Orange County Business Journal Presents Dana Wharf with Longevity Award

We are proud to announce that our longtime member and friend of the Dana Point Chamber, Dana Wharf has been presented with the Longevity Award at this year’s Orange County Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Award.  The Longevity Award acknowledges Dana Wharf, their dedicated team of expert captains, friendly crew and an excellent support staff, with over 40 years of providing private charters, whale watching and sportfishing.  In addition, Dana Wharf, has been a strong supporter of local charities, non-profits and has worked tirelessly to improve our local community.  From all of us here at the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, Congratulations Dana Wharf!


A Message from the Dana Wharf Whale Watching and Sports Fishing –

Thank you for your continued support of Dana Wharf. After over 42 years in business, our family is pleased to have been nominated for the Orange County Business Journal’s Family Owned Business Awards, 2013.

My Dad, Don Hansen, founded Dana Wharf back in 1971 and was the first business to operate out of Dana Point Harbor. We practice responsible sportfishing, including catch and release. My Dad originated Whale Watching in Orange County and is proud to be exclusively endorsed by the artist Wyland. Our expert Captains are Certified Cetaceans and Naturalists who love to share their knowledge and experience. Many professional researchers, photographers, and naturalists go out with Dana Wharf and we are proud to be their guides.

Through the years, we’ve introduced many adventures, including the annual Dana Point Festival of Whales, Holiday Boat Parade of Lights, Halibut Derby, a variety of themed Harbor Cruises, a Kid’s Club, Santa Boat Rides, Youth Award Certificate program, Wyland Art Lessons in the Wild, Fish for Life and much more. It is a pleasuring sharing the many wonders of our Pacific Ocean with visitors and locals every day.

We know that giving back to the community is both our responsibility and a privilege. My brother Michael and I continue with my Dad’s mission to expose and teach to ensure children have the opportunity to experience and learn about the incredible marine mammals and how important they are to our ecosystem.

Thank You!
Donna Kalez
General Manager


Don Hansen, founder of Dana Wharf accepting the Longevity Award

Don Hansen, founder of Dana Wharf accepting the Longevity Award