Cape May Whale Watch and Research Center

Utsch's Marina

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In a Nutshell

Boats ride up alongside playful dolphins and graceful whales for up-close viewing, and a guide points out marine life and historical sites

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Promotional value expires Nov 13, 2016. Amount paid never expires. Reservation required; subject to availability and weather. Merchant's standard cancellation policy applies (any fees not to exceed Groupon price). Must provide the barcode number located in the center of your Groupon at booking. Limit 4 per person, may buy 4 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must arrive 45-minutes prior to trip to exchange voucher for boarding pass. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Not valid on federal holidays and holiday weekends Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose from Four Options

  • $30 for a two-hour dolphin trip for two ($60 value)
  • $60 for a two-hour dolphin trip for four ($120 value)
  • $52 for a three-hour whale and dolphin trip for two ($80 value)
  • $100 for a three-hour whale and dolphin trip for four ($160 value)

During two- or three-hour tours, experienced captains ferry passengers into the thick of where whales breach and dolphins play for an intimate and exciting viewing experience. As the boat circles the island of Cape May, a knowledgeable naturalist guide helps passengers spot breaching dolphins or whales and alerts them to passing sea birds and other creatures.

Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center

In 2012, after more than two decades studying marine mammals off the New Jersey coast, the founders of the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center welcomed the American Star into port. The whale-watching vessel journeyed more than 8,700 nautical miles from Seward, Alaska to Cape May, allowing the opportunistic research team to expand its private-exploration and public-sightseeing operations.

Today, the Research Center’s captains and guides effectively welcome up to 150 passengers on the opportunistic research team, relaying the basics of wildlife scouting before boogying into Poseidon's ballroom to scope out dolphins, whales, and birds around the island of Cape May. An enclosed, climate-controlled cabin keeps passengers comfortable during misty weather, and multiple, spacious sundecks allow for up-close views of migrating whale pods. On-board sonar, radar, cameras, and GPS capabilities facilitate up-close, unobtrusive sightings of nature in action.

Customer Reviews

This is a great trip. Whether you do the 2 hour, or 3 hour trip. Very knowledgeable staff....professional. Nice boat. I enjoy taking these whale dolphin watching cruises every time I visit Cape May. This groupon is a FABULOUS deal too!!!
TERRY H. · September 21, 2016
Lots of Dolphins. The crew was knowledgeable and friendly. Would definitely go again and recommend.
Michelle N. · September 12, 2016
Great. Experience. Saw plenty of dolphins. Would do it again.
Nanita M. · September 3, 2016

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