Ocean Institute Whale Watching and More

March 1, 2, 8, 9

Ocean Institute Ocean Institute During the festival weekends, a hands-on journey into the mysterious and fascinating world of whales will allow visitors to explore a variety of fascinating phenomena unique to these magnificent animals. There will be opportunities to examine how they communicate and eat, to see how pollution can affect them, learn how whales are different, and create fun children’s crafts. Join us for exciting activities on the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Additional activities include animal feedings, ROV driving, and tide pool touch tanks. Public hours are listed below. Admission price is $6.50 for adults (13 yrs+) and $4.50 for children (3 -12 yrs); Children 2 and under are free. Members are free.

March 1: Public hours: 9 AM to 3 PM

March 2: Public hours: 9 AM to 2 PM

March 8 & 9: Public hours: 10 AM to 4 PM


March 1, 8

Ocean Institute Whale’s Tale Tallship Sailing Adventure  From “Devil Fish” to “Friendliest Whale,” explore how time and discovery have shaped man’s perception of the magnificent Gray Whale.  Join us for an exciting tallship sailing adventure as you gain new insights into man’s evolving relationship with the ocean and the giants that roam our California Coast. 2 PM to 4:30 PM.  Cost:  Non-members, $40 adults, $23 children 12 & under.  Members, $36 adults, $21 children 12 & under (min. age 4).


March 1, 2, 8, 9

Seashore Interpretive Family Hike  Time TBA based on tides  Guided family tidepool hikes through the Dana Point Marine Protected Area with Ocean Institute naturalists.  Hikes are available on a first come first serve basis. Space is limited.  Sign up at the front desk of the Ocean Institute after admission is paid, no additional charge.  See admission info below.

Ocean Institute Gray Whale Adventure Cruises (949) 496-2274 | www.ocean-institute.org
More than just a whale watch, this cruise introduces participants to whales and many other marine animals using state-of-the-art equipment including satellites, plankton nets, sediment samplers, and video microscopes. Experience these magnificent animals and learn about feeding strategies, migration, and behavior patterns. Cruise times are 2.5 hours long beginning at 10 AM and 1:30 1:00 PM on Festival weekends. Member pricing is $22/adult and $19/child (4 – 12 years old). Non-member pricing is $35/adult and $22/child (4 – 12 years old). Weekend admission to the Institute is included with the cruise ticket purchase.


February 28, March 1, 2

12th Annual Ocean Institute Jazz Festival

Opening night offering a Wine and Appetizer Reception and Concert Performance
Wine Reception: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Concert: 7:30pm – 10:00pm
VIP Tickets: $250 (Includes VIP Reception) Only 48 seats available.
Premier Seating: $125
General Seating: $95

The Premiere Evening at the Ocean Institute featureing a Gala Gourmet Dinner and Jazz Performance. The elegant, intimate affair includes a cocktail reception with passed canapés, and an award-winning, four-course taste extravaganza with wine pairing. The dinner is specially created for this event and prepared by celebrated local chefs from the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort & Spa, Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, Montage Laguna Beach, and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel. The evening also includes connoisseur silent and live auctions.

Gourmet Dinner, Auction and Performance:
Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Silent Auction: 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Performance: 9:00pm – 10:30pm
Dinner Seating: $450

A change of pace offering a relaxed lunch and Encore Performance. This unique experience includes a beer and wine tasting as well as a Bristol Farms gourmet boxed lunch and time for questions with the artists.

Lunch: 3:00pm – 4:00pm
Performance: 4:00pm – 5:30pm
VIP Table of 12:  $1,000 – Front row seating!
Premier Seating: $100
General Seating: $75

All events benefit the children’s educational programs. For more information:  949-496-2274 Ext. 337 or www.oijazzfestival.com