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Sea Venture Boat Tours

Route 3, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Bar Harbor, ME
+1 207-412-0222
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Ranked #17 of 51 activities in Bar Harbor
Type: Tours
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Massachusettes
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Thanks, Capt. Shaw, for an unforgettable day on the water. The trip around MDI was something that few get to experience, but we were lucky enough to get that chance. Your knowledge of the area is unparalleled. Your humor was an added bonus too! We especially loved the Bald Eagles, the seals, the stop at The Docksider in Northeast Harbor,... More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind review and I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip. As I told you the day of our trip the circumnavigation of Mount Desert Island is at the top of my list of boat trips and I've spent nearly 6 decades "Messing About In Boats." As Water Rat said in "Wind In The... More

North Scituate, Rhode Island
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

My husband, three teens and I recently spent a week camping near Bar Harbor. Because we have been there several times, I wanted to do something different this time, and came upon reviews for Sea Venture Boat Tours while looking through Trip Advisor. Because this boat ride is a bit pricey (but, as I found out, completely worth it) and... More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Many thanks for your kind review! It always feels good to hear that folks had a good time on my boat tours. An added plus was that you mentioned I work very hard on my tours as I showed that line to my wife Joyce in hopes of convincing her that I really shouldn't be asked to wash the dishes... More

Brussels
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This is not a touristic cruise as usual, I mean a formatted trip shared with many other people, it is many more than that, this is a journey just for you and your family, with the choice of the day, the hour, the duration and the destination, just guided by the Captain Shaw's passion for the area. If you want... More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your wonderful review...I am also thrilled to hear that folks had a great time on my trips. Thanks, as well, for the great photo you sent of me looking at the sunset!. As a professional photographer I always appreciate great images - even of myself. More

New York City, New York
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

Our family just spent a week in Bar Harbor and the time we spent with Captain Winston Shaw was hands down our favorite day. We had never been to MDI and we were amazed by all that we saw on our boat trip. Captain Winston was extremely knowledgable about the islands and wildlife. He has a keen interest and background... More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your wonderful review. As many years as I've been running Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours it always brings a smile to my face when I hear someone say "Our Favorite Day." I will look forward to having you join me for another look at this beautiful area. More

Uxbridge, Massachusetts, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We went on a four hour nature boat tour around the Porcupine Islands, past Winter Harbor and to Egg Rock lighthouse with Captain Winston Shaw of Sea Venture Boat Tours. We had a great time. He took us to places where we got great photographs of Osprey, Bald Eagles, Gray and Harbor Seals and lighthouses. He is very knowledgeable about... More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip. Hope the photos turned out well! More

Bridgewater, New Jersey
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146 reviews 146 reviews
28 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

The best part of going on this tour is that you get to decide what you see. Winston is a charming character whose knowledge of the area and wildlife is exceptional. I wanted to see the bald eagles and he didn't rest until we'd seen three of them. He even called out to a juvenile who answered back! Amazing time... More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

I was pleased to hear that you enjoyed your bald eagle tour and I hope your photos turned out well. Despite the more than 30 years I've spent studying these birds I never cease to be impressed by their size and beauty. More

Chapin, South Carolina
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This August made our 10th yearly trip to Bar Harbor. We always try to do something new each year and this year it was a trip with Capt. Winston Shaw. Wonderful experience seeing the outer islands and wildlife, as well as hearing the history of the islands and people that own them. Very informative. You will not regret the trip... More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your experiences with others and I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip. More

Washing
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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

One of my favorite experiences on MDI. Showed us lots of amazing houses and many beautiful sites in Acadia. Extremely knowledgeable, we ask millions of questions and he was never stumped! I recommend him to everyone I know that goes to MDI.

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for your kind words. It's always good to hear that folks enjoyed their trip More

Alpharetta, Georgia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2013

Winston is the best. He gave us a great nature tour. We asked him to find seals and he found us tons of them. We had a great time!

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review. We aim to please here at Sea Venture and it always feels good to learn that we've met our guests expectations! Hope to have you join me again for another on the water look at this wonderful area. More

Atlanta
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Eagles, ospreys, harbor porpoises, cormorants, stories about lobstermen and lobstering, sea kayaking, weather patterns and the habits of Mainers. Two adult types and two teenagers were enthralled for six hours alone with Winston Shaw. All voted the day with him the best of 6 days in Maine. He has researched eagles for years, has tales about geology, ecology, boats, and... More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

I was so pleased to hear that you and your family enjoyed your trip and I would look forward to having you all join me for another on the water look at this incredibly beautiful area. More

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