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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.


  • 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

Lynn R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Saw so many Whales!!!! Great crew!

Louise G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This was the best trip onto the Atlantic I have ever seen. The commentator Laura, for the expedition was just gloriously pro whales. she knew the ones we saw, she knew a lot about their habitat, their food, their wants and dislikes. She knew the naming codes for them and she shared all that information with our trip. We saw and photographed at least 14 whales. That's a lot for one trip into the Atlantic! Then we saw the Boston horizon on the way back and were able to take photos of it and the airport! Wow it was a 10! I do not have the photos downloaded onto my computer yet as we just got home today.

Jolyon D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent day on the sea, saw a number of humpbacks some that came right to the side of the boat! Very good value!

Noriko M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The naturalist did really good job! appreciate it.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Everyone knows a whale watching trip is hit or miss.well this trip was a HOME RUN !!! the crew briefed us on all the details. length of trip, may or may not see anything, types of whales we may encounter, etc.. the only surprises were the amount of whales we did see !! I highly recommend these people !

Thomas R USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016


Randall R R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

It was awesome. The guides were knowledgeable about the topic, engaging and very friendly. Being affiliated with the aquarium means that they know the topic and area. We saw lots of whales and even had one breach right next to the boat at the end of the tour. Fantastic and would highly recommend.

Javade K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Awesome experience. I highly recommend anyone visiting Boston to put this top of their itinerary list.
The ride out on the catamaran was really cool make sure you have a rain jacket if the weather is a little wet
We ended up seeing over a dozen humpback whales and were privalaged to get a couple of real show off whales who continuously launched themselves out of the water.
The onboard host and marine expert was very knowledgable and happy to answer questions.

Richard V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

One of the best experiences for this kind of activity. The crew and equipment were top notch. The day did not start off to be too promising--drizzling and overcast, but that did not stop the whales. In all fairness the crew said that this was one of the most Whale-active days they had seen in some time, but even half the activity would have been amazing, Highly recommended

Just one note, don't expect gourmet fare on board. Limited choices and limited amount of food available--and we went out over lunchtime 11:00 am boat

pierfrancesco v

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

The trip was well organized and very interesting, the biologist that accompanied us was extremely well prepared and also a very good communicator, which made the whole experience enjoyable and rich of relevant information.
We saw a high number of whales from very close distance, a truly remarkable experience.

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