Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!

THE CURLEW Champagne Sunset Sail

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm aboard the Historic Schooner Curlew. A 1926 classic, this romantic schooner will introduce you to the luxury & thrill of sailing as it used to be. Experience her your way. Come to relax or try your hand at schooner sailing.

Avid sailor and land lubbers’ alike can choose between helping the crew hoist her 1,700 sq. feet of canvas or kicking back as the professional crew takes you on a magnificent journey under sail. Tickets are $80.00. Includes Champagne and Hors d’oeuvres. For more information;


The coolest water sport to come onto the scene in years, Hydroflying connects you to a jet ski with a 50′ hose which launches into the air like Ironman. Certified instructors will show you everything you need to know to be hovering above water in minutes. Wetsuits, helmets and life jackets are provided free of charge. Hydroflying is guaranteed to provide a thrilling experience you won’t soon forget. Hydroflight Xtreme is located in the Dana Wharf Sportsfishing & Whale Watching office, 34675 Golden Lantern, Dana Point (949) 496-5794 or (714) 330-3429.

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

That very special day in June is right around the corner, Father’s Day! Be sure to plan ahead and book your reservation for June 19th. Join us for Steak & Eggs and Bottomless Beer on Tap! We will be offering this very special meal from 9am–2pm followed by our traditional Dinner Menu. Have you met our newest addition? Harbor Grill Key Lime Pie, the perfect ending to a perfect meal. Our Key Lime Pie is made in house daily. You will love our version of traditional Key Lime Pie, it’s rich and creamy with a puckering taste of Key Lime in a toasted coconut crust topped with homemade fresh whipped cream… SCRUMPTIOUS! Please call the restaurant for more details. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the most up to date specials and promotions. Give us a call! 949–240–1416 Visit:

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 website.

Westwind Sailing

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

The Woody Hut

The Woody Hut is excited to Introduce Hawaiian soaps and lotions made with all natural oils, and no chemicals. Come on in and enjoy the fragrance of Aloha! The Woody Hut, 34493 Golden Lantern, Dana Point (949) 443-1072.

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.

Finding Nemo – Film Screening

Friday, June 17; 5pm – 9pm

Join us for a screening of Disney Pixar’s Finding Nemo. Doors open at 5pm including activities, food trucks, and more; the film starts at 6pm. Bring you blankets and pillows for a fun family night at the Ocean Institute! Cost is $10/person or $30/Family 4–pack. Click here for more info. and to register.

Father’s Day Cruises and Sails

Sunday, June 19

Treat your dad to an exciting voyage at sea! Spaces fill quickly; Click here to register or for more info:

Father’s Day Whale Watching Cruise: 10am – 12:30pm

Father’s Day Adventure At Sea Sail: 10am – 1pm

Father’s Day Afternoon Sail: 2pm – 4:30pm

Ocean Institute Summer Camps

Week–long Day Camps beginning June 20

Sign up your kids for an outdoor adventure that they’ll never forget. They can study marine wildlife in the labs, venture out to sea in search of whales and dolphin, or step back in time to the swashbuckling days of tallship sailors in the 1800s. Register early, camps are selling out very quickly!

Click here for more info and to register.

Enoch Arden Musical Performance

Thursday, June 23; 6:30pm – 9:30pm

Be swept away by an evening of music and storytelling with the magical Richard Strauss setting of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poignant narrative poem, Enoch Arden, for piano and narrator. Join us for the special event performed by Melina Kalomas and Sonya Lee. Click here for more info and to register.

Whale Watching Cruises

Weekends in June; 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.

Waterman's Harbor Restaurant

Look what has arrived at Waterman’s Harbor… Copper River Sockeye!

Come see how Chef Michael J. Doctulero prepares this sweet, buttery fish before it runs out. Available for a limited time and limited quantities. For reservations, please call (949) 764–3474 or email

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