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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 #15 of 53 Activities in Bar Harbor
Type: Tours
Owner description: Highly personalized custom boat tours for private parties of from 1 to 6 passengers. Widest selection of trip options of any boat tour company in... more » Owner description: Highly personalized custom boat tours for private parties of from 1 to 6 passengers. Widest selection of trip options of any boat tour company in Maine with trips from 1 hr to all day long. Every trip custom designed around the interests, timetable, and budget of our guests. See and experience wildlife, lighthouses, scenic islands, shoreside mansions, and anything else that strikes your fancy. All trips are totally private with only members of your party aboard. « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

A boat tour with Capt. Winston Shaw is a must-do when visiting the Bar Harbor/Acadia area. We spent a half day touring the coastline of Bar Harbor and its environs. The natural beauty of the area is magnificent and seeing it from the water enhanced by Capt. Shaw's impressive knowledge of and familiarity with the local history, culture, society, geology,... More

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

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. It's always encouraging to learn that folks had a good time on their Sea Venture cruise and like most folks I don't mind it a bit when folks have good things to say about me personally. In fact I usually show glowing reports of my performance as a boat captain/tour guide to... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

You are totally missing out if you haven't taken a sea venture with Captain Shaw! My husband and I were looking to see the Island from the Ocean's perspective…and boy was this boat ride the way to do it! Out of all the attractions we saw and did during our stay at Bar Harbor, our Sea Venture's excursion with Captain... More

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your recent Sea Venture trip. I can't say how much it means to me to learn that one of my tours is the highlight of a guest's visit to Acadia National Park. The saying, "You made my day!" only hints at the positive effect reviews like yours have on folks like... More

Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Captain Shaw is an intriguing naturist who truly loves his surroundings and the wildlife and people that live in this beautiful area. His knowledge of the outlying islands and their inhabitants is just one of the interesting points of the tour. The flora and fauna is unbelievable and the Bald Eagles are breathtaking! My mother and I were very comfortable... 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 Sea Venture Custom Boat Tour with others. And thanks, as well, for letting me know that you enjoyed your trip. I do indeed love this very special area and greatly enjoy sharing details I've picked up over the years with guests. Someone once said that the best way to learn... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

One on one guided service by a guide who shares a lifetime of experience with the area. One of the highlights of our trip.

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

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip and hope to have you join me again in the near future. More

Annapolis, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Our party of 6 took a four hour trip out with Capt. Shaw. We saw so much more than you would from the shore or a big boat. We got local stories, an up-close look at wildlife and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on the water. Highly recommended.

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

Thanks so much for taking a moment to let folks know you enjoyed your trip. And thanks as well for provoding the sort of positive feedback that makes my own efforts seem worthwhile! More

La Barge, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We booked a 5hr trip for August 17 but had to reschedule for the 18th due to some boat trouble. Captain Shaw is awesome. His knowledge of the area was great and we enjoyed his stories. Although I am sure he has a standard route he made each area seem like it was the first time he has taken anyone... More

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

Many thanks for your kind review! It's always good to have folks aboard who truly enjoy the beauty of this area. In truth as I introduce folks like yourself to spots I've visited and enjoyed myself for years I in a very real sense rediscover their beauty anew. As I often tell folks on my trips with well in excess... More

Brentwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Us landlubbers from Nashville, just had the best time on board with Captain Shaw. He is so fun and intersting. He really should write an autobiography! We saw a whole family of bald eagles; each in separate places. We highly recommend this private tour!!! He is having a problem with his new phone number. Here it is folks....... 207-412-0222. Call... 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 and thanks for being so patient with the phone number mess made by Time Warner Cable! Not too many people would show up for their trip after trying repeatedly to call me only to receive a "This Number Is No Longer In Service" message from Time Warner. Lord only knows... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We booked a four hour tour in July. We just wanted to see the coast from the ocean and hopefully a few lighthouses. The issue we had with this tour was that the website listed 12 lighthouses as possibilities for the tour, including Bass Harbor. When we communicated that it was our first priority, he told us it was too... More

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

Very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your trip. In nearly 20 years of running boat trips this is the first time I've ever received such a negative review. In most cases, in fact, by trip's end my guests and I have become fast friends. Many folks come back year after year and one couple from the Midwest... More

Massachusettes
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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
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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

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