Ocean cruises are a luxurious way to relax and see the sights, unlike boarding dolphins equipped with saddles, which usually results in whiplash and water-filled lungs. Cruise the blue in comfort with this Groupon.
$75 for an Island Safari Birding Cruise for two (a $150 value)
Pairs enjoy the North Carolina coastal waterways aboard Island Hopper, a 22-foot cruising skiff. While passengers peruse the scenery, Captain Joe dispenses ornithological knowledge of the attendant waterfowl. The new boat can also navigate the marsh grass to give sightseers a close-up view of birds including gulls, pelicans, american oystercatchers, and black skimmers.
Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours
A Cape Fear naturalist with a master's degree in environmental science and captain's credentials from the United States Coast Guard, Captain Joe Abbate is just the guy to follow into North Carolina's swamps and coastal waterways. Joe and his nautical team at Wrightsville Scenic Beach Tours lead expeditions along the Atlantic coast that range from birding tours to sunset expeditions to excursions in which passengers learn to talk like a pirate from Don Juan Cortez, a swashbuckling historical reenactor. The company's fleet consists of two ships: Shamrock, a 27-foot, motorized catamaran that can carry up to 22 passengers, and Island Hopper a 22-foot skiff that can navigate both the open water and marsh grass.