Whale-watching tours offer intimate glimpses of marine life, a luxury once reserved exclusively for those brave enough to dunk their heads into a lobster tank. Witness a less pinchy natural wonder with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $15 for the 10 a.m. Dolphin Watch cruise or the 6 p.m. Sunset Dolphin Watch cruise for one (up to a $30 value)
- $27 for one of the above 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. cruises for two (up to a $60 value)
- $20 for the 1 p.m. Whales, Bird & Dolphins Cruise for one (a $40 value)
- $37 for the above 1 p.m. cruise for two (an $80 value)
The Sunset Dolphin Watch cruise is currently out of season; the cruise will resume again in June 2013.
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 keeps guests informed on passing sea birds and other creatures.
Though Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center sometimes offers a discounted price online, this Groupon is still the best deal available.
The Starlight Fleet
The ships that comprise The Starlight Fleet's squadron of vessels each transport passengers across the waves on a variety of sea adventures. The Starlight ferries fisherman on four-hour excursions to hook sea bass, flounder, croakers and triggerfish, the captain using sonar, GPS, and a knowledge of the currents to identify prime fishing real estate. The Atlantic Star typically serves as a whale-watching vessel and is kitted out with a snack-filled galley and a touch tank filled with horseshoe crabs and other local sea life.
The company even boasts its very own pirate ship, The Dark Star, a custom-designed vessel built by Naval Architect Michael LeMole. It takes passengers on swashbuckling adventures during which they learn what a swash is and how to buckle it, as well as participate in treasure hunts and face painting.
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