Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises
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Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises on scenic Cape Cod, MA offers world-class whale watching adventures to visitors of all ages from around the world.
Barnstable, Massachusetts
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2024

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Kolleen A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My boyfriend and I were on the cruise this morning and it was amazing!! The boat was immaculate, the crew was very friendly, and everything started right on time. The weather was supposed to be rainy and cold, but ended up being sunny and comfortable the entire time.

I was so impressed with how they prepared the ship to meet the new 'normal'. There were formal signs on doors reminding guests to social distance, hand sanitizer ready at different locations, as well as red and green tape on the handrails for a guide. There were a few reminders from staff to wear masks and the vast majority of guests I saw complied. Staff also walked around the boat throughout the morning to sanitize common surfaces.

At first it didn't seem like we would see any whales. The captains brought us to areas that were popular over the last week or so and we didn't have any luck. Instead of giving up and turning around they kept trying different spots and we ended up seeing several different species! Once the whales were in sight, our host was great with providing information about the species (& specific whales) as well as giving descriptions of where to stand on the boat to see the whales.

Going during this period of social distancing honestly made the trip so much better. With a limited number of passengers on board we had more opportunities to move around the ship and see the whales at all angles.

Overall it was an incredible experience! I would definitely recommend Hyannis Whale Watchers, it was well worth the hour and a half drive to get there!!
Written July 11, 2020
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We're so glad you enjoyed the trip! Thank you for the kind words, it really makes our makes our efforts feel appreciated! Have a great summer!
Written July 25, 2020
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Monicawesomeness
Chandler, AZ52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
I’m so glad i talked my group into going whale watching here. It was four hours on a boat, the captain found us two humpback whales and made sure to keep changing direction so people on both sides of the boat could view the whales. We came up pretty close to them and they seemed very happy, waving their fins, flapping their tails & breaching for us. We saw a lighthouse on the way out to see and were given a lil history of the island we saw. I did go downstairs on the way back which gave me sea legs. I got a pretzel and ginger ale on the boat which was pretty reasonably priced compared to some of the other options they had. I highly recommend taking the time to go whale watching here.
Written October 7, 2021
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Michele P
Middletown, NY457 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
We could not have asked for a better afternoon. Captain and crew were wonderful! We enjoyed a narrated cruise out into the bay where a mother whale and her calf treated us to an unforgettable show. Masks were required (which was a bit tough as we sat in dock on one of the hottest days of the summer-but once we started moving, it was fine). Everything was clean and most people were respectful. The only negative was a nasty passenger who planted herself at the bow of the ship and then invoked “social distancing “ to keep others out of her pictures. If she was that worried, she should have stayed home rather than yell at a 10 year old girl for crowding her (she wasn’t) when trying to take a picture of the whales. Otherwise it was an enjoyable experience for all!
Written August 15, 2020
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PSUKim409
Arlington, VA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
Very enjoyable way to see the Cape! Firstly, social distancing and sanitizing were well taken care of. The marine biologist on the mic mentioned that most people kept their masks on! 6 ft distances were marked, though not respected when looking at the whales.
Very professional guiding. The marine biologist spoke in a friendly way giving lots of info about not only the animals, but the history of the Cape as well. Additionally, the captain of the boat steered around the whales so that we could see from all sides of the boat. We were lucky enough to see a pod of dolphins!

As mentioned in other posts, cash only parking is $15. They also had a bucket out for tips. Be prepared for that after having paid the already pretty large sum for your ticket aboard!
Written July 23, 2020
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We're happy that you had a comfortable and enjoyable trip. Any day with dolphins is a good one!
Written July 25, 2020
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Becki G
Pittsfield, MA212 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
This was my fifth whale watch, but my first with this company. It's also my first whale watch during a pandemic! The staff handled things nicely - I saw staff frequently sanitizing the common areas. There were red pieces of tape on the rails outside to denote distances for social distancing. Hand sanitizer was all over the boat, and they enforced masks for the duration .

They had nice restroom facilities - clean with running water in the sinks (not like the things you have to hold down so you can get a quick stream of water for a second), which in the view of COVID I appreciated even more.

Now the whales! Our captain steered the boat so that both sides could see the whales. We were lucky to find some that were very busy frolicking, slapping their fins, and even breeching. I've never seen one breech before. I've been on watches where they have, but I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. It felt on this boat , you could be in the wrong place one moment, but he would move the boat so you could see things, too. We saw a whale nursing her young. Lots of great things. I know companies can't help what the whales are doing, but I felt like the staff had a wealth of knowledge and experience .

I wished I could hear their intercom announcements better from the outside - the speaker didn't seem to put out much volume and then there are people who talk all through them. But that's my only wish list item.

This was a stellar team of people. We were in good hands.
Written September 13, 2020
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T T
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We originally had a whale watch cruise out of Provincetown scheduled but it got canceled two days in a row because the water was so ruff so we called this company to ask if they were going out and they were so we drove an hour from Provincetown to do the whale watching cruise with them. This company took our money for a whale watching tour. The tour was a flop. They took us to the Provincetown bay area and there were no whales! They repeatedly said that they couldn't take us out further because the waters were too ruff for our safety. We were the only cruise on the water that day(all of the other cruises had canceled for the day due to the ruff waters.) How convenient. My daughter explained that the previous tour that she went on out of Provincetown to see whales went past the Provincetown bay about an hour out to find the whales but John and his cruise didn't go that far, When asked their explaination was that they were looking out for our safety. In the end, we didn't see any whales. We were not going to be in town after that day and so we told John that the raincheck that he was offering wasn't any good for us. We asked why we weren't informed before we paid to see whales that this cruise would not be able to go as far as usual because of the ruff waters and there was a good chance that we would not see whales because they weren't able to go as far as usual to see the whales. John became very emotional and implied that he was insulted because we asked him this question. He even tried to walk off from us although there was no aggression or rudeness during our convesation. After futher discussion he gave excuses such as the sizes of the boats were different, blah, blah, blah. He still refused to give us a refund. Instead he insisted that we take the raincheck(which was no good for us) and talk to the front desk about it. At the front desk the drama continued. The representative refused to give us a refund and even asked if we wanted her to loose her job by insisting that we get a refund and gave us the email address for the owner. This cruise line took our money knowing(with Johns 30 years of experience) that they couldn't go far as it is usually required to see the whales. I would not go with this company for your whale cruise. If after 30 years of experience, Johh was not aware(as the other whale watch companies were that didn't want to take our money knowing that there was a very real chance that we wouldn't see whales and they offer a 100% guarantee) he should have been and we should have received our money back instead of a bogus rain check. Do not trust this company.
Written October 12, 2023
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KC_in_NY
New Rochelle, NY2,352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
They just opened back up this past week and went on a Tuesday. While social distancing was being enforced, it was a challenging with folks finding seating initially and trying to get a better view when the whales came out. The concession stand didn't have everything on their menu, so you might want to consider bringing food with you. They have indoor seating and I found that was a lot more comfortable, especially since it gets windy and cold when the ship is moving. While not cheap, felt this was worth the price, though I did find the $15 parking a little annoying. Only plus is that there are two restaurants there and you can walk over to Millway Beach, which is residents only, if you want to get a little sand.
Written July 10, 2020
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Sure is nice to get back on the water, glad you could join us! Thanks for your comments and have a great summer!
Written July 25, 2020
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DJG
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
You'll cruise about an hour to get to the whale feeding spot where you'll get a chance to see some whales. They cruise relatively fast and it's windy and cold so you'll need a sweatshirt! We saw 9 whales: 8 humpback that included two moms and their calves and a minke whale. It was amazing! We got some good pics and also purchased the video put together by the professional videographer they have on board which was definitely worth the cost. They set up on the very top level of the boat and have a much better camera than we do! The naturalist provides some interesting commentary about the whales and also lets you know where to look to see them. The only downside to the entire cruise was they let people smoke on board. It's in a specific part of the boat - downstairs in the back right next to the stairs - and even though they try to tell you that the smoking area is contained, you can't contain the smoke which travels everywhere. We were upstairs in the back of the boat and the smoke and smell came up the stairs and it was awful. They really need to make it a no smoking trip and anyone who can't go 4 hours without a cigarette should find something else to do instead of negatively impacting the 95% of people on board who don't smoke. It really takes away from how great the rest of the trip is and many people around us were complaining. Aside from that this is definitely a great trip and you'll see some amazing whales and sites!
Written July 27, 2021
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STLGina
Saint Louis, MO47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Couples
We weren’t sure about this due to the time of year but decided to try it. We had a great time. The boat left promptly at 11 AM while we listened to general instructions. The naturalist on board, John, was a marine biologist and a 20-year veteran, so very knowledgeable. Once we got to the first area he told stories and provided interesting facts about various marine life, like the folk tale about how the Minke whale got its name. They had some good spotters as we were pointed to some other large fish, like the ocean sunfish and a group of porpoises. They had trouble finding whales and so we ended up staying out some extra time and moving the boat to a different location. Finally we were able to see a couple of whales and although there were no huge jumping breaches, we did see a couple of humpbacks surface and got the requisite “fluke shot”. My husband also got some really good photos of a couple of interesting water birds. And for a few minutes a Minke whale paced alongside our boat and we were able to watch it swim with us, which we were told was kind of rare because minke whales are not usually particularly curious or interested in boats. I think next time we will come out earlier in the year and hopefully see something a bit more spectacular, but we were very happy that we got to see a couple different whales. These folks went out of their way and spent extra time to make sure we got to see whales. One thing: if you go out in October like we did, be sure you are dressed for it. I wore layers and I’m glad I still brought an extra warmer jacket, especially for ride back. Thanks to our guide and the staff who provided a fun excursion.
Written October 18, 2021
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Dean3839
Charles City, VA264 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
What an amazing day. The weather was a Perfect 75° and sunny. The boat/ship carries almost 400 people and has (5)1750 horsepower diesels. The boat cruises at 30 miles an hour. The ocean water is very cool so bring a jacket for the ride! We saw seven whales. The captain and the crew are very knowledgeable and took their time explaining the whales and the boat to us.
One of the members told me that the Cape Cod area is ranked in the top 10 places to see whales in the world.
One of the members of our family was on the scooter. The crew was very accommodating!
Written June 22, 2022
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