Deception Pass Tours

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Coast Guard–certified Captain Brett explains local history & wildlife from high-speed catamaran during one-hour tours

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Promotional value expires Sep 16, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy multiple as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation recommended. Valid only for 1-hour tour. Admission free for children 3 and under. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with this Groupon.

$12 for a One-Hour Deception Pass Tour (Up to a $25 Value)

Tours depart hourly from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on a high-speed catamaran with views of the rocky landscape and local ecology. Tour-goers also receive a 10% discount at the Deception Pass Tours gift shop. Children age three and under receive free admission.

Deception Pass Tours

The tenure of US Coast Guard–certified Captain Brett as captain of the Island Whaler began as a dream. In the course of nine months, he had a recurring dream about an unusual flatbed boat, which replaced his normal dreams about beating up Napoleon with Horatio Hornblower. More than a year after the visions stopped, Brett discovered his fantasy boat sitting in a parking lot in Anacortes. He now owns that boat and pilots the open-topped Island Whaler through picturesque waters to view the multitudinous wildlife found in and around Deception Pass.

The open deck and low-slung cabin of the seafaring sloop grants easy, panoramic views of the steep, rocky landscape. Captain Brett chimes in against the breeze with educational details about the pass's historical significance, structures, and ecology. Throughout the tours, spritely fauna with unevolved senses of stage fright perform lively, natural ballets as visitors potentially lock eyes with bald eagles, seals, porpoises, gray whales, and Pacific Northwest giant squid.

Customer Reviews

the tour was great in itself and I had been to Deception pass many times to view the bridge but the tour took us on a boat tour with a talk revealing history of bridge and surrounding area. Plus we got great pictures talken of our family taken under the bridge which is a great keepsake for reasonable fee
Susan W. · April 6, 2014
Beautiful scenery; friendly staff; interesting historical & natural info; great idea for out-of-area visitors or locals who aren't familiar with the area. Relaxing!
August 5, 2013
Great Tour. The bald eagle was fantastic to see.
Victor F. · October 1, 2012

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