Whale-watching tours offer intimate glimpses of marine life, a luxury once reserved exclusively for those brave enough to dunk their heads into a lobster tank. Witness a less pinchy natural wonder with this Groupon.
Choose from Six Options
- $79 for a gray-whale-watching tour for two (a $130 value)
- $149 for a gray-whale-watching tour for four (a $260 value)
- $289 for a gray-whale-watching tour for eight (a $520 value)
- $119 for an orca-watching tour for two (a $210 value)
- $229 for an orca-watching tour for four (a $420 value)
- $459 for an orca-watching tour for eight (an $840 value)
Passengers set sail on a 100-foot heated vessel for a whale-watching expedition that boasts a 96% success rate in sighting marine mammals. Gray-whale tours, which last 2.5 to 3 hours, are available March 8–May 18, 2014. Orca tours, which last 5 to 6 hours, are available May 23–October 4, 2014. Whale watchers can choose to watch from either a heated indoor viewing area or a spacious outdoor deck. Coffee and tea are available for purchase on the ship with lunch options available on the Anacortes tour.
Mystic Sea Charters
If there’s a whale breaching on the protected waters of the San Juan Islands and the Salish Sea, there’s a good chance a passenger on Mystic Sea Charters’ 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.