Boating, Fishing & Watersports



Don’t visit Cape Cod without getting on the water! Whether you’re all about fishing or looking to relax with a glass of champagne, Chatham Bars Inn has a boating experience for you. Our private fleet offers charters, cruises, fishing trips and even kid-friendly tours that get the whole family involved.


Boating is available from April through October. Space is limited and many of these experiences sell out quickly, so make sure to reserve as far in advance as possible by calling 800.527.4884.


If you need to change or cancel your reservation, we do require notice 24 hours in advance.



Charters and Cruises




Nantucket Cruise


We’ll whisk you away to Nantucket Island in just over an hour. Walk the charming cobblestone streets, visit quaint shops and galleries, and dine at one of grey lady’s many seaside restaurants.

Martha’s Vineyard Cruise


The natural beauty of Martha’s Vineyard’s pristine beaches, clay cliffs, historical and cultural attractions, exquisite dining and one-of-a-kind boutiques provide for a perfect day trip.


Champagne Bay Cruise


Experience the beauty and calm waters of Pleasant Bay. Sit back and sip bubbly aboard Shooting Star, our 38’ Shelter Island Runabout as we explore the bay including Strong Island, Eastward Ho, and The North Cut. Champagne and soft drinks provided. Additional snacks and beverages available.


Evening Harbor


Sit back and reflect on the day’s events while taking an early evening cruise along the picturesque Chatham coastline.


Pirate Cruise - Kid Friendly!


Join the Captain and crew on “Bargh Tender” as they hunt down The Black Stargh and it’s dirty, rotten Captain! Young pirates prepare for battle with tattoos and face paint and don their pirate gear. They unroll the ole treasure map and cast off in search of the stolen treasure!


Fishing Trips




Lobstering


Experience the daily routine of a lobsterman as you participate in the excitement of hauling, emptying and baiting the traps on Lob Star.


Inshore Fishing


We will fish the rips and waters surrounding Chatham in search of striped bass, bluefish, bonito, and false albacore. All tackle is provided. The captain will gladly clean your catch and deliver it to the resort kitchen for our chef’s to prepare for a nominal fee.


Offshore Fishing


Chatham is home to some of the most fertile waters on the East Coast. Head offshore in pursuit of blue water species such as Bluefin tuna. StarStruck is fully equipped with top-of-the-line electronics and the finest fishing tackle. Our knowledgeable captains will provide you with a memorable fishing experience that is second to none.


Sailing Trips




Evening Sail


Enjoy a relaxing evening sail while the sun sets to the west. The sweeping vistas of Chatham’s coastline, historical landmarks like the Chatham Lighthouse and the barrier beach provide the perfect backdrop for your sail.


Youth Sailing Instruction


Our instructors provide children with basic sailing instruction in a safe and fun environment. The goal is for each child to develop skills while building knowledge and confidence. Children will learn basic boat handling, terminology, rigging and sail trim. Participants must be 7 years of age or older.


Wildlife Adventures




Shark Expeditions


Our shark shadow and shark beacon expeditions aren’t just your best chance to see great whites near Cape Cod - they’re once-in-a-lifetime experiences that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. Learn more about our shark expeditions and reserve today!


Whale Watching Tours


You’ll set out on the Shooting Star, our 38-foot Shelter Island Runabout originally designed by Billy Joel. Our captains will take you the waters east of Chatham, where whales gather from April to October to feed and raise their young. Primarily, our tours spot humpback whales, though it’s not uncommon for guests to also see pilot whales, minke whales, whale sharks and giant mola mola as well. Learn more about our whale watching tours and reserve today!


Morning Seal Cruises


Pleasant Bay is home to hundreds of gray & harbor seals. This tour is an opportunity to see them up close and learn about their eating and migratory habits. You may see them on the sandbars at low tide basking in the sun or frolicking in the water at high tide. This cruise also includes passing the Chatham Lighthouse and the Municipal Fish Pier.


Rentals




Kayak Rentals


Single and tandem kayaks available. All rentals include proper instruction and safety information, and life vests. Participants must be 6 years of age or older, and those under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


Hobie Catamaran Rentals


These fast and fun Hobie Cats make for excellent sailing in Chatham Harbor. Available for sailing lessons and rentals.


Our Fleet





Shooting Star


Type: 38’ Shelter Island Runabout

Capacity: 6 Passengers

The traditional beauty of the 38’ Shelter Island Runabout and her incredible performance can quickly whisk you away to Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard or to some of the most spectacular whale watching spots in New England. Cruise in speed, comfort and style.


StarStruck


Type: 34’ Regulator Center Console

Capacity: 6 Passengers

This is the ultimate sport fishing machine. StarStruck will take up to six guests to the fishing grounds comfortably, safely, and quickly. The waters off of Chatham boast some of the finest striper and tuna fishing on the east coast and, whether you prefer offshore big game or inshore light tackle fishing, StarStruck’s state-of-the-art equipment and experienced captains will help you land “the big one”!


Lob Star


Type: 21’ Parker Center Console

Capacity: 6 Passengers

Experience the daily routine of a lobsterman as you participate in the excitement of hauling, emptying and baiting the traps on Lob Star. Get an up-close and personal view of the other marine life that finds its way into the traps including crabs, sea stars, moon snails and other shellfish.


Stars & Stripes


Type: 26’ Latitude Tandorne

Capacity: 6 Passengers

Trimmed inside and out with satin-varnished mahogany and teak decking, the Tadornes are attractive boats that are fast under sail. Her cockpit is wide and spacious making Stars & Stripes ideal for a classic sailing excursion, a family sailing lesson or a relaxing sail.


Bar Tender


Type: 29’ Custom Launch

Capacity: 18 Passengers

Built in Chatham and trimmed with teak decks and beautifully varnished mahogany, Bar Tender has a remarkably shallow draft that affords easy access to the beach and remote areas of Pleasant Bay.

Complimentary Shuttle Service: Daily to North Beach Island is available exclusively to guests of Chatham Bars Inn. In addition to a variety of scheduled cruises, Bar Tender may also be reserved for private charters and cocktail cruises for parties of up to 18 passengers.


Private Charters


All of our boats are available for private charters, including, but not limited to wedding photo shoots, bachelor and bachelorette cruises, birthday parties and more! Call 1.800.527.4884 to book.


Remember - space is limited! Reserve as far in advance as possible by calling today.



View our Boating & Watersports brochure for more info on everything from fishing to charters to kids' programs and more!







Whale & Shark Watching Tours

The whale watching tours and shark expeditions at Chatham Bars Inn are some of our guests’ most memorable experiences. While many destinations on Cape Cod offer whale and shark tours, the exclusive tours at Chatham Bars Inn offer guests unrivaled close-up access to these incredible creatures. They’re not to be missed by those who want the absolute best whale or shark watching on the Cape.


We offer three distinct tours:



Whale Watching



Imagine being up close and personal with a 50-foot, 66,000 pounds humpback whale as it works with its pod to hunt mackerel and herring in deep blue waters of the Atlantic. That’s likely what you’ll see when you book your whale watching tour with Chatham Bars Inn.


You’ll set out on the Shooting Star, our 38-foot Shelter Island Runabout originally designed by Billy Joel. Our captains will take you the waters east of Chatham, where whales gather from April to October to feed and raise their young. You’ll witness these majestic creatures breaching, diving and bubble feeding in their natural environment. Primarily, our tours spot humpback whales, though it’s not uncommon for guests to also see pilot whales, minke whales, whale sharks and giant mola mola as well.


Cost: $1,200 for up to 6 passengers.

Availability: Usually from April to October, when the whales migrate to the waters near Chatham.

Reservations: Call 508.945.0096 well in advance to book - our whale watching tours are highly in-demand and space is limited.


Shark Shadowing



Our shark shadow expedition isn’t just your best chance to see a great white near Cape Cod - it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience you can’t find anywhere else in the world.


You’ll shadow researchers from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy as they track great whites off the coast of Cape Cod. A spotter plane will radio the locations of sharks in the water and you’ll be off, searching for these apex predators as they hunt for their favorite prey, the grey seal.


Once you catch up to the sharks, you’ll get up close and personal as researchers tag and study these incredible animals. There is absolutely nothing like observing a 15-foot, 2,000 pound great white in the wild, and we can guarantee you’ll never forget this experience.


Proceeds from this expedition are donated to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy to benefit shark research, education and conservation efforts, and yes - they’re tax-deductible.


Learn more about white shark ecotourism at Chatham Bars Inn.


Cost: $2,500 for up to 5 passengers in a private charter.

Reservations: Call 508.945.0096 well in advance to book - space is extremely limited for this exclusive shark expedition.


Shark Beacon Cruise



Spend your morning like a scientist with our exclusive shark beacon cruise!


You’ll depart on the Bar Tender, our 29-foot custom launch, for a tour of the shark beacons in Chatham Harbor. Pulling data from the beacons, volunteer scientists from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy will educate you on the sharks, fish and wildlife in the waters below. Proceeds will be donated to the Conservancy to fund their research and conservation efforts.


Learn more about white shark ecotourism at Chatham Bars Inn.


Cost: $55 per person for up to 16 people.

Reservations: Call 508.945.0096 to book - space is limited


Whale & Shark Expedition FAQs


Are the tours family friendly?


Yes! Kids and adults alike are sure to have a great time on our shark and whale expeditions.


Can I book a tour for my wedding party, bachelor/bachelorette party or other occasion?


Absolutely! These tours are a great way to make memories and bond with those close to you.


How far in advance should I book my tour?


As far as possible. These are exclusive, private tours for small groups of people, and they fill up quick. Call 508.945.0096 to book.


What kinds of wildlife will I see?


Our whale watching tours primarily spot humpback whales, but guests often see pilot whales, minke whales, whale sharks and giant mola mola as well.


Shark expeditions mostly focus on great white sharks, but you might luck out and see thresher and mako sharks as well.


Of course, on any trip out on the water, you’ll see all kinds of animals in their natural habitat, including grey and harbor seals, who we often find basking on sandbars or frolicking in the water, depending on the tide.


What should I bring?


We’ll provide a list of items to bring and tips to make your trip a successful one. At the very least, prepare to be out on the water for a while by packing sunscreen and sunglasses, and make sure you bring a camera.


How else can we get out on the water at CBI?


Our boating and watersports programming is second-to-none. We offer everything from fishing trips to sailing instruction to leisurely cruises to destinations all over Cape Cod. Call today for more info!



View our Boating & Watersports brochure for more info on everything from fishing to charters to kids' programs and more!


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