Recently I was in Provincetown, MA on a road trip and I had the opportunity to go whale watching! Now here’s a fun fact: I’m actually afraid of whales. I’ve never been fond of them, and as I’ve grown older it’s developed into a bit of a fear. I felt comfortable knowing I was on a large boat for this excursion though!
We called in the evening before and made reservations for the 10am ride out in the morning. We got there about 40 minutes ahead, bought the tickets and got in line. Big tip: Get there about 40 minutes early. We weren’t first in line, but not too far off. By the time we were boarding, the line was a long way down the peer.
The boat is large and sturdy and it doesn’t matter where you sit since you won’t be sitting for long. There are amazing views from each side of the boat and whales tend to pop up in every direction.
During the departure into the ocean, the crew stands at the front of the boat and explains the different types of whales you’re likely to see with other facts about the area. They also have some samples they pass around, including a part of a whale’s mouth and some plankton. The crew is very friendly and open to answering questions. It’s a bit hard to hear everything over the wind though which is really the only bummer.Throughout the trip, there is also a videographer capturing the different sightings. You’re able to fill out a form and purchase the video from him at the end. The video will then be sent to your home after editing. If you want to have it a bit more personalized, you’re able to request being in the video as well.
Obviously the company has no control over what you will see during the trip, since you can’t tell nature what to do. We were lucky and had a really good trip with a lot of humpback whale sightings. In the beginning, a mother and a baby were beside our boat and put on a bit of a show for us.This company seemed to really care about the whales too. We would only follow them for so long until we would change direction to hopefully ensure that the whales wouldn’t end up getting stressed over our presence.
Also during the trip, when we would see whales the host of the tour would come on the microphone and point out the different markings. She also taught us how to spot them. If you see shiny green under the water, it’s the light reflecting off of the white on their markings in the water. This was handy to know where to have the camera pointed for when the whales popped out of the water.
I would definitely recommend traveling with Dolphin Fleet the next time you find yourself in Provincetown. They not only offer you a fun and educational experience, but they also truly care about the animals.