42nd ANNUAL FESTIVAL OF WHALES
DANA WHARF EVENTS
MARCH 2, 3, 9 10, 2013
Dana Wharf is excited to celebrate the 42nd anniversary of the Festival
of Whales. In addition to whale watching, Dana Wharf offers a variety
of other exciting and educational events that are fun for the whole family!
Check out our full list of events below!
for more information!
Back by popular demand The Whale of a Deal on
the 8:00AM whale watching cruise during the Festival of Whales!
All seats are just $15! Hurry, the best deal in
town sells out fast!
Check out our schedule and purchase online!
These cruises depart every hour on the hour between 8am - 4pm!
$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!
Mammal Lecture & Catamaran Cruise
Lecture - 10:00AM - 11:00AM at Harpoon Henry's Restaurant
34555 Golden Lantern St, Dana Point CA 92629
Cruise - 11:30AM - 1:30PM *You must pick up tickets at Dana Wharf*
$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
Buy tickets online here!
Wyland Whale Watching Art Lessons in the Wild
10:00am - 10:45am at Dana Wharf Dock 6 Catamaran
$5 per child *Limit
to the first 30 kids*
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.