Cape Cod Whale Watching

Cape Cod is a prime destination for whale watchers. You can take a short cruise to visit the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, just 6 miles north of Provincetown at the tip of Cape Cod. Its protected shallow waters are a favorite feeding ground for many humpback, finback and minke whales. In early spring you can also sometimes see the endangered North Atlantic Right Whale (fewer than 350 remain worldwide).

Photo: Humpback Whale at Stellwagen Bank
Whale watching excursions...
These companies provide naturalist led cruises to Stellwagen Bank:

Dolphin Fleet of Provincetown
MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown, 1-800-826-9300
Ticket office: Chamber of Commerce Building at the head of the pier, Standish St. and Commercial St.
Dates: April - Oct
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Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises
Barnstable Harbor, Hyannis, 1-888-942-5392
Ticket office: Phinney's Lane to Barnstable Harbor. At the end of the street at Millway Marina.
Dates: May - Oct

Portuguese Princess Whalewatch
MacMillan Wharf, Provincetown, 1-800-442-3188
Whale Watcher Store: 309 Commercial St. (at Standish St/MacMillian Wharf)
Ticket Office: on MacMillan Wharf
Dates: April - Oct
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Whale research and conservation groups...

Center for Coastal Studies
Provincetown, MA

The Whale Center of New England
Gloucester, MA

New England Aquarium
Boston, MA

North Atlantic Right Whale Consortium
US and Canada

Stellwagen Bank information from NOAA...

Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary - home page

Stellwagen Bank Sanctuary - whale watching page

National Marine Sanctuaries - Stellwagen pages

Where the whales are...

NOAA - NE Right Whale Sighting Advisory System

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