Until humankind learns to grow gills and fins again, its ability to aqua-manoeuver is largely limited to boats and blue-whale riding. Take to the water without needing to scrounge up the world's largest mammal with today's Groupon: for $30, you get a one-hour boat rental for up to six people from Sewell's Marina (a $66.60 value) in West Vancouver. This deal includes tax but does not include mandatory insurance coverage for the boat rental ($8.75 for a $300 deductible or $6.75 for a $600 deductible). The last boat of the day is rented out at 6 p.m., and it must be returned by 7 p.m.
Up to six seafarers will board a 17-foot, 60-horse-power watercraft for 60 minutes of breezy boating through the waterways of Howe Sound. Scoot past the harbour-seal hangout of Pam Rocks, the avian abundance of the Christie Islet Migratory Bird Sanctuary, and the sound's numerous other sights. Zip over to Snug Cove for an idyllic escape from big-city living, or forever entrap the soul of the bald eagle soaring overhead with the snare of your camera. Boaters can also sneak in some fishing on their 60-minute cruise, with salmon being a common catch in the waters of Howe Sound. All Sewell's Marina boats are equipped with life jackets and additional safety equipment, with a staff member providing instruction to boaters before they depart the dock. Guests must also bring along a cell phone for contact purposes; if necessary, Sewell's has cell phones available for a nominal fee of $3.50.
Should one hour not satisfy Captain Nemo–esque urges to conquer the waves, Groupon customers can pay for additional time on the boat (subject to availability) at a rate of $63 per hour, plus tax. This Groupon is an ideal Father's Day gift for dads looking to lend credence to their long-doubted stories of youthful days spent on the high seas, battling serpents in the expanse of the Atlantic and serenading mermaids in the pale Pacific moonlight.
Driver of the boat must be at least 21 years old, with a valid photo ID. At least one passenger must speak English. A major credit card or $600 cash deposit must be put down at the time of rental.
Since 1931, more than three million visitors have walked down the docks of Sewell's Marina, stepped into a boat, and floated through the islands and inlets of Howe Sound. The marina's vessels have proffered spectacular glimpses into nature, such as the plunging waters of Shannon Falls and the wild blacksmiths that gallop across Anvil Island Cliffs.
Sewell's Marina's current trips tread the line between education and adventure. Their crews pilot vessels on fishing charters and aquatic thrills such as a Sea Quest scavenger hunts. Sea Safari tours send boats speeding alongside cliffs and into the habitats of seals, bald eagles, and marine birds. Even with boat rentals, Sewell's crew still guides customers, giving dockside instruction on how to operate speedboats and politely ask harbour seals for directions.
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