Whale-watching tours offer intimate glimpses of marine life, a luxury once reserved exclusively for those brave enough to dunk their heads into a lobster tank. Witness a less pinchy natural wonder with this Groupon.
Choose from Four Options
- $15 for the 10 a.m. Dolphin Watch cruise or the 6 p.m. Sunset Dolphin Watch cruise for one (up to a $30 value)
- $27 for one of the above 10 a.m. or 6 p.m. cruises for two (up to a $60 value)
- $20 for the 1 p.m. Whales, Bird & Dolphins Cruise for one (a $40 value)
- $37 for the above 1 p.m. cruise for two (an $80 value)<p>
The Sunset Dolphin Watch cruise is currently out of season; the cruise will resume again in June 2013. During two- or three-hour tours, experienced captains ferry passengers into the thick of where whales breach and dolphins play for an intimate and exciting viewing experience. As the boat circles the island of Cape May, a knowledgeable naturalist guide helps passengers spot breaching dolphins or whales and keeps guests informed on passing sea birds and other creatures.
Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center
In 2012, after more than two decades studying marine mammals off the New Jersey coast, the founders of the Cape May Whale Watch & Research Center welcomed the American Star into port. The whale-watching vessel journeyed more than 8,700 nautical miles from Seward, Alaska to Cape May, allowing the opportunistic research team to expand its private-exploration and public-sightseeing operations.
Today, the Research Center’s captains and guides effectively welcome up to 150 passengers on the opportunistic research team, relaying the basics of wildlife scouting before boogying into Poseidon's ballroom to scope out dolphins, whales, and birds around the island of Cape May. An enclosed, climate-controlled cabin keeps passengers comfortable during misty weather, and multiple, spacious sundecks allow for up-close views of migrating whale pods. On-board sonar, radar, cameras, and GPS capabilities facilitate up-close, unobtrusive sightings of nature in action.