Seal Watch Tours

Save The Bay is excited to resume our Seal Tours and Nature Cruises with new procedures and protocols for the health and safety of our guests!
Before booking your tour, be sure to review our COVID-19 policy below for important information.

Enjoy Narragansett Bay all year long!

Think summertime is the only time to enjoy Narragansett Bay? Migratory harbor seals disagree! These “dogs of the sea” love the chilly waters of a wintertime Bay—in fact, it’s the only time of year they stop by. For more than 15 years, Save The Bay has been offering seal watch tours and nature cruises giving you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the cooler months, while observing local wildlife.

Don’t miss your chance to see the Rhode Island state mammal at play. Plan your Seal Tour or Nature Cruise today—after all, the cold weather won’t last forever! For information about purchasing tickets or gift certificates, call 401-203-SEAL(7325).

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Please review our COVID-19 Procedures and Policies below.

Rhode Island wildlife is beautiful all year long!

Newport Seal Tours & Seal/Rose Island Tours

November – December

Join us aboard one of our education vessels as we motor through historic Newport Harbor and observe seals at Citing Rock. One-hour seal tours are entirely boat-based, while 1.75-hour tours include a visit to the Rose Island grounds. Due to COVID-19, visits to Rose Island will not include a lighthouse tour this season, but will instead include a walking tour of the island grounds.

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Westerly Nature Cruises

October – November

Take a 90-minute scenic ride down the Pawcatuck River into Little Narragansett Bay for the peaceful views of gorgeous fall foliage and a glimpse of some of our earliest winter visitors as they rest on rocks and shorelines.

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COVID-19 Procedures & Policies

What We’re Doing

  • We have reduced our tour capacity to 13 passengers.
  • Lifejackets will be disinfected after each use.
  • Common-touch areas will be cleaned and sanitized after each use.
  • The vessel will be cleaned at the end of the day.
  • The Head will be cleaned and sanitized after each trip.
  • Captains will add appropriate COVID information to USCG-required safety speech.

We cannot supply binoculars to our participants this year. Please feel free to bring your own!

What to Expect

  • Online reservations are required in advance.
  • Masks/face coverings are required upon arrival and throughout the duration of the trip.
  • Temperatures of all participants will be taken by Save The Bay staff prior to boarding.
  • All participants must review the COVID-19 Screening Form and be able to answer “No” to all questions prior to arrival.*
  • Passengers not wearing a mask/face covering or filling out the screening form will not be admitted and payments will be forfeited with no refund.

*If you are feeling ill or have any COVID-19 symptoms, we kindly ask that you reschedule or cancel your trip for a full refund.

Cancellation Policy

Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, all Seal Tours and Nature Cruises are subject to cancellation with customers receiving a full refund. If you cannot attend your scheduled trip, cancellations with at least 24 hours notice are entitled to a full refund.  Save The Bay reserves the right to cancel any scheduled trip due to extreme weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. In such cases, tickets will be refunded or rescheduled by guest choice.

My husband and I had a great time on the Bay Seal Watch. We took the 11 a.m. boat which took us to Citing Rock located in the middle of the bay during low tide. [...] We saw a group of seals hanging out on the rock island. The boat provides binoculars. It was amazing! During the short trip out the crew gave information about the type of seals we would be seeing and answered questions. The crew was enthusiastic about the mission of Save The Bay, very knowledgeable, and friendly. I highly recommend this cruise.
Ginger R., Vermont (TripAdvisor)

Newport Seal & Seal and Rose Island Tours

From this November-December 2020, join us aboard one of our education vessels as we motor through historic Newport Harbor and take in 360º views of seals resting on Citing Rock off of Rose Island and the Newport Bridge. One-hour seal tours are entirely boat-based, while 1.75-hour tours include a tour of the Rose Island grounds. Due to COVID-19, visits to Rose Island will not include a lighthouse tour this season, but will instead include a walking tour of the island grounds.

WHEN:

November-December 2020

WHERE:

Departing from Bowen’s Ferry Landing, 30 Market Square, Newport, R.I.

PRICING:

One-Hour Tour
$22 non-members; $17 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12; $0 children under 3 years

1.75-Hour Seal and Rose Island Tour
$47 non-members; $37 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12; $0 children under 3 years

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The boat captain and tour guide were both friendly and well-educated about the history of the Pawcatuck River and the types of seals that we hoped to see. We did spot half a dozen seals swimming near the mouth of the river. It was a great and economical way to spend an hour and one-half on the water.
David P., Rhode Island (TripAdvisor)

Westerly Nature Cruises

From October-November 2020, take a 90-minute scenic ride down the Pawcatuck River into Little Narragansett Bay for peaceful views of beautiful fall foliage and a glimpse of some of our winter harbor seal visitors as they rest on rocks and shorelines.

WHEN:

October-November 2020

WHERE:

Departs from Viking Marina, 19 Margin Street, Westerly, RI

PRICING:

$22 non-members; $17 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12; $0 children under 3 years

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*Please note:  Be sure to access the Johnson & Wales University Harborside Campus through the main entrance on Harborside Blvd. Your GPS may suggest taking Ernest Street to JWU’s Shipyard Street entrance, but that route requires a key card for entry.  

From Route I-95 North or South, take Exit 18 (Thurbers Avenue). Head downhill on Thurbers Avenue to US Route 1A (Allens Avenue). Turn right onto Allens Ave. Continue southbound on Allens Ave. into Cranston, where Allens Ave. becomes Narragansett Blvd. Turn left onto Harborside Blvd. at the traffic light by the Shell gas station. Follow Harborside Blvd. through the Johnson & Wales Harborside Campus. At the end of Harborside Blvd., turn right onto Save The Bay Drive. Save The Bay Drive becomes a circular, one-way roadway as you approach the Bay Center. Parking is available in four guest lots after you pass the main building. Enter the building through the main entrance.

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July 7, 2020

Dear Friends, Supporters and Community Members, 

At this time, Save The Bay’s facilities in Providence, Newport and Westerly remain closed to the public in response to COVID-19. All internship and public programs remain suspended at this time.

Save The Bay has begun to post limited volunteer opportunities with new procedures for the health and safety of volunteers. Pre-registration is required. Learn more at www.savebay.org/volunteer.

Our staff remains dedicated to working on our mission to protect and improve Narragansett Bay from home. As always, we are accessible via email (listed on our website), or on FacebookInstagram or Twitter.