Earth’s mammals share certain commonalities, such as a four-chambered heart, cute and cuddly young, and repeated failed attempts to steal flight from the birds. Bond with ocean brethren with this Groupon.
$52 for a Three-Hour Whale-Watching Tour ($105 Value)
Launching daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the three-hour whale-watching tour ferries guests over the Salish Sea, which teems with 90 resident killer whales in addition to small groups of the transient variety. The tour may also grant glimpses of mink, gray, and humpback whales, as well as seals and other marine life. Five Star's prices vary by age.
The Salish Sea hosts one of the largest killer-whale gatherings on the planet. From its three large pods of fish-eating resident orcas to the pods of transient orcas that hunt for larger mammalian game, the Salish's waters often churn with a flurry of activity. Five Star's captains give passengers a glimpse of this underwater entertainment by charting courses through the sea's whale-filled waters atop stable catamarans outfitted with four separate viewing platforms. From these lookouts, guests may spot the black and white behemoths, as well as minke, gray, and humpback whales and other marine life. Between sightings, crews keep parties comfortable within the heated cabin by supplying them with complimentary coffee, hot chocolate, and liquefied Herman Melville novels.