A whales tail as it submerges in the ocean

Whale Watching

Imagine being up close and personal with a 50-foot, 66,000-pound humpback whale as it works with its pod to hunt mackerel and herring in the 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 will set out on the Shooting Star, our 38-foot Shelter Island Runabout originally designed by Billy Joel. Our captains will take you to the waters east of Chatham, where whales gather to feed and raise their young. You will 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: $1,400 for up to 6 passengers.

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

Reservations: Call 508.945.6871 well in advance to book - our whale watching tours are highly in-demand and space is limited.

Boating FAQs

Boating is available from May 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 508.945.6871.

If you need to change or cancel your reservation, we do require notice 24 hours in advance. Please note all boating excursions are subject to change.

Are the tours family friendly?

Yes! Kids and adults alike are sure to have a great time on any of our boating excursions.

Can I book boating 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 reserve my boating?

We recommend reserving as far in advance as possible. Boating excursions fill up quickly and are limited to small private groups. We are now accepting reservations for the entire 2022 boating season. Call 508.945.6871 to book.

What kinds of wildlife will I see?

On any trip out on the water, you will see all kinds of animals in their natural habitat including grey and harbor seals who are often found basking on sandbars or frolicking in the water depending on the tide.

Our whale watching tour guests primarily spot humpback whales, but 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.

What should I bring?

Prepare to bring several items with you to make your trip a successful one. We recommend bringing sunscreen, polarized sunglasses, a hat and a camera as well as an extra sweater or windbreaker as it's cooler on the water than on land.