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Address: Route 3, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: +1 207-412-0222
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Description: Highly personalized custom boat tours for private parties of from 1 to 6...
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.
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Personalized tour of Frenchman's Bay

Winston is a very nice, outgoing and friendly guy. He is very knowledgeable about the area and its history. We took a two hour tour in the evening and Winston talked nearly the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
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Houston, Texas, United States
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Houston, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015 NEW

Winston is a very nice, outgoing and friendly guy. He is very knowledgeable about the area and its history. We took a two hour tour in the evening and Winston talked nearly the whole time......talking about the history, wildlife, and interesting tidbits about local residents. Winston is a great photographer and is extremely knowledgeable about bald eagles....having studied and researched... More 

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Columbia, SC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

We went out with Captain Winston Shaw the last day of our vacation. We wanted the tour to focus on scenery and nature. Our morning started out rainy, but it luckily cleared up for the tour. The islands are beautiful. We saw seals, gulls, lobster boats, eagles, loons, cormorants, black guillemot, and osprey. The scenery was beautiful. Captain Shaw pointed... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to share the highlights of your trip with other folks. Happily I proved correct in saying that the weather would improve and we wound up having a pretty decent day despite dire predictions on the part of the weather people. As Mark Twain once quipped, If you don't like the weather in New England... More 

Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

A beautiful experience for the eyes, heart, and mind. The beauty of the area can only be fully appreciated by taking to the water on a personalized private cruise such as this. The captain is well-read, well-lived, well-versed, and a delightful part of the overall experience as he explains what you're seeing, what you're not seeing, and how things were... More 

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

Thank you for your wonderful review and it couldn't have come at a better time of year! I got my first boat at age 8 and a good deal more than 50 years later I've owned twice as many boats as cars. So you'd think that by now I'd love getting them ready for the water each spring. Sadly I've... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If you want to get up close and personal with the islands of Frenchman Bay or the rugged coast of Maine adjacent to Mount Dessert Island, a tour with Capt. Winston Shaw is a must. We had a fantastic tour with him aboard his very seaworthy boat, “Reflection.” His knowledge of the area waters, islands, coastline, lighthouses, mansions and wildlife... More 

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

I was very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip and thanks so much for sharing your experience with others! I loved your photo of the bald eagle sitting on the roof of the keeper's house. I hadn't actually seen an eagle perched in that spot before although they do occasionally perch on the spruce tree just a short... More 

Bennington, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

We had a wonderful experience with Captain Winston Shaw aboard his boat in Frenchman's Bay. While touring around the islands, Captain Shaw captivated us with his knowledge about each island's geology, wildlife, as well as a history of the region and local lore . The joy and excitement of seeing the majestic bald eagles on the tour was further enhanced... More 

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

Thanks so much for letting me know that you enjoyed your trip! This late in the season the weather can at times be kind of "iffy" so we were fortunate indeed to have wonderful weather that day. It almost felt more like early September rather than late October. I will look forward to having you back for another look at... More 

Dallas, Texas
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Captain Shaw is the best. Just tell him what you want and he will find it. We captured some incredible pictures of two eagles fighting in mid-air, a shot of an eagle feeding, as well as shots of a seal, falcon and loon, with a light house thrown in for good measure. Captain Winston's knowledge of eagles is unsurpassed anywhere,... More 

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this nice review. I was very pleased to learn that you enjoyed yourself and doubly pleased to learn that your eagle photos turned out well. With a bit more than thirty years spent studying bald eagles along the Coast of Maine I can remember only too well the time when... More 

Banning, California
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014

We had a wonderful time on Capt. Shaw's boat. The Bar Harbor shoreline is beautiful and Capt. Shaw pointed out all the grand estates which cannot be seen from the road. He's very knowledgeable regarding the local wildlife and we even got to see some dolphins! He's also a wonderful photographer and he emailed me some great pictures from our... More 

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

Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed your trip! And thank you for sending me copies of the photos you made that day. Seeing things through the eyes of another photographer is always enjoyable for me. Hope to have you join me for another trip if you should ever visit Acadia National Park again at some... More 

Uxbridge, Massachusetts
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We have been on a few trips with Captain Winston Shaw for photography. He has alot of knowledge of the area and photography. He has taken us to view Eagles, Ospreys and lighthouses which I love to photograph. I have also got great sunset pictures from his boat. He has great stories and is alot of fun to spend time... 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 photo trip and many thanks for taking a moment to let me know. Nothing I enjoy more than guiding folks like yourself who enjoy nature and share my passion for making images of this lovely area. Hope to have you back for another trip next year! More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

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Additional Information about Sea Venture Boat Tours

Address: Route 3, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Bar Harbor, ME
Phone Number: +1 207-412-0222
Location: United States  >  Maine (ME)  >  DownEast and Acadia Maine  >  Bar Harbor
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:00 pm

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