Charities We Support
The Gulf of Catalina Gray Whale Preservation and Education Foundation
We are a non-profit organization led by scientists, naturalists, and educators whose goal it is to protect our environment and inspire future generations of environmentalists, scientists, and ocean stewards.
Our mission is to create a hands-on opportunity for students to engage with their marine environment. By providing a unique and memorable experience on the water, we inspire students toward ocean stewardship and future involvement in activities that promote environmental awareness and conservation.
Lead Naturalist and School Coordinator – Captain Todd Mansur
In 1992 Captain Todd 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 as a Board Member of the Gray Whale Foundation.
The Dana Point Festival of Whales
Every year, Dana Point hosts the Festival of Whales each March where visitors can explore Dana Point Harbor during the gray whale’s annual winter migratory ritual. Residents and visitors celebrate the migration of gray whales and other marine wildlife with ocean-themed activities and presentations emphasizing education and environmental responsibility. This annual event combines ocean and environmental educational programs with family-friendly, fun activities.
The Dana Point Festival of Whales offers two weekends of outdoor fun in the “Whale Capital of the West.” Locals and destination seekers alike can experience the festival on land or by sea to celebrate the migration of California gray whales as they pass through the ocean waters of Dana Point.
Fish For Life
Fish for Life is a non profit organization headquartered in Southern California with a charter to enhance the lives of special needs individuals by inviting selected groups to enjoy a complimentary half day fishing trip on the sea.
This program is designed to provide love and inspiration to a multitude of special needs people while teaching fishing skills and ministering to the value of life.
The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don
This book “The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don” is the first in a series of entertaining stories. I can only hope it will bring you and your family as much joy as it has me to write. They always say write what you know and I know about the amazing adventures my family has experienced out in the waters of Orange County since the late 1950’s. The story’s main character Captain Don is based on my father Don Hansen, founder of Dana Wharf and originator of Whale Watching in Orance County. This book and series is dedicated to him – a wonderful and generous man!
~ Donna Kalez
About Dana Wharf
Dana Wharf Sportfishing & Whale Watching is dedicated to helping locals and visitors alike enjoy the unique wonders of Dana Point Harbor and the Orange County coastline. The warm waters right out of Dana Point Harbor are flourishing with sea life including whales, dolphins, harbor seals, and California sea lions. Our thriving coastal waters provide bountiful fishing of sand bass, calico bass, halibut, bonito, yellowtail, yellowfin tuna, bluefin tuna, and dorado. Whether you’re looking for boat rentals in Dana Point to enjoy a private boat charter, sailboat or catamaran, coming for an awe-inspiring whale watching cruise or wanting to create memories onboard our sportfishing charters, one thing is for certain: your trip through the beautiful and scenic Orange County coast will be unforgettable. Dana Wharf is conveniently located in Dana Point, Orange County, just south of Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach – about 30 minutes south of Disneyland, an hour south of Los Angeles and an hour north of San Diego.
Proud Partner of the World Cetacean Alliance
The World Cetacean Alliance (WCA) is the world’s largest Partnership working to protect whales, dolphins and porpoises (cetaceans). Partners of the WCA aim to conserve and protect cetaceans and their habitats in the world’s oceans, seas and rivers, to ensure their continued survival.