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Fishing Traditions and Marine Ecology in Martha's Vineyard

from $2,460 per person for 4 days, 3 nights
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  • Max Group Size: 12
  • Moderate
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Set sail with a seasoned local fisherman, reel in the ocean’s freshest fare, and explore the history and ecology of Martha’s Vineyard’s beaches, hatcheries, and wildlife sanctuaries. This is an island steeped in the history of the Wampanoag tribe, the whaling industry, and—at one point—secessionist politics. From rich fishing traditions to intricate coastal ecology, join us as we experience another side of Martha’s Vineyard in the company of the people who call it home.

  • Meet local fishermen
  • Explore marine ecology
  • Kayak at sunset
  • Enjoy the freshest seafood


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

What to Expect

Arrival & Departure

Our trip begins at the Martha’s Vineyard Steamship docks in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Travelers should arrive at the Steamship docks by 10:15 a.m. on September 12 to meet the group before the 10:45 a.m. ferry. Our trip concludes in the afternoon on September 15. Your guide will accompany the group back to Woods Hole via the ferry. You'll have the option of taking the 2:30 p.m., or 3:45 p.m. ferry back to the mainland (depending on how many oysters you want to stay and eat).

Woods Hole is located about a two-hour drive from Boston, Massachusetts and an hour and a half from Providence, Rhode Island. If arriving by air, we recommend Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) or Providence's T.F. Green Airport (PVD). There is shuttle bus service from both airports to Woods Hole.

Activity Level

We recommend you have a medium fitness level to fully participate in this trip. You should be comfortable staying on your feet for long stretches at a time, and walking anywhere between 3 to 5 miles a day. We will be out and about most of each day, with time to rest at lunch and dinner. We’ll also spend significant time on small boats, so this trip is not recommended for travelers who experience severe seasickness.


We'll be staying in a pair of spacious and comfortable shared homes with communal bathrooms, kitchens, and living spaces. Single travelers should be prepared to share a room with another traveler of the same gender, depending on the composition of the group.

Dates and Prices

Sep 12–Sep 15, 2019
The total cost of this trip is $2,460. A $500 deposit is required to hold your space. The deposit is non-refundable after three days. The final payment of $1,960 will be due by July 29. All reservations will be final after this date and subject to our cancellation policy. By submitting your deposit, you agree to the trip's Terms & Conditions
  • Three nights of lodging in double-accommodation rooms in a spacious, shared house.
  • Daily lunch and three dinners, as well as snacks and cocktails as listed.
  • A local Martha’s Vineyard guide and tours from various local experts.
  • Ferry transportation to and from the island.
  • All on-island transportation in local taxis.
  • Entrance to all tours and excursions, including a sunset kayaking trip and a fishing expedition.
  • Recommended reading materials, packing list, and pre-trip information packet.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura adventure enthusiasts, excited to learn more about ocean ecology, sustainable fishing, and conservation.
  • Transportation to and from Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including all alcoholic beverages beyond those listed in the itinerary.
  • If applicable, applying for a U.S. visa.
Trip Cost
$2,460 per person