Seal Watching Kayak Tours


Join the EMS Kayak School as we go in search of one of the most endearing winter residents of Narragansett Bay, the harbor seal. Harbor seals migrate from the Gulf of Maine and Atlantic Canada into Narragansett Bay’s warmer waters in the winter months. Once quite rare in the area, harbor seal populations have rebounded since the passage of the Marine Mammal Protection Act in 1972. Here in the Bay, they are protected from many of their natural predators like orcas and sharks. Viewing these animals by kayak gives you an opportunity not available any other way; you can look these animals right in the eye, from their perspective, in their environment. There are several locations throughout Narragansett Bay that are regular haul-out spots for the seals and due to tides, winds and the cooler temperatures, our launch sites often vary. The plan is to get out on the water and head toward one of these haul-out spots like Rome Point and view the seals without spooking them. The viewing is often done on land during one of our breaks, or an occasional on the water “spy hop” as we are paddling around! These curious creatures are often quite interested in kayaks and will investigate boats from behind, following almost silently. Come out with one of our experienced guides and enjoy one of the gifts of Narragansett Bay!

COVID update:  Due to current restrictions, we are not running the group course listed below.  We are running private instruction out of our rental facility in Lake Pearl, Massachusetts, and we may be able to travel to RI for private lessons/tours.  Please call us at (845)668-2030 for availability.

Trip Details

Seal Watching
Kayak Tour
3 hours Wickford
Gear List

Directions to North Kingstown Town Beach

Groups meet at North Kingstown Town Beach in Wickford, Rhode Island. From Providence and points north take 95 south to RI-4 south. Take exit 5A and bear right onto RI-102 south (Ten Rod Road) towards Wickford. Continue on 102 for approximately 3.5 miles to US-1A south ad after .3 miles turn left onto Beach Street. Follow Beach Street to the very end and turn left into the parking area. Approximate drive time from Providence is 30 minutes (20 miles).

Included/Not Included

Paddlers will be outfitted with all paddling equipment. Equipment provided includes appropriate drysuit, kayak, paddle, and PFD. Paddlers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own water and snacks for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing. In addition to items on the list, paddlers will need hat and gloves. Footwear can be provided for you.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 14 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Within 14 days of the start date courses cannot be refunded, but changes to reservations may be granted up until 7 days of the start date. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. Courses/tours are open to those 16 years and older.  Families with younger children, please reach out for a private tour. For participants 16 or 17 years old, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to paddling. If you have any questions please call 845-668-2030. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.