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Island Cruises
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Owner description: Awarded Yankee Magazine's "Best Island Tour," we are the Bar Harbor area's favorite boat cruise and a family owned business now in our 22nd year. Operating out of Bass Harbor to the islands of Blue Hill Bay, we offer exclusive access to what many consider one of the most beautiful parts of the Maine coast, as well as its prettiest harbor. Being off the beaten path, our formula for success is offering the highest quality experience at some of the lowest rates on Mount Desert Island. Try out our 11:00-2:30 Lunch Cruise to Frenchboro; established in 1820 and one of the last year round island fishing communities in Maine, Frenchboro is a place that many people find hard to believe still exists in our busy, high-tech world. Or, join us for the 3:00-5:00 Nature Cruise, where you'll see seals, bald eagles, and even haul a lobster trap or two. We cherish your business and our many return customers, and you'll find that it shows from start to finish.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We chose this tour after our original plan fell through. We didn't know what to expect but we really impressed. Eli was knowledgeable about the islands surrounding Bass Harbor and the wildlife we saw. I went into this hoping to see a seal or two. We saw lots of grey and harbor seals, bald eagles, cormorants, and more. Definitely recommend this tour.

Thank Kim D
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting history presented on tour. Several Bald Eagles and lot of seals spotted with other birds. You learn about lobster fishing in Maine. When their trap was pulled up we had several lobsters to view along with a couple crabs. Nice view of Bass Harbor lighthouse. The boat is well driven and they turn to starboard and port so both sides get a chance for pictures.

Thank Steve S
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great cruise out of Bass Harbor. We chose this cruise because we had 4 kids ranging in age from 2-8 and we thought a longer cruise would be too long for them. This cruise was just right in terms of length, commentary and sights. It's nice that it's done by a guy who grew up in Bass Harbor. You can tell how proud and knowledgeable his is about his hometown and home state. Make sure to bring a sweater or fleece. Even in the summer, it can be a little chilly out on the water.

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Reviewed 10 June 2018

We were a party of 6 from Florida. Only have good things to say about our outing. Saw eagles/seals/salmon farm (?)/lots of birds and even a porpoise and some lobsters, of course. Boat was fine, captain/crew attentive. Learned a lot about this area of Maine and the lobster trade which we found very interesting. Never had the "wish it was over" thought :). Our group all had a good time and enjoyed the trip.

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Reviewed 9 June 2018

Fun 2 hour excursion. You’ll see harbor seals, grey seals, cormorants and other birds. Eli brings up his lobster trap and shows you how to measure a lobster for legal or not legal. Plan on very windy and cold. And you might get some splash.

Thank Andrea P
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