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Chase away the chill! Start planning your whale watch now.

While whale activity in Massachusetts Bay is quieter this time of year, humpbacks have been spotted as recently as early-January. Some whales will remain as long as they can before migrating south and occasionally, we see whales who have decided to overwinter here. North Atlantic right whales have been in the news with the arrival of 14 known new calves! Unfortunately, two of the calves have not been resighted and one has been gravely injured by a vessel strike. We remain hopeful for the health of the remaining 11 and note that we are approaching the time of the year where they may be spotted from the beaches of Provincetown. Suit up in your warm winter gear and head to Race Point by March or April for a chance to get one of the best views at these critically endangered animals.

Our 2024 schedule is now live for booking and whale watching gift certificates make a great gift for your Valentine.  Start planning that special trip now. Our season kicks off on May 16th.

Whale and Vessel Safety Task Force Formed

We were heartened to read this article by Eric Colby in the April 3rd issue of Soundings Trade Only publication and wanted to share it with our many visitors concerned about efforts to protect the North Atlantic right whales.

Marine industry stakeholders have established a Whale and Vessel Safety Task Force, which will work to identify, develop and implement technology and monitoring tools to mitigate the risk of vessel strikes to marine mammals, in particular, the North Atlantic right whale.

“The marine industry is committed to working with NOAA and industry partners to reduce the risk of vessel strikes on NARW and other marine mammals through the use and development of scalable, quantifiable technology-based solutions,” John DePersenaire, director of government affairs and sustainability for Viking Yacht Co., said in a statement. “Management of the NARW has proven difficult for resource managers, and the marine community is stepping forward to help meet that challenge.”

NOAA Fisheries, under authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Endangered Species Act, seeks to reduce vessel strikes by implementing 10-knot seasonal speed limits and dynamic speed restriction zones along much of the East Coast.

The WAVS task force plans to demonstrate that leveraging available and emerging technologies is the most holistic approach to reducing encounters between whales and vessels. The group is calling on commercial sectors that specialize in monitoring, detection and communications systems to better connect monitoring equipment and boat operators and provide near real-time warnings in areas that right whales frequent.

Task force members represent a broad spectrum of independent stakeholders with backgrounds in marine mammal monitoring and detection, spatial risk analysis, electronics, marine biology, data analysis and telemetry.

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Whale Watch Gift Certificates

Looking for a unique gift for friends near or far? How about a gift certificate for a Whale Watching adventure out of picturesque Barnstable Harbor. The promise of adventure — the wonder of whales and dolphins – wild and free — the exhilaration of sunshine and salt air.

Our gift certificates are easy to order and a cinch to wrap! Gift Certificates are available by flat rate dollar amounts ($100, $125, $150, $175, $200 or $225) or by guests in the party $75 (adults), $65 (seniors – 62+) and $55 (kids – 4 to 12). Order online now and we can even email your gift for you!


WhaleSENSE is a collaborative, voluntary program recognizing commercial whale watching companies committed to a higher standard of whale watching. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is committed to the principles of WhaleSENSE on all of our cruises. Our vessel operates in compliance with NOAA’s Northeast Whale Watching Guidelines and are active WhaleSENSE participants. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is a proud supporter of the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, the world’s most active charity dedicated to the conservation and welfare of all whales, dolphins and porpoises.

Voted Best Of Cape Cod By Cape Cod Life For 2023

Best of the Cape & Islands

Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises has been selected Best of the Cape & Islands – Land and Sea Excursions – Mid-Cape by Cape Cod Life magazine each year since 2014.

This is a readers’ choice award voted on annually by the magazine’s readers and subscribers. Cape Cod Life is the region’s premier lifestyle magazine showcasing the stunning natural beauty and historic charm of Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket since 1979. Hyannis Whale Watcher Cruises is proud to receive this award for another season!

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The latest news and events from the Hyannis Whale Watcher team.

Still one of the best reactions we've heard on a whale watch... "What IS that thing?!". The mola mola, or ocean sunfish, is always a fan favorite when we are able to spot them! #whalewatching #ocean #wildlife #alien ... See MoreSee Less
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Have a great photo that was taken from our vessel, the Whale Watcher? As a member of WhaleSENSE, we invite you to submit your images, as we always love to see them! Submission information can be found in the attached post and please keep in mind that the submission deadline is next Monday, February 26. Let's see 'em!Submissions to the 7th Annual Whale SENSE Photo Contest are open! Submissions can be made through February 26, 2024.Rules and submission instructions can be found at this link. bit.ly/2024WSphotocontestWinning photos will be featured on our Facebook Page, Instagram, and website AND winners will receive a prize courtesy of @Whale and Dolphin ConservationVoting will take place on our Facebook! ... See MoreSee Less
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