Whale watching helps acquaint humans with the only other species known to have watched Waterworld in its entirety. Bond through Kevin Costner love with today's Groupon: for $59, you get a whale-watching tandem kayak tour with beverages for two from Hike Bike Kayak Sports in La Jolla (a $120 value). The tours meet at Hike Bike’s La Jolla Shores shop. Whale-watching season is from December 15 to March 31.
Hike Bike Kayak Sports’ dedicated team of coastal explorers helps patrons maintain healthy adrenaline levels by leading three-hour tandem kayak expeditions in search of the majestic gray whale. Before embarking, guests receive wetsuits, life jackets, paddles, and basic pretrip instructions on how to stay afloat and keep from pulling the plug on Mother Nature's bathtub. After traveling to the beach, guides will help launch seaworthy vessels to ensure a solid start. Oceanic paddlers will get the chance to spy sharks, sea lions, seals, and dolphins as their seasoned guide keeps a close watch. Due to their complex migration patterns and distaste for giving autographs, gray whales may not cross paths with kayakers during the excursion, though the tour is the best way to catch a glimpse of the shore-hugging mammals and listen in on their scathing critiques of Elizabethan literature. After the tour, patrons head back to the shop to trade Ahab-esque tales in front of a wood-burning fireplace while sipping on provided hot chocolate, cider, and tea.
Hike Bike Kayak
Throughout the year, Hike Bike Kayak Inc's expert guides bring out the best in both La Jolla and Mission Bay's scenery as well as those admiring it. The CPR- and first-aid-certified guides equip visitors with gear for safe land and sea adventures. Kayakers and snorkelers in La Jolla's sea caves might catch a glimpse of harmless leopard sharks darting in and out of kelp, and hikers in Torrey Pines State Reserve might spy coyotes playing freeze tag with deers.
The rental agency's civic-minded outdoorsmen consistently model good behavior, whether epitomizing best practices during visits to fragile ecosystems or donating muscle and dollar power to the area's annual Coastal Cleanup Day. An expanding set of programs helps groups to develop teamwork, dog owners bond with their pets, and young scouts earn badges.
What some people are buzzing about:
The employees (from office staff to tour guides) were efficient and friendly.Erica R., Yelp, 7/11/10
Very informative, educational and environmentally conscious. A great way to see the ocean!Ngcd, Google Places, 04/22/11
Tips from Groupon Customers
“They are wonderful, I would send anyone and everyone here! Great people, perfect location...it's all just right! ”
“The instructor was great, very friendly. ”
“Great staff and tons of fun”
La Jolla Shores
2246 Avenida de la Playa
La Jolla, California 92037