Dana Wharf Whale Watching and More
March 2, 3, 9, 10
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. Use promo code Fow19 save $10 off all tickets excludes special 8am and 4pm trips. For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online.
8 AM 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
4 PM 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 2.5-hour Whale Watching adventure both weekends at 11:30 AM . Board Dana Wharf’s luxurious 63-foot, state-of-the-art, custom-built OCean Adventures Catamaran or the new 50-foot Lot’ A Fun for a unique adventure Featuring a smooth ride and an incredibly spacious viewing deck, these are the perfect vessels for whale and dolphin watching. 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, pre trip lecture and continental breakfast are $55 for adults, $35 for seniors and children 3–12, and children 2 and under are always FREE! Use promo code Fow19 save $10 off all tickets excludes special 8am and 4pm trips. For reservations call 888-224-0603 or check out our schedule and purchase online.
Drone Demo with Our Marine Life Top-of-Mind 2 PM – 5 PM.
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 drones 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 safely and respectfully in our waters.
Prices $55 for adults, $35 for seniors and children 3–12, and children 2 and under are always FREE! Use promo code Fow19 save $10 off all tickets excludes special 8am and 4pm trips.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). Click here to purchase tickets
March 2, 3, 9, 10
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.
Saturday, March 2 – Lei Lani Stelle, Ph.D. – Blue Whales: 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.
Sunday, March 3 – Alisa Schulman-Janiger – California Orcas/Gray Whale Census: Alisa is from the California Killer Whale Project and the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Cetacean Society. She will be speaking on two topics: the ACS/LA Gray Whale Census and Behavior Project as well as the killer whales that have been seen in California, whales that she has been studying for over 35 years.
Saturday, March 9 – Todd Mansur – Gray Whale Foundation: Todd Mansur was born in Laguna Beach and for the past 32 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. In 1992 he became Dana Wharf Whale Watching’s lead naturalist and conducts all of the pre-excursion in-classroom education for Orange County’s schools. This is also a major role for Todd with the Gray Whale Foundation. Todd is a published author on the topic of marine mammals and does public speaking engagements on the topic. http://www.
Sunday, March 10 – Kirsten Donald – Director of Education, Pacific Marine Mammal Center – Citizen Science: How to get Involved: 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.
Following the lectures, those who want to continue the experience may board Dana Wharf’s luxurious 63-foot, 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! (No senior rate when combined with Marine Mammal Lecture and continental breakfast. Without lecture and breakfast, Senior rate is $35.)
March 2, 9
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 Adventures 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. To purchase tickets please visit www.danawharf.com.
March 3, 10
Kids Free Fishing Clinic and Free Fishing Trip 12 PM (Noon) – 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 PM – 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! For reservations call 888-224-0603 or to purchase tickets please visit www.danawharf.com.