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watch for whales with shearwater excursions

100 things to do on cape cod and the islands before you die!

Shearwater offers plenty of tours, but its whale-watching excursion is the flagship trip. The six-hour adventure on a 47-foot catamaran leaves from the Town Pier. You'll head out to look for humpback, finback, and minke whales, accompanied by a naturalist who will talk about the island, whales, and wildlife. The family-owned-and-operated business started in 1999 and is named for owner Captain Blair Perkins's favorite bird, the shearwater. Another whale-focused excursion is the Whaling History Tour, where you'll see landmarks from the Nantucket whaling era and learn about life aboard the whaleship Essex, featured in the film In the Heart of the Sea by Nantucket author Nathaniel Philbrick.


Nantucket Charter Boat Harbor Cruise with Shearwater Excursions

There is something special about being on a boat in the water, but add some of your family and friends, and it turns into an extra-special time together! I was so happy to have the chance to sail the Nantucket Harbor on the cutest boat called the Minke. Minke is owned by the Perkins Family of Shearwater Excursions. This easy-going boat party turned out to be such a collaborative effort, and I can’t wait to show you what was created for the fun cruise around the harbor!


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