Sea Activities & Sightseeing

SAIL ACADIA: DOWNEAST FRIENDSHIP SLOOP CHARTERS
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SAIL ACADIA: DOWNEAST FRIENDSHIP SLOOP CHARTERS

Join us aboard one of our traditional Friendship Sloops for an unforgettable sail along the Maine coast.  Friendship Sloops are emblematic of Maine's maritime heritage, and were once used for lobster fishing under sail.  The historic Alice E. (1899) is the oldest Friendship Sloop still sailing, and now departs daily from quiet Southwest Harbor.  The Helen Brooks was built during the Friendship Sloop revival of the 1960s and 70s, and now departs from Northeast Harbor.  Both villages are less than 25 minutes from Bar Harbor.


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CRANBERRY COVE FERRY

Passenger Ferry service between Southwest Harbor/Manset  and the Cranberry Islands. 

SAIL ACADIA: ELIZABETH T. LOBSTER BOAT CRUISES
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SAIL ACADIA: ELIZABETH T. LOBSTER BOAT CRUISES

Join us aboard the locally-built wooden lobster boat Elizabeth T. for sightseeing and lobster fishing on the quietside of Mount Desert Island.  This uniquely-Maine experience provides the opportunity to explore Acadia National Park from the water, with the mountains in the background.  Visit Man O' War Brook in scenic Somes Sound, get up close to the historic Bear Island Lighthouse, cruise among the Cranberry Islands, and watch for seals at East Bunker's Ledge.  Our two-hour cruise focuses on lobster fishing and sightseeing, while our three-hour cruise makes a stop at the Cranberry Islands.  Shared tours or custom private charters are available.  Shared tours depart from Southwest Harbor, other pick-up locations are available during private charters.

ISLAND CRUISES
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ISLAND CRUISES

One of the most treasured experiences of coastal Maine. Island Cruises operates out of Bass Harbor on the Southwestern side of Mount Desert Island, home of Acadia National Park.  We are a family owned business offering our exclusive Lunch Cruise to the island fishing village of Frenchboro, possibly the most iconic location on the entire coast of Maine.  We also offer an afternoon Nature Cruise, narrated by the owner and Captain, which the editors of Yankee Magazine said was the best island tour in all of New England. Genuine, personal and family friendly.

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LIGHTHOUSE AND NATIONAL PARK TOUR

Considered Bar Harbor's best tour! Let the fast 90 ft. jet powered catamaran Bay King III whisk you away. Visit five beautiful island lighthouses and a historic life saving station - with ample time at each for photographs. Cruise among Acadia's coastal islands and crown jewels; Otter Cliffs, Sand Beach, Champlain Mountain, and Thunder Hole. Enjoy fun-filled and fascinating stories from our onboard historian; learn of French explorers, the founder of Acadia Õ± Mr. George Dorr, and all about Maine's legendary lighthouses, light keepers, ghosts and much more. Discover Bar Harbor's golden age as we view mansions along ÕÎmillionaires rowÕå; the Ford, Rockefeller, High Seas and Pulitzer Estates; and the spectacular coastal mansions owned by Dick Wolf (Southerly) and Martha Stewart (Skylands). Truly A must see tour!

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BAKER ISLAND ACADIA NATIONAL PARK TOUR

Discover. Explore. Learn. Join an Acadia National Park ranger on this amazing island adventure. Leave Bar Harbor and travel by boat nine miles to this uninhabited park island and land by launch. Visit the historic Gilley family farmstead dating back to 1806 and the famous Baker Island Lighthouse - first built in 1828. Explore the fascinating dance floor rock formation and while there eat lunch on the ocean. On the return, take in spectacular coastal park scenery. Throughout the trip we look for and identify birds, porpoise, and seals. Leaves from Harborplace, Tours on Tues., Wed., Fri., & Sat. at 8:45am. June 12th – Sept. 16th.

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

The First Eastern National Park

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LOBSTER FISHING AND SEAL WATCHING

Fish with local Captain Jeff Black aboard the Downeast lobster boat the M/V Miss Samantha. She has the most room for your comfort and is specially designed so that you can venture onto the bow to view scenery and watch wildlife. The only lobster tour in Bar Harbor that has a live aquarium touch tank so you can hold a lobster, sea stars, and a great variety of fascinating marine life. Learn all about MaineÕ_s lobster fishery and how to catch a lobster, about the medicinal benefits of ocean life, and visit seals and their pups up close! Your professional captain and naturalist will answer all your questions. Trips leave daily from Harborplace next to the downtown pier and last for 1Õ_ hours.

Additional Resources

CUSTOM CRUISES & CRANBERRY ISLES WATER TAXI


Islesford, ME 04609
244-5724

MANSELL BOAT RENTAL COMPANY, INC.

135 Shore Road
Manset, ME 04679
(207) 244-5625

ACADIA FISHING TOURS

182 Clark Point Road
Beals Lobster Pier
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679
(207) 244-5385

SEA PRINCESS CRUISES

Town Pier
Northeast Harbor, ME 04662
(207) 276-5352