$54 for an Orca-Whale-Watching Excursion from Island Mariner in Bellingham (Up to $109 Value)

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Rachel M. ·
Reviewed October 1, 2012
It would have been better to go in August, when it was a little warmer. But the captain and crew worked so hard to find us whales! We were all the way out by Victoria before we found them and eventually turned around. I wonder how many miles we went? The on board naturalist was wonderful and the ship was comfortable. Make sure you have warm shoes (my mistake!) in addition to dressing in layers. I hope to go out with them next season and bring a few people along.


Matthew S. ·
Reviewed October 1, 2012
We had a great time with a knowlegable crew. Very blessed to see some many killer whales, that came right up to the boat. Whould highly recomend tour to anyone that has not done it before.


Lawrence R. ·
Reviewed September 30, 2012
This was a very fun trip!! We saw lots of whales and learned alot about the San Juan islands I will recommend to ware layers, bring a snug hat and good sunscreen. Oh and some binoculars! You will see a lot of wildlife in the water, the air, and on land! A good note to mention is that they do serve food on board and it is pretty good too. And bonus is that you can also bring your own food on board as well! If you are sitting up top it gets windy so try to keep you trash contained or it will blow away. And most importantly HAVE FUN AND TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES AND VIDEO!!!

What You'll Get

Schools of whales inspire awe with their majestic size and the way they understand the lyrics to "Louie Louie." Marvel at a versatile beast with this Groupon.

$54 for an Orca-Whale-Watching Excursion (Up to $109 Value)

During the 70- to 90-mile cruise around San Juan Islands––and sometimes the Canadian Gulf Islands––qualified naturalists focus on orca spotting with opportunities to spy gray, humpback, and minke whales. Tours last six to seven hours, and the season ends in October.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. 24hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply. Must use promotional value in 1 visit. Extra fee up to $5 may apply for fuel. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

About Island Mariner

Since 1962, owner and U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captain Terry Buzzard has gotten to know the San Juan Islands and surrounding miles of water pretty well. Having hauled mail for the Post Office, salvaged wrecks, assisted in oil spill cleanups, and ferried passengers throughout the San Juan Islands, he has built quite a resumé of seafaring. This relationship with water isn't so surprising considering he began boating at the age of 3 when he was allowed to pilot a single-horsepower boat by himself with his trained rescue dog, Rusty.

Regardless of the actual job he's performing, Terry is always drawn to whales. By 1978, this fascination lead him to chartering trips specifically for whale watching, especially toward the schools of orca that made the region their home. Looking back, he's pretty certain his boat was the only one in the area at the time dedicated to the thrill of witnessing some of the world's largest and most beautiful animals. Today, the waters are spotted with various boats filled with passengers snapping pictures of the great aquatic beasts and shouting ululations whenever one smacks its enormous tail against the water, takes a playful leap, or belts a Mariah Carey song.

Terry's boat, the 110-foot Island Caper, provides generous sightlines to all passengers via its spacious outdoor deck and ample indoor viewing areas, and is decked out with a 34-speaker sound system. In business for 53 years, Island Mariner Whale Watching's unparalleled time and experience on the water offers cruise-goers an ideal experience, and also employs a seaplane to help spot whales and guide tours. With his chief navigator––a 8-year-old airedale terrier also named Rusty––Terry is right out there amid the excitement, ferrying whale watchers and sharing his life-long passion.

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