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 today’s Groupon from Desert Belle Cruises in the Tonto National Forest in Mesa. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get two adult tickets (up to a $40 value)
- For $37, you get four adult tickets (up to an $80 value)
Kids’ tickets are $10, and children 4 and younger are free.
Desert Belle Cruises bear-hugs the natural world with narrated cruise tours that slip through the wild wonders of Saguaro Lake according to a brimming schedule. A 143-passenger tour boat propels patrons across the calm depths of the oasis, passing between towering canyons, vast swaths of desert, and holographic waterfalls. For 90 minutes, tour guides highlight exotic flora such as prickly pears and gigantic saguaro cacti, as well as untamed fauna such as mountain lions, bighorn sheep, and coyotes that populate the wild vistas. Falcons and hawks soar above the desert’s blinding sand and tawny rock formations, casting distant shadows that fly away from their owners when photographed.
Desert Belle Cruises' vessel cools excited patrons in an air-conditioned lower deck that provides shelter from the sun’s heat. All passengers are provided with life jackets, which cruisers ages 12 and younger are required to wear in addition to self-adhesive gills.
Bighorn sheep and mountain lions dart between the shadows of craggy lava cliffs as bald eagles swoop from sheer rock faces to wrest fish from Saguaro Lake below. Desert Belle has ferried sightseers through this picturesque lakefront within the Tonto National Forest since 1964, giving them rare glimpses of a thriving ecosystem that's inaccessible by foot or car. As the Desert Belle boat cruises leisurely, guides point out various flora, fauna, and extraterrestrials disguised as Arizona wildlife dotting the landscape. As riders listen to the narration from the shaded upper deck or air-conditioned lower deck, they can visually bask in cactus-studded desert vistas.
14011 N Bush Hwy.
Mesa, Arizona 85215