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
When Do I Choose A Date?
If giving as a gift, your recipient can choose a date at their convenience; otherwise, you can choose one after checkout.

May - October:
Daily - Select Times

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
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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.

Experience Vouchers that have not been redeemed can be returned hassle-free within 30 days. All refunds will be made to the original purchaser.
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 Virgin Experience Gifts.

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.

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Customer Reviews

This experience has a customer rating of 4.5
based on 29 reviews.
Quite a few whale and dolphin sightings! The ferry was a little too big and crowded though, so you sort of have to be lucky with where you choose to stand or "fight" your way through the crowd when a whale is sighted on the other side of the ferry
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Man Ting, I love to hear that there were so many active whales and dolphins just waiting to give you a sight filled cruise! I know our partner appreciates your feedback as they are always looking to improve this experience! I hope you got some great pictures and appreciate your review! Best, Brooke
We had an incredible time on our whale watch! The trip was easy to book, fun, the tour guides were informative, and we saw 50+ whales on the trip (they did say it was a rare trip to see this many). The whole process from booking to boarding to the actual tour was well planned and enjoyable, we would definitely recommend
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Megan, Thank you for sharing your incredible review with us! I am so glad to hear that your whale watch was everything you hoped it would be and more! I am pleased to see that you had such an easy time booking with us and I hope we can get you out on more experiences in the future! I am delighted to hear that you seemed to get the trip of a lifetime seeing that many whales in one outing, but how amazing that must have been! I know some things do not always go to plan, but I am happy to know everything was seamless and perfect for this wonderful day! Best, Brooke
It was okay, we had fun for the most part. The ride out and back to the sea life reservation was long, boat felt dirty, and snack/drink service and availability was sub par and not as described. Over all we had fun!
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hello Nicholas, Thank you for your honest feedback! We truly appreciate you sharing your experience with us, and are very sorry that it did not exceed all expectations. We will be sure to take a look at the availability piece and information that we provide to ensure we are describing the most up to date details. Thank you taking a chance on this wonderful adventure, and despite the few hiccups, I am glad you still had a lovely time! Best, Brianna
1st time out of Boston for Whale Watching. It was nice but we enjoy Gloucester whale watching on the 7sea better. The process was more difficult than my son & I thought it would have been. If Virgin Experience would have Gloucester whale watching where we could use I discount that would be nice.
Response from Virgin Experience Gifts
Hi there Stephen, Thank you for taking the time to let us know your thoughts. I am sorry to hear of the difficulties that you encountered. We strive to make every process smooth and seamless from start to finish. Regardless, I am happy to hear that you were able to enjoy the Whales, even if the location was unknown to you. Thank you for trying something new! That is a great suggestion. I will pass it along to my team! We hope that you will come back to embark on a new adventure with us! Regards, Kayleen
Had a great time. Saw some whales. I was expecting to be a little closer to them but thats hit or miss. I wish there will a bit less people on the boat. Being short I had a hard time seeing over people. Overall it was a good time.
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