Cape Cod Boat Tours

Leave the crowds behind and experience a different perspective of Cape Cod’s world famous coastline.  Our Cape Cod Boat Tours provide a wonderful introduction to the area’s shifting sandbars, its historic fishing camps and magnificent waterfront homes.  Highlights include:

  • The windswept dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore and North Beach Island, one of the most beautiful barrier beaches in the world.
  • The local colony of grey and harbor seals, numbering into the thousands.
  • The Chatham Fish Pier and Chatham Lighthouse, both supporting one of the largest commercial fishing fleets on the east coast.
  • Easy access to world-class Nantucket Island and beyond!

Notes:

  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and availability.
  • All charters include the services of a licensed captain and complimentary bottled water.
  • Additional food and beverage service is available through the Wequassett Resort.  Click here to download the ON THE WATER DINING MENU.  To place an order please reply directly to your confirmation email or call/email us at your convenience.  Items will be delivered to the boat before departure.

Chatham Harbor & Seal Tour

This 90 min tour focuses on Chatham Harbor and its famous seal colony.  Our route also includes the windswept dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore and North Beach Island, the Chatham Fish Pier and Chatham Lighthouse.

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES

1-6 Passengers      $375.00

7-12 Passengers    $555.00

13-20 Passengers  $795.00

Notes:

Duration:  90 minutes

Private tours are available daily from mid May through October.

Nauset Beachcomber Tour

For those looking for an extended excursion, our 3 hr Nauset Beachcomber Tour includes our standard Chatham Harbor & Seal Tour itinerary plus the opportunity to enjoy some beach time on North Beach Island, a pristine 2 mile long barrier beach only accessible by boat.  Guests can bring a towel and enjoy the uncrowded soft sand and sweeping views of the open Atlantic Ocean, take a walk or beachcomb for shells and other treasures.

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers     $505.00

7-12 Passengers   $750.00

13-20 Passengers $1050.00

Notes:

Duration:  3 hrs

Private tours are available daily from mid May through October.

Sunset tours travel “up the river” to Little Pleasant Bay in Orleans.  The views are spectacular and the waters are calmer than Chatham to the south.  Perfect as a relaxing end to a busy day or the beginning of a night on the town!

   GROUP CHARTER RATES:                            PRIVATE CHARTER RATES

         $55.00 per adult                                      1-6 Passengers      $425.00

$35 per child (12 and under)                         7-12 Passengers    $595.00

   Infants free (2 and under)                         13-20 Passengers  $845.00

Notes:   

Duration:  90 mins

Private tours are available daily from mid May through October.  Group tours are available from late June through Labor Day weekend.

In the rare instances where there are no reserved seats 12-24 hrs before a group charter, we may call off our captain for that specific charter time.  To help ensure captain availability and on-time departures, it is important that reservations are made in advance for any of our group tours.

Pleasant Bay Explorer

Perfect for Families!

PRIVATE CHARTER RATE

1-6 Passengers      $375.00

Duration:  90 minutes

Let our captains give you a glimpse into one of New England’s richest, most diverse eco-systems on our Pleasant Bay Explorer Tour.  All trips are tailored to your interests and provide a hands-on, educational experience for youngsters and adults alike.  Highlights include:

  • Getting up close and personal with one of the the largest concentrations of gray and harbor seals in North America.
  • Catching a glimpse into the anatomy and life-cycle or our local “bugs” as our captains demonstrate how lobster traps are hauled and constructed.  Guests can help re-bait the traps, hold lobsters, starfish, crabs and other creatures.
  • Learning how to find and dig for your own shellfish on the flats surrounding the bay (Tide dependent).
  • Learning about our growing population of Great White Sharks!  Download a smartphone app and track the latest sightings off the coast of Chatham.

Join us and become a Pleasant Bay Explorer today!

Notes:

  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and availability.
  • Includes the services of a licensed captain, bottled water and all required equipment/permits.

Nantucket Daytrip

Private Shuttle Service

PRIVATE CHARTER RATE:

1-14 Passengers    $2,500.00

Duration:  Full Day

Let our captains whisk you away to Nantucket Island to walk the charming cobblestone streets, visit quaint shops and galleries, and dine at one of the “gray lady’s” many seaside restaurants.  Our private shuttle service will drop you off in the middle of it all!  From there passengers can explore independently, sign up for a guided tour or even rent bikes.

Along our route we’ll encounter seals, lighthouses and the famed Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.  Additional detours on the way to/from include Whale Watching or even Inshore Fishing.

One way travel takes approximately 1.5 hrs.  To ensure passenger comfort these trips are highly weather dependent.

Notes:

  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and availability.
  • All charters include the services of a licensed captain and bottled water.
  • Additional food and beverage service is available through the Wequassett Resort.  Click here to download the ON THE WATER DINING MENU. To place an order you can reply directly to your confirmation email or call/email us at your convenience.  Items will be delivered to the boat before departure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I need to cancel my reservation? What if there is bad weather?

For cancellations made 48 hours or more in advance a full refund will be issued.  Cancellations made less than 48 hours in advance will be charged 50%.  No-shows and cancellations made less than 3 hrs before the trip will be charged full price.  We regret that we cannot make exceptions for personal emergencies as a cause for late cancellation.

We will not operate in hazardous weather conditions such as heavy rain, thick fog, high winds or thunder and lightning.  However, no guarantees can be made that every day will be perfectly sunny.  So we will operate as usual in overcast conditions, light fog and in intermittent sprinkles.  The final decision on weather related cancellations rests with us and reservations should be considered upheld unless you speak with us directly over the phone.  If weather cancels your reservation we will make every effort to reschedule for another day.  Otherwise, a full refund will be issued.  If weather cuts your trip short, we will prorate the unused portion.

All refunds will be at the sole discretion of Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals, Inc.

How early should I show up for my reservation?

To leave enough time for our check-­in procedure, we recommend your party arrive at least 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.  Leave yourself some margin for traffic or parking related delays, pre-departure bathroom stops, etc.  Private charters arriving late must still return at the regularly scheduled time.  There will be no refunds for those arriving late.  Trips are often scheduled multiple times per day and keeping a strict schedule ensures that all of our reservations are honored.

Will I get seasick?

In all of our years of operation, we have had zero instances of seasickness within the protected waters of Pleasant Bay.  The ocean swell and chop that you encounter on some charters simply is not present for any of our Pleasant Bay Tours.  Nevertheless, concerned passengers are welcome to experiment with over-the-counter remedies containing ginger, which has been shown to calm an upset stomach.  Consult your physician if you have any further questions or concerns.

What should I wear? What should I bring?

The only things you need for your charter are a form of payment and your personal items (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen – preferably not the spray kind, camera).  It is always a little cooler on the water so a windbreaker or sweatshirt might come in handy.  Please wear boat shoes or non-scuffing white-soled sneakers.

May food and drinks be brought on board?

Yes, feel free to bring your own food and beverages.  All of our trips include complimentary bottled water.  Additionally, we recommend finger foods (small sandwiches, cheese and crackers, etc) as they are easiest to eat on a boat.  Foods with sauces will stain clothing and upholstery so are not recommended.  For adults over 21, reasonable amounts of beer and wine are also allowed (please avoid glass containers).  No hard liquor allowed.

Any excessive use of alcohol will result in the immediate termination of the trip with no recourse.

Are there any age restrictions or physical restrictions?

There are no age restrictions on trips staying within the bay.  We have happily hosted everything from 6 month olds to 90 year olds.

Those with mobility issues must be able to walk down the resort dock (which has ramps) and step up into the vessel.  Very rarely is this an issue, but it should be mentioned.  Our team will assist in any way they can to ensure those with mobility issues are comfortable.

Are pets allowed on your vessels?

We currently do not allow pets on any of our boats.

Are we allowed to keep the lobsters or clams we catch?

Unfortunately, our state issued license prohibits us from giving away or selling the clams or lobsters caught on our tours.  These trips are strictly for educational purposes only.

Do you provide life jackets for children?

Yes, we have life jackets for all shapes and sizes (even infants).  While we recommend that everybody wear a life jacket on our boats, by law only those 12 and younger have to wear one at all times.  Your boat will have enough life jackets on board for everybody in your group.  Younger children are welcome to bring their own life jacket if they are more comfortable, provided it is Coast Guard approved (no arm floaties).

Do children and infants count towards the passenger capacity?

Yes.  The United States Coast Guard does not differentiate between children and adults when determining our maximum capacity.  Everybody counts.

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