Wildlife boat tours allow mankind to explore uncharted oceanic worlds, exposing tour-goers to exotic specimens such as the bashful sea dragon, the 3.14-tentacled octo-pi-pus, and the electric funnoodle. Study a high-voltage menagerie with today's Groupon: for $45, you get a one-hour dolphin and sea-lion excursion for two (a $76 value) and a camera (a $15 value) from Snorkeling Catalina, located in Avalon (a $91 total value). Children under the age of 3 are not allowed.
The boating adventure for two sends aqua browsers on a nautical voyage upon an inflatable powerboat to Seal Rock, where a rookery of sea lions regally surveys its salty savannah. As the ballooned vessel floats along the Catalina coastline, passengers can feast their eyes on secluded coves, sandy beaches, and a host of wildlife that may include harbor seals, herons, and American bald eagles. The boat then ventures out to sea to spot frolicking pods of dolphins using a keen eye and dolphin magnets. Snorkeling Catalina staffers equip guests with a camera for snapping shots of aquatic animals, though dolphin photographers will expect a five-mackerel gratuity.
Tours are available daily at 10 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:45 p.m. Light jackets or sweatshirts are recommended.
During Snorkeling Catalina's boat tours, snorkeling trips, and private sightseeing charters, visitors come face-to-fin with marine life. Tour guides lead revelers through shallow and deep waters and pilot inflatable boats offshore so passengers can snap photos of seals and dolphins. Back on land, the full-service snorkeling shop outfits guests with necessary equipment, such as flippers, masks, and underwater ovens for fish who don't like to eat soggy bread crumbs.
107 Pebbly Beach Rd.
Avalon, California 90704