Private Whale Watch

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers    $750.00

7-10 Passengers  $995.00

11-14 Passengers  $1,225.00

Duration:  3 hrs

No need to deal with traffic and crowded ferries!  Our Private Whale Watch offers a unique opportunity for an intimate encounter with the largest marine mammals living in our waters.  Bring your friends and family and create your own National Geographic moment, Down Cape!

Depending on the time of year, the most common sightings include Humpback, Finback and Minke whales. Other sightings include dolphins, porpoise, gannet birds and possibly even a Great White Shark!

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.

PLEASE REFER TO THE FAQ’S BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

Inshore Fishing Charter

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers      $850.00

7-10 Passengers     $1,125.00

11-14  Passengers   $1,375.00

Duration:  4 hrs

For those interested in experiencing some of New England’s premier fishing grounds, Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals offers Half Day Inshore Fishing Charters for Striped Bass and Bluefish.

“Stripers” are one of the most sought after game-fish on the east coast and along with hard-fighting “Blues”, they represent the mainstay of the Cape Cod charter fleet.  These fish traditionally stay in our waters from May through October.

All experience levels are welcome.  To help us match you up with the appropriate captain/vessel, we may ask you a few questions about your groups experience levels upon reservation. 

Notes:

  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and availability.
  • Standard Half Day Inshore Fishing Charters are available for direct online booking.  If you would prefer a Full Day Inshore Fishing Charter, a Tuna Charter or Shark Fishing, please contact us directly at 508-241-4070.
  • All fishing charters include the services of a licensed captain, all required equipment and permits, 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 please reply directly to your confirmation email or call/email us at your convenience.  Items will be delivered to the boat before departure.

PLEASE REFER TO THE FAQ’S BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

Offshore Combo

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers      $850.00
7-10 Passengers     $1,125.00
11-14  Passengers   $1,375.00
Duration:  4 hrs

Why choose between a fishing charter and a private whale watch tour when you can do both! Our Offshore Combo is perfect for those looking to sample everything that our coastal waters have to offer.  Includes time spent fishing for striped bass and bluefish plus a private whale watch. Trips can be customized to your groups preferences.

Notes:

  • Multiple boats can be arranged for larger groups.
  • Please refer to our online calendar for exact departure times and availability.
  • All charters include the services of a licensed captain, all required equipment and permits, 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.

PLEASE REFER TO THE FAQ’S BELOW FOR MORE INFORMATION

Nantucket Daytrip

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-14 Passengers   $2500.00

Duration:  Full day

In just over an hour we’ll 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.  Guests can sign on for a guided tour of the island or pick up a picnic lunch and rent a bike to explore independently.  Along our route we’ll encounter seals,
lighthouses and the famed Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge.

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.

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 (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 avoid glass containers).  No hard liquor allowed.

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

Will I get seasick?

The majority of our customers experience little to no symptoms of seasickness.  But whether it is your first charter or you are a seasoned pro, motion sickness is always possible on ocean­-going trips.  Fortunately, there are ways to proactively avoid the most common symptoms (dizziness, nausea, vomiting).

Prepare for your charter by being well rested and well hydrated.  Avoid alcohol and large amounts of caffeine until after your trip (including the night before).  During your charter do not lay down, read or play on your phone.  Stay active, breathe deeply and watch the horizon.  Convince yourself you are not seasick – focusing or dwelling on your anxieties will only make you feel worse.

Those with a history of motion sickness might consider one of the over the counter remedies or doctor prescribed medications currently on the market.  Please consult with your physician for suggestions.

Are there any age restrictions or physical restrictions?

There is no age minimum for our offshore trips but we do recommend that groups with very young children consider our Pleasant Bay Explorer tour instead.  Staying within Pleasant Bay reduces the chances of young kids experiencing motion sickness and it makes for a shorter trip back to our dock should the weather change.

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.

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).

We have a group of 7. Can we squeeze onto a trip listed at a 6 person capacity?

Unfortunately, no.  Each of our vessels is rated for a certain capacity by the United States Coast Guard.  Ignoring that capacity is against the law and endangers everybody on board.  A 6 person capacity means six human beings – ­ the USCG does not differentiate between children and adults.

Are pets allowed on your charters?

We currently do not allow pets on any our vessels.

How many fish can we keep from our fishing charter?

The current recreational fishing regulations for Massachusetts are:

  • Striped Bass – 28″ minimum – 1 fish per person.
  • Bluefish – No minimum – 10 fish per person.
  • Bluefin Tuna – 2 fish (27″ to less than 47″), 1 fish (47″ to less than 73″) – per trip.  As is customary, Tuna greater than 73″ will be retained by the vessel and captain.
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