Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

Dana Point Harbor 50 Year Time Capsule Celebration

The Dana Point Historical Society invites everyone to attend this 50–year Celebration in the making! Come on down and check out what was put into the Harbor Time Capsule 50 years ago. Please join us for the Free Ceremony with a No-Host BBQ dinner at Dana Point Harbor’s Baby Beach. Fifty years ago on Monday, August 29, 1966, a rock–placing ceremony sponsored by the County of Orange, the Orange County Harbor District and local Organizations marked the start of construction of Dana Point Harbor. The event took place at Doheny State Beach, during which a time capsule was sealed into a rock chosen from those forming the breakwater. The time capsule’s contents will be revealed – exactly 50 years after the signature event. The unveiling Ceremony will begin at 4pm and a welcome address will be made by Supervisor Bartlett with a BBQ dinner available for purchase. Information and to Purchase BBQ tickets Click Here…

Concerts in the Park

Each Sunday thru August 30th, two headlining bands will take the stage each week, 2:30pm – 6:00pm. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the sights and sounds of summer. Enjoy the day and take the DP Summer Trolley ( and check out a new restaurant or shop!

The Harbor Grill

August… the summer is coming to a close? Not for us locals there is still plenty of summer weather to be enjoyed. Relax in the calm after the marvelous summer had by all. Take a seat on our quaint patio with a long sip of Pinot Grigio and a nibble of our Smoked “In House” Halibut appetizer. Oysters anyone? Join us EVERY Oyster Thursday for the freshest most succulent Oysters around. All Oysters 9.95 a 1/2 dozen, you will be hooked. Keep a close eye on us for all specials and current promotions on Facebook and Instagram…did you know we have a Facebook Monthly Give–Away at the end of each month? This could be you! There is a Harbor Grill Gift Card given away each month. Enjoy the last days of summer and we will see you here at The Harbor Grill.

Reservations: 949-240-1416; ,

Westwind Sailing

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

The Women's Sailing Association

The Women’s Sailing Association – Orange County invites you to come to camp, so you can send kids to camp!

Ocean Awareness Challenge will take place in a fun summer camp environment September 9–11, 2016 Emerald Bay, Santa Catalina Island. The OAC has a primary goal, marine education. Whether it’s by listening to our distinguished speakers discuss the status of the ocean as well as threats and solutions via presentations and active hands–on workshops or by snorkeling in a Marine Protected Area, participants will gain an expanded awareness about the condition of our ocean.

It costs $249 to send one child to the MSA camp for three days/two nights of programs, which is equivalent to the cost of two days admission at a local amusement park. During their time at the MSA camp, each camper participates in marine science labs including: Fish Lab Snorkel, Bird Lab Kayak, Invertebrate/Vertebrate Touch Tank Lab, Natural History Hike, Turtle Hurdles Bio–diversity Game, Plastics & Pollution with Solutions Lab, Astronomy, Trust Walk, plus all necessary lab materials (wetsuits, snorkel gear, kayaks, etc.), round–trip ferry transportation, two nights in a tent cabin and six meals are included. Visit or to learn more. Contact: Captain Susie Campbell 949.874.4819

The Ocean Institute

THE OCEAN INSTITUTE is full of memory making opportunities! For information call (949) 496-2274 or online at Check out the fun events below.

Family Science Night: Animal Adventures

Thursday, August 11th; 6pm – 8pm

Join the Ocean Institute and Adventures in Living Science for a night filled with snakes, lizards, and more! Learn about our local terrestrial ecology and maybe pet a snake or two! Cost is $10/person or $35/Family–4–Pack. Click here for more info. and to register.

12th Annual Ocean Institute Laguna Beach Million Dollar Home Raffle

August 18th; 8:00am – Early Bird Deadline!

Purchase tickets for the chance to win a Laguna Beach Home or $1 Million Cash! Ticket sales benefit children’s educational programs. When kids are inspired, everyone wins.

Learn more…

Tall Ships Adventure Sail

August 27th; 2pm – 4:30pm

Set sail aboard the schooner Spirit of Dana Point and experience California from the perspective of an early tallship explorer. Join the crew to help raise sail, handle lines, and steer the ship, or simply sit back, relax and enjoy the majesty of sailing the seas aboard a tallship.

Click here for more info. and to register.

Whale Watching Cruises

Weekends in August (8/13, 8/14, 8/21, 8/27 & 8/28); 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.

Click here for more info and to register.

Ocean Institute Summer Camps

Week–long Day Camps throughout the month of August

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.

Click here for more info and to register.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari

Join us for a chance to get up–close with Magnificent Blue and Humpback Whales! RESERVE NOW: 949–488–2828 or

Daily Dolphin and Whale Watching + Private Charters

Our trips to see dolphins and whales are the highest rated in Orange County on TripAdvisor, Yelp, and Google+.

Captain Dave’s unique catamarans are never crowded with a maximum of 49 passengers. Some of our vessels carry even fewer guests for an intimate whale watching experience.

We are a real Eco-tourism company providing only sustainable wildlife viewing. Your friends and family won’t be watching whales from a fishing boat.

Our knowledgeable marine naturalists explain how these animals live for a fun and educational oceanic adventure that adults and children of all ages will love.

Exclusive Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods! Go underwater, and without getting wet, feel what it’s like to swim with dolphins while aboard our catamaran sailboat Manute’a.

Captain Dave and rescue team members have been recognized worldwide for their conservation and whale rescue efforts.

Mrs. Captain Dave’s famous Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every whale watching trip. Many returning guests tell us they loved the brownies more than the wildlife!

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.

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

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