The waters off Cape Cod are brimming with life, and it’s a prime destination for dolphin and whale watching in Chatham MA. If you are planning a visit to this region of New England, you will have the unique opportunity to see these majestic sea creatures up close in their natural habitat. This is one activity you should take advantage of without hesitation, especially if you’re staying in or around the seaside town of Chatham. There are a number of charter companies that offer tours (usually mid-April through late October), making it easy to venture out to where these extraordinary mammals can be seen frolicking around. Whichever excursion you choose, you can be sure your guides will be informative and add to the enjoyment of the whole fascinating experience.

Chatham Dolphin and Whale Watching Excursions

Chatham is centrally located between the two ports where most of the dolphin and whale watching cruises leave from – Barnstable Harbor and Provincetown Harbor. It’s a reasonable driving distance to get to either. From there, you can set sail with any of the following companies in anticipation of catching a glimpse of Humpback, Finback, and Minke whales, as well as dolphins.

  • Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises: The Whale Watcher is a water-driven ship specially designed for whale watching. It’s spacious in size, with interior cabins and an outdoor viewing deck.
  • Whale Watch Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown: They have several ships available with walkout platforms on the bow, viewing decks, and climate-controlled cabins. There is plenty of comfortable seating, hands-on displays, and an educational focus.
  • SeaSalt Charters: If you prefer a private tour with family or friends, this company will accommodate. Because their vessels are smaller, you’ll be able to get a bit closer to the action. 

Whale jumping out of the waters of Chatham A group of dolphins swimming together

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Hyannis Wale Watcher Cruises

269 Millway, Barnstable, MA 02630


Whale Watch Dolphin Fleet of Province Town

307 Commercial St #1, Provincetown, MA 02657

(508) 240-3636

SeaSalt Charters

McMillan Pier, Provincetown, MA


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