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Discover Dana Point: Kayak, Hike and Visit the Ocean Institute

Discover Dana Point: Kayak, Hike and Visit the Ocean Institute
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Last updated: Oct 14, 2020
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What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Face masks provided for travelers
About
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
Welcome to Dana Point – Orange County, the most romantic spot in California! Our tour begins with a coffee and a pastry in the arts district.  We’ll take a quick meander up to the historical Bluff Top Trail for a birds' eye view of the harbor and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean.  Then we're off to pick up our kayaking gear! Your professional and experienced guide will assist you in getting familiar with your kayak and there will also be an opportunity to change clothes before we get out on the water.  We’ll take a jaunt around the harbor and chat about the interesting history and folklore of Dana Point.  After some beach lounging, we’ll then head back to hand over our kayaks and grab a bite to eat by the harbor at one of a favorite local spot, which offers a wide variety of bagels, sandwiches, burgers and salads. After lunch we’ll take a walk over to the Ocean Institute to learn more about local maritime life. The Institute is an education center and maintains two tall ships, the Pilgrim and the Spirit of Dana Point, for your viewing pleasure.  We’ll then make our way up the Headlands and hike the trails that overlook the Pacific, reaching the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, where you’ll discover more fascinating facts about our local wildlife.  After a brief visit to the beach we shall make our way back to the starting point. There will be restrooms along the way on the tour and we strongly recommend that you bring a water bottle to refill and some comfortable walking shoes.  Before you go, don’t forget to ask your local guide for tips on what else there is to see and do during your stay in Orange County.  Please note that this is an active tour and the distance covered on foot is approximately walking distance is about 5 miles (8 kilometers) with approximately 50 yards/ meters elevation gain. The walking is spread out over 6 hours with several breaks.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 5713P88
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
Local English-speaking guide • Lunch • Drink • Kayak rental • Coffee and a pastry • Entrance fee to Ocean Institute
Exclusions
Tips/gratuities for your guide
Duration
6h
Departure details
24292 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
Inclusions
Local English-speaking guide • Lunch • Drink • Kayak rental • Coffee and a pastry • Entrance fee to Ocean Institute
Exclusions
Tips/gratuities for your guide
Departure details
24292 Del Prado Ave, Dana Point, CA 92629, USA
Duration
6h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Comfortable walking shoes and outdoor clothing, swimming clothes for the sea-kayaking activity.
Travelers under 12 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
There is an opportunity to change clothes before the sea kayaking tour. There will be restrooms along the way, but please bring a water bottle to refill and comfortable walking shoes.
We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us at the time of the booking if you have any dietary requests.
Tour is a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
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Anne M
Basking Ridge, NJ18 contributions
Not the trip I signed up for but a rigorous hike
Feb 2020 • Solo
I had booked the kayak, Dana point trip but had to change days to prevent cancellation due to the unavailability of the guide for the day I selected. I enjoyed the walk with Gene who was very knowledgeable but was disappointed to learn we would not get to visit the ocean institute which was part of the original tour.
I was charged for kayaking and admissions that never occurred and was not given the option for a credit for these things I missed due to the change from full day to half day tour by the company. I feel this company should have been more clear as I had to constantly call for meeting time etc. and should have given a credit for those things I thought would be included. I overpaid for this.
If you book with this company make sure you know what you are going to get for your money and cancel if it is not what you intended to see.
Written February 1, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gayle M
Redondo Beach, CA8 contributions
Ms. Gayle
Oct 2019 • Solo
Tour was 100% adjusted to my personal capabilities & limitations! Extraordinary tour guide, Gene,was fascinating, educated re: Dana Point history, entertaining & humorous!!!! I felt like a VIP ( I was also the only person on the tour. Lol 😂)!!!!
Written October 14, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.