$19 for a Whale-Watching Tour from San Diego Whale Watch (Up to $38 Value)

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A recent survey ranks whales' bellies ahead of safety-deposit boxes and mattresses as the preferred place to store valuables. Experience one of nature's most priceless resources with today's Groupon: for $19, you get a whale-watching tour from San Diego Whale Watch (up to a $38 value).

The marine team at San Diego Whale Watch organizes whale-watching tours, sunset cruises, and private parties on the Privateer, a 149-passenger boat. The approximately three-hour tour takes place 5–9 miles off the coast, where migrating blue whales provide spectator camera fodder by flipping their massive flukes and dining with celebrities at oceanic hot spots. An experienced marine biologist narrates the tour and helps passengers spot San Diego's diverse collection of aquatic wildlife, including minke, pilot, and sperm whales, as well as dolphins, sea lions, and Splash DVDs.

Designed and built for whale watching, the Privateer boasts spacious outdoor decks and an interior viewing area that allows for year-round excursions. Whale-watching tours are held at 10 a.m. Monday–Thursday and at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. If both whales and dolphins fail to make an appearance during the safari, the company’s whale guarantee gives patrons a free pass for another trip, ensuring they have another opportunity to see smooth, glistening mammals without attending a Mr. Universe competition.

During the summer, San Diego Whale Watch offers two tickets for the price of one for the Tuesday tour. This Groupon is not valid with this offer.

San Diego Whale Watch

Though she's only a few decades old, the Privateer has already retired to a warmer climate. In May 2011—after 28 years of ferrying passengers around on whale-watching trips in brisk Massachusetts waters—she made her way down the Atlantic, through the Panama Canal, and to the warm San Diego coast. She hasn't stopped working, however. The Privateer still carries up to 149 passengers across ocean waves during sunset cruises. With her roomy outdoor decks, she makes it easy for people to have unobstructed views of the pink-and-gold horizon kissing the Pacific's azure waters.

Reviews

simply amazing - we saw 11 whales, most multiple times. The crew was great, and the experience will be one I remember for a lifetime.

Connie C., Yelp, 7/12/11

The staff and crew at San Diego Whale watch were enthusiastic, courteous, and knowledgeable.

Shannon M., Yelp, 7/22/11

Tips from Groupon Customers

  • “Took my 10 year old daughter on whale watching expedition July, had a wonderful time! Staff & crew were very friendly & knowledgable. Captain took us to a huge pod...”

    “Took my 10 year old daughter on whale watching expedition July, had a wonderful time! Staff & crew were very friendly & knowledgable. Captain took us to a huge pod of dolphins, and then further in we came close to Several Blue Whales ;-) Great!”

  • “THE TIME OF YEAR DETERMINES THE SUCCESS OF WHALE WATCHING. THE CREW OF THE PRIVATEER ARE VERY EXPERIENCED, INFORMATIVE AND SKILLED AT THE ART OF WHALE WATCHING, BUT...”

    “THE TIME OF YEAR DETERMINES THE SUCCESS OF WHALE WATCHING. THE CREW OF THE PRIVATEER ARE VERY EXPERIENCED, INFORMATIVE AND SKILLED AT THE ART OF WHALE WATCHING, BUT THE WHALE'S SEASONAL MIGRATION DETERMINES HOW MANY AND HOW OFTEN YOU SEE THEM. IT WAS AN EXPERIENCE THAT I ENJOYED.”

  • “Really great experience! I liked sitting on the bottom of the boat on the side near the front. Bring binoculars just in case ;-) ”


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    Mission Bay Park

    1717 Quivira Rd.

    San Diego, California 92109

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In a Nutshell

  • Year-round whale watching
  • Dolphins, sea lions, birds
  • Narrated by marine biologist

The Fine Print

Expires Nov 1st, 2011. Reservation required. 24hr cancellation notice required. Subject to availability. Subject to weather. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.