Boat captains must master nautical lexicon before sailing the seas to ensure that they can distinguish port, which means left, from starboard, which means launch the vessel into deep space. Count down to a sea launch with today’s Groupon: for $14, you get one adult ticket to either a 90-minute sunset dolphin cruise or a 90-minute ocean dolphin cruise from Vagabond Cruise on Hilton Head Island (a $29.95 value).
The skippers at 43-year-old Vagabond Cruise captain a fleet of seaworthy vessels that carry passengers over crystal-clear waters and treat them to panoramic views of Hilton Head Island. During 90-minute ocean dolphin cruises, the Vagabond crew channels guests through Calibogue Sound to the Atlantic Ocean's borders, as knowledgeable guides spin tales about surrounding locales and landmarks. Keeping an eye out for Atlantic bottleneck dolphins that swim, play, and feed on gentle tides, guests' irises explore Hilton Head Island's notable sights, including Tybee Lighthouse, Daufuskie Island, and the graceful egrets that soar through the Intracoastal Waterway. Alternatively, guests are imported through Lowcountry during 90-minute sunset dolphin cruises. As the sun slowly disappears into a salt-marsh bed, an experienced naturalist and boat captain narrates a tour of the unspoiled estuaries that hide behind Bull Island. As dolphins play in the silent waters below, guests peer out at moonlit Civil War slave quarters, Strahn Mansion, and Haig Point Lighthouse, which lights up a shoreline of ospreys and wood-stork rookeries burying unpaid parking tickets amassed after double parking their nests.
Though Vagabond Cruise sometimes features a discounted price online, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.
Hilton Head Island
149 Lighthouse Rd.
Hilton Head Island, South Carolina 29928