Early explorers relied on nature for navigation, deducing cardinal directions from the growth of tree moss, the position of the sun, and the GPS readouts of wild smartphone bushes. Reconnect with nature's wireless signals with this Groupon.
$30 for a Seals and Sea Otter Watch Kayak Tour (Up to $60 Value)
The Seals and Sea Otter Watch by Kayak: Elkhorn Slough guided tour takes groups of up to 20 into the protected waters of the Elkhorn Slough National Marine Estuary. During the trip, participants glide across the water on safe and stable kayaks. Paddlers can snap photos of sea otters and harbor seals while a naturalist narrates the action. Weather conditions can vary, so the guides recommend layering with windbreakers or woolly jackets. Water-resistant shoes and pants made from quick-drying materials can help to keep dry in the face of salty sea spray.
This Groupon is good for tours running on select dates listed here.
Blue Water Ventures
Blue Water Ventures owner and naturalist Kim Powell and her trained staff of naturalists lead adventurous groups on tours of trails and waterways from the East Bay of California to San Jose's Elkhorn Slough, exploring caves, forests, and wildlife-rich areas on the way. On protected Elkhorn Slough, groups of up to 20 make their way on stable kayaks as their attentive tour guides give rich history of the area and point out wildlife including seals and sea otters. In Florida's Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge, groups snorkel and canoe to observe wild west indian manatees and their notorious poker habits.
The company also does specialty tours for school groups that include tide-pooling adventures and trekking through a redwood forest to see some of the country's oldest trees. Tours for women-only groups include private cruises where ladies can spy whales and a variety of seaborne wildlife, including fish, dolphins, and long-lost swim fins.