A recent survey ranks whales' bellies ahead of safety deposit boxes and mattresses as the preferred place to store valuables. Experience one of nature's most priceless resources with today's Groupon: for $15, you get one admission to a whale-watching cruise from Ranger 85 Sportfishing in Oxnard (up to a $30 value).
For more than 30 years, Captain Frank and his crew of nautical naturalists have led intrepid jaunts through the pristine waters of the Santa Barbara Channel and within a short distance of the famed Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in search of the most majestic mammals of the sea. Up to 80 seafaring whale spotters board the Ranger 85 vessel for a three-hour cruise that searches for frequent sightings of an array of whales, including gray, humpback, orca, and pilot. The experience also regularly encounters sea lions, seals, dolphins, myriad birds, and, when the moon is ripe, an occasional Oprah scuba diving in search of safe locales for offshore accounts.
Throughout the expedition, the onboard naturalists will provide narration filled with educational insights into oceanic wonders such as how dolphins use echolocation to save money on their cell-phone plans. For patrons who are wary of basking in the sun's glow for too long, the Ranger 85 features an air-conditioned bunk room and interior cabin.
Ranger 85 offers a two for one discount on Tuesdays that's not available when used with this Groupon.
Channel Islands Whale Watching
Captain Frank has navigated Californian waters for more than 30 years, earning his 100-Ton Captain's license in 1980 and consequently became the youngest person to do so at the time. After working for the next 19 years chartering boats and educating students aboard the Channel Islands Marine Floating Lab, he purchased the 85-foot Ranger 85, the very ship he worked on as a teenager. Along with a sister vessel, the Coral Sea, Captain Frank helms his Ranger 85 to carry visitors on scenic tours around Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary, allowing them to glimpse rare species of animals and stretches of untamed Californian landscapes where there are two distinct ecosystems. On some trips, passengers may even occasionally spot up to five different types of whales. He also embarks on private charters and bookings for groups or special occasions, such as corporate events or graduation parties for the family harbor seal.
4151 S Victoria Ave.
Oxnard, California 93035Get Directions