Much like their fellow water-dwelling mammal the dolphin, whales breathe with lungs, give birth to live young, and aren't quite sure what to make of the platypus. Investigate an animal that makes sense with today’s Groupon: for $58, you get a whale-watching tour with a photo DVD from Island Divers Hawaii (a $129 value). Whale-watching tours run through April 15.
Island Divers Hawaii leads journeys into the aquatic habitats of humpback whales aboard the 50-foot US Coast Guard–certified Sea Fox. During a two-hour voyage, passengers witness the breaching and water-spewing behaviors of majestic sea mammals alongside marine roommates such as green sea turtles, bottle-nose dolphins, and fish that neglect to vacuum the coral.
Upon locating a whale enclave, guides submerge research hydrophones to pick up the animal's eerily beautiful underwater melodies for broadcast over the onboard stereo system. Following the tour, guests depart clutching a DVD burned with photos, audio, and evidence of mer-people.
Island Divers Hawaii
Though he earned a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California San Diego, Matt Zimmerman decided to pursue his love of the ocean instead of science and move to Oahu. He founded Island Divers Hawaii there as a way to share his enthusiasm for scuba diving as well as the discoveries it can share, from intricate coral to schools of fish locked in a never-ending struggle for tenure. Zimmerman and his knowledgeable staff teach dive courses for curious students and lead boat charters that give divers the chance to test their new skills in pristine waters.