Mention the words Cape Cod to just about anyone and the first thought that probably comes to mind is – the beautiful ocean. Cape Cod juts out right into the Atlantic, making it an ideal spot for cruising and wildlife spotting. In fact, one of the most rewarding ways to see and explore Cape Cod is by boat. From the water, you can marvel at the local creatures– from seals diving for fish to beautiful nesting birds to magnificent whales leaping into the air.
Cape Cod nature cruises are simply the best way to really get off land and spy some spectacular species. And, even if you don’t know what you’re looking at, there are always naturalists on board to help you spot, identify, and learn more about the wildlife around you. They’ll also point out historical landmarks and other points of interest along the way.
So which Cape Cod cruise is right for you?
Here are the perennial favorites of tourists who want to set their sights on magnificent whales and seals.
- Whale Watching
A great way to get up close to a real whale! Whale watching cruises leave from Plymouth, Barnstable, and Provincetown Harbors. These are large boats designed to give spectators a pleasant, smooth journey to the open waters of the Atlantic where the whales feed. Naturalists and crews are very helpful and knowledgeable. But don’t forget a jacket! It does get chilly out there in the ocean – even in the middle of summer!
- Seal Watching
Seal watching cruises depart regularly from Chatham and Harwich and head for the seal haul-out sites along South Beach and Monomoy Island in Chatham. Many outfits also offer sunset cruises and shuttle service to Monomoy so that you can explore this secluded beach.
If you like cruising as much as seal watching, check into Monomoy Island Excursions. Because their homeport is in Saquatucket Harbor in Harwichport, the trip includes a scenic cruise along Hardings Beach, Stage Harbor, Port Fortune and Morris Island before reaching the seals. They also offer an extended 3-hour cruise.
Cape Cod Vacations
No matter which cruise you choose to take on one of your next vacations, you are guaranteed a peaceful and insightful journey.
Book your cruise and a weekend stay at one of the popular Cape Cod Hotels! Prices are always affordable – and the fun you’ll have on Cape Cod is unbeatable – anywhere.