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Chatham's longest running seal cruise company, celebrating 25 years of excellent service in 2015. The Monomoy Island and Capt Keith Lincoln have been featured in numerous local and national publications and television shows highlighting outdoor...more
We always go on whale/seal tours when on vacation, Monomoy (aka Rip Ryder - boat name) tour was one of the best on the East Coast, Captain Keith made the trip great, we expected the typical tour but to our surprise the Captain entertained us...More
Monomoy Island Ferry -- also known as Rip Ryder Seal Cruise -- is a roughly two-hour trip for about 20 passengers to see hundreds of seals out just beyond Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. The sheer numbers of seals (all female) are staggering. But what REALLY...More
Capt Keith is very knowledgeable and throws in his jokes. He rides around to make sure everyone sees the seals. He even stayed out longer to look for a whale they had seen the previous day. Worth the trip.
We were delighted with our Monomoy Island Seal Cruise on a sunny and beautiful July morning. The Rip Ryder departs out of Chatham, and we saw scores of entertaining Gray seals, “up close & personal”. Capt Keith is an entertaining wealth of information, both for...More
Very efficient check in and little wait time. Off we go with a boat of 19 of twenty spots full but still comfortable. Don't take one of those jumbo boats. This is a much better experience. Going down the Mitchell River there are some awesome...More
This 90 minute excursion was so much more than we thought it would be! Captain had great stories, was so knowledgeable and thoroughly entertaining! Taught us about the seals, the water, boating and sharks. Perfect mix of views, seals and background info. Awesome value. Great...More
If you can manage with a cane, you can probably handle it. They have a 3-4 ft wide walkway made of wooden boards to get out to where the boat docks. Then you have to walk over a small gap and step down into the boat. I... More
If you can manage with a cane, you can probably handle it. They have a 3-4 ft wide walkway made of wooden boards to get out to where the boat docks. Then you have to walk over a small gap and step down into the boat. I use a cane, rollator or Segway equipped with a seat for long walks, but I went without equipment of any kind. I'm sure that, if you ask for support, they'll be able to accommodate you. One questionable thing about the ferry experience, I thought, was that no one was asked to wear floatation vests, and they weren't offered (not sure if they were even available). But the water's actually pretty shallow...I don't think it ever got more than 4 ft deep. Hope that helps.
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Cape Cod Seal Tours - Who should we go with? (12 Replies)
Scouring the forums I found a similarly title post, but it was from 2007. A lot of "water under the bridge" since then, (pardon the bad pun) so I thought I'd put a new one out. We are going to the Cape very soon & want to do a seal watch. Thinking about either Beachcomber or Monomoy Island Ferry, since there have been shark sightings in the Monomoy area and my DH is dying to see a shark! Has anyone used either company lately?? Would greatly appreciate any advice you can give. Thanks!
July 15, 2011|
Hi wilkworks-- Here's a thread about Seals from August 2010 and my response is #3: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g185492-i369-k3876…
Seal Tours (31 Replies)
Can anyone recommend which Cape Cod seal watching boat tour to take? The Monomoy Island Ferry and Chatham Water Tours (both from Chatham) both look good. Is there any reason to prefer one over the other, or any others we should consider?
April 18, 2007|
Beachcomber uses a faster boat for more time with the seals than just traveling I've heard. www.sealwatch.com. 508-945-5265.
Chatham seal watch (1 Reply)
Chatham has become a favorite resting place for gray seals and harbor seals. Although earlier posts recommended the Beachcomber boat tour, I want to raise an issue. Tour boats are supposed to stay 150 feet away from the seals, but this one didn’t. The animals’ behavior (as I later learned) showed that they felt threatened and stressed – they were vocalizing a lot and jumping into the water in groups in a hurry. I don't know if Beachcomber boats always get too close, but I'd be cautious...More