Thursday, November 17, 2016

Booking a Private Seal Tour for your Group

By Dan Blount, BayCamp Director

Save the Bay group Seal Tours are the perfect trip for large families, teams, clubs, school groups and even work outings. These Seal Tours allow groups of 15 or more to experience one of our incredible tours in a private setting. Each tour is narrated by one of Save the Bay’s experienced environmental educators. We offer trips leaving out of Newport, Westerly, and Fall River, so no matter where you are, there's a tour for your group.

Groups who leave from Newport will depart from Bowen’s Wharf. These tours take your group on a cruise through historic Newport Harbor and eventually making its way out to one of our favorite seal hang outs in the bay, Citing rock. There, your group will get to see large groups of seals in their natural habitat and take in breathtaking views of Rose island, the Newport bridge and even some of Newport’s famous seaside mansions. We offer options of 1-hour seal tours, or 2-hour seal tours combined with a private tour of Rose Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse tour includes a tour of the grounds as well as the ability to explore the inside of Rose Island Light. Trips in Newport run from November 2016 through the end of April 2017.

In Westerly, our 90-minute cruises leave from Viking Marina in downtown Westerly and travel down the Pawcatuck river into Little Narragansett Bay. During this tour, Save the Bay’s experienced staff will point out historical sites, migratory winter birds, as well as the seals that inhabit the area. The trip down the Pawcatuck is nothing short of amazing. Our trips in Westerly run from November 2016 through December 31st 2016.

The 75-minute group tours leaving from Fall River depart from Borden Light Marina. These trips cover almost all of Mount Hope Bay. We visit Spar Island, where the seals tend to congregate during the Winter months, and take a scenic tour past Borden Flats Lighthouse, Battleship Cove and up into the mouth of the Taunton River. Fall River group tours run from March 2017 through April 2017.

Reservations are required for group tours. Our vessels can carry up to 38 people, so larger groups are encouraged to join us. You can find out more about our Group Seal Tours at www.SaveBay.org/seals or by contacting our Seal Tour Hotline at (401) 203-SEAL (7325). We can’t wait for your group to join us!