At a Glance
Board a Seastreak ferry in Highlands, NJ, cruise to the Whale Watching grounds, and witness some of the most magnificent creatures in the North Atlantic!
- Roundtrip from Highlands, NJ to/from The Whale Watching Grounds Just Offshore
- Beginning May 13th and running through October 21st!
- ~ 3h
- $55 Adults, $30 Children Under 12, $50 Seniors (65+)
Get Up Close And Personal With Whales, Dolphins & More Magnificent Creatures Of The Sea
- Choose Your Port of Departure
Seastreak is now offering separate whale watching departure ports and times for New York City and New Jersey! Now no matter where you are, you have an easy way to get out onto the water and experience this unique tour!
- Spectacular Marine Wildlife On View For The Lucky Few
Actually, whales in NJ aren’t as uncommon as you might think! In fact, we have found charismatic humpback whales on 90% of our trips.
Imagine being just feet away from one of the world’s largest mammals in its natural habitat! Onboard our Whale Watching Cruise, you may see humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, pelagic birds, sea turtles, and many other species.
- A Quick Trip To The Whale Watching Grounds
Our home port is conveniently located 15 minutes away from the tip of Sandy Hook, one of the best locations for spotting whales in the New York bight. The confluence of waters from the Hudson, Raritan, Navesink, and Shrewsbury rivers makes for an especially fertile habitat for many inshore species, including the Menhaden, or Bunker, and most whales just can’t get enough of them.
- Super Smooth Riding And Luxurious Vessels
Our boats were designed with your comfort and safety in mind. Each vessel is well equipped with the comforts of home, but with a MUCH better view. We have plenty of spacious airline-style seating spanning across multiple decks, so there is plenty of room to spread out. You can enjoy the view from the outside decks, or sit comfortably inside in the air-conditioned cabin. Our vessels also offer a fully-stocked bar on all sailings providing beer, wine, spirits, soft drinks, and pre-packaged snacks. In addition, our vessels were designed with both stability and speed in mind, so you can expect a smooth ride while traveling at up to 38 knots (44 mph).
- Learn from the Experts
A wildlife expert from the American Littoral Society will be on each cruise to provide species identification support and additional information about the animals spotted.
The American Littoral Society is a coastal conservation non-profit headquartered in Sandy Hook, NJ. Since 1961, the organization has empowered people to care for the coast through advocacy, conservation, and education. They provide a voice for the coast, and give concerned citizens the knowledge and tools they need to raise their voices. Check out their website to learn more about the great work they do, events you can attend or how to become a member.
Click here to learn more about the American Littoral Society!
- Committed to Responsible Whale Watching
Seastreak is a proud member of Whale SENSE, a voluntary education and recognition program offered to commercial whale watching companies in the U.S. Atlantic and Alaska Regions. The program is sponsored by NOAA Fisheries and Whale and Dolphin Conservation. Developed in collaboration with the whale watching industry, Whale SENSE recognizes companies committed to responsible whale watching practices.
“Went today and it was awesome! We saw several whales doing different kinds of feedings. The commentator and crew were excellent.”Seastreak Whale Watch Customer
“Went yesterday. Saw many Humpback whales. There is a naturalist on board, who gives great info. Very nice trip”Seastreak Whale Wacth Customer
“I highly recommend this whale watching cruise, it is really a lot of fun.”Seastreak Whale Watch Customer
“Best day!!! Thank you we had so much fun.”Seastreak Whale Watch Customer
Schedule & Pricing
Departure & Arrival Times
|Departing from Highlands, NJ|
|Departure Time||Return Time|
|2:30 PM||5:30 PM|
2023 Season Sailing Dates
13, 20, 27
10, 17, 24
1, 8, 15, 22, 29
5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24
7, 14, 21
|Adults||Children 12 and Under||Seniors (65+)||Exchange Fee|
An exchange fee will be charged for any changes made to reservations.
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Seastreak Ferry Terminal at Highlands
326 Shore Drive - Highlands, NJ 07732View Map
Ticket Office Hours
M-F: 5:00am - 8:30am, 11:00am - 8:30pm
Sat/Sun: 8:00am - 7:30pm
Directions, Nearby Amenities, Additional Details
- Bike Rack
- Covered Waiting Area
- Free Daytime Parking
- Free Overnight Parking (restrictions apply)
- Handicap Accessibility
Whale Watching Grounds
Logistics & What to KnowView All FAQs
- The Whale Watching Cruise is fully narrated by our knowledgeable naturalists who will share information with the passengers about the wildlife we encounter.
- The full Whale Watching cruise is approximately 3h, and departs from 325 Shore Drive, Highlands, NJ.
- Please arrive approximately 20 minutes prior to departure.
- Some Tips From The Wheelhouse:
- Bring Sunglasses Polarized sunglasses cut surface reflection, even on cloudy days, and help you see in more detail.
- Bring Your Camera Ideally you will want one with a zoom lens for close-ups.
- You Are Welcome To Bring Food and Non-Alcoholic Drinks Soft-sided coolers only, please.