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


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70- to 90-mile whale-watching cruise travels around San Juan Islands, launching from marina about 2 miles from I-5, with free parking

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Promotional value expires Oct 1, 2012. Amount paid never expires. May buy multiple. 24hr cancellation notice or fee up to Groupon price may apply at appointment. Promotional value must be used 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.

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 ($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 begin May 19 and last six to seven hours.

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.

Customer Reviews

It was a great day and we saw whales and they came right beside the boat. Beautiful boat ride and nice sunny fall day.
Sharon H. · August 16, 2013
What it lacks in looks(older boat) it more than makes up for in charm, ease, comfort and wonderful staff. Friendly, helpful, highly knowledgeable, funny and felt like being with family. I loved the experience and look forward to seeing orcas next year with them again!
Bettie B. · September 21, 2012
Amazing and knowledgeable staff!
Amber · September 10, 2012
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