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4.5 star rating: Recommended 316 Reviews

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  • Location:Boston, Massachusetts
  • Duration:3 hours (approx.)

Boston Whale Watching Cruise

Experience the best of New England’s marine wildlife on this guided, 3-hour whale-watching cruise around the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary. Hop on a high-speed catamaran that gets to and from the whales in the least amount of time possible. See humpback and fin whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins and harbour porpoises with the help of a naturalist guide. The on-board galley offers food and beverages for purchase during the trip.

Highlights

  • Boston whale watching
  • 3-hour whale watch on a high-speed catamaran
  • Guided by a naturalist from the noted Whale Center of New England
  • Whale sightings on every whale watch

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What You Can Expect

Boston Whale Watching Cruise

Boston Whale Watching Cruise

Beginning at Central Wharf in Boston, hop aboard a high-speed catamaran and embark on a 3-hour whale-watching cruise to Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, a stretch of open water at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay that serves as a rich feeding ground for whales, dolphins, sea birds and more.

From the ship’s three outdoor decks, view humpback, fin, minke and pilot whales, plus Atlantic white-sided dolphins, harbour porpoises and more with the help of a naturalist from the Whale Center of New England. They will share their knowledge about the animals’ behaviors, conservation status, scientific tracking and more.

In between whale sightings, relax in the comfortable, climate-controlled indoor cabin, which features state-of-the-art sound and video systems, the New England Aquarium Education Station and a galley offering food and beverages for purchase.

Customer Reviews

sally W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

What a fantastic excursion. Definitely one for the bucket list for all animal lovers. This was my main reason for visiting Boston last year and I was absolutely made up to see around 20 whales on my day out. The staff were extremely friendly, enthusiastic and helpful.
This is a memorable experience, not to be missed!

GIULIA H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We had a fantastic day out in search of the humpbacks and what a surprise we got when we came across 4 or five of them, all breaching and doing their thing! The crew on board were extremely knowledgeable and no question was too much for them. It was a pretty cold day on 20 Oct and the boat goes at quite a speed ... very exciting. We stayed on top for a while but then ventured inside to keep warm. Take hat, gloves and wear body warmers. My husband had his GPS on the whole time and we did a 99 mile round trip! All in all a fabulous day and amazing breaching whales who gave us all a wonderful show.

Andrew S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Smooth tour and saw a number of whales which was great.

Difficult to hear the commentary on the outside deck.

Michelle R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

This is a must see for anyone who wants to be amazed. We saw at least ten whales. Don't miss thi great deal.

Susan M A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

We took the noon tour on October 7th. It was a bit crowded but I think most everyone who wanted to got a chance at the rail and exciting views of at least a dozen or so humpback whales. Lots of fluke action and the crew provides interesting facts about the whales, most of whom they know by name and characteristics.

Colette M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Stupendous trip!!!Five whales with lots of breaching and tale slapping. My trip was very rocky with lots of motion sick people and the staff was just fabulous with everyone.
I would advise making sure to take a motion sickness pill before you go just in case so you can enjoy the trip. The company handled everything from tickets to the cruise itself perfectly. Thanks for making my trip!!

mikehillier55

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Fantastic trip all round the whales were all around the boat on a beutiful October day the whole trip is highly recommended .

Mary H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

One of the best sightings of the season. Saw a steady group of 10-12 whales close to the boat diving and feeding. It was awesome! At least 20 whales off in the distance blowing mist. The crew was adorable, enthusiastic and sounded very knowledgable about the whales we were seeing. Would definitely recommend!! Definitely the highlight of our son's visit!

testerman.janet

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Great trip, though I wish there were a bit fewer people. The crew was very knowledgeable and we saw whales! These Viator tours and so simple to book and great to have these awesome tours planned in advance.

Carol B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Amazing views - saw a bunch of whales. Our guide was very knowledgable and was thrilled with the number of whales we got to see! Bring a hat and a jacket - very fast boat and it's windy out there! We were gone longer than the 3 hours because we couldn't pull away from the whales! My family of 5 would recommend this highly. P.S. Arrive at least 45 min ahead of time to get a good spot in line - you'll get first pick of spots on the boat.

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