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Whale Watching

Just eight miles off Provincetown lies Stellwagen Bank, a highly productive feeding ground (and the country's first National Marine Sanctuary) that attracts whales from April until late fall to rest, frolic and indulge in its ample supply of plankton and small fish. Curious and unafraid, the whales loll about, play with their young and flirt with the parade of boats, creating one of the greatest natural attractions this region can offer. A naturalist on board identifies whale types, explains their behavior and answers all of the questions you may have. Whale watching is among the most popular and exciting adventures available on the Cape. Trips run from April to October. Spring and fall are said to be the best to observe these marvelous creatures, but in summer three trips leave daily from the Provincetown wharf. Leave late in the day and you may experience both whales and a sunset. Bring warm clothes, even in summer. Three whale-watching boats operate out of Provincetown, each offering several daily three-hour excursions. Call ahead to the Ranger V (508-487-3322), the Portuguese Princess (508-487-2651), or the Dolphin Fleet (508-349-1900) for necessary reservations; tickets may be purchased at booths on MacMillan Wharf or at the head of the pier.

Boating, Fishing, Flying



From Bay and Ocean Beaches

A Saltwater fishing permit must be purchased for recreational saltwater fishing beginning at age 16. There are other differences with age and who needs to purchase this new permit. This license is available to purchase on


From Boats

Don’t miss a chance to get out on the water and catch some great fish!. There’s great fishing from Early Spring to Late Fall. Fish for:

Stripers - late May through September

Blues - mid June through August

Ground fish (Pollack, haddock, cod) - Early Spring and Late Fall

Tuna - June through October  (peak seasons are Early Summer and Fall)


Private Charter


Reel Deal Fishing Charters sails out of PA met Harbor, which is just a short walk from The Laurel. (508- 487-3767). Half- and full-day charters are available from April 1st to November 1st. Their specialty is striped bass and blues, Bluefin tuna, and ground fish (Pollock, haddock and, codfish).


Party Fishing Boats


Cee Jay. Specializing in Bluefish & Fluke, Free Rod, Reel & Bait. Departs from MacMillan Wharf. The 4-hour trip costs $25/16 for adults/children. (508) 487-4330



Naviator. Wellfleet harbor. Enclosed 60-ft. party fishing boat with 140 feet of rails space for a maximum of 9 passengers. Fishes Cape Cod Bay. Rods reels & bait included 508-349-6003

Viking Princess

Bay Lady II tour boat

Bay Lady II

Get Out on the Water!

For romantic sailing cruises into the bay, especially under the glow of sunset, sign up with the Bay Lady II (; 508-487-9308), the graceful and sleek 73-foot gaff-rigged schooner that offers 4 two-hour cruises daily from MacMillan Wharf. The Hindu docked at the same wharf, sails by moonlight. Viking Princess Harbor Cruises, Macmillan Warf, Provincetown (508-487-0659). Enjoy Wellfleet’s timelessly beautiful harbor from a traditional 18-foot Cape Cod-style Catboat (bottom right). Captain John Wolf offers 3-hour day cruises or sunset cruises. Call 508-214-0176 or email for rates and reservations.

Kayak/canoe the Pamet River

Catch the tide an hour or so after High Tide and drop in a kayak, canoe or inflatable into the Pamet River behind the Post Office in Truro—don't worry it gets wider—and paddle your way along the meandering Pamet River (with the help of the current) for a 1.5 mile (as the crow flies) ride to the Pamet Harbor. If you wish, continue out the mouth of the harbor to Corn Hill Beach or Fisher Beach to meet up with your friends or family for a ride home.

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Up, Up and Away!


Parasailing will be the memory that stands out from your vacation for years to come.  Young and old, families and couples can all enjoy this thrilling activity. Check out Gold Coast Parasail and Jet Ski  Yarmouth, 508-398-SAIL


Fly Cape Cod

Looking to get a little higher up? Check out Race Point Aviation. They offer scenic/photo flights for 1-3 people. Your understanding and appreciation for the Outer Cape is enhanced from this new perspective. Provincetown Municipal Airport, 508-873-2342.

Please Share Your Discoveries

Do you have a favorite place to go or thing to do on the Cape? Have you discovered  something new you think other guests of The Laurel might enjoy? Please e-mail your suggestions to me so I can add them to our Web site and Guest Book.


Boat Rentals

Flyer’s Boat Rental, Provincetown, 508-487-8998

Jack’s Boat Rental (near Cumberland Farms, Route 6, Wellfleet, 508-349-9808. New Waves Water Sports, Provincetown, 888-653-8754