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.
$44 for a Summer Whale-Watching Tour (Up to $89 Value)
Endangered resident orcas share the Salish Sea with minke, gray, and humpback whales, which passengers view while traveling up to 45 miles per hour on the Island Whaler, a catamaran-style vessel. The staff recommends that customers bundle up with layers and gloves, and they can promise a whale sighting at a later date if none surface on the day of the tour for an extra $5 whale insurance fee. Tours depart at 9:30 a.m. every Saturday between June 23 and October 13 of 2012 in nearly all weather conditions.
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.