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Whale watching with SeaSalt Charters

Whale watching with SeaSalt Charters

Humpback Whale

Humpback Whale ~ Drawing courtesy Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown

Whales are abundant in waters close to Provincetown

Whales are abundant in waters close to Provincetown

Right Whale

Right Whale ~ Drawing courtesy Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown

WHALES PLAYED AN IMPORTANT PART in Provincetown’s economy in the 19th century and this tradition is carried on today as thousands of whalewatchers depart from Provincetown each year to observe, rather than kill, these now endangered mammals in their natural habitat.

Whale watching as a science and tourist attraction started on the East coast in 1975 when scientist Stormy Mayo from the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies teamed up with charter fishing boat Captain Al Avellar to observe and study the three species of whales which are found in the waters around Provincetown: the fin, humpback, and right whale.

Fin and humpbacks are regularly seen from April to October, and scientists have discovered that Cape Cod Bay is an important breeding ground for the extremely rare North Atlantic right whale.

The spring and fall are excellent times to go whalewatching in addition to taking advantage of the restful off-season ambiance of Provincetown. All whale watching boats leave Provincetown from MacMillan and Fisherman’s Wharf in the town center (see map below). Summer is a great time to whalewatch, too! Arrive early to ensure a parking space.

Everybody love watching whales!

Everybody love watching whales!

Whale watching boats leave from MacMillan Pier and Fisherman's Wharf

Whale watching boats leave from MacMillan Pier and Fisherman's Wharf

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Dolphin Fleet started whale watching on the East Coast in 1975 taking passengers of all ages to see magnificent whales. Today all trips are designed to enhance awareness of whales, marine life and habitat that surrounds Cape Cod. We have highly trained Captains and Naturalists. The cabins are heated and air-cooled with food service; breakfast, lunch, snacks, soda, beer and cocktails available.
307 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
800 826-9300, 508 240-3636

Ginny G Fishing Trips & Private Whale Watch

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

We are the longest running 6 pack charter boat on MacMillan Pier in business for 17 years. The Ginny G is a very comfortable with a heated cabin and full size head (bathroom) and full galley with wash up sink. You are welcome to bring your Captain approved pet with you. You need only bring whatever you want to eat or drink. Don’t forget the sunscreen, sunglasses, camera. Be sure to dress accordingly with extra clothing for the weather when on a boat. Ask about our Combo fishing and whale watching trips and Lobster trips by request. For fishing trips we supply all of the finest gear for your fishing needs. You will need a cooler to put the fish in after we fillet and bag the fish for you. Our catch rate is very high! If the fish are there and biting … we will get them! Private Whale Watching: If you do not want to fight the crowds on the bigger boats we offer private whale watching trips. The whales are usually in the Provincetown area from early spring to October. You may see humpback, finback, minke, right whales and pilot whales. Be sure to see these wonderful creatures.
MacMillan Pier #7, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 246-3656

Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies

 Open Year Round  Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Conducts scientific research with emphasis on marine mammals of the western North Atlantic and on the coastal and marine habitats and resources of the Gulf of Maine; promotes stewardship of coastal and marine ecosystems; and conducts educational activities and resources that encourage the responsible use and conservation of coastal and marine ecosystems. A nonprofit environment organization for research and education in the coastal and marine ecosystems, internationally known for its extensive research on the great whales found in this area. Open year round offering fields walks, lectures and educational programs to the public. Please call the Center with sightings of injured or dead marine mammals or sea turtles.
115 Bradford Street, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 487-3622

Provincetown Whale Watches

 Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Sightings guaranteed. You’ll be thrill at the sight of the great whales: Humpback, Finback, Minke, Right and Pilot whales from our the open decks lounge. A climate controlled main cabin. Food and beverages serve. A first class on the water experience.
Fisherman’s Wharf, 309 Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA 02657
1 800-225-4000, 508 487-1102

Sea Salt Charters

 Pet Friendly  Kid Friendly  Waterfront

Sea Salt Charters offers private Whale Watching and Fishing trips ot of Provincetown, MA in Cape Cod. SeaSalt Charters is owned and operated by the Avellar Family pioneers of Whale Watching on the East Coast.
MacMillan Pier, P.O. Box 908, Provincetown, MA, 02657
508 444-2732