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Driving Directions

From the Los Angeles area, take the Interstate 5 Fwy. South and exit at Pacific Coast Highway.

From Riverside/San Bernadino area, take the Interstate 91 to the 55 south proceeding to the 5 south exiting at Pacific Coast Highway.

From the San Diego area, take the Interstate 5 Fwy. North exiting at Beach Cities off ramp.

All these exits will take you directly into Dana Point. Take a left at the THIRD signal, Dana Point Harbor Drive. Take your next left at Golden Lantern. Golden Lantern will turn to the left and dead ends into our parking lot.


Parking Permits

Dana Point Harbor has public parking, however, there is a 4 hour limit.  Violation of this limit results in a $45.00 parking ticket. Our fishing patrons are exempt from this limit, but there are a few things you need to know.  There is a new parking lot designated for our fishermen and Dana Wharf Sportfishing employees. This lot is the only place you can park in if you are going out on our boats longer than 4 hours.  In addition to parking in the correct space, you also need a permit displayed on your dashboard with the correct date stamped on it.  You can pick up a permit when you check in at our front counter.  Failure to park correctly and have the permit displayed will result in a ticket.

Private Charters

Our entire fleet is available for private charters for any occasion such as :

  • Private fishing trips
  • Private whale watching cruises
  • Parties
  • Burials at Sea
  • Fundraising event
  • Any reason you choose!
  • Sunset cruises

For charters, please call
(949) 496-5794 or submit the form below:



The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don by Donna Kalez

The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don book


This book “The Amazing Adventures of Captain Don” is the first in a series of entertaining stories I can only hope 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. This book and series is dedicated to him – a wonderful and generous man!

7 kids sitting on bench reading books

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.

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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.