Scenic Boat Tours

Pleasant Bay, Cape Cod

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.
  • The charming waterfront scenery of Pleasant Bay and coastal Chatham, Harwich and Orleans.

Join us to create a unique and lasting memory of your trip Down Cape!

Chatham Harbor & Seal Tour

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers    $395.00

 7-12 Passengers  $555.00

13-20 Passengers  $795.00

Duration:  90 min

This 90 min tour focuses primarily on Chatham Harbor and its famous seal colony.  Along the route passengers enjoy the windswept dunes of the Cape Cod National Seashore and North Beach Island, the Chatham Fish Pier and Chatham Lighthouse.  One of our most popular tours – suitable for the entire family!

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.  See the FAQ’s at the bottom of this page for information on which food/beverages are allowed to be brought on board.
  • Catering service is also available through the Wequassett Resort’s ON THE WATER DINING MENU.   To place an order please reply directly to your confirmation email at least 24 hours before your tour.  Items will be added to your total and delivered to the boat before departure.

Nauset Beachcomber Tour

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers    $555.00

 7-12 Passengers  $750.00

13-20 Passengers  $1,050.00

Duration:  3 hrs

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.

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.  See the FAQ’s at the bottom of this page for information on which food/beverages are allowed to be brought on board.
  • Catering service is also available through the Wequassett Resort’s ON THE WATER DINING MENU. To place an order please reply directly to your confirmation email at least 24 hours before your tour.  Items will be added to your total and delivered to the boat before departure.

Sunset Harbor Cruise

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers    $455.00

 7-12 Passengers  $595.00

13-20 Passengers  $845.00

GROUP CHARTER RATES:

$55.00 per adult

$35 per child (12 and under)

   Infants free (2 and under)

Enjoy a 90 minute Sunset Harbor Cruise as a relaxing end to a busy day or the beginning of a night on the town!  This trip is offered as a Private Charter – for just your group – as well as a regularly scheduled Group Charter during the months of July and August.

Private charters offer the flexibility of choosing which direction the captain heads.  Group charters will travel “up the river” to Little Pleasant Bay in Orleans.  The views are spectacular and the waters are typically calmer than Chatham to the south.

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.  See the FAQ’s at the bottom of this page for information on which food/beverages are allowed to be brought on board.
  • Catering service is also available through the Wequassett Resort’s ON THE WATER DINING MENU. To place an order please reply directly to your confirmation email at least 24 hours before your tour.  Items will be added to your total and delivered to the boat before departure.
  • Down Cape Charters reserves the right to cancel a group charter due to an insufficient number of tickets sold.  Reserve ahead – and avoid arriving without a reservation- to help ensure availability.

The availability of our Group Sunset Harbor Cruise for the 2021 season will depend on the latest state COVID Guidelines. Stay tuned for additional information as it becomes available.

STAYING HEALTHY

For the safety of our customers and employees, additional protocols and procedures have been added to adhere to current state COVID guidelines.  These include:

  • All passengers are asked to wear face coverings that meet DPH/CDC standards when checking in and boarding.  Once seated and distanced from the captain, face coverings may be removed.  
  • The captain and all employees will wear face coverings at all times.
  • Employees will be screened daily, including temperature checks.
  • Additional cleaning and sanitizing procedures will be added for vessels, equipment and frequently touched surfaces.  
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at all times.
  • Online transactions for payments and waivers will be utilized whenever possible. 

We look forward to getting your group out of the house and onto the water in a safe and socially responsible manner!

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 15-20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.  Leave yourself some margin for traffic or parking related delays, pre-departure bathroom stops, etc.  Group tours will leave at the regularly scheduled departure time – no exceptions.  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 ID and your personal items (snacks, 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 minimize 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?

Our Pleasant Bay scenic tours- both private and group trips – have no age restrictions.

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 that those with mobility issues are comfortable.

Are pets allowed on your vessels?

As a concession operating from within a resort property that currently does not allow dogs, we have to restrict our boats to service dogs (with valid paperwork) 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, please!).

Do children and infants count towards the passenger capacity?

Yes.  Each of our vessels is rated for a certain capacity by the United States Coast Guard and the USCG does not differentiate between children and adults.  A 14 person capacity means fourteen human beings, for example – regardless of age.

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