Evolution blessed us with opposable thumbs and four stomachs, but until we develop blowholes, kayaks are as close as we can come to being dolphins. Channel the spirit of the porpoise with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a two-hour guided kayak tour on San Francisco Bay or the Sausalito waterfront from San Francisco Kayak & Adventures (a $100 value). Groupon users must reserve their tours in advance online.
San Francisco Kayak & Adventures guides paddlers on unique, small-group trips, including a sunset paddle and a journey past the seals, pelicans, and herons in Richardson Bay. Adventurers of all levels, from pro paddlers to marine novices, will glide off into the gleaming waters with an experienced guide after taking in technique and safety instruction and climbing into a closed-deck traditional kayak that offers superior warmth and maneuverability. Although this deal is good for one person only, a pair of Groupons can land you in a tandem kayak for two on the romantic Sausalito sunset/moonlight paddle with your significant other, basking among twinkling city lights and safe from aquaphobic werewolves. Alternatively, slip away to dive for home-run balls at McCovey Cove in the shadows of AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.
San Francisco Kayak & Adventures
Seated in your kayak, you're surrounded by cerulean waters that stretch out into the horizon. To your left, the San Francisco skyline looms in the shimmering afternoon sun. You drift by a raucous Giants game, a village of houseboats, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Led through undulating waters by American Canoe Association– and Wilderness First Aid–certified guides, San Francisco Kayak & Adventures' nautical tour groups traverse the San Francisco Bay or Sausalito waterfront during the day, at sunset, and under the light of the full moon. The guides lead their groups through calm costal waters in sturdy, closed-deck tandem kayaks, which keep legs dry and don't require typical Flintstone-style paddling. The guides regale their group with area history while pointing out local marine life. They only shepherd about eight paddlers to keep tours intimate and personal and customize paddling instruction to the ability levels of the group.
Guides also help visitors explore the natural world on land during hiking excursions between redwood trees in Muir Woods, along a coastal trail in the Tennessee Valley, and past ghost-town buildings at China Camp Village. To expand visitors' wilderness exposure, they also lead adventures such as sailing, rock-climbing, cycling in the city, horseback riding on the beach, and sleeping in phone booths.