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Friday, January 1, 2010

66. Dolphins & Whales at Dana Point

The first grey whale of the season was spotted on Monday!
Dana Point Harbor boasts a 85% success rate in sighting sea mammals (dolphins and whales). That's not bad for spending 2 hours on a catamaran and $14.50 per person plus $4 Service Fee (tickets are regularly $29 pp). If you are not sure about this, more than 200 people have survived so far and rated this excursion 3 out of 4 stars and another 1,340 reviewers on Zerve.com gave it an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars.

Did you know that Grey Whales swim south to Baja California, passing by Dana Point every year between November through April, while Blue Whales, May through October? The cruises depart daily three times per day, but you can get cheap tickets through Goldstar.com for every weekend this month of January, Fri-Sun at 2 PM. If you prefer weekdays, half-price tickets are available directly through Dana Wharf for Tuesdays throughout the season or on Wednesdays during the last month of the whale watching season, April 2010.

Make sure to be at the dock at least 30 minutes prior to departure. Parking is easy and free for 4 hours. Food and drink are available for sale on the boat. Even though the weather is expected to be partly cloudy and sunny for the next 10 days, make sure to bundle up and wear sunscreen. Don't forget your camera and bring binoculars! Just something cheap and different to do in the OC... outdoorsy and family friendly too!

UPDATE 01/27/10: More dates added for the month of February! Go on Valentine's Day!!

UPDATE 03/11/10: Buy 1/2 price tickets directly on Zerve.com for any Tuesday through April and also on Wednesdays during April at 10 am, Noon, or 2 PM. Zerve's service fee is a little cheaper at $2 per ticket. Dana Wharf guarantees that you will see a whale or come back again for free. Thanks to @DealsDiva for sharing this discount.

UPDATE 03/31/10: This is even a cheaper date! Click HERE for a $15 coupon (regularly $30) for whale watching with Davey's Locker in Newport Beach. Reservation is required, but at least there is no processing fee. Coupon expires May 15th. Say thank you to @SoCalCoupons!

Approximate cost of creative date idea = $18.50 Per Person.
Actual value of the cheap date idea = $58 Total.
Kiss & Tell Date Idea by @GoldstarOC
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