Explore Nantucket, Whale Watch, Seal Cruises & Harbor Tours on Nantucket Island

WHALE WATCHING AND SEAL TOURS AND CRUISES ABOARD THE SHEARWATER

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Seal Cruise/Great Point Natural History Tour

Join us on a cruise to the northern most extremity of Nantucket, Great Point. Learn about the life-cycle of seals as well as some history of the Great Point Lighthouse

The seals are always present, so you are guaranteed to see sometimes hundreds at a time! Staying well within strict viewing guidelines, we get close. How close? We coined the phrase "up close and personal", so, with our engines either off or just at idle, you can watch the seals frolic just feet away. These large and fascinating animals live side by side with an ever-changing group of mammal and avian species as the seasons change. Their habitat includes dry sand bars and uninhabited stretches of beach, the likes of which you will not see anywhere else in the Northeast.

If you like bird or nature watching, Captain Perkins and all our staff are accomplished ornithologists and naturalists and will be more than happy to identify all flora and fauna that are present. During the winter months, observe the spectacular flight of Long-Tailed Ducks along with thousands of other seabirds including Scoters, Gannets, Grebes and Razor Bills. During summer and fall observe the countless shorebirds; Terns, Gulls and numerous species of migratory Hawks and Falcons. Captain Perkins’ experience and knowledge make each voyage a special memory for all ages.

Shearwater Excursions takes pride in meeting or exceeding all federal and voluntary viewing guidelines set forth by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other agencies dedicated to the protection and safety of marine mammals.

We have fantastic interns on all our Excursions from the Maria Mitchell Association as well as The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society. Both of these organizations are dedicated to research, conservation, and education. We are excited to be teamed up with both of these fine programs.

Shearwater Excursions was the first to offer these tours and we continue to thrill people from all age groups. The Seal Cruise is a nature lovers dream.

2 hours. Kids love this! Year-round Daily Departures. , Rates & Times

Whale Watch
Whale Watch - guaranteed sightingsGuaranteed sightings!* Join us aboard the Shearwater, the only Whale Watch vessel out of Nantucket. Continuing the island's rich, centuries old heritage of whaling, the ancient cry, "Thar she blows" takes on new meaning as we seek out whales for a new purpose - a purpose of education and conservation. Passengers are encouraged to participate in spotting the tell-tale spouts that lead us to these magnificent animals.

We travel about 15-25 miles offshore to view mainly Humpback, Finback and Minke Whales in addition to a plethora of other animals including Basking Sharks, White-Sided Dolphins, and Sea Turtles. Often, we are joined by professional ornithologists to view the many pelagic species of birds including Shearwaters, Petrels, Jaegers, and Skuas. If there is anything to spot and identify on the horizon you can be sure Captain Perkins and his staff will share it with you. This rare Nantucket experience will leave you and your companions with memories that will last a lifetime.

*On the rare occasion that we do not see any whales, you will receive a free ticket for a future date. This is very unlikely though; over the last several years we have averaged between 30-60 identified whales per trip!.

Shearwater Excursions takes pride in meeting or exceeding all federal and voluntary viewing guidelines set forth by the Marine Mammal Protection Act and other agencies dedicated to the protection and safety of marine mammals.

6 hours. Departing every Sunday, Wednesday & Friday from mid-June thru mid-October, Rates & Times

Coatue Clamming Expedition

A quick trip over to the beautiful, remote barrier beach known as Coatue and you are in paradise. Our guides instruct you in the fine art of clam-digging. A picnic lunch on the beach rounds out this family-friendly excursion. And you get to take home a bucket of fresh Nantucket quohogs!

Equipment rental and shellfish licensing included. Call for rates and times. Private excursion only.

Harbor Tour/Ice Cream Cruise - Visit our Harbor Tours page and learn about our NEW Harbor Cruise Vessel, the Minke.

Cocktail Cruises and Private Charters - visit our Private Charters page to learn about these excursions.

Info & Reservations- (508) 228-7037
or visit us at our slip at Straight Wharf, Slip #1011.

 

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