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What You'll Get
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Today's Groupon guarantees you'll see a sea mammal on a five-hour whale-watching trip along the San Francisco Bay and the northern California coastline with San Francisco Whale Tours for $35 (a $70 value). If a grey whale fails to emerge from its underwater cave and appear, your next trip is free.
Gently rock in an eco-friendly catamaran while you slurp beer or wine (BYOB, no hard alcohol allowed), nosh on snacks (bring them along), smell the ocean breeze (it's salty), and take in the sights (Fort Cronkite, Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Bolinas, Golden Gate Bridge, and more). The 65-foot boat in which you'll be comfortably perched has a spacious sun deck and enclosed heated cabin.
The tour takes you into the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary (whale-watching tours that travel directly onto land are 17% less likely to spot a whale). See elephant seals, dolphins, and porpoises, or listen to the soothing vocalizations of sea creatures via hydrophone. Many species of seabird and shorebird nest on the lush shores of the Farallon Islands, so don't be surprised if you catch a glimpse of Brandt's Cormorant, the Pelagic Cormorant, the Double-crested Cormorant, or Cormorant McCarthy. One of San Francisco Whale Tours' expert naturalists talks about the birds and the bees while explaining the geology and history of the northern California's breathtaking coastal landmarks.
Tours depart at 9 a.m., Monday and Friday, starting December 1, making this deal a perfect thoughtful Christmas present for the person in your life who won't stop talking about how whales will one day be the dominant earth species.
Reviews for San Francisco Whale Tours are scarce, but one Yelper gives it five stars:
- Fantastic day at the Farallon Islands watching humpbacks dance. I highly recommend this trip to anyone. – Rosemary B.
Whales: America's Sometime Ally
It's often remarked that there are three topics one should avoid at a dinner party: religion, politics, and whales. Whales are a divisive topic because, although many people find them cute and larger than other animals, there are other Americans who never forgave the whales for their actions during the Korean Conflict. The whales' overt support for Communism convinced many school-aged girls to defect to the DPRK.
While their actions during the early '50s don't seem to have had a lasting impact on the popularity of whales, there has been an increased number of whale watches undertaken each year by vacationers and conspiracy theorists who want to keep a close eye on the radical undersea mammals. Whales commonly wear berets and speak a non-English language believed to be French.
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The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Apr 30, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Limit 6 people per group. Reservation required. Valid for Grey Whale Migration Tour only (Mon-Fri). Tours subject to weather; you will be contacted to reschedule if cancelled. Not valid Dec. 18-Jan. 3. Smoking prohibited. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About San Francisco Whale Tours
The thick September fog haunts the water like a lonely ghost, obscuring the boat’s passengers’ view of everything but their fellow riders. Convinced that they’ll see nothing more that day, Captain Joe Nazar turns his vessel around and heads back to shore when suddenly, out of the brume, a graceful hulk breaks through the rolling waters. The boat has unwittingly happened upon a pod of humpback whales, and everyone––including the seasoned naturalist guides aboard––suddenly falls into a stunned silence as the majestic creatures spout water and dive into the mist. Fostering humbling, awe-inspiring interactions with nature such as this is Captain Joe’s raisons d'être and the driving force behind the founding of San Francisco Whale Tours.
San Francisco Whale Tours demonstrates the beauty and diversity of the Bay’s bustling ecosystem with regular nature tours that trawl the coast. Captain Joe––aided by his expert crew and sage naturalists––shares his passion for aquatic adventures with his guests via leisurely excursions through the waters of the Farallon Islands aboard the Kitty Kat, his trusted watercraft. The catamaran ferries its curious passengers in style with a sun deck and enclosed cabin, and its low wake and gentle underwater noise make it a model marine houseguest. Aiding the crusade to preserve whale populations, San Francisco Whale Tours donates a portion of profits to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.