Cape Cod Boat Tours

Exploring Pleasant Bay

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, 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    $575.00

 7-12 Passengers  $775.00

13-18 Passengers  $950.00

Duration:  1.5 hrs

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!

This is a 1.5 hour private tour – for you and your group only (plus one captain).

Notes:

  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and live 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 by guests from home.  Catering service is also available through the Wequassett Resort.  Instructions for placing an order are included in the menu link below.  

Nauset Beachcomber Tour

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers    $775.00

 7-12 Passengers  $950.00

13-18 Passengers  $1,250.00

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.

Alternatively, leave the itinerary behind and spend 3 hrs on the water as you’d like.  Perfect for Bachelorette Parties and other group outings!

This is a 3 hour private tour – for you and your group only (plus one captain).

Notes:

  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and live 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 by guests from home.  Catering service is also available through the Wequassett Resort.  Instructions for placing an order are included in the menu link below. 

Sunset Harbor Cruise

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers    $675.00

 7-12 Passengers  $850.00

13-18 Passengers  $1050.00

Duration:  1.5 hrs

Enjoy a 90 minute Sunset Harbor Cruise as a relaxing end to a busy day or the beginning of a night on the town!  Enjoy spectacular views of Chatham Harbor or travel north “up the river” to Little Pleasant Bay to get away from it all!

This is a 1.5 hour private tour – for you and your group only (plus one captain).

Sunset Harbor Cruises are motorboat tours.  We also offer Sunset Sails each evening under our Sailing Charters page.

Prefer a more social outing?  Click below to learn about our individually ticketed Group tour options:

Notes:

  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and live 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 by guests from home.  Catering service is also available through the Wequassett Resort.  Instructions for placing an order are included in the menu link below. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is your cancellation policy?

For a full refund, a minimum of 7 days notice is required.

Cancellations made less than 7 days in advance – but more than 48 hrs before departure time – will be charged 50%.

No-shows and cancellations made 48 hrs or less before departure time will be charged full price.

What if there is bad weather?

Safety is ultimately our top priority.  We will not operate in hazardous weather conditions such as heavy rain, thick fog, high winds or thunder and lightning.  If severe weather cancels your reservation we will make every effort to reschedule for another day.  Otherwise, a full refund will be issued.

However, no guarantees can be made that every part of every day will be perfectly sunny.  So we will operate as usual in overcast conditions, light fog and in intermittent sprinkles.

Please do not overreact to the weather forecast several days before your trip.  You’ll drive yourself crazy as the predictions will often change dramatically day-to-day.  Forecasts start becoming more reliable 24-36hrs out – but even then, one short sprinkle in the morning does not mean an afternoon tour or sunset cruise won’t be beautiful.

The final decision on weather related cancellations rests with the captain and reservations should be considered upheld unless we contact you directly.  

How early should I show up for my reservation?

To leave enough time for our check-­in procedure, we recommend your party arrive 20 minutes before your scheduled departure time.  Leave yourself some margin for traffic or parking related delays, pre-departure bathroom stops, etc.

For Private Charters:

There will be no refunds or credits for customers arriving late.  Trips are scheduled multiple times per day and to ensure that all of our reservations are honored, your tour will still have to return at its regularly scheduled time.

For Group Charters:

Group tours will leave at the regularly scheduled departure time – no exceptions.  There will be no refunds for customers arriving after the boat has departed.

What should I wear? What should I bring?

WHAT TO BRING:

  • A valid form of ID (only necessary for the person who has made the reservation).
  • If your tour/rental has not been prepaid, you will need to bring a form of payment.  We accept all major credit cards and/or cash.  Guests of the Wequassett Resort can also charge to their room account if they prefer.
  • An additional layer of clothing.  Even if its t-shirt weather in your driveway, always assume it will be cooler on the water.  For shorter tours, a sweatshirt or a light jacket is often enough.  For offshore trips, a water-resistant jacket plus a sweatshirt is ideal.  Temperatures can drop 20 degrees when heading offshore and clothing can quickly get wet if fog is present.
  • Please wear boat shoes, non-scuffing white-soled sneakers or relax and go barefoot.
  • Snacks/beverages.  Please see additional FAQ’s for restrictions.
  • Sunscreen (non-spray only).
  • Polarized sunglasses.
  • Camera

DO NOT BRING:

  • Spray sunscreen.
  • Marking shoes or sandals.
  • Hard alcohol.
  • Cigarettes/cigars/vapes (no smoking allowed).
  • Drugs of any kids.
  • Beer bottles or glass containers.  (Wine bottles are fine.  Beer in cans is also fine).
  • Red Wine.
  • Anything that can easily blow away.
  • Pets.
  • Large coolers.  Each of our vessels already has a cooler onboard.  Feel free to bring a small cooler and small bags.  But multiple large coolers will take up a lot of deck space!

May food and drinks be brought on board?

All of our trips include complimentary bottled water.  Additionally, customers are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages.

Please remember that you will be eating/drinking on a boat that is moving, open to the wind and may or may not have a table or cup holders (we operate several vessels and each is equipped differently).  Our advice is to KEEP IT SIMPLE and don’t bring anything that you aren’t prepared to eat in your lap.  Smaller snacks and finger foods are easiest and less likely to stain your clothing and our upholstery.

For adults over 21, reasonable amounts of beer and wine are also allowed.

RESTRICTIONS:

  • Leave the red wine at home.  On a moving boat it will stain clothing and upholstery.
  • No hard alcohol.
  • Please opt for cans and minimize glass containers in general.  Wine bottles are allowed but no beer bottles.  We will provide plastic cups if needed.

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

Will I get seasick?

Tours that stay within the protected waters of Pleasant Bay carry virtually zero risk of seasickness.  The swell and chop that you might encounter on the open Atlantic Ocean or Nantucket Sound is simply not present within the bay.

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.

Are there any age restrictions or physical restrictions?

Our Pleasant Bay scenic tours are appropriate for all ages and have no age restrictions.

Those with mobility issues must be able to walk down the resort dock (pictured on our About Us page) and step up into the vessel.  Rarely is this an issue, but it should be mentioned.

Are pets allowed on your vessels?

We do not currently allow dogs/pets on any of our vessels.  Service animals with valid paperwork would be the only exception.

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 12 person capacity means twelve human beings, for example – regardless of age.

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