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Getting the Best Shot on Your Whale Watching Tour

When you go on a whale watching tour, getting photos of your adventure is likely to be high on your list of things to do. Photography on a whale watching boat can be challenging, as there are many factors influencing the shot. Everything from the sun’s angle to the speed with which a whale appears—and disappears—can impact the quality of your pictures. As you set on your tour, keep these tips in mind so you come home with the best possible pictures of your day on the water.

Get Prepared

Keep in mind that you’ll be photographing while out on the open water, so prepare to protect your gear from water damage. For a camera, you’ll need to bring your bag and strap. If you don’t have a camera bag, bring a plastic bag for storage. If you’re using a smartphone, consider a waterproof case. You should also have a backup battery for your camera or be sure to have your phone fully charged.

Set Your Camera for Speed

Whales move quickly, so capturing them requires fast actions. Point-and-shoot cameras should be set on action mode, if possible. If you have an SLR camera, you may want to use shutter-priority mode and set the speed to at least 1/1000. Make sure your camera is set up for continuous shooting. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to use a tripod or monopod on the boat. Skip multiple lenses and focus on using one zoom lens.

Know When Not to Shoot

Whales aren’t going to resurface in the exact same spot, so try to gauge their motion and anticipate their rhythm to capture your shots. It’s equally important to recognize when it’s time to put the camera down and take in the moment. You’ll miss out if you watch the entire trip through a camera lens.

At Captain John Boats, we take groups out on whale watching tours near Plymouth along Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, where you’re likely to encounter Finback whales, pilot whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and many other varieties. To book your whale watching trip or for more information about our fishing charters or Provincetown ferry, call (508) 927-5575.

FAQs About Sailing on the Pilgrim Belle

The Pilgrim Belle is one of the most popular attractions for people looking for an adventure on the water and a new way of exploring Plymouth Harbor. In addition to our whale watching trips and fishing charters, we offer a variety of excursions on the Pilgrim Belle for a number of different occasions. Here are the answers to some questions passengers frequently have before setting sail.

What exactly is the Pilgrim Belle?

The Pilgrim Belle is a Mississippi style paddle wheeler that travels around Plymouth Harbor. The boat has no conventional propeller and relies purely on the paddle to move through the water. The Pilgrim Belle departs from the Mayflower II State Pier, which is right in the heart of Plymouth. Each sail takes about an hour, and there is a full bar as well as a variety of snacks and drinks available for cash-only purchase. Passengers can sit on the sun deck for the journey or ride inside a climate-controlled cabin. There are also restrooms on board.

When does the Pilgrim Belle sail?

The Pilgrim Belle departs from the pier every two hours, starting at 11 a.m., with the last departure at 5 p.m. There is also a sunset cruise that leaves nightly at 7 p.m. for a 90-minute cruise. The boat is available for private charters and is a popular choice for weddings, rehearsal dinners, family reunions, retirement parties, and other special events. The boating staff works with each private charter to personalize catering, decorating, and entertainment needs.

Is the journey smooth?

The Pilgrim Belle is the perfect sailing adventure for everyone, since the ride is virtually guaranteed to be smooth. Plymouth Harbor is protected from the elements, so the water remains calm. This trip is ideal for people of all ages and enjoyable for everyone.

Explore Plymouth with a ride on the Pilgrim Belle with Captain John Boats. Learn more about the Pilgrim Belle as well as our deep sea fishing charters and whale watching in Plymouth by calling (508) 927-5575.

Find Your Way to P-Town on Our Ferry

Provincetown is a beautiful place to spend the day or the weekend, especially if you live nearby. Captain John Boats can take you over to P-Town on our ferry, so even the travel will be enjoyable.

If you’re planning on heading to Provincetown and you want the trip to be as simple and fun as possible, consider booking a trip on our ferry. The Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours crew is courteous and professional, and our ferry is climate-controlled. On our ferry, you can enjoy gorgeous views on your trip. The excursion usually takes about an hour and a half, and you’ll enjoy full galley service in addition to magnificent views. Kids who are three years or younger also get to ride for free. You can even bring well-behaved dogs with you, as long as they’re on a leash.

Are you looking for a ferry in Plymouth that can take you to Provincetown? Call Captain John Boats at (508) 927-5575 and ask us about our fishing tours and whale watching trips, or peruse our website to see what we have to offer.

A Closer Look at the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary

Just like state parks are dedicated to preserving wildlife on land, marine sanctuaries protect ecosystems in the water. Volunteers can take a ferry to keep an eye on the animals and look for change. Watch this video to learn about the Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary.

The Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary is a haven for birds and marine animals alike because there’s plenty of food to snatch up. The purpose of the sanctuary is to protect the ecosystem and its inhabitants, and volunteers learn about the changes by watching animals’ behaviors. Seabird activity is especially helpful when trying to understand changes in the ecosystem.

Captain John Boats can take you out on a ferry in Plymouth and show you things you’ve never seen before. Please visit our website for information about our whale watching and deep sea fishing trips, and give us a call at (508) 927-5575 for more information.

What to Expect When You Go Deep Sea Fishing

Start practicing way ahead of time if you’re planning a deep sea fishing trip, and if it’s your first time, know what to expect. The ferry should have food and drinks available for passengers, and you can catch dinner for later if you practice enough. You’ll also get the chance to meet other anglers who share your passion. Read on and learn what to expect when you go deep sea fishing.

Available Food and Beverages

Your deep sea fishing trip may last anywhere from four to 14 hours, depending on the size of your budget and how much time you’d like to spend on the water. You may work up an appetite during a four hour trip and will most likely need to eat at some point if the trip takes any longer, but you can expect food and beverages available onboard. Those who are old enough to drink can usually purchase alcoholic beverages on the boat, making the excursion that much more fun and relaxing. There should also be food, snacks, and hot and cold beverages for the family to enjoy.

Souvenirs for the Trip Home

If you’ve been practicing in preparation for your deep sea fishing trip, you may catch a few souvenirs that you can take home with you. The one caveat is that you can only bring home fish within the legal size limit. If you accept a small fee, you can have your fish cleaned and filleted as well.

Connections with Other Anglers

When you board the deep sea fishing charter, you’ll be surrounded with people who have similar interests. This is a wonderful opportunity to pick up tips from other anglers, swap stories about past fishing experiences, and make connections with people you might not have otherwise met.

Deep sea fishing near Plymouth is a fulfilling way to spend your time, and the crew at Captain John Boats specializes in deep sea fishing trips. Check out our website to learn more about our fishing trips, or call us at (508) 927-5575 if you have any questions.

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