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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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Banning, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

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
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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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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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

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