September and October are great months to go whale-watching on Cape Cod. Just off our beaches, a host of whale species are gathering for their annual offshore feast. The weather is cooler, there are fewer people, and the whales are active as they begin to migrate south to mate and give birth.
Want a whale of a tale to tell? Here are some tips for a successful trip…
1. It pays to prepare for your whale-watching excursion
First, check the weather conditions and dress appropriately. It can be quite cold out on the water, so don’t forget a jacket or sweatshirt. Equally important, some sunblock and sunglasses or a hat will keep you from regretting your trip the next day! Wear rubber-soled shoes or sneakers for good traction on deck.
Second, arrive early to ensure you have a good spot on the boat. Captains often sell out of seats on their trips, even in the Fall, so it is best to reserve your spot in advance.
Third, be sure to bring binoculars and a camera. This will help you get a better view of the whales and capture some great photos.
Finally, be patient – it can take some time to spot a whale. If you see one, be sure to enjoy the moment and savor the experience.
2. What you can expect on a whale-watching tour of Cape Cod
There are many great spots for whale watching on Cape Cod. Some popular locations include the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Race Point Beach, and Herring Cove Beach.
You’re very likely to see humpback whales in the warmer months. Some other whale sightings to look out for are finback whales, pilot whales, minke whales, and right whales. Hopefully, you will get the chance to see a whale breach (leap up out of the water), sound (dive to feed), and spy hop (hold their heads out of the water).
Each tour will have naturalists on board to help you spot and identify these beautiful creatures.
3. Choose the right Cape Cod whale-watching tour
If you want to experience the wonder of these majestic mammals, the exhilaration of sunshine and salt air, and the promise of adventure, you will not want to miss the Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruise, the mid-Cape’s only whale watch. This cruise departs just a short drive from The Inn at Yarmouth Port and is a guest favorite.
Fast, highly maneuverable, and built with no external propellers, the Whale Watcher was designed specifically for whale watching in New England waters. Professional naturalists provide engaging, entertaining, and educational narrative throughout your trip.
With a little planning and preparation, you are sure to have a successful trip. So get out there and enjoy the majestic creatures of the sea! We’ll help you arrange a time for an experience you’ll not soon forget. If you catch an early whale watch, we’ll even pack your breakfast to go!