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Dana Wharf Festival of Whales Events and Giveaway – CLOSED


This weekend is the Dana Point Festival of Whales, and we could not think of a better giveaway to host other than one for Whale Watching with Dana Wharf. During the Festival of the Whales, the 8am whale watching cruise with Dana Wharf will only be $15 per person. These tickets sell out fast, so we encourage whale watchers to reserve their tickets soon.


Dana Wharf has been one of my families favorite destinations for whale watching. The large boat serves as a safe and comfortable whale watching experience for my young children. They are able to move around the boat freely without my husband, and I having to worry about their safety. Whale Watching with Dana Wharf is more than just “watching.” The captain on the boat serves as an informative resource to families on the boat helping to get the best view of the whales while teaching about the migration of these beautiful creatures in our waters.

Dana Wharf Festival of Whales Events this weekend are:

2-Hour Whale Watching Cruises
These cruises depart every hour on the hour between 8am – 4pm!
$45 Adults
$35 Seniors/Military
$25 Kids 3-12
2 and under are FREE!
Join us aboard these 2-hour whale watching cruises every hour on the hour! As you view the Gray Whales on their migratory path, our friendly, fun and knowledgable captains will provide you with tons of information about these gentle giants. You’ll have the chance to see dolphin and sea lions! Dana Wharf proudly offers a guarantee that if you don’t have a good showing of whales or dolphin, you’ll receive a “whale check”. You can use your “whale check” ticket ANYTIME in the future to join us on another trip for free!


Special Marine Mammal Lecture & Catamaran Cruise
Lecture – 10:00AM – 11:00AM
Cruise – 11:30AM – 1:30PM
$45 Adults
$35 Kids 3-12
During Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching’s special marine mammal lecture series, scheduled during the Festival of Whales, you are invited to come learn some of the latest breaking news in the marine world. Enjoy a continental breakfast at Harpoon Henry’s as marine biologists and special guests present recent findings on local whales, dolphins and other marine mammals. Following the lecture, join us for a whale watching trip aboard the OCean Adventures Catamaran for those that want to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures.


Marine Mammal Lecture Series Guest Speakers:
March 2 Doug Thompson Gray Whales and San Ignacio Lagoon
March 3 Dennis Kelly Bottlenose Dolphin
March 9 Alisa Schulman-Janiger Killer Whales
March 10 Todd Mansur Gray Whales and local sightings
*The catamaran will also run 1:30pm-3:30pm and 3:30pm-5:30pm!


Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild
10:00am – 10:45am
$5 per child
Learn from one of the masters of marine art by joining us for a dockside presentation and art lesson, 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 and family will receive a Whale Watching trip accompanied by Wyland aboard the Ocean Adventure. 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 will be departing Dana Wharf every hour on the hour during the Festival of Whales.

Free Book Signing and Fun Prizes
Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Stop by Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching for a FREE book signing of “The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don” by Captain Don himself! The first 100 children (10 years old and under) will not only meet Captain Don, get a signature, but have a picture taken too! Captain Don Hansen, the founder of Dana Wharf Sportfishing and Whale Watching and the originator of Southern California whale watching invites you to come down and meet him. Buy a second book and get an opportunity to spin the prize wheel and win fun prizes! Proceeds will be donated to the Gray Whale Foundation.


We are excited to offer one lucky OC Mom Blog reader a set of (4) whale watching tickets with Dana Wharf. We will announce the winner on Wednesday of next week. Enter to win below:

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Disclosure: Ticket giveaway is hosting by Dana Wharf. We were provided with tickets for our family to review Dana Wharf. All facts and information about the Festival of Whales events at Dana Wharf provided via press information. All of our thoughts and opinions are of our own.

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  1. I would take my hubby and the kids. Oh this would be so much fun!

  2. My daughter and my hubby

  3. my hubby & daughter 🙂

  4. My baby girl and my husband! 🙂
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  5. My husband and two kids. It would be the kids first time! How fun!

  6. I would take my husband and two kids!

  7. My kids would LOVE whale watching, especially my 4-year-old who is really into ocean animals!

  8. I would take my hubbie!

  9. I would take my 4-year old. He’d love it.

  10. I would take my nephew! (And his parents. :))

  11. I’d take my nephew (and his parents).

  12. i would take my family in town for a visit.

  13. My hubby and daughters!

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