Your Guide to Whale Watching in Cape Cod

Posted by Leland On March - 3 - 2017

Besides the picturesque landscape, Cape Cod draws thousands of tourists every year for whale watching. The largest mammals on Earth definitely deserve an audience as they migrate past coastal points, feed near the coast or swim in inlets. These ocean creatures are as elusive as they are beautiful, so you might want to read our guide first before embarking on a whale-watching excursion.

Whale Watching in Cape Cod

These enormous whales visit Cape Cod every year to feed on Stellwagen Bank, roughly six miles north of Provincetown. Stellwagen is a shallow water marine sanctuary with an area of 842 square miles in the Gulf of Maine and provides a great feeding location for whales. As the whales are busy feeding, you’ll also find them flirting with the boats and voluntarily swimming next to them. Humpback whales are the most popular ones you’ll find as they are curious enough to get close to you.

The whale watching season starts in Mid-April and extends into Late October. Most tour companies guarantee whale sightings and you might even see some dolphins too. You can choose to whale watch in the Mid-Cape or the Lower Cape area in spring, summer, or fall, although the species may differ depending on the season. If you’re watching from the shore, visit the Race Point and Herring Cove locations for the best views. No matter what time of the day, you should find different creatures like humpbacks, fin whales, minke whales, and even right whales, circling the waters.

When it comes to weather, the most ideal conditions for whale watching is light wind and sunshine. If there’s rain, don’t worry, most tour boats have indoor areas where you can still view the water. You’ll still see the whales even if its raining.

When joining a whale cruise, you’ll be amazed by the information the naturalists extend to the guests. You won’t only experience seeing whales before your own eyes but also learn about them! If you’re looking for a place to stay in Cape Cod, Admiral’s Landing has a great location near whale watching tour companies and offers a friendly bed and breakfast atmosphere.

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