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While Cape Ann Whale Watch offers no promise of a Geppetto experience, you are guaranteed to catch a glimpse of these majestic beasts’ sleek exteriors, or your next trip is free. For today’s side deal, $25 gets you one ticket to see tons of marine mammals with Cape Ann Whale Watch, a $45 value. Your Groupon is good for the 2010 watching season, making this deal a great holiday gift. To purchase for whale-worshipping friends and loved ones, click "Buy it for a friend!" above.
Located in Gloucester, just 45 minutes outside of Boston, CAWW has served more than 600,000 customers in its 31 years. Seats are filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so call ahead and reserve your seat. Don’t forget a sweater and gym shoes (it gets brisk on the high seas) for your journey aboard the largest and fastest whale-watching vessel north of Boston, the Hurricane II Tour-goers often see humpback, minke, and finback whales, as well as dolphins, which your tour narrator, a member of the Ocean Alliance, will point out.
You’ll spend an hour reaching the whales, an hour whale watching, and an hour heading back to shore, for a total excursion of three to four hours. Patrons describe a whale-watching experience with CAWW as spiritual. Most were overcome by the sublime nature of the whales; a small, paranoid minority wondered what would happen to mankind if whales had legs. Check out a few of the amazing whales seen on previous adventures.
A whale watch makes a great family outing—your kids may even prefer whales to playing Endless Ocean on their Wii. Buy up to 15 Groupons for an entire Boy or Girl Scout Troop to have the ultimate nature trip. A whale watch also makes a great date as the whales' tranquil moans are a far smoother soundtrack than any of the four volumes of Barry White Sings Whale Songs.
Groupon not valid for 1:30 p.m. sailing on Saturdays and Sundays in July and August
TripAdvisors give Cape Ann Whale Watch 4.5 stars.
- In a word: Wonderful! We traveled with Cape Ann Whale Watch on August 18th, 2008. We saw 15 humpback whales, with lots of breaching, tail slapping, and close-to-the-boat views. It was absolutely breath-taking. The boat (Hurricane II) was roomy, comfortable, and clean. The sailing was smooth (despite choppy seas). – remartn, TripAdvisor
- ...we sure got our money's worth! We saw several whales…The crew, by the way, gave great narration of the whales and indicated where they were seeing them around the boat from their lookout. There were four interns on board who walked around with different artifacts and whale information. My nine year old daughters had a great time. – missmybid, TripAdvisor
- Cape Ann Whale Watch is by far the best! After going whale watching in New England for more than a decade, we have found them to be consistently the happiest, hardest-working, and most experienced group of people that we have known. We have tried others, but now go out exclusively with Cape Ann. They are topnotch! – HumpbackWhalewatcher, TripAdvisor
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 15 per person. 2010 season only. Reservations recommended, subject to weather. Not valid for 1:30pm tours on Sat. & Sun., July–Aug. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Cape Ann Whale Watch
Since 1979, the whale-watching pioneers of Cape Ann Whale Watch have escorted more than half a million spectators fascinated by the sea's magnificent leviathans on three- to four-hour treks 15 miles off the Gloucester coast, earning it a spot on the Top 5 American Whale-Watching Tours by Joshua Horwitz, author of War of the Whales. Aboard the lightning-fast 115-foot Hurricane II, passengers can witness the natural grace of humpback whales, finback whales, dolphins, and pirates disguised as mermaids feeding and frolicking just feet from the boat. In the course of the approximately 30-mile circuit, a naturalist from Whale Cetacean Alliance narrates excursions, illumining the sight of each water dweller by discussing why whales breach, how to recognize individual humpbacks, and various feeding styles.