Cape Cod Water Sports
Discover these thrilling water sports on the Mid Cape.
Dive into mid-summer on the Mid-Cape with these watersport activity ideas. From catching a massive bluefin tuna to the thrill of riding a giant banana through the Nantucket Sound, there’s a watersport for everyone to enjoy.
Enjoy some of New England’s best sport fishing with Bass River Charters in South Yarmouth. July and August are great months for catching striped bass, fluke, and tuna, according to Captain Ray Ransom. Captain Ray has been on the Cape for the past 30 years and he shares his love and enthusiasm for fishing with everyone that steps aboard his vessel, the Lyndsy Liz. Fishing for small to medium bluefin tuna is exhilarating, especially while fishing alongside whales and dolphins—a common occurrence.
Bass River Charters offers trips for not only seasoned fishermen but beginners too. Kids fishing trips are also available. Bass River Charters is located in South Yarmouth adjacent to the bridge where Route 28 crosses the Bass River.
Inland Sea Windsurf Company, in West Dennis, offers kiteboarding lessons for beginners. Private lessons include one-on-one instruction using two-way helmet communication. Philip Mann, president of Inland Sea Windsurf Co., describes this communication system as total game-changer in terms of students learning and gaining confidence.
"We have really developed a great way to teach, that is less anxiety-provoking and very efficient," says Mann. Kiteboarding might seem intimidating, but anyone can learn. Lessons are customized to get you on the water safely.
West Dennis is the perfect locale for kiteboarding and windsurfing because of the consistent wind in the shallow waters of the Nantucket Sound. In addition to lessons, Inland Sea offers windsurf, kiteboard, and paddle board equipment for sale and for rent. (Sign up for lessons by calling the shop at 508-398-1333.)
Kayaking & Paddleboarding
Experience guided kayak excursions at Mass Audubon Long Pasture Wildlife Sanctuary. Bird lovers will enjoy the Osprey Watch at Gray’s Beach tour. Explore the unspoiled marshes of Bass Hole, home to osprey poles. Visit the poles by kayak for a unique view of the nests, eggs, and fledglings.
Learn about saltmarsh ecology, oysters, and agriculture and local shorebirds. This trip is recommended for those with prior kayaking experience. All equipment is provided, and Mass Audubon naturalists impart plenty of knowledge.
For a different point of view, stand up and explore Scargo Lake on a paddleboard tour… the perfect way to observe and learn about wildlife while discovering this 60-acre natural lake.
Nighttime is the right time for discovering Cape Cod’s wildlife on the Full Moon over Sampson’s Island Tour. Kayak through the watery ecosystems of tidal creeks and inlets by the light of the moon. This guided tour offers an unforgettable experience to learn about nocturnal species. (Recommended for those with kayak experience.)
Registration is required to participate in tours. To see more tours and register online visit the website. www.massaudubon.org or by calling 508-362-7475.
Cape Cod Parasail & Jet Ski – Yarmouth
Zoom through the waters of the Nantucket Sound! Cape Cod Parasail & Jetski, located in Yarmouth, offers jet ski rentals, banana boat rides, and parasailing excursions. The south side of the Cape is the ideal setting for watersports since the water is calm and shallow. It’s also warmer—typically more than 10 degrees warmer than the waters of Cape Cod Bay on the north side! Jet skis can fill up quickly so call ahead for reservations.
Soar 1,000 feet above the ocean with a parasail flight. All Captains are US Coast Guard-licensed and have official parasail training, ensuring a safe and thrilling experience with a great view. You can fly alone, or as a tandem or triple. Digital photo packages are also available. Flights last approximately 10 minutes in the air. (Arrive 20 minutes before your reservation.)
- By Ettractions Digital Content Coordinator, PAULA ALVARADO
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