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“Back Again!”

Dolphin Fleet Whale Watch
Ranked #1 of 25 Tours in Provincetown
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Whale watching originators of east coast whale watching since 1975. trips depart daily from Provincetown harbor. 3-4 hours in duration. booking available on-line, private chartering available. trip times vary, up to 10 trips daily during July and August Season April- October
North Collins, New York
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Back Again!”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

We always go to the Dolphin Fleet for the best whale watching experience on the cape! This year we saw a couple of finback whales and a minke. We like how the boat captains treat the animals with great care as people scramble to the side railings for the best view. The naturalist on board is also good at pointing out sightings and explaining what we are seeing. They also summarize the trip as you come back into port. We like the option of being inside for seating, or up top, or on the main level. Something for everyone.

Visited June 2013
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Richmond, Virginia
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“Unbelievable, amazing, must do!”
Reviewed July 5, 2013 via mobile

It was a little cool once we got out on the water and boring through the speech at the beginning..but once you do you will be SO glad you went! We saw over 25 whales of different kinds and ages. Baby whales, momma whales! Easily maybe the coolest thing I've ever done! Spoke to other tourists on the boat that come every year and love it each time. If you go on a day you see no whales you get your money back..but the trip is well worth the expense!!

Visited May 2013
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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
“Quite simply the best trip of all time!”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

It would seem that virtually all the local whale watching trips aim for Stellwagen Bank off North Cape Cod so, despite staying in Falmouth, it appeared to make sense for us to travel up to Provincetown in the hope of spending more time at sea actually whale watching rather than 'sailing' to the area. We're glad we did because not only is Provincetown a delight to visit but the Dolphin Fleet whale watching trip provided one of the most exceptional experiences of our lives. From start to finish this trip was thoroughly well organised and totally professional. Our guide was enormously knowledgable and equally enthusiastic and the crew as a whole proved incredibly able in terms of both managing their vessel and seeking out the whales. As with all wildlife 'safari' type activities there has to be a risk that one will be unlucky and see nothing and this trip began slowly. Within half an hour or so however we had our first sighting, one of two enormous Finback whales, both of which we enjoyed numerous sightings of over the next thirty minutes or so. These were followed by a few sightings of the smaller Minke whales and just as we were thinking we had already certainly had full value for money came the best bit of all, the Humpbacks, two of which we 'chased' and watched at close quarters as they provided the magnificent and awesomely iconic 'whale tail' view before one actually swam directly under our boat! Trips just don't get any better and while I appreciate that there is always a degree of luck involved in the success of such ventures great credit must go to the whole crew, they certainly provided the best value for $44 pp that we've ever spent.

Visited July 2013
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Bridgnorth, United Kingdom
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18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“A must-do”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

My wife has always wanted to go whale watching and it's only taken me 35 years! We didn't see as many whales as reported by some but we had a long, close view of one and so very much enjoyed the trip. My better half was over the moon!

My wife can get sea sick just looking at a boat. A cruise once for her birthday was ruined because it was choppy and she was heaving most of the time. Consequently the weather was a major consideration and we were very keen to ensure we went out in good conditions. We took the trouble to go to P-town to enquire about the forecast for the following days. Although the TV forecast for the next day was not good, the Dolphin office assured us that did not apply to the weather at sea and the next day would be good weather and calm.

So we booked for the next day. As the time for the trip approached, the rain and the wind were increasing. After half an hour at sea, the boat was rolling, the rain was lashing down and, despite raincoats, we got wet through and cold. Do not trust the office - our feeling was that they would have predicted a heat wave to get our money.

Despite all of this, we had a great time. Fortunately my wife took the precaution of sickness tablets which worked well. Also we were able to get hot drinks & food from the galley which helped to thaw us out.

From previous reviews, the Dophin fleet has the reputation of not packing their boats, which is why we opted for them. Sure enough, the boat was only about half full so there was ample room. Even when we saw a whale, there was room to get an unobstructed view.

We saw nothing for over an hour which is apparently unusual. Finally some of us had a half-second glimpse of a Minke whale. But then nothing. The trip offers a money back guarantee if no whales are seen so we were wondering whether the glimpse would be enough to rule that out - when another whale was spotted.

We had a couple of good views of a large finback whale for a few seconds before it dived. It finally came back up and we had an excellent view of it for over a minute. For a long period, it was right next to the boat. Being the second biggest creature on earth, it was not far short of the length of the boat and we got an outstanding close up view of it as the whale rolled around on the surface.

So the weather was lousy and we didn't see a lot of whales but we did have an unusually good view of one whale and we were well satisfied. Another box ticked on my wife's wish list!

Visited June 2013
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north carolina
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645 reviews
323 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
“Disappointing trip”
Reviewed June 30, 2013

We had planned to take the 9:30 trip but that was cancelled at the last minute and combined with the 10:00. Unfortunately for the passengers, this ship was very crowded, much like the pictures you see with people 3-4 deep trying to see the whales. We did see two fin whales on our trip but because of the wide where our seats were we weren't able to move around and get good views of the first whale. We did get good views of the 2nd whale. We booked Dolphin based on the recommendation from our hotel. Had I done it again, I would have investigated other options for early morning trips that would probably have been less crowded. Ships were clean and comfortable and staff was pleasant.

Visited June 2013
Thank Scott H
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