Summer is the perfect time for a Whale Watching Cruise on Cape Cod

Humpback whale "breaching" in the water off Cape CodThe summer season has (unofficially) begun and business is really picking-up at Isaiah Jones Homestead B&B in Sandwich, MA. One of the activities we frequently suggest to our guests is to go on a Whale Watching Cruise. In fact, we can get the tickets for you! Hyannis Whale Watching Cruises is located at 269 Milway, Barnstable, MA – a short, scenic 12-mile drive from our B&B. 

This company was founded in 1980 when the whale watching industry was just getting started on the Cape. Hyannis Whale Watching Cruises has been making improvements in their operations and educating their guests for almost 30 years. The watercraft used for their adventures is appropriately named the Whale Watcher and was designed specifically for these excursions in New England waters. The boat is 130 feet in length and is 28 feet wide making her very maneuverable. The water jets that move the boat along are “whale friendly” because there are no propellers to injure the whales and dolphins seen on the cruises. The tail of a whale ready to reenter the water.

The Whale Watcher has three viewing decks – two sun decks – with over 650 feet of rail space for viewing the aquatic life. There are also inside cabins to help the guests stay warm on those chilly Cape Cod mornings.  The boat also has three ADA accessible restrooms.  For guests’ convenience, the boat has a full-service snack bar with a selection hot and cold items, snacks items, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages. Dorsal fin of a dolphin breaking through the top of the water.

Guest safety is at the forefront of the cruise line’s efforts. On each trip, the passengers are given a safety orientation. The Whale Watcher is fully licensed and inspected by the US Coast Guard each year. The two licensed captains have a combined experience of over 50 years on the waters in New England. 

The Naturalists on board will provide an educational and fun narrative of what you are seeing – naming the different types of whales or dolphins and directing your attention to small movements in the water that the inexperienced sailor will miss that could lead to a big splash when a huge whale “breaches”.  The whales near Cape Cod are divided into two groups: the Mysticetes or Baleen Whales and the Odoctocetes  or Toothed Whales. Read a more complete description of the many types of whales and dolphins seen on the cruises from Barnstable, MA.  

Now that the summer season has arrived, the schedule for Whale Watching cruises is increasing.  Beginning in the last week of June, two cruises are scheduled each day.  This area – the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary – has been named among the top 10 whale watching areas in the world. So you will need to plan your daytime cruise or your sunset cruise soon.  See some of the recent action on their FaceBook Page!

If you want to learn more about Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, plan a day before or after your whale watching cruise to visit the main office in Scituate, MA. 

Plan your summer getaway to Cape Cod soon!  We will help you plan your Whale Watching Cruise and other fun activities in Sandwich, MA.

Make your reservation to stay at Isaiah Jones Homestead B&B now. 

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