Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours sails from gorgeous, historic Plymouth Harbor. Our various vessels can accommodate groups as large as 250 for unique cruises through the Cape Cod Canal and out into Massachusetts Bay. A private charter boat, incorporating a whale watching excursion or even some fishing, is the perfect venue for a diverse array of events, such as a college or high school class reunion, a wedding rehearsal or reception, a bachelor or bachelorette party, a family reunion, and much more.
To inquire about rates and availability for private charters , call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours at (508) 927-5587. We will find the perfect ship for your event and provide you with a friendly, experienced crew to serve you and ensure that you enjoy your time at sea.
New England has long been known as one of the best spots for deep sea fishing, but did you know that whale watching in Plymouth offers you access to one of the largest populations in North America? The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located just north of Cape Cod, is home to a diverse population of marine life including several different species of whales. Learn more about what makes this a great whale-watching spot below.
Stellwagen Bank is a sandy plateau that lies below the surface of the ocean, between Cape Cod and Cape Ann. The bank is about 19 miles from north to south, and 6 miles across at its widest point. The waters over the bank are only about 100 to 120 feet deep—much shallower than the surrounding ocean. Because of the unique shape of Stellwagen Bank, the whole of Massachusets Bay is rich with nutrients that attract many kinds of marine life, which makes Cape Cod’s fishing and whale watching some of the best in the nation.
Setting Sail from Plymouth
Plymouth is the perfect departure point for whale watching excursions in the waters around Stellwagen Bank. It is on the mainland, at about the same latitude as the northernmost tip of Cape Cod, which means that it is just south of the Bank. Whales can often be sighted in the waters of Cape Cod Bay and Massachusetts Bay, even in areas not directly adjacent to the National Marine Sancutary.
Finding a Whale Watching Spot
Though whales tend to congregate in certain spots around the Bay and the Bank, there is no guarantee that whales can be sighted at a given spot on a given day. Seasoned captains of whale watching tours will make the rounds near several spots where whales are commonly seen, always keeping a respectful distance and speed.
If you want to embark on an exciting whale watching tour , call (508) 927-5587 to make a reservation with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours today.
If you are looking for an exciting nature-focused activity, consider booking a whale watching excursion . Few experiences can compare with observing these gigantic marine mammals out in the open Atlantic waters that are their natural habitat. The large groups of whales that gather in the waters near Plymouth are known for their exciting behavior, which can include some amazing acrobatics. Before you get on the boat, make sure you prepare properly to get the most out of your adventure!
Practice Taking Pictures Quickly
Most whale watchers like to take a lot of pictures so that they can remember their experience. Though they are very large creatures, whales can surprise you with their sudden jumps and other behaviors. Before you go on your trip, play around with your camera and practice taking fast snapshots of objects in motion. You wouldn’t want to miss the sight of a breaching humpback whale because you were fumbling with your camera.
Brief the Kids on What to Expect
Because whales are wild animals, they do not perform tricks or make appearances on any sort of schedule. Kids, however, may become very excited and get antsy during the portions of the voyage when the captain ferries you from place to place to spot different types of whales. Talk to your kids beforehand and let them know that they’ll have to be patient. Also, consider buying a kid’s guide to whale watching to read with them on the boat.
Be Prepared for a Thrilling Ride
Even though you won’t be piloting the boat on your whale watching tour, you will still need to be active in order to get the most out of the experience. When the captain gives you the freedom to move around and stand up, do it! To make sure you can stay comfortable and active on your trip, bring along a pair of sunglasses, motion sickness medication, an extra sweater, and some sunblock.
Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours can take you on an amazing whale watching voyage. Call us today at (508) 927-5587 for more information on upcoming trips and tours departing from Plymouth .
When you go on a fishing charter trip with Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours of Plymouth, you will have a seasoned crew on board with you. Every one of our captains is an experienced mariner with an extensive knowledge of the waters of Cape Cod including Captain Kenny Hyslop!
Captain Kenny Hyslop may be the youngest member of our crew, but don’t let his youth fool you—he has over a decade of experience. He started out with us as a deckhand at the young age of 13, and before he turned 20 he had already obtained his captain’s license for 100 ton boats. If you want to catch some flounder or pollack on your deep sea fishing trip, Captain Kenny will be happy to give you advice on your deep sea fishing technique.
Whether you want to go on a short excursion or a day-long adventure, our deep sea fishing crews will make sure you have the best experience out on the open ocean. Call Captain John Whale Watching & Fishing Tours today at (508) 927-5587 for more information on chartering one of our boats.