Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the discovery of the high-five. Fist-bump for humanity with today's Groupon from Atlantis V Charters in Tarpon Springs. Choose between the following options:
- For $23, you get a half-day cruise running 4.5-hours with refreshments for one (a $45.83 value).
- For $39, you get a full-day cruise running 8.5-hours with a box lunch for one (a $79.16 value).
Atlantis's captain guides a 45-foot yacht through the Gulf's green waters surrounding Anclote Key Preserve State Park on a mission to engage youthful minds and hands. Kayaks and snorkels facilitate passengers' aquatic excursions, where they can explore the waters or head to the beach to catch feral volleyballs. An 1887 lighthouse on the southernmost island watches over greenhorn swabbies as they enjoy onboard refreshments such as water, soda, and fresh fruit. Only private boats or ferry services can access the preserve chain, ensuring a semiprivate getaway on which to learn about sailing, commune with nature, or toss a shoebox of old love letters into the watery depths. Harboring a goal of putting 120 kids aged 10 to 17 through a free two-week sailing course, the entire staff and crew of Atlantis work as volunteers to educate through their youth sailing foundation.
Origin Stories: One Terrier and a Pod of Dolphins
Two days before their wedding, Joe (a retired Marine Corps A-10 "warthog" flight instructor) and Annette (an 8th-grade math teacher) decided to turn their personal yacht into an opportunity for families to enjoy low-cost trips along Florida's gulf coast. Since the nonprofit foundation—named after their seven-year-old daughter Atlantis Victoria—first hit the water in mid-2009, the duo has led numerous aquatic voyages, one of which included a pod of 20-plus dolphins that swam alongside the vessel. Joe and Annette spend their free time training their 18-month-old Parson Russell terrier into a top-notch trials dog.
Atlantis V Charters
Atlantis V Charters donates all of its proceeds to the Never Say Never Foundation, which leads free sailing lessons for children. Similarly, the company's captains and crew volunteer their time and refuse payment. Instead, the expert sailors profit from fostering awareness of the ocean's beauty, wildlife, and resources. They welcome passengers aboard a 50-foot classic world-cruising sailing yacht; half- or all-day charters and short sunset tours are available. During these journeys, the captains answer questions and teach passengers about the dolphins that frequently swim alongside the boat. Using a dinghy, the crew also takes passengers around Anclote Island. If weather permits, they view an 1887 lighthouse and discover underwater habitats using snorkeling gear.
To reap nature’s bounty, the company also leads fishing trips aboard a 20-foot Proline fishing boat. With all the necessary bait and tackle, a wildlife instructor teaches beginners the basics of baiting and casting, while helping more experienced fishermen reel in their catches and enjoy the water.