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 deal: for $187, you get a private helicopter tour of Channel Islands Marine Sanctuary (a $375 value) with Channel Islands Helicopters, the only helicopter-based whale-watching outfit in North America. With an exhilarating 20-minute ride in an R-44 helicopter, passengers take in the dramatic shoreline as they search the waters below for breaching humpbacks and pods of blue whales. The tour includes flowers, champagne, or sparkling grape juice and can accommodate up to three whale-watchers—making it a perfect outing for chaperoned dates, Canadian doubles groups, and 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.
- We also enjoyed views of racing sailboats, scuba diving boats and the tall sailing ship Bill of Rights, whose passengers waved up toward the bright yellow aircraft. 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
- 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
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.
1601 W 5th St.
Oxnard, California 93030Get Directions