Cape Cod Whale Watching

No need to deal with traffic and crowded ferries!  Our Group and Private Whale Watch tours offer a unique and intimate alternative to the bigger ships found on Cape Cod.  Join us for an opportunity to get up close and personal with the largest marine mammals living in our coastal waters!

A few reasons to choose Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals for your next Cape Cod Whale Watch:

–  “Just right” size.  Most whale watches on Cape Cod take place on large ships where you’ll have to elbow your way to the railing with 100+ other people.   Our trips are unique – small enough to remain intimate but large enough to accommodate groups of up to 14.

– Unique Perspective.  Rather than viewing whales from 5 stories up in the air, our trips allow for an awe inspiring perspective at eye-level with these gentle giants.  Prepare to be humbled!

–  Stress-free.  Since we’re consistently able to find whales east of Chatham, we do not travel to Stellwagen Bank as the bigger ferries in Barnstable and Provincetown do.  This leads to a less crowded, more relaxed and personal experience – both on the boat and in the car on the way to the boat!

–  Flexibility.  We’re happy to customize your trip.  For instance, why not combine a whale watch with some fishing or seal viewing?

Bring your friends and family and create your own National Geographic moment, Down Cape!

M/V Bellamy and M/V Thynnus

Down Cape Charters offers two unique vessels for its Whale Watching and Offshore Combo trips.  Groups of 7 or more passengers will default to Bellamy, a 32ft USCG inspected vessel capable of holding up to 14 passengers offshore.  Bellamy’s one-of-a-kind design includes twin Yamaha outboards and a small marine head (toilet).

Thynnus, a 26ft Albin center console designed for offshore fishing/wildlife viewing trips, will often be used for groups of 6 or less.   Thynnus offers the same degree of visibility and comfort as Bellamy, but please note that there is no toilet onboard.

Subject to availability, groups of 6 or less who prefer the larger boat and don’t mind the price increase can reserve Bellamy specifically by booking as a party of 7-10 passengers.

Private Whale Watch

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers    $775.00

 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 tours offer a unique and intimate alternative to the bigger ships found on Cape Cod.  Join us for an opportunity to get up close and personal with the largest marine mammals living in our coastal waters!

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!

All trips are private – for you and your group only (plus one captain).

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.

Offshore Combo

PRIVATE CHARTER RATES:

1-6 Passengers    $875.00

 7-10 Passengers  $1,125.00

11-14 Passengers  $1,375.00

Duration:  4 hrs

Our Offshore Combo aims to please the entire group with a sample of everything our coastal waters have to offer!  Perfect for groups mixed with boaters/non-boaters, children/adults, and fishermen/non-fishermen alike.  We let the group decide how to spend their time on the water – the boat will be equipped for it all!

Activities can include:

  • Whale Watching
  • Inshore Fishing:  Perfect for beginners or those with kids, our Combo is a great way to experience some fishing without committing to a dedicated 4 hr fishing charter.
  • General Sightseeing:  A short detour brings us back into the calmer waters of Pleasant Bay to view Chatham’s seal colony or the Chatham Lighthouse.

All Offshore Combo’s are private – for you and your group only (plus one captain) – and customized to your groups preferences.

Notes:

  • 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.  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.

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?

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.

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?

There are no age restrictions for our Private Whale Watch and Offshore Combo tours.  We have hosted newborns to octogenarians without issue.  However, given the nature of the ocean, not every day is appropriate for every group.  Please let us know (leave a comment at checkout) if your group includes young children so we can keep a close eye on the weather and adjust accordingly.

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 charters?

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 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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