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.
- $96 for a whale-watching cruise for four ($192 value)
Four-hour whale-watching expeditions cruise up to 20 miles out to sea in the attempt to spot humpback, finback, and minke whales. An on-board naturalist guides the cruise and also points out North Atlantic white-sided dolphins, basking sharks, ocean sunfish, sea turtles, and seabirds when they appear. Snacks and beverages are available in the enclosed galley and snack bar, which has a full liquor license, seating, and tables.
The whale-watching season runs from mid-May through mid-October. No matter the time of year, the captain recommends that passengers bring an extra layer of clothing.
Odyssey Whale Watch
Bubbles break the surface of the water as the beast makes its way upward for a breath of fresh air. Suddenly, her back can be seen atop the waves as her spout releases a geyser-like explosion of air and water. From the decks of Odyssey Whale Watch’s vessels, passengers take in sights such as these and further their understanding of the creatures with the help of an on-board naturalist, who identifies humpback, finback, and minke whale species. His job is made all the easier by the cruise ship’s captain, an experienced mariner who has committed to memory the most densely populated feeding areas for Maine’s massive mammalian residents, which often hang out about 20 miles off shore. In addition to whale-watching tours, Odyssey Whale Watch takes passengers out on deep-sea fishing trips to reel in cod, haddock, and mackerel.