Mother’s Day Whale Watching trip review New Jersey

On Mother’s Day morning, under uncertain skies and amidst cancellations from other fishing boats and tour companies, we at Jersey Shore Whale Watch made a bold decision to proceed with our voyage. Many of our guests had traveled great distances—from places as far-flung as Rochester, Binghamton, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, and upstate New York. Their anticipation and excitement fueled our commitment to venture out despite the weather.

As we set sail at 12:30 PM, a light drizzle was falling, but by the time we reached the open waters, the drizzle had ceased. Although the ocean presented a choppy welcome for about 20 minutes, it soon calmed, and within moments of the sea settling, we were graced with the presence of an active juvenile humpback whale just off the coast of New Jersey.

For approximately 45 minutes, our guests were treated to a magnificent display: the whale demonstrated its lunch feeding, tail slapping, and fin slapping—truly a remarkable performance that captivated everyone on board. During the trip, we also encountered three different pods of dolphins, which provided additional delight and photo opportunities for our 45 guests.

For those seeking warmth, the boat’s cabin, equipped with heating and two full bathrooms on the second floor, offered a cozy retreat. With a capacity for 130 passengers, the spaciousness felt extra special with just 45 on board, making for a more intimate and enjoyable experience.

At Jersey Shore Whale Watch, we are just kicking off our season, which runs from now until the end of November. While June through September marks the peak of Whale Watching, the early and late months also offer spectacular sightings, sometimes just minutes after departing the inlet.

My name is Bill McKim, and I am proud to be at the helm of these trips for our seventh year, offering the best Whale Watching tours in New Jersey. There’s no need to travel all the way to Cape Cod to see these magnificent creatures; you can witness them right here against the stunning backdrop of New York City.

We hope to welcome you aboard soon at Jersey Shore Whale Watch, where the season is just getting started, and the whales are eager to perform just outside our inlet. Join us for an unforgettable adventure on the ocean!

First trip report of 2024 was a winner

May 4, 2024//  by bill mckim//  Leave a Comment

Opening day at Jersey Shore Whale Watch was an adventure to remember! Despite the cool, grey weather with a chance of showers, a spirited group gathered, eager to start the season. My day began humorously as I was anointed by a seagull—a sign of good luck, they say!

As we cruised north, anticipation built until Danielle, our knowledgeable naturalist, spotted a whale before we reached Long Branch. We watched eagerly for its reappearance, but it remained elusive. Pushing further north, our persistence paid off. Near Long Branch, we were thrilled to witness a whale tail thrashing and lunge feeding close to the shore. The excitement was palpable—it could have been the same whale Danielle initially spotted.

The show continued with the whale breaching magnificently three times in front of our boat, much to everyone’s amazement. The mystery deepened as we speculated whether we were seeing one or two whales. Soon enough, we discovered it was two; one performed energetically ahead, while another glided gracefully right beside us, rolling over to reveal its flippers. The captain wisely kept the boat in neutral to ensure the whale’s safety, giving those at the front a spectacular view.

Passengers got some awesome photos, and also got to see bubble net feeding!

Photo by passengers, Patty

 Amid more lunge feeding and tail thrashing, our aquatic friend seemed to perform just for us. As our journey neared its end, we didn’t have to venture far back. Although Danielle pointed out some dolphins, I stayed focused on the whales, not wanting to miss a moment.

For many, it was their first time on the ocean or whale watching, including passengers who had just arrived from India. What a splendid welcome they received! They, along with everyone else, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

The season is off to a fantastic start, don’t forget our mothers day promo , below 

Are you ready to embark on an unforgettable journey along the breathtaking Jersey Shore coastline, filled with awe-inspiring encounters with majestic whales? Our season passes for whale watching are now available, and this year, we’re offering only 10 exclusive passes!

Unlike ski resorts or amusement parks, our whale watching boat is limited to just 150 passengers per trip, ensuring an intimate and unforgettable experience for each and every guest. As a result, we’re only selling a select few season passes for Jersey Shore Whale Watch’s season, running from April through November.

With a season pass in hand, you’ll have the opportunity to join us on numerous trips throughout the season, witnessing the incredible beauty of these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. From the exhilarating sight of breaching whales to the serene moments as they gracefully glide through the waves, every excursion promises moments you’ll cherish forever.

Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity to become a season pass holder for Jersey Shore Whale Watch. Act fast to secure your spot among the privileged few who will enjoy unlimited access to our unforgettable whale watching adventures.
We will also have a  2 payment option next week if the season passes dont sell out this weekend 

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To reserve your season pass or for more information, please contact us at 732.592.6400 or visit our website at

Sail into a season of wonder and discovery with Jersey Shore Whale Watch!

Warm regards,

Bill Mc Kim

Jersey Shore Whale Watch

Whale watching in October in New Jersey amazing

The whale watching season in New Jersey has been spectacular

Fall whale watching in New Jersey is a spectacular and unique experience that offers nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers a chance to witness the awe-inspiring giants of the sea in their natural habitat. While New Jersey may not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking of whale watching, the fall season brings a remarkable opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures as they migrate along the Atlantic coast.

During the fall months, humpback whales, fin whales, minke whales, and even the occasional blue whale can be spotted off the coast of New Jersey. These majestic marine mammals undertake long journeys from their feeding grounds in the north to their warmer wintering areas further south. As they pass by New Jersey, they provide a thrilling spectacle for onlookers.

One of the prime locations for whale watching in New Jersey is Belmar , known for its excellent whale-watching tours. Belmar offers a unique vantage point, as it’s situated at the middlie central part of the state, where the Sandy Hook Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. This convergence of waters creates nutrient-rich environments that attract a variety of marine life, making it a whale-watching hotspot.

Fall is an ideal time for whale watching in New Jersey because the weather is generally mild, and the crowds are smaller compared to the summer months. Jersey Shore Whale Watch provide expert guides who are knowledgeable about the whales’ behavior and migration patterns, enhancing the experience by providing fascinating insights into these magnificent creatures.

While the main attraction is undoubtedly the whales, fall whale-watching trips in New Jersey often provide opportunities to spot other marine wildlife, such as dolphins, seals, and various seabird species. The beauty of the autumn foliage along the coast adds to the overall charm of the experience.

In conclusion, fall whale watching in New Jersey offers a unique and unforgettable opportunity to connect with nature and witness the majesty of whales as they make their way along the Atlantic coast. It’s a remarkable adventure that combines the thrill of wildlife encounters with the tranquility of the coastal setting, making it a must-do activity for anyone seeking an enriching outdoor experience in the fall season.

Monday night sunset whale watch Belmar NJ

Linda writes:

Let me start with my simple statement of last evening: simply beautiful and awesome.

Last evening went on a whale sunset/moonrise cruise. The timing of the moonrise and sunset was that we would be able to see both and the moon was almost full and it is a super moon.

Started off heading northeast out of the inlet on a mostly clear evening with sone clouds and haze. Temperature on the water was mild to cool with it feeling perfect adding a layer to keep comfortable. Around Long Branch, a spout was spotted and we found a humpback whale! We were treated to some up close views as the whale at times as he swam over to us. Saw his tail many times and when he lifted it, the passengers were delighted and oohed and aahed. The children onboard were fantastic in finding the whale and saying “tail, tail, tail” hoping each time the whale would raise his tail!

The whale did some lunge feeding through bait balls and some tail throwing and lobbing! Wow, wow, wow! The power of that motion and strength as it hits the water with a loud “ thump”!

As the evening proceeded, the sun was setting in a beautiful pink haze that casted it’s pink onto the ocean. The whale was swimming in the pinks and silver and gold colors making everything look so beautiful. The sun eventually was hidden by clouds/haze as sunset time approached. Looking east, the moon rose from behind the haze, a beautiful full moon! Spoke to people from Indiana and they were in awe. It was fun being able to experience this trip with them. Okay, does it get any better? Saw everything I hoped for: whale, sunset and moonrise, beautiful evening! The Jersey Girl delivered the perfect trip!

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