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Harbor Seal and Boat Tour - Cape Cod

Orleans, United StatesPart of the Airbnb Animals collection

Animal experience hosted by Jeff

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

A booking provides fare passage to explore the rivers and bays of Orleans, North Chatham; the haul out area of Cape Cod's large gray seal population; the waters of Chatham Harbor including the Chatham fishing fleet and the Chatham fish pier. View Chatham lighthouse and the shores of the beautiful Cape Cod National Seashore barrier beach with its vibrant bird and marine life. Water is provided. The tour is 2 hours long and is 22 miles round trip. Our trip remains within the calm protected waters of Orleans and Chatham and does not go into the ocean. If you haven't seen this part of Cape Cod from the water, then you are missing its true beauty. Due to the substantial cost of operating the vessel, a tour trip can only run if there are a minimum of three booked fares.
Other things to note
Children 12 and under must wear life jackets. Children of all ages are welcome if accompanied by their parent. Unaccompanied children must be 18 years of age or older.
Capt. may cancel if bad weather
A booking provides fare passage to explore the rivers and bays of Orleans, North Chatham; the haul out area of Cape Cod's large gray seal population; the waters of Chatham Harbor including the Chatham fishing fleet and the Chatham fish pier. View Chatham lighthouse and the shores of the beautiful Cape Cod National Seashore barrier beach with its vibrant bird and marine life. Water is provided. The tour is 2 hours long and is 22 miles round trip.…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Guests are free to bring their own beverages and food if they would like.
From $139
/ person

Meet your host, Jeff

Host on Airbnb since 2016
  • 44 Reviews
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I hold a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton master captain's license, I am a licensed FAA pilot, and have been sailing the waters of Orleans and Chatham since the early 1970's. After retiring from my business career, I worked for several years as a contract tour boat Captain on outer Cape Cod. I started Harbor Seal Boat Tours in order to give our visitors unique and local access to Cape Cod's beautiful National Seashore. You can visit us on the web, Instagram or Facebook. We follow all Commonwealth of Massachusetts Covid-19 safety protocols and I have received both doses of the Moderna Covid vaccine.
I hold a U.S. Coast Guard 100 ton master captain's license, I am a licensed FAA pilot, and have been sailing the waters of Orleans and Chatham since the early 1970's. After retiring from my business career, I worked for several years as a contract tour boat Captain on outer Cape Cod. I started Harbor Seal Boat Tours in order to give our visitors unique and local access to Cape Cod's beautiful National Seashore. You can visit us on the web, Instagram or Facebook. We follow all Commonwealth of Ma…
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Where you'll be

We will follow the calm waters through both Little and Big Pleasant Bay. Highlights of the tour include bringing our tour very close to beautiful sand bars where the large seal population swim and sun themselves. We will gently weave between the moored boats of the Chatham fishing fleet as we approach the fish pier and the famous Chatham lighthouse. The tour concludes as we sail home on the protected waters of North Chatham harbor and Orleans.

Rated 4.98 out of 5 from 44 reviews.

Stacie
September 2020
Expert navigation and storytelling through a large part of the coast line. Captain Jeff chartered some dense and surprising fog with ease. We loved his friendly nature and how much history and local knowledge he had. He was super careful made sure that we were always safe. We would recommend this trip and his services above anyone else!
Expert navigation and storytelling through a large part of the coast line. Captain Jeff chartered some dense and surprising fog with ease. We loved his friendly nature and how much…
Susan
September 2019
It was a great time we had looking at Cape Cod from a boat with insight to what we were looking at. A good time on the water and the seals stink! LOL
Joan
September 2019
It was a lovely boat ride. His description prepares you for the trip; remember to bring a jacket to avoid being cold when moving faster. Jeff described lots of history and fascinating facts about the areas we traversed. Saw some seals, and wonderful coastline. Was a fun trip and so glad that we experienced it.
It was a lovely boat ride. His description prepares you for the trip; remember to bring a jacket to avoid being cold when moving faster. Jeff described lots of history and fascina…
Nicki
September 2019
Captain Jeff was very accommodating. He adjusted the start time when he learned we were traveling to the cape just for this experience. We never felt rushed or like he had somewhere else to be. His ability to navigate the channels, tides, & currents was pure expertise... You can tell he is an excellent & experienced boater. And, we saw lots of seals up close and personal. We will be making the trip down again & again.
Captain Jeff was very accommodating. He adjusted the start time when he learned we were traveling to the cape just for this experience. We never felt rushed or like he had somewher…
Susan
August 2019
Wonderful boat ride ! Saw seals! I really enjoyed riding on a small private boat with just a small group of 5 , so it was quiet and relaxing. Other guests were very pleasant. I much prefer small boat as opposed to being on a big noisy boat with large group. Jeff was very knowledgeable of the area and history of Cape Cod. and very nice and pleasant host.
Wonderful boat ride ! Saw seals! I really enjoyed riding on a small private boat with just a small group of 5 , so it was quiet and relaxing. Other guests were very pleasant. I m…
Jacki
August 2019
Wow, Jeff was great! Very knowledgeable of the area and felt very safe in his boat. He told great stories of the history the cape and the waters we were in. We saw so many seals! Definitely would recommend taking this boat tour with captain Jeff, 5 stars!
Wow, Jeff was great! Very knowledgeable of the area and felt very safe in his boat. He told great stories of the history the cape and the waters we were in. We saw so many seals! D…

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    Things to know

    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Government ID

    You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 6 guests ages 6 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    What to bring

    Light or medium jacket depending on weather (it is always cooler on the water)

    Sunglasses and hat