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.

Welcome aboard Bellamy, a USCG inspected vessel capable of carrying up to 14 passengers quickly and safely to view the largest mammals found in our local 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!

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

A few reasons to choose Bellamy for your Cape Cod Whale Watch:

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

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

–  Comfort and safety.  Bellamy is inspected by the USCG to carry up to 20 passengers.  But to maximize passenger comfort and viewing opportunities, we limit our passenger count to 14 on whale watching trips.

–  Flexibility.  We offer the opportunity to choose between private and scheduled group tours throughout the summer.  We’re also happy to customize your trip.  For instance, why not combine a whale watch with a fishing charter!

Please see answers to Frequently Asked Questions at the bottom of this page.

The Boat

Bellamy began life as a Privateer 2850 Atlantic, built and designed to handle the rough waters off of the North Carolina coast.  With the help of the Privateer factory and the United States Coast Guard Bellamy was built from the ground up into a 20 passenger charter vessel.  This one-of-a-kind design includes dual outboard motors (to help navigate our shallow waters) and the latest electronics and safety equipment.  For passenger comfort, a small head (toilet) was also incorporated.

Length:    32.0 feet
Draft:        30 inches

Original Design:  Privateer Boats (Radcliffe Boatworks), Bellhaven, NC

The Name

Bellamy’s name is borrowed from the legend of Captain Sam Bellamy and the pirate ship Whydah.  “Black Sam” Bellamy plays an important role in the lore of Cape Cod’s pirate past.  Enjoy the following clip as NPS Ranger Jenna – wife of our very own Captain Chris – helps bring the story of Bellamy to life:

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

Maximum of 14 passengers

Notes:

  • Offered daily from mid-June to mid-October.   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.
  • For groups of 6 or less, Down Cape Charters reserves the right to use a Center Console style vessel instead of Bellamy as reservations may dictate.  These vessels are no less comfortable or safe – just more plentiful.  Only Bellamy can carry 7+ passengers.
  • 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.

Group Whale Watch

Individual Tickets Offered

GROUP CHARTER RATES:

$95.00 per adult

$55.00 per child (12 and younger)

Recommended ages:  3+

Duration:  3 hrs

Maximum of 14 passengers per trip

Notes:

  • Offered on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons from late June thru Labor Day weekend.  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.
  • In the rare instances where there are no reserved seats 12-24 hrs before a scheduled departure, we may call off our captain for that specific trip.  To help ensure captain availability and on-time departures, it is important that reservations are made in advance for any of our group tours.

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

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 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.
  • For groups of 6 or less, Down Cape Charters reserves the right to use a Center Console style vessel instead of Bellamy as reservations may dictate.  These vessels are no less comfortable or safe – just more plentiful.  Only Bellamy can carry 7+ passengers.
  • 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.

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 can 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.

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 Private charters.  However, 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).

Do children and infants count towards passenger capacity?

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

Are pets allowed on your charters?

We currently do not allow pets on any our vessels.

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