Kayakers, unlike pancakes or depressed turtles, muster the will to get themselves upright when flipped upside down. Float through life with today’s Groupon: for $55, you get a whale-watching kayak tour for two from OEX La Jolla in La Jolla (a $120 value).
OEX La Jolla’s certified wave navigators guide paddlers on kayak tours through the scenic waters of the La Jolla Ecological Preserve. During the two-hour aquatic odyssey, paddlers seated in double kayaks skim several miles of open Pacific waters, hoping to observe gray whales making their annual migration from Alaska to Northern Mexico. Adventurers cruise within a few feet of the gentle gray behemoths as they learn oceanic paddling techniques, navigate waves, and get a slightly closer look at Japan. If whales do not appear, budding mariners can also scan the waters for dolphins, sea lions, and seals as aquatic leaders disperse ecological wisdom, regaling boatswains with historical tidbits and tips for prank calling elusive Krakens. Each tour includes a two-seater kayak and paddles, and whale-watching excursions begin Monday, December 19 and run until Thursday, March 1.
Action water-sports shop Everyday California wrangles an experienced team of experts to escort patrons on kayak, surfing, and snorkeling tours. The shop as been lauded by publications including the Chicago Tribune for its exploration of the earth's watery expanses that offer glimpses of marine creatures such as sea turtles, sea lions, seals, dolphins, and cormorants. Kayak tours take paddlers out on a variety of adventures, including destinations such as seven sea caves, the paths of migrating gray whales, and underwater kelp forests. Everyday California also rents out kayaks, snorkel gear, surfboards, paddleboards, and saddles for baby belugas. With warmer waters this winter customer can experience snorkeling and other water excursions.