$55 for an Orca Whale Watching Tour from Mystic Sea Charters in Anacortes ($99 Value)


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Mystic Sea escorts up to 60 passengers on orca-sighting cruise through the San Juan Islands, inhabited by about 90 orcas

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Promotional value expires Oct 3, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 9 additional as gifts. Not valid until 5/6/12. 72hr cancellation notice required, fee up to Groupon price may apply if cancelled within 24hrs. $4.51 tax not included, must be paid at boarding. Must present Groupon at boarding for admission. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like movie stars, whales often shy away from the beach for fear of showing up in the tabloids sporting an extra 10 pounds of blubber. Catch a glimpse of these celebs of the sea in their natural hideout with today's Groupon: for $55, you get a five- to six-hour orca whale watching tour from Mystic Sea Charters in Anacortes (a $99 value).

Aboard the coast-guard certified 100-foot vessel the Mystic Sea, captains cruise through the San Juan Islands—inhabited by about 90 orcas—with up to 60 passengers in tow as they hunt for a glimpse of one of the world's most awe-inspiring sea mammals. By swapping information with other whale watching excursions via radio, the crew boasted a 98% success rate in sighting orcas in 2010 and 2011, and a 100% success rate in identifying an orca from a snorkeling sofa. A heated cabin protects bodies from chilly northerly winds, with ample viewing ports both inside and on-deck amplified by the presence of on-board binoculars. Lunch and snacks—both purchasable on-the-go thanks to Frank's Franks foodservice—fuel passengers through hard bouts of horizon watching and keep kids' tummies from grumbling, and games, books, and playing cards occupy tiny idle hands as they attempt to entice their dorsal-finned brethren with a rousing round of Go Fish.

Though Mystic Sea Charters sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.

Mystic Sea Charters

If there’s a whale breaching in the protected waters of the San Juan Islands or Salish Sea, there’s a good chance the passengers on the M/V Mystic Sea’s 100-foot vessel will see the splashy spectacle. The company’s five- to six-hour tours have an impressive track record when it comes to spotting the gargantuan mammals, introducing tour-goers to different species of whale up to 99% of the time. Onboard the ship, a naturalist divulges facts about ocean life as passengers watch for whales from the heated cabin or from the deck, which has 4-foot railings so guests can hold on if whales start singing and dancing to the hit song “Rock the Boat.” The company promises that voyagers will see at least one gray, orca, humpback, or minke whale, depending on the season. If not, they’ll receive a follow-up whale-watching tour for free.

Customer Reviews

The first time I tried this groupon was last year. This was the second time. Both times were wonderful! The captain and shipmate kept us informed as to where we were and how long and pointed out places of interest. The made the whale watching successful for all passengers. I highly recommend this charter! Whales every time!
Audrey M. · January 4, 2013
They were great! We travelled all the way up to Victoria, BC because the captain heard there was a large group of transient orca whales. Upon arrival, there they were - there was even a baby whale! They were very well organized. Food service was also very good. Would highly recommend.
Nancy L. · October 8, 2012
Very nice friendly people! Food service was great and we saw tons of wildlife including orcas and porpoise.
Vanessa D. · October 7, 2012

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