Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

Welcome Pacific Gallery

We welcome a new store to Dana Point Harbor! Pacific Gallery is owned and operated by Dana Point Artists and Residents, Gary and Cami Levin. Their colorful galleries located at Dana Point Harbor and Laguna Beach offer an eclectic assortment of handcrafted artwork including works from over 80 different artists using glass, ceramic, metal, and wood at the two locations. All art is handmade in the USA and many artists are local including their own work. Cami’s “Trees of Love” wall pieces have been the most popular work since their inception. These mixed media creations are made from hand sculpted clay, hand painted and adorned with found objects, and then applied to a painted board canvas and ultimately resin coated to give them a shiny glass-like finish and preserve their beauty for eternity. Gary’s mix of whimsical fused glass hearts, nightlights, cityscapes, and contemporary cheese plate and tree designs are always popular and a great unique gift find. Most of Gary’s fused glass work is created at the Dana Point Harbor gallery so feel free to ask for a demonstration. The gallery offers thousands of choices for the perfect unique gift for every occasion as well as for just treating yourself. Come and visit Pacific Gallery for an inspiring afternoon of shopping. Located at 34511 Golden Lantern St., Dana Point, CA (949) 388-7959

Harbor Grill Restaurant

Welcome April! Spring is the perfect time to join us for lunch on our cozy patio or indoors and observe the chefs work their magic on our Mesquite Grill. We are excited to announce our newest creation, Homemade Key Lime Pie. No need to travel to Key West to enjoy a slice of heavenly pie, it’s right here at The Harbor Grill. Planning a luncheon, birthday gathering or festive baby shower? The Harbor Grill is the perfect place to host an intimate party for all your guests to remember. Call the restaurant for more information. 949-240-1416. THANK YOU DANA POINT for voting us The Best Overall Restaurant in The Dana Point Times! It is our mission to serve the freshest seafood, with consistent service, product and fine spirits. Visit:

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.

Bioluminescence Night Cruise

Saturday, April 9; 8pm – 10pm

Come aboard the R/V Sea Explorer at night to encounter bioluminescent plankton. Learn about the remarkable ability of some marine animals to glow in the dark and witness this curiously beautiful phenomenon. Click here for more info and to register.

Adventure Sail

Saturday, April 16; 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.

Bridal Open House

Sunday, April 17; 11am – 3pm

Are you planning a wedding in the near future? Join us to meet some of Orange County’s finest caterers and wedding vendors and see first-hand why the Ocean Institute was voted Best Wedding / Special Event Venue by the Dana Point Times People’s Choice Awards. This is a free event. Click here for more info.

Earth Day

Sat. – Sun., April 23 – 24; 10am – 3pm

Celebrate Earth Day with the Ocean Institute! Activities include native plant garden tours, build your own butterfly garden, “Lily Lab” flower dissection and special presentations. Join us at 9am on April 23 for a special Earth Day Coastal Clean-up. Activities are included with general weekend admission. Click here for more info.

Whale Watching Cruises

Weekends in April; 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.

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 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!

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! 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.

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.

Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild and Contest!

The Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” program begins January 30, 2016, and continues Saturdays through April 30, 2016. Passengers will learn how marine wildlife continues to inspire Wyland to create some of the most well-known art pieces of our time, while children will receive an art lesson from Wyland himself via a video feed. The adventure includes a whale watching art lesson at 9am and each child participating will be entered into a contest to win prizes as well as receive a gift from Wyland just for entering. Children ages 3-12, who take the art lesson aboard the Dana Pride (with a $5 donation) will attend a free whale watching trip at the end of the session departing at 10 am. All art submissions will be judged by Wyland himself (in three age categories, 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12), with multiple winners and a grand prize winner. The grand prize is a limited edition Wyland giclee on canvas titled “The First Breath” valued at close to $2800. Book here

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 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

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