Moby Dick has been roundly condemned for its gratuitous barnacle descriptions and over-the-top pie fights, but critics still consider it a masterpiece for its sensitive depiction of cetacean adolescence. Let art imitate marine life with today's Groupon: for $187, you get a three-person surf and whale tour from Channel Islands Helicopters (a $375 value), a helicopter whale-watching company in Oxnard.
The surf and whale tour takes passengers on an exhilarating 20-minute ride in a Robinson-44 helicopter, whisking them along the dramatic shoreline as they search the waters below for breaching whales and dolphins. Take in the striking, panoramic views of the Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary from above while examining the serene blue waters for glimpses of majestic humpback, blue, gray, and sperm whales. With a portion of the flight shadowing the shore, flyers will also have the opportunity to gaze upon the sights of Ventura Harbor, Port Hueneme, and other beautiful visuals belonging to California's picturesque coast. The tour can accommodate up to three whale-watchers and includes champagne, sparkling grape juice, or flowers ($25 value) for a sky-borne toast between three amigos or barbershop quartets that can't count.
Family owned and operated, Channel Islands Helicopters supplement climate-controlled choppers and breathtaking vistas with a perfect safety record. Chief Pilot Daniel Casey boasts nearly a decade of helicopter-flying experience, allowing him to smoothly maneuver the cozy airship throughout the tour and effortlessly dip the copter down to let passengers scoop up mini whales with their hands.
- The boats and landmarks on Anacapa, including the historic lighthouse and Arch Rock, looked a little like toy models from high in the air. – Alex Wilson, Ventura County Reporter Online
- We took a tour of the town and beach area then out to a couple of the Channel Islands. The scenery was unbelievable. I swear there must have been 300 dolphins in the pod we saw. – greg p., Yelp, 5/19/10
Channel Islands Helicopters
Helmed by chief pilot Josh Jones, Channel Islands Helicopters soars over the sparkling Pacific during breathtaking tours around Channel Island National Park and Channel Island Marine Sanctuary. Guests load into a luxurious, bright-yellow steed of the sky, zipping out of Oxnard Airport and into the wide skyscape. Floating along a mountain-framed coastline, the sturdy chopper scrapes the clouds as guests peer into the waters below. Depending on the season, whales may frolic in the surf, carousing with sea lions or jubilant dolphin pods that leap out of the waters in hopes of catching a glimpse at the mythical creature known as the whirlybird. Clink glasses of champagne with a loved one or two friends to commemorate a magnificent midair adventure.