- $48 for a whale-watching tour for two from 9/1 to 10/15 (up to a $94 value)
Boats depart from Plymouth Harbor for a 3.5–4-hour excursion, and pass local landmarks such as Gurnet Light, Clark’s Island, and Plymouth Beach. On the open water, passengers can crowd the decks to catch glimpses of humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales and other marine and avian life. Throughout the tour, an on-board naturalist discusses the area’s history and marine ecosystem. Tours depart at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. each day and at noon in the fall; click to view the tour schedule.
Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours
Cape Cod Bay stretches out in all directions, its waters glittering under an azure sky. Here, razor bills, petrals, and shearwater circle over the cresting waves. Occasionally, a massive black flank breaks the surface, and a whale sprays a fountain of blow toward the sun. Such is the typical scene enjoyed by the passengers, U.S. Coast Guard–licensed captain, and crew aboard a Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours excursion.
Following more than six decades of tradition, the company's boats embark on whale-watching tours of Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, passing landmarks such as Gurnet Light and Clark's Island on their quest to find local sea birds and marine life. All the while, on-board naturalists educate passengers about the local ecosystem. But Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours' excursions aren't limited to observation—the boats also depart for private and group fishing trips ranging from just a few hours to multiple days. By dropping anchor or drifting with the tide, the captain teaches groups to ply the waters of local fishing grounds for seasonal catches.