Granite State Whale Watch
FROM POINTS NORTH ON I-95
Rte 95 South. Take Exit 5 for the Portsmouth Traffic Circle. From the Traffic Circle: Take Exit for Rte. 1 ByPass South. Follow 2 miles to 7th light at Elwyn Rd. Take left onto Elwyn Rd. Follow 1.4 miles to Rte 1-A South. Continue straight for 6 miles, Rye Harbor will be on your left.
FROM POINTS NORTHWEST ON RTS 4&16
Proceed to Portsmouth Traffic Circle. See above directions.
FROM POINTS WEST
Rte 101 East. Take Exit 12. Left onto Rte 111 East, follow 6.4 miles to Rte 1-A. Left onto Rte 1-A North. 3 miles to Rye Harbor.
FROM POINTS SOUTH ON I-95
Rte 95 North, take Exit 2 onto Rte 101 West. Follow 1 mile. Take exit 12. Right onto Rte 111 East (see above for 111 East).
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1870 Ocean Blvd (Rte 1A)
Rye, NH 03870
A overcast day with a bit of rain.
Not long out of the harbour we came across a large sunfish and the boat was skilfully manourvered so that we got... read more a close up view of this large and strange fish.
We then motored out to the area were whales are apt to be. Our first sighting was a brief glimpse of a finwhale which then vanished. However we then came across a number of humpbacks, 7 of them in one group. They were not feeding but loading about on the surface and slowly moving along. We also saw them slepping the water with flippers but some distance away.
During the trip also saw a number of different seabird species.
Crew were knowledgeable and helpful. Snacks and drinks on on board including some alcoholic. I tried hard Meltzer for the first time and decided I did not like it!
Quite a run out to the area where whales are. Over one and a half hours each way so a long day. Also cold at this time of year so take plenty of layers.
October 1, 2022