Since the dawn of humanity, man has longed to conquer the ocean, which is why the invention of the boat was followed swiftly by the adoption of the high-five. Celebrate man's triumphs with today's Groupon: for $25, you get a Swim with Manatees tour package for one from Native Vacations (a $55 total value), which includes:
Children younger than age 2 may join the tour at no charge.
Native Vacations Coast Guardcertified captains steer cruises over the tides of Kings Bay, a scenic waterway lush with wildlife that provides an educational, up-close investigation of manatees. The three-hour tourswhich begin at either 8 a.m. or 11:30 a.m.start off with a brief video to acquaint landlubbers with the complex system of manners, laws, and holidays among members of manatee society. During a boat ride over Kings Bay, captains spin yarns about manatees while pointing out the dolphins, otters, wild pigs, and bald eagles that frolic on beachfront property. The captain anchors the boat beside a herd of sea cows and helps participants to slip into snorkel gear to swim with the 13-foot, 2,000-pound creatures. Guides lead swimmers and snorkelers of all ages and ability levels through manatee-rich waters, allowing guests to interact with the wildlife. Naturally coy animals, manatees allow humans to take pictures, join in their herds slow-motion synchronized swimming, and even pet their voluptuous flanks.
If a herd is particularly reserved, the tour may extend past its three-hour mark to ensure an optimal experience for all; thus, the 11:30 a.m. tour may leave slightly later than scheduled. Salty sea breezes and freestyle races against manatees may leave cruisers famished, so Native Vacations extends a 10% discount voucher for Cuban food at Cravings Cantina.
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