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Itinerary
Make your way to the Boston’s conveniently located Central Wharf, where you’ll use your prepaid tour voucher to board a high-speed catamaran. The state-of-the-art boat allows you to access the sanctuary in just a half a day (slower boats take a full day).

Find a comfortable seat on one of three outdoor decks or inside the climate-controlled cabin. As you ride, scan the Massachusetts Bay for signs of marine life. Possible sightings include humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, pilot whales, harbor porpoises, and Atlantic white-sided dolphins. A naturalist guide will teach you about the animals’ biology and behavior.

Pack light for the tour, as you can purchase food and beverages from an onboard snack bar. After your tour, head back to shore.
Locations visited
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary
Boston Harbor Cruises
Overview

On this whale-watching tour, cruise out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary in search of humpback and fin whales, as well as harbor porpoises and Atlantic white-sided dolphins. You’ll learn about the wildlife from a naturalist guide. The high-speed catamaran helps you save time for other vacation adventures, and you can pack light, as snacks and refreshments are available for onboard purchase.

Highlights
  • Search for whales and other wildlife on a half-day tour
  • High-speed catamaran helps save time on your trip
  • Naturalist guide on board informs you about the wildlife
  • Choose from three outdoor decks or an climate-controlled cabin
  • Pickup and drop-off at Boston’s conveniently located Central Wharf
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Reviewed 4 days ago
Great sunset whalewatching evening!

Despite a rainy day, we headed out to the whale watching sanctuary for a sunset cruise. I had done something like this about 10 years ago and looked forward to seeing again these incredible mammels up close. Happily, we found 10-12 humpback whales and some...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing experience!!

Had the utter pleasure of doing the four hour cruise when on holiday recently in New England. The staff were very friendly welcoming us onto the boat. The boat travels very fast and my eldest daughter and i did feel a little queasy initially but...More

3  Thank lee H
Reviewed 1 week ago
Whale of a Time!

"If you don't see whales, we'll give you a raincheck," they told us. "Whales travel alone, so you'll probably only see one at a time," they told us. "It's rare to see a Meinke whale," they told us. Well, nobody told the whales! We saw...More

2  Thank Mara H
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile
AMAZINGGGG!

Would spend the money on this again and we will! We loved it from my husband to my 9 year old! My daughter (14) what a treat it was to hear her gasp in awe at such marvelous beautiful creatures! It’s an experience that I...More

1  Thank ButterfliesQueen
Reviewed 1 week ago
Great morning on the Water!

My husband & I did the Whale Watching tour our first full day in Boston. We love the water, so it was great to get out on the boat & see Boston from the water as well as get out towards the Cape. The whale...More

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