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Evening Cruises with Live Music

Dana Wharf Sportfishing in Dana Point offers our Evening Live Music Cruises on Saturdays. The cruise will be aboard the 95-foot Dana Pride which has upper deck seating as well as inside seating in it's large galley, making it one of the most comfortable rides on the water. The boat also features a full bar including wine, beer (domestic and imported), and mixed drinks. This trip cruises the harbor although sometimes the ship may venture outside, going to see the famous Dana Point headlands, weather permitting.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing / Dana Point Harbor
34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point


The Pilgram

The Pilgrim is a full size replica of the hide brig immortalized by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. in his American seafaring classic novel Two Years Before the Mast. Dana said of the Pilgrim, "The vessel I am going on is small, but strong and a remarkably fast sailer having been built for the smuggling trade."

Dana Point Harbor Drive
Phone: 949-496-2274

Ocean Institute

The public can join their scientists aboard the R/V Sea Explorer for an in-depth study of whales, dolphins and sea lions using customized state-of-the-art equipment including plankton nets, grab samplers, video microscopes and the dolphin-cam! Free Marine Mammal Lecture Series 2002 will run January through March.

Dana Point Harbor Drive
Phone: 949-496-2274

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Outdoor Recreation & Activities

Catalina Express
Daily boat departures to Catalina Island from San Pedro, Long Beach and Dana Point.

The adventure begins on board Catalina Express where sitting on an outside upper deck, you can take in ocean breezes or keep your eyes peeled to catch a glimpse of White-sided dolphins. Passengers on board Catalina Express can expect to arrive in Catalina in about an hour, from Long Beach, San Pedro or Dana Point. Catalina Express offers year round service and the convenience of up to 30 round trips daily.

(800) 481-3470

Dana Point Harbor

The Harbor houses 2,500 yachts within its two marinas, inside a one-and-a-half mile jetty. Complete harbor facilities include guest slips, a fuel dock, shipyard, launch ramp, boat rentals, yacht sales, community class instruction for all ages, fishing, windsurfing, jetskiing, kataking, boat charters, two yacht clubs, sailing association, ocean classroom labs, shops, restaurants, picnicking and a baby beach for young swimmers.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing

Dana Wharf Sportfishing has been bringing high quality fishing experiences to residents and anglers of the Dana Point and surrounding areas since 1956. Set in a beautiful and flourishing harbor, Dana Wharf Sportfishing showcases several top of the line vessels. All of the boats ensure total passenger comfort and enhance the fishing experience. Their experienced and family-oriented crew is there to make your fishing experiences as enjoyable and educational as possible - every skill and experience level is welcome, from first timers to seasoned fishermen and whale watchers!

34675 Golden Lantern
Dana Point, CA 92629

Dana Wharf Whale Watching

Our year-round whale watching cruises get our guests up close to watch these magnificent ocean creatures play in our coastal waters. Nov-April we go out looking for the California Grey Whale and May-Oct we go out looking for the magnificent Blue Whale. You'll also get the opportunity to see pods of dolphin (which sometimes number in the thousands) and sea lions. Come witness a variety of ocean mammals in their natural environments. Dana Point is ideally located and is said to be a reference landmark for the Whales by many ocean naturalists. Our captains are very experienced, and will educate you on the whales and dolphins.

Doheny State Beach

Situated next to Dana Point Harbor with easy access to restaurants, Dana Point Marine Life Refuge, swim beach and tide pools. Facilities include, Lifeguards, food & drink, rest rooms, showers, picnic areas, and fire rings. There are 120 tent and RV campsites as well as bike paths, campgrounds, rentals, hiking, surfing and volleyball.

At Dana Harbor, Pacific Coast Highway and Doheny Park Road

Salt Creek Beach Park

Salt Creek is a popular surfing location. A small, offshore reef creates some of the best left swells along the entire shoreline. Swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and tidepool exploration are other beach activities.

34551 Puerto Place

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Captain Dave's Dolphin & Whale Watching Safari
Dana Point Harbor

Captain Dave's specially designed Sailing Catamaran can get you UP CLOSE to wild dolphins and magnificent whales all year round. BE one of the pod and feel what's it's like to swim with dolphins without getting wet in our Eye-to-Eye Underwater Viewing Pods! Hear the animals with our underwater hydrophone, while an experienced marine naturalist shares our collection of marine mammal artifacts and explains how the animals live. Mrs. Captain Dave's yummy Triple Fudge Brownies are served complimentary on every safari. Our high-speed, high-tech, catamaran is never crowded. Your dolphin & whale watching trip is broadcast live on our website! An award winning filmmaker, author, and whale disentangler, Capt. Dave is a leader in ocean wildlife education and conservation. 2 and 1/2 hours daily. Reservations recommended.

Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whalewatching

Offering the best in Sportfishing and Whale Watching. Dana Wharf Sportfishing invites you to discover all they have to offer. Ideally located in the heart of Orange County minutes from the five freeway in Dana Point Harbor. Mutiple yachts, schooners, sailboats to choose from.Special Event Cruises

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