Dana Wharf Whale Watching and More
(800) 979-3370 or (800) 590-9994 | www.danawharf.com
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 dolphin 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 $25, Children 2 and under are always FREE.
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!
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 4-6 PM trip are just $25 compared to our usual $45 rate! Check out our schedule and purchase online at http://www.zerve.com/DanaWharf/OceanAdv
March 1, 2, 8, 9
Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip 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 – 12:00 – 12:30 pm. After the clinic Dana Wharf will be running a fishing trip from 12:45 – 5:45, adults are $39 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
Kids Adventure Expo – The 1st annual Kids Adventure Expo will be held in the Dick Simon Yachts parking lot from 10am – 4pm Sunday, March 2. Located adjacent to Harpoon Henry’s Restaurant in the OC Dana Point Harbor, this event is a kid-inspired, cell-free zone! Kids are asked to temporarily exchange their cell phone (or electronic game, iPod, etc.) for a FREE water bottle and FREE meal pass to Chick-Fil-A. Disconnecting from electronics for the event allows kids to re-connect with the ocean adventures right here in the Dana Point Harbor. Attendance is FREE and the event is filled with hands-on demonstrations and exhibits featuring ocean and harbor-related activities like Stand Up Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Sportfishing and Okuma Casting Crew, Whale Watching, scuba diving, snorkeling and more!
A giant slide/obstacle course, bungy jump, miniature golf, and laser tag are just some of the additional activities available for a nominal fee – along with the Kona Ice mobile!
As kids have become more connected to technology and the electric outlets it mandates, they have become disconnected from the natural world. Our goal is to introduce kids to a new ocean sport or passion – away from the electronic games and the TV.
Join us for a day of adventure and discover a new passion.
March 1, 2, 8, 9
Marine Mammal Lecture Series 10-11 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. After the lecture 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 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 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 800.979.3370 or 800.590.9994 for those just attending the lecture the fee is $5 per person. www.danawharf.com
March 1 Dean Gomersall, Pacific Marine Mammal Center, California Sea Lions
March 2 Doug Thompson – Gray Whales
March 8 Alisa Schulman-Janiger – Gray Whale Census and Killer Whales
March 9 Todd Mansur – Gray Whale Migration and Blue Whales
March 1, 2, 8, 9
Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild 10-10:45AM (all new art for 2014) - 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 “Tails of Great Whales” a prize valued of over $1000. Other prizes will be announced soon! 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 adult, trips will be departing Dana Wharf every hour on the hour during the Festival of Whales.