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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 #21 of 53 Activities in Bar Harbor
Type: Tours
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La Barge, Wyoming
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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

North Carolina
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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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
34 helpful votes 34 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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151 reviews 151 reviews
29 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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 reviews 3 reviews
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

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