Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

Harbor Grill Restaurant

Welcome Fall! We have a lot to look forward to here at The Harbor Grill. As always Oyster Thursday is one of our favorite days of the week, fresh succulent OYSTERS for you to enjoy all day long. Our oysters are delivered fresh daily straight from the chilly coast of Northern Washington. Oysters are 9.95 for every 1/2 dozen in 6 unique preparations to satisfy everyone! We are happy to announce that we will be celebrating Dana Point’s Art & Humanity Festivities. Our very own Giselle Hicks will be exhibiting her talents hosted by The Harbor Grill with a Champagne Reception October 17th. Giselle’s work represents a wide range of things from full-scale ceramic tables covered in flowers, to decorative wall tiles, pinched vessels and sculptures. We have some exciting promotions and events around the corner, follow us on Facebook and Instagram to keep yourself in the loop. Serving lunch, dinner and Sunday Champagne breakfast. For reservations 949-240-1416

Aventura Sailing Association

AVENTURA has a lot of fun and informative events and activities going on. For more information, check out their website

The Ocean Institute

11th Annual Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle

Thursday, October 22nd – Final Deadline

Last chance to 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 20,000 tickets will be sold. Purchase one ticket and qualify for the Grand Prize, a Cancun paradise vacation and more! * Buy two tickets and qualify to win a Lexus Hybrid lease, Dream Vacations, South Coast Plaza shopping sprees, & more. Visit or call (949) 542-3600 for complete information.

Spooky Seas Animal Presentations

Saturday, October 24th; 11:30am and 1:30pm

Join us for a special presentation with live animals from “Adventures in Science.” Special guests include spooky spiders and slithering snakes. Visit our Ecology Center Lab between animal presentations to build your very own Vampire Squid Rocket! This program is part of our weekend public program and is included in the price of admission. Members are free!

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 for complete information and to register.

  • Blue Whale Discovery Cruise – Weekends ; 10am – 12:30pm
  • Bioluminescence Night Cruise – October 10th ; 7:30pm – 9:30pm

It’s Your Money Workshops

Wednesdays through Nov. 4th; 1:30pm – 3:00pm

The Ocean Institute is pleased to offer a free series of financial workshops. 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. Click here to view topics and speakers. To register, please contact Penny Mangione at (949) 496-2274 x 111.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Celebrating 20 Years of Dolphin & Whale Watching

Voted #1 Whale Watch in Dana Point Times People’s Choice Awards – Join us in October and save 10%!

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.

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

SAVE 10%!

Please call 949-488-2828 and mention Dana Point Harbor’s October Email Newsletter to receive a 10% discount off our 2 and 1/2-hour Signature Dolphin and Whale Safari in October.

Discount offer is good for 10% off any full fare adult or child ticket for our regular 2 and 1/2-hour Signature Safari through October 31, 2015. This discount may not be combined with any other offers. Discount must be redeemed at time of booking and must be applied over the phone. It is not available to reservations made on our website and no refund for discount will be issued to bookings made online. Discount is not applicable towards private charters and cannot be applied to previous reservations made prior to discount distribution. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash. No rain checks issued if seats are sold out. All sales are final.

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! Visit

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.

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


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.

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

Interested in honing or learning some sailing skills?

Check out the Women’s sailing Association of Orange County. |