Whale Watching 

Boston, MA

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Experience the ride of a lifetime on a high speed catamaran during this Boston Whale Watching experience!

  • Family owned and operated tour with over 80 years experience
  • Get up-close and personal with Humpback whales, Fin whales or Minke whales
  • Enjoy a first-class experience aboard a high-speed catamaran with 3 outdoor viewing decks and a climate-controlled cabin
  • Great experience for locals or tourists alike!
Boston, MA
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April - October:

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    Essential Information
    • Whale-sighting is guaranteed (otherwise, you will receive a ticket for a free future trip)
    • Catamaran has 3 outside decks as well as climate-controlled indoor, cushioned seating
    • Food and beverages are available for purchase: sandwiches, pretzels, popcorn, chips, nutritional bars, fruit juice, tea and more
    • Alcohol beverages for purchase include a full bar of beer, wine and top-shelf cocktails
    • Average trip duration is between 3.5 to 4 hours. The location of the whales may require more travel time, extending the trip beyond 3 hours. Please allow for additional time in your schedule.
    Average trip is between 3.5 to 4 hours.
    Experience Provider Info
    Complete information for your Experience Provider, including contact information, will be included on your booking confirmation email once you or your gift recipient have scheduled the experience. Our Product Management team handpicks top-rated experience providers, removing the guesswork for you and ensuring your peace of mind.
    Maximum Participants
    Up to 400 viewers per catamaran
    Only booked participants on the boat will enjoy this whale watching experience!
    Weather Dependent
    This experience is weather dependent. Always contact the experience provider with any questions regarding weather conditions.
    What To Wear
    Please dress appropriately for expected weather and bring extra layers in case it gets windy. Sunscreen is recommended.
    What should I bring?
    We recommend wearing comfortable shoes or sneakers and bringing along a light sweater or jacket. Sunscreen and sunglasses are a must, and don't forget your camera or binoculars.
    When is the best time to go whale watching?
    April through October is great for whale watching. The time of day makes no difference in whale sightings or activity; it is just a matter of convenience for you.
    What happens if I go on a whale watch, but we don't see any whales?

    If there are no whale sightings on your trip, you will receive a free ticket for a future whale watch.

    Is there food on board?
    A full line of appetizing food and drink is offered aboard the vessel, offering a terrific selection of breakfast and lunch sandwiches, tasty snacks such as hot pretzels, popcorn, chips, nutritional bars, fresh fruit, nuts and cereals. There's also a wide menu of fruit juices, teas, sports drinks and other beverages including a full bar serving beer, wine and top-shelf cocktails.

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    Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be exchanged for anything else in our marketplace at any time.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs more, you'll simply have to pay the difference.  If you choose to exchange for an experience that costs less, you'll have a credit towards your next booking with Cloud 9 Living.

    Cancellation Policy

    Once you have received a booking confirmation, cancellations and reschedule are allowed up to 14 days prior to the experience. Failure to appear on your booked date or to cancel and reschedule at least 14 days prior to your booked date will result in the loss of the value of your experience.

    Customer Reviews
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    “Couldn't be happier with customer service from Cloud9 Living or with the Boston Harbor Cruises whale watch! We booked last-minute since weather was exceptionally good for this time of year and everything went off without a hitch. We saw more whales, porpoises, mola mola and other sea life than we expected and right next to the boat. It was a great day all around! Thank you!!!”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hello Valerie!  We could not be happier to hear you had such an incredible time!  It is our goal to get you out on fantastic experiences with ease, I am so glad to hear that this was just the case. The wildlife really pulled out all the stops for your adventure! Being able to catch a glimpse of such wonderful and diverse creatures certainly adds a bit of magic to time spent out on the water. We are eager to get you out on another adventure! Let us know next time the weather is begging for a spontaneity!  Very Best, Sophia 
    “The actual whale watching was wonderful. The crew members very helpful. Getting the actual tickets were rather stressful. First tickets printed were for the Wednesday before our experience. Getting that fixed was a bit of a challenge and I wasn’t sure we were going to get to go. All in all wonderful. Just make sure you check the date on your ticket before leaving the ticket booth”
    “Wonderful excursion! Crew was knowledgeable and we saw quite a few whales. Rude was great and we had a wonderful experience.”
    “The whales were amazing. The summer camp kids screaming and puking in the cabins wasn’t great. Over 20 kids were sick and they didn’t make it to the rail. Maybe book summer camps their own tour next time.”
    “This was a unique experience, however there were so many people on the whale watch that it was hard for me to see as much as others - I am short and could not get a spot near the rails while there were active whales to look at, so I spent a lot of time trying to see over peoples' heads and using my phone to record what was happening through small spaces between people. I do not have a solution about how to make things more equitable for all viewers, but hope that someone might think of an idea to help everyone have the best viewing experience as possible.”
    “Had a great time, sea calm, swell ok, staff informative and helpful but most of all had a fantastic whale experience seeing minke, right, humpback and Sei whales. Amazing experience and very lucky to see so many whales.”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hi Tim, Wow! How awesome to see so many different whales! Hopefully you were able to get some pictures of them. Sounds like it was the perfect time to be out on the water whale watching. Thanks for writing in! Have a wonderful day!  Best, Brooke
    “It was a cold early Spring morning, so it was cold and windy on the boat. The whales were more difficult to see than I had imagined, but we did see several whales. The ride back to Boston was rough due to a change in weather, so the boat was rocking more than on the way out”
    Response from Cloud 9 Living
    Hey Jana, Thanks for taking the time to write to us! I'm happy to hear that despite the chilly temperatures, you both were able to see several whales and, hopefully, had an enjoyable experience. Sounds like you were also lucky to get back when you did before the weather really changed. Thanks again and have a wonderful weekend!  Best, ​Brooke
    “The ride in the boat went well and the weather was perfect, we even saw a couple of whales.”
    “I thought our guide Orika, was very knowledgeable and very nice., she was very helpful in making sure we got to see the whale and spent adequate time viewing it and learning about it,and as a result, the trip ended up being almost 5 hours, which was fine with us, we also saw dolphins!.....I felt there were too many people on the boat...not enough seating to accommodate outside for the number of people that were on, altho many were inside, but I felt like there were maybe 25 people too many on board., maybe more comfortable with less. Overall, we enjoyed it very much.”
    “The only issue we had was that the experience description listed light snacks included, however they were only for purchase by cash on the boat. We were disappointed that we didn't bring cash so we could not eat for the duration of the four hour tour.”
    “My wife and I had an excellent whale watch experience. The boat was smooth an quick. The captain was able to maneuver the boat quite close to the surfacing whales. The marine biologist on board was knowledgeable and friendly. The 5:30 tour returns to a picturesque sunset behind the Boston skyline. We couldn't have asked for a better trip.”
    “My one complaint was I did not get the email with three days to confirm my booking. The staff were extremely helpful after I called in to notify them. Staff was very friendly and helpfuk”
    “Gorgeous day for whale watching, what a wonderful experience!”

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