestival.com.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Celebrating 20 Years of Dolphin & Whale Watching

Gray Whales are Here!

Join Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari, Orange County’s highest rated whale watching tour, for a chance to get up close and personal with blue whales, fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales and more, plus five species of amazing dolphins including mega-pods that can number in the thousands!

Bring the kids, family, and friends to learn how Dana Point’s magnificent whales and wild dolphins live from our experienced naturalists during Capt. Dave’s daily, year-round, safaris aboard our high-tech, never-crowded, catamarans.

Bring the kids, family, and friends to learn how Dana Point’s magnificent whales and wild dolphins live from our experienced naturalists during Capt. Dave’s daily, year-round, safaris aboard our high-tech, never-crowded, catamarans.

Only aboard our catamaran Manute’a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Capt. Dave’s original catamaran DolphinSafari.com is so close to the water that it’s like viewing dolphins and whales from a kayak. Both boats feature our Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets to give you a really up close encounter! Lily, our luxury power catamaran, features cushioned bow seating, upper deck with wind and sun protection, and a beautifully appointed interior. Our new rigid hull inflatable catamaran, Fast Cat, is turbo charged for fun and with speeds up to 30 knots a small group of up to 12 passengers will spend less time looking for animals and more time enjoying them. And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on all trips! www.dolphinsafari.com

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!

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.

3/4 Day Fishing (we have had extended trips for Tuna make sure you ask when calling )

These 9-hour local, coastal trips are our most popular trip.

Adults – $64; Seniors – $59; Children – $46

If you see a trip that is departing at 5am these are limited load 10 hour trips returning at 3pm. THESE TUNA FISHING TRIPS will be on the DANA PRIDE, SUM FUN or CLEMENTE and will be fishing offshore and will not be anchoring. You will be drifting all day. There are no coupons, groupons or any other discounts available on this trip they price is $85 per person. THE LIMIT OF PASSENGERS IS 60 on the Dana Pride and 40 on the Sum Fun or Clemente. See the notes when you click on buy tickets for boat assignment.

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

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

Twilight Fishing This 4-hour trip fishes locally off the coast in the evenings.

Per Person – $29

All Day Fishing The Fury runs all day trips to Catalina. Trips now Available. 5:00am – 5:00pm

Adults – $75; Seniors/Military – $65; Children – $55

Overnight Fishing Overnight trips with select dates NOW available, for more information on scheduling see calendar or please call (949) 496-5794.

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 www.rivierayachtcharters.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.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.

Interested in honing or learning some sailing skills?

Check out the Women’s sailing Association of Orange County. www.wsaoc.org | info@wsaoc.org