Sea Activities & Sightseeing

DIVER ED'S DIVE-IN THEATER
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DIVER ED'S DIVE-IN THEATER

Come aboard The Starfish Enterprise and watch live underwater footage as Diver Ed searches the bottom of Frenchman Bay for fascinating critters. Then roll up your sleeves and get ready to touch starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, lobsters, and whatever else he can fit into his catchbag to bring up to the boat! Diver Ed makes this vacation adventure entertaining as well as educational! Trips run from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. 

SCHOODIC FERRY
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SCHOODIC FERRY

Uncrowded. Unspoiled. Unexpected.
Let the Schoodic Ferry introduce you to the undiscovered Acadia.



Transporting passengers, their bicycles and their leashed pets between College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor and the Schoodic Marine Center in Winter Harbor daily. Bicycles and leashed pets rides free. Hosting marine scientists aboard most trips.

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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.

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.

LULU LOBSTER BOAT RIDE
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LULU LOBSTER BOAT RIDE

Discover Bar Harbor's most exclusive, personal and unique sightseeing cruise. Join Captain John on Lulu, a traditional Downeast lobster boat, for a 2 hour tour of Frenchman Bay. Enjoy an up-close demonstration of lobster fishing, fascinating seal watching and breathtaking coastal scenery. Share the Captain's interest in nature and local history and folklore. Sailings daily May thru October. Adults $35, seniors (65+) $32, children (6 to 12) $20.  Not appropriate for children under 6. Ticket office - 55 West Street (Harborside Hotel).  Reservations recommended.

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. 

SEA VENTURE CUSTOM BOAT TOURS
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SEA VENTURE CUSTOM BOAT TOURS

Treat yourself! Captain Winston Shaw, an expert naturalist with 30 years local experience, offers totally unique private boat tours for individuals and parties of up to 6. Wide variety of enjoyable 1 to 8 hour trips custom designed around your interests and timetable. Discover eagles, seals, loons, and other fascinating wildlife, along with spectacular sea cliffs, secluded coves, picturesque island lighthouses, and breathtaking sunsets. Affordable prices. Free no-hassle parking.

ACADIAN BOAT TOURS
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ACADIAN BOAT TOURS

Acadian Boat Tours offers a must-do variety of cruises through the spring, summer and fall seasons! 
See puffins in the spring or go on a Sightseeing/Nature cruise, Fishing / Sightseeing in the summer and the Somes Sound Fjord in the fall.  All season - something for everyone!

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK
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ACADIA NATIONAL PARK

The First Eastern National Park

BAR HARBOR FERRY
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BAR HARBOR FERRY

The only ferry departing from Downtown Bar Harbor!
Enjoy spectacular views as you travel between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor/Schoodic Pennisula.
Upper and lower deck seating as well as an inside, heated cabin area. 
*5 trips daily thru Labor Day, then 4 trips daily thru Columbus Day.

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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.

DOWNEAST WINDJAMMER CRUISES
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DOWNEAST WINDJAMMER CRUISES

Join us for a 1 1/2 to 2 hour windjammer cruise. Sail among the islands of Frenchman Bay. Look out for bald eagles, seals &  harbor porpoise. Help the crew hoist sail or just relax on our spacious decks. Three trips daily-10am, 2pm and sunset.
Call 207-288-4585 for reservations or visit one of our two ticket sales locations: Shard, 19 Cottage St., Bar Harbor or the ticket booth at the Bar Harbor Inn pier. 

The only ferry departing from Downtown Bar Harbor! Bar Harbor/Winter Harbor Ferry providing daily passenger service from Bar Harbor to the Schoodic Peninsula. Ferry service starts June 26th, 2017 http://barharborferry.com 

Cranberrycove Ferry- Departing Southwest Harbor and Manset providing passenger service to the Cranberry Islands. Tickets can be purchased on the boat. 207-244-5882 or Boat Cell (207) 460-1981.

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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!

Additional Resources

ACADIA FISHING TOURS

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

BAR HARBOR YACHT CLUB

P O BOX 568
Bar Harbor, ME 04609

CUSTOM CRUISES & CRANBERRY ISLES WATER TAXI


Islesford, ME 04609
244-5724

DOWNEAST SAILING ADVENTURES

848 Eagle Lake Road
Bar Harbor, ME 04609
(207) 288-2216

MANSELL BOAT RENTAL COMPANY, INC.

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

SEA PRINCESS CRUISES

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