People often describe strange sea creatures by comparing them to familiar land animals, giving the name "cows of the sea" to manatees and "yaks of the sea" to kayaks. Encounter marine mammals with this Groupon.
$35 for a Two-Hour Whale-Watching Kayak Tour (Up to $119 Value)
Tours launch daily at 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. to explore whale migration routes from stable, sit-on-top kayaks that are ideal for beginners. The certified guides possess knowledge about the local wildlife and history of the area and mete out anecdotal tidbits that leave tour-goers hungry for more. Last season, OEX La Jolla encountered whales on 80% of its tours, and its groups regularly encounter barking harbor seals and sea lions, curious dolphins, and harmless leopard sharks—proof that a leopard can't change its spots but can exchange its legs for fins.
Rates fluctuate throughout the week.
Kayak and dive shop Everyday California, formerly OEX, wrangles an experienced team of experts to escort patrons on scuba-diving and snorkeling tours. The shop as been lauded by publications including the Chicago Tribune for its exploration of the earth's watery expanses that offer glimpses of marine creatures such as sea turtles, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and cormorants. Kayak tours take paddlers out on a variety of adventures, including destinations such as seven sea caves, the paths of migrating gray whales, and underwater kelp forests. The PADI 5 Star–certified shop also rents out scuba-diving gear suitable for all experience levels, as well as kayaks, snorkel gear, surfboards, paddleboards, and saddles for baby belugas.