Seal Watch Tours

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 marine 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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Newport Seal Tours & Seal/Rose Island Tours

December-April

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 two-hour tours include a visit to the Rose Island lighthouse and 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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Gift certificates are available! Purchase here

Cancelation Policy

All Seal Tours and Nature Cruises are subject to cancelation with customers receiving a full refund. If you cannot attend your scheduled trip, cancelations 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 according to the guest’s choice.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Jeff Swanlund at jswanlund@savebay.org

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

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 2-hour tours include a tour of the Rose Island lighthouse and grounds.

WHEN:

December 2022-April 2023

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

Two-Hour Seal and Rose Island Tour
$55 non-members; $45 Save The Bay members, seniors, children aged 3-12; $0 children under 3 years
Ticket prices include the Rose Island landing fee of $12 per adult and $8 per child

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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 2022, 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 2022

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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