Monthly Happenings Jan03


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Monthly Happenings

Check each month for the latest happenings in the Harbor!


March 1 & 2, 8 & 9, 2014

Two weekends of terrific events including a Parade, Music Series, Art Show & Sale, Pancake Breakfast, Ocean Awareness Day, Rubber Whale Race, Street Faire, Horseshoe Contest, Sand Sculpting and Mobile Marina Mammal Museum, Sailing, Kayaking, Outrigger Canoe and Stand Up Paddle Demonstrations and Competitions, Polynesian Event, Chowder Cook Off, Seashore Interpretive Walk, Historical Walk, Ranger Campfire Nights, Family Outside Movie Night, Grunion 5k Run and closing Concert and BBQ with Wine & Beer Garden other activities. Check out our new Festival of Whales On Line Store and Visit online for a full listing of all activities

The Harbor Grill

We would like to thank all our wonderful Harbor Grill customers and staff for supporting us through the years, March 1st was the 30th Anniversary of The Harbor Grill. We take great pride in fresh quality seafood and superb service. Our extensive menu is centered around fresh fish at its finest and includes everything from delectable raw oysters to mesquite grilled seafood served with inventive sauces made in house. We offer excellent signature cocktails as well as an extensive wine menu. Thank you Dana Point for selecting our restaurant as “Best Overall” in the Dana Point Times. Here is to another 30 years.. CHEERS! Reservations recommended 949-240-1416

The Chocolate Soldier

CHOCOLATE SOLDIER wants to know what’s going into your Easter basket? Don’t be fooled by the generic chocolates that are lurking out there…the Easter Bunny prefers chocolates to be hand made and of the finest ingredients. Put together an amazing basket full of delicious and fantastic candies. The Chocolate Soldier can put together a special and perfect Easter Gift for your special bunnies! (949) 493-4135

The Ocean Institute

Summer Camp Registration Begins

March 17th for Non-Members

Time to start planning for summer! 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. Visit for complete information; camps sell-out, so be sure to register early. Visit for complete information.

Girls in Ocean Science Teen Conference – High School

Saturday, March 15th

Prominent female scientists will inspire girls in a series of hands-on workshops in our labs at sea. Space is limited. Visit for complete info.

Facility Closures

March 15, 22, and 23 The Ocean Institute’s weekend public program will be closed on March 15, 22, and 23 due to special events.

2014 Youth Summit

March 22nd – 23rd

In partnership with the Algalita Marine Research Institute, students will participate in the 2014 Youth Summit at the Ocean Institute. The Ocean Institute’s weekend program will be closed for this special event.

Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Safari - Whale Watching in Luxury on Capt. Dave’s Newest Catamaran!

Luxury Whale Watching on Capt. Dave’s Newest 62-Foot Catamaran Lily, Whale Research/Rescue Safari is a 49-passenger luxury power catamaran with state-of-the-art research and rescue equipment. Enjoy dolphin and whale watching in luxury with a beautifully appointed cabin, climate-controlled pilothouse, shaded upper sundeck, and spacious bow, all with cushioned seating, as well as a fully equipped galley. The sundeck and bow both feature rails enclosed with Lexan® glass for wind protection. Contribute to whale and dolphin research and learn more about the lives of individual animals using our on board ID catalog. Explore beneath the surface with an underwater remote operated vehicle (ROV) that passengers can drive. See and hear dolphins and whales underwater with our hydrophone and underwater camera. A life-size common dolphin, micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts, and stunning photographic art throughout the boat immerse passengers in the world of dolphins and whales. Trips are broadcast live on our website. And Mrs. Capt. Dave’s famous triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat!2 and 1/2 hours. $65 per adult and child. Special trips available on November 2, 9, 16, and 23. For reservations please call (949) 488-2828 or visit

Up Close with the Largest Animals on Earth!

Join Capt. Dave’s Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari to experience magnificent whales and mega-pods of wild dolphins aboard our high-tech, never-crowded, catamarans. Daily, year-round, trips can get up close and personal with these breathtaking animals! Dana Point has five species of dolphins, with some pods numbering in the thousands. Only aboard our catamaran Manute’a can you see dolphins underwater, without getting wet, in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods. Hear below the surface with our research quality hydrophone, too. You’ll learn how these animals live from our experienced naturalists while exploring the micro-museum of whale and dolphin artifacts. Eye-Spy Dolphin Nets give you a really up close encounter! And Mrs. Captain Dave’s yummy triple fudge brownies are served as a special treat on the ride back. Share your whale watching trip LIVE with friends and family back home at Daily trips; 2 and 1/2 hours. $59 per adult, $39 per child (3 to 12). 2 and younger are free. Reservations recommended.

Please call (949) 488-2828 or reserve online at

Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching

Every Tuesday is 1/2 price! All local fishing trips and all whale watching cruises are 1/2 price on Tuesdays!

Gray Whale Watching Trips 

Day Trips Adults: $45 ~ Seniors (55+): $35 ~ Kids (3-12):$25 ~ Kids 2 and under are FREE! 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.

Be sure to join our email club for huge discounts and a special promotion each week! Join here! For more information, visit or call 949.496.5794

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 a sampling of wines from The Organic Cellar which promotes organically grown and pesticide-free wines as well as a sample platter of cheese, crackers, fruits and nuts that complement the wines. The 63′ Ocean Adventure catamaran also features a full cash bar if you’d like to purchase some additional beverages. Sit back, relax and enjoy the lights of beautiful and charming Dana Point Harbor This cruise includes: ~ 4 tastes of wine from The Organic Cellar which is a winery that infuses great tastes, health, and fine living. Join us in making our lives a little healthier and a whole lot more delicious.? Cheese/cracker/dried fruit/nut sampler? Wine host Additional wine can be purchased aboard the catamaran.


Every Saturday from January thru April. Wyland, the renowned environmental artist has teamed up with Dana Wharf to offer the Wyland Dolphin and Whale Adventures, “Art Lessons in the Wild” program. Passengers learn how marine wildlife inspired Wyland to create some of the best-known paintings and sculptures of our time. Before each Whale Watching 10am excursion on Saturdays, children will get an art lesson from Wyland via video feed. The adventure includes pre-boarding at 9am and each child participating will be entered into a contest to win prizes. Cost is $5 per child plus the cost of the trip. The mission of the Wyland Foundation is to give children the tools they need to become more creative, positive, and solution-oriented through public art programs.

6th Annual Dana Wharf Halibut Derby November 1st, 2013 – April 30th, 2014

Win great cash and prizes in the Dana Wharf Halibut Derby! Last year’s winners received a check for $2,915! For more information, visit

Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic Every Sunday 12:00pm – 12:30pm?  Join us every Sunday for our free kid’s fishing clinic! Dana Wharf is proud to offer a dockside experience for young anglers! Ask the experts and learn new fishing techniques, new hook tying secrets, win raffle prizes and so much more! No reservations are needed! Try out your new techniques on the 1/2 day trip departing immediately after the clinic!

Kid’s Fish FREE! Every Sunday?12:45pm – 5:45pm Join us every Sunday (right after our Free Kid’s Fishing Clinic) for our 12:45pm 1/2 Day Fishing Trip and kids fish free! One child will get a free 1/2 Day Fishing Trip (a savings of $25) per paying adult! Rental gear is included for the kids too! A savings of $12!

For our full public fishing schedule, click here!

Riviera Snorkeling and Dive Charters

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. 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 for your spot today. Tel. 866.400.3483


The Mariner Sea Scouts offer a co-ed boating program to youth ages 12-18 designed to allow kids an opportunity to have fun with their friends in boats of all sizes at a very low cost. Recreational sailing and racing opportunities, along with fun weekend trips to Catalina and Channel Islands provide participants an opportunity to become fully competent in handling boats of all sizes. For more info visit or check out their Facebook page at Mariners 936 Sea Scouts. Mariner’s in the News


WESTWIND SAILING invites you to get in on the new sporting/workout craze. Too old or rickety to surf? To challenged regarding wind direction for sailing? Don’t own a kayak? Well Westwind Sailing will get you out on the water in minutes aboard their Stand Up Paddle Boards. Great instruction and state of the art equipment makes up for any lack of expertise you may have…and, in minutes, you will be an expert paddle boarder! They have weekend instruction down at Baby Beach, as well as private and group lessons and a SUP Club. Get fit with the SUP Fitness Training sessions. Check them out at or give them a call at (949) 492-3035. Ask about the 20% Spring Special


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 and 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.


OC COUNTY BEACH PASSES are available for the County’s s wonderful Harbors, Beaches & Parks. It makes a terrific Easter Basket Gift, Birthday or Thank you gift. You can purchase the Annual Day Use Pass at the OC Sailing & Events Center (formerly the Dana Point Youth & Group Facility), 34451 Ensenada Place, Dana Point, (949) 923-2215, or at the OC Dana Point Harbor Office. Check out

Dana Point Marina Inn

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