To entertain out of town family and do something special for the kids ( ages 5-9) we decided to book the Monomoy Island Excusions seal cruise. Remember you have to by the tickets across the street and the boat The Preserverance is docked behind Brax Restaurant. Visit the rest room beforehand as there are no facilities on the boat.
The boat is spotlessly clean, wide and there are comfortable padded seats in the front and back. The Captain makes the ride as smooth as possible, but there was a slight chop as we headed to Monomoy Island. Our guide, Ed, was a knowledgeable local and gave us all the highlights of the landmarks and the area we were in. The view is spectacular on the ride out. We took a short detour into Stage Harbor to see the beautiful scenery, then we were on our way to the seals! There is a new break in the sandbar due to Hurricane Sandy and the area was full of seals in the water feeding and playing. They kept popping their heads out to check us out. Ed was disappointed their were none sunning on the land, so we turned the corner and scooted into the Atlantic Ocean. A short distance up island there was what Ed called and enormous "Haul Out," which means that almost a 1,000 Gray Seals were sunning, sleeping, playing and fighting right on shore. What a sight! Ed was very informative about all things seal and the Chatham Monomoy area. He answered all question with enthusiasm and valuable information.
There a few Cape Cod attractions that once you do them, you never have to go back again. Not so with the Monomoy Island Excursions! This is a trip that brings out the kid in all of us. Fresh air, salty breezes, an ever changing vista of ocean, sky and seals in their natural habitat. What a great time we all had.