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Getting out on the water is a must while you're visiting Nantucket, from the vast Atlantic Ocean to the small inland ponds throughout the island. Known once mainly for its whaling port, Nantucket today draws travelers from all over to experience the island's natural wonders and robust culture.

Boating in Nantucket is an ideal summer activity that the entire family will love, and there are plenty of ways to cruise the water. You can charter a fishing boat, paddleboard to Coatue, or spend the afternoon on a sailboat. 


There are so many types of excursions you can go on out in the waters of Nantucket. Local boat tour companies like Shearwater Excursions offer eco tours, oyster farm tours, cocktail cruises, fishing trips, seal cruising, whale watching tours, and more. 

Nantucket offers world-class sailing, and you can rent a sailboat to charter yourself, or enroll in a lesson to learn the basics of sailing. Sailing is fun for all ages! The Jetties Sailing Center offers private lessons, group classes, rentals, and more, and can accommodate all skill levels. The Jettie's Sailing Center is located conveniently along the harbor side of Jettie's Beach.


Looking to cast a line while you're out on the water? You're in luck. Absolute Sport Fishing is a popular provider with the largest fishing boat on Nantucket so you can venture out to catch striped bass, bluefish, tuna, shark, cod, and more. Go on a quick tour or spend the entire afternoon out on the water. 

Capt. Tom's Charters is another popular fishing charter company on Nantucket that has been serving the region since 1973. Go inshore, offshore, night fishing, and flats fishing with Capt. Tom's Charters.

Inshore fishing is most popular in Nantucket, but offshore fishing, beach fishing, fly fishing and bottom fishing can all be done throughout the island. 

Kayaking & Paddleboarding

Kayaking and paddle boarding are growing in popularity for those looking to leisurely cruise the water around Nantucket. Salt Marsh Creeks are ideal for these water sports, which require calmer waters and more predictable conditions. You can rent single or double kayaks or paddleboards from Sea Nantucket Paddle Sports, and you can get your equipment delivered to various launch spots along the harbor as well as inland ponds, like Coskata Pond. 

Nantucket Regattas

There are three major regattas that take place in Nantucket's waters each year. Figawi Race Weekend, Nantucket Race Week, and the Opera House Cup Regatta are beloved events that celebrate the art of sailing and the beauty of this type of boat. 

Plan Your Vacation to Nantucket With The Copley Group

Nantucket is a world-class destination located off the coast of Cape Cod. This island is a paradise for boaters of all kinds, whether you traverse the rough waters of the Atlantic or the calm inland waters and bays. If you're planning a vacation to Nantucket, book a stay in one of our luxury Nantucket rental homes and experience modern and comfortable accommodations. Contact our team today or book your stay with us online.

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