Whale Watching FAQs

Few things are as unforgettable as seeing a whale in its natural habitat. Captain John provides unforgettable whale watching opportunities off the coast of Massachusetts so you can see these graceful giants in their element. If you are planning a whale watching trip with friends or family, this list of frequently asked questions may help you plan an unforgettable experience. 

Humpback Whale Fluke

How Long is the Tour?

Depending on the time of the year and the location of the whales , the average whale watching cruise is 3.5 to 4.5 hours long. After departing from Plymouth, you will be taken around Cape Code Bay and to the feeding ground of Stellwagen Bank to see the whales.

What Kinds of Whales Will I See?

Every whale watching cruise is different, so there is no way to tell for sure which whales you will see on your trip. Cape Code Bay and Stellwagen Bank is home to many different kinds of whales, including Humpback, Finbacks, Minke whales, and even the occasional Northern Right Whale. You may also see dolphins, harbor porpoises, tuna, and even sharks on your cruise.

How Comfortable are the Boats?                                                          

Captain John Boats offers some of the most comfortable whale watching tours in MA. Each boat is equipped with a full galley serving hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, and a variety of other items. We have alcoholic beverage available for passengers 21 years or older, and each boat is equipped with clean restrooms.

What Should I Bring?

There are a few items you should plan to bring if you want to have the best whale watching experience possible. Pack a jacket or sweatshirt in case you get cold, and bring plenty of sunscreen for you and your family. You may also want to bring a camera and a good pair of binoculars to get a detailed look at the whales we encounter.

Since 1977, Captain John Boats has a 99% success rate for seeing whales. In the even that we don’t see a whale during your cruise, you will be given a pass to come again for free. Visit our website to learn more about our whale watching tours, or call us at (508) 746-2643 to book your reservation. 

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