Dana Wharf Whale Watching and More
March 4, 5, 11, 12
The Original 2-Hour Whale Watching Trip
Simply the best – from the originators of whale watching in Orange County and voted #1 five years in a row by Dana Point Times!
Expert captains and certified naturalists narrate each excursion, detailing the whales’ movements through their natural migration path. As the originator of Whale Watching in Orange County, Dana Wharf remains family owned and operated and is exclusively endorsed by world-renowned marine life artist Wyland. Every trip is a new and different adventure, all showcasing the beauty of the Pacific Ocean underwater world right here, off the coast of Dana Point. Kids rock at Dana Wharf and often get to meet the Captain! Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphins or your next trip is FREE!
Excursions depart every hour, on the hour, from 8 AM to 4 PM during the Festival weekends and every trip is approx. 2 hours. Prices: Adults $45, Senior and Military $35, Children 3-12 years $29, Children 2 and under are always FREE. For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online
8am Trip Special – Want a whale of a deal? $15 per person on all 8am trips! Hurry, the best deal in town sells out fast. Regular price is $45 – huge savings! For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online
4pm Sunset Whale Watch Trip – Also take advantage of the wonderful sunsets in Dana Point on our specially priced Sunset Whale Watch trip. Sip cocktails or your favorite wine or beer from our on board bar as you take in the fabulous sunset. All tickets on this 4 PM-6 PM trip are just $29 for adults and seniors and $29 for kids compared to our usual $45 rate for adults and $35 for seniors. (No other discounts accepted on this trip.) For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online
The 2 1/2 Hour Deluxe Catamaran Adventure – Join Dana Wharf on a special 2 1/2 hour Whale Watching adventure both weekends at 11:30 AM and 2 PM. Board Dana Wharf’s luxurious 63 ft, state-of-the-art, custom-built OCean Adventures Catamaran for this unique adventure. Featuring a smooth ride and an incredibly spacious EYE SPY viewing deck, this is the perfect vessel for whale and dolphin watching for those seeking a more intimate, educational trip – not to mention a full-service deli-style galley. Hurry, these trips sell out quickly. Our famous “rain check” for marine mammal sightings guarantee applies to these trips as well. Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphin or your next trip is FREE! Tickets that include the whale watching adventure, lecture and continental breakfast are $55 for adults, $35 for Seniors and Children 3–12, and children 2 and under are always FREE! For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online
Drone and Go Pro Demo with Our Marine Life Top-of-Mind – How do they do it? How do the professionals fly drones safely and respectfully, while keeping the safety of our marine wildlife top-of-mind?
See how they operate Dana Wharf’s GoPros and learn how to get that perfect shot while maintaining a safe distance from whales and other marine wildlife. We will have a 30-minute demo during our 2.5-hour trip that focuses on this new technology that we use daily, to get you up close and personal with the marine life we see off our coast. From the expansive decks of the Ocean Adventures our experts will answer your questions and show you how it is done. This is a great trip for all you techies out there that want to learn more and discover tips on operating your drones and Go Pro safely and respectfully in our waters.
All adult guests will receive a copy of Dana Wharf Whale Watching’s new whale and dolphin DVD, “Sharing the Shores off Dana Point” (a $20 value). Offered every day of the Festival of Whales during our deluxe Whale Watch from 2 PM – 4:30 PM.
Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10 AM-11 AM at Harpoon Henry’s – This special lecture series from 10 am to 11 AM includes continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s. Perfect for those who want a one-on-one educational experience, marine biologists and guests present recent findings on local whales, dolphins and other marine mammals.
Speaker line up:
Date TBD – Lei Lani Stelle, PH.D: Blue Whales
Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Redlands
Her current research is focused on investigating human impacts on marine mammals off Southern California. She incorporates citizen science into her efforts with funding and assistance from Earthwatch volunteers. In addition, she initiated and co-developed Whale mAPP, a collection of GIS-based web and mobile tools, to encourage public reports of animal sightings. With the assistance of students and volunteers, her research group monitors the distribution, behavior, and physiology of populations of all local cetacean and pinniped species.
Date TBD – Doug Thompson author and naturalist: Gray Whales Touching the Mystery
Doug is an accomplished author, ecologist, internationally recognized naturalist, expedition leader, lecturer, award winning filmmaker, photo-journalist and above all, a man at peace with the planet – dedicated to keeping our Earth the best it can be. Doug’s refreshing viewpoint and inspiring lectures are welcomed time and again by universities, corporations, world-class resorts and retreats.
Date TBD – Kirsten Donald Director of Education Pacific Marine Mammal Center: California Sea Lions and Seals
Kirsten Donald is a marine mammal scientist whose career started in 1996. Kirsten earned her Master’s degree in Marine Mammal Science from University of Wales in Bangor, Wales UK. Kirsten has been involved in education and research program development, visitor engagement, animal care and training, marine mammal research and population management analyses, conservation efforts as well as marine mammal stranding and rescue efforts including whales and dolphins, manatees, seals and sea lions.
Date TBD – Captain Todd Mansur: Gray Whales
Captain Todd is the lead naturalist at Dana Wharf Whale Watching and a Captain with over 30 years of experience on the water. He is also a director with the Gray Whale Foundation. Todd was born in Laguna Beach and for the past 30 years has had a career on the ocean. Through a variety of experiences he has had the opportunity to observe hundreds of different marine species, both fish and mammals. At the young and impressionable age of 13 he was the only crew member for a 20 passenger operation that fished during the spring, summer, and fall. During the winter he crewed for a whale watching operation. This early exposure to Mother Ocean had a huge impact on Todd. At 19 he actually purchased his own vessel and has continued to work on the ocean and enjoy its bounty in many ways, and in turn has generously shared his up close and personal knowledge with thousands.
Following the lecture for those that want to continue the lecture experience may Board Dana Wharf’s luxurious 63 ft, state-of-the-art, custom-built OCean Adventures Catamaran for a unique adventure departing at 11:30 for 2.5 hours. Featuring a smooth ride and an incredibly spacious viewing deck, this is the perfect vessel for whale and dolphin watching – not to mention a full-service deli-style galley. Hurry, these trips sell out quickly. Our famous “rain check” for marine mammal sightings guarantee applies to these trips as well. Marine Mammal “rain checks” ensure you see a good show of whales or dolphin or your next trip is FREE! Tickets that include the whale watching, lecture and continental breakfast are $55 for adults, $35 for Seniors and Children 3–12, and children 2 and under are always FREE! For reservations call 800.979.3370 or 800.590.9994 for those just attending the lecture the fee is $5 per person. www.danawharf.com To purchase visit www.danawharf.com.
Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10 AM – 10:45 AM – Dana Wharf and The Wyland Foundation have entered into a partnership to offer the most unique and creative experience on the water. Learn from one of the masters of marine art by joining us for a dockside presentation and art lesson aboard the “Ocean Adventure” Catamaran, via video feed, by renowned environmental artist, Wyland! Guests will learn how Wyland has created some of the most well known marine wildlife paintings and sculptures of our era. Children can enter their art in an end-of-season contest for the most accurate portrayal of marine mammals to be judged by Wyland. The winning child will receive a framed limited edition signed and numbered giclee on paper of “Celebrate The Sun” – Grand Prize Valued at over $3,000. Other prizes will be awarded!
The price for the art lesson is $5 per child, with all proceeds going to the Wyland Foundation. The mission of Wyland’s foundation is to give both children and adults alike, the tools they need to become more creative, positive and solution oriented through art. Whale watching excursions are available at an additional cost, and the children who participate are given a free Whale Watching trip to be used on the same day as the art lesson at any time with a reservation and with a paid $45 adult ticket, trips will be departing Dana Wharf every hour on the hour during the Festival of Whales.
March 5, 12
Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip 12 PM – 12:30 PM – Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites all children to come to their dock side fishing clinic and learn hands on techniques on fishing from the experts. Prizes will be raffled off at the end of the clinic. After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:15 pm, adults are $46 plus license and equipment, children 12 and under fish for FREE. Extra bonus is the chance of spotting whales, dolphins and other marine life! This trip includes equipment! More information and reservations call Dana Wharf 949-496-5794.