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Sea Venture Boat Tours

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Address: Route 3, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
Phone Number: +1 207-412-0222
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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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Engaging and Entertaining Tour

After a few hours of searching and calling different boat tours I found that Winston at Sea Venture Boat Tours offered the exact experience that I was looking for. Trying to avoid... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 6, 2015
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Columbia, Missouri
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111 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Based on the rave reviews here on TA, my expectations were very high for SeaVenture and Capt. Winston. Two of us on this private boat tour independently had the same reaction - okay but disappointing given our high expectations. In addition to the reviews, we were attracted by the SeaVenture website's emphasis on the captain also being a photographer. We... More 

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

I was very sorry to learn that your trip didn't meet your expectations. I pride myself on providing high quality custom boat tours and over the past 20 years I have generally received very favorable reviews from the vast majority of folks who join me as guests. Clearly that is not the case here so I will attempt to respond... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

After a few hours of searching and calling different boat tours I found that Winston at Sea Venture Boat Tours offered the exact experience that I was looking for. Trying to avoid large, generic, over-crowded tours I decided to pay the extra money and get what I really wanted; a tour tailored towards the things I wanted to see. My... More 

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2 Thank Graham N
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to share the details of your trip with others. I am always pleased to learn that a guest enjoyed their trip. Harbor and Gray Seals are indeed curious critters and I've spent many an enjoyable hour watching their antics. My Dad built a rowboat for me when I was about 8 and I... More 

Columbus, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Sea Venture boat tours is by far the best way to experience the coast of Bar Harbor and surrounding areas. Winston, the captain, is charismatic and extremely knowledgeable about the area (as well as many other things!) and is the best at what he does. If you experience coastal Maine any other way - you are not getting the proper... More 

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to review your recent trip! One of the great joys of providing boat tours is having families like yours aboard. If memory serves this is the third time you've joined me for an on the water look at lovely Acadia National Park and there are no words to describe what a delight it... More 

Washington,Dc
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92 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015

Captain Shaw makes this the best! Had a 6 hour tour with just my wife and myself. The Captain took us from Bar Harbor to visit islands scattered about, light houses and sought out the animals that my wife really wanted to see. Then down the coast into bays and tiny inlets. Pointing out houses and boats of people you... More 

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to let others know about your trip. While I would like to think I should get the credit for you enjoying your trip I fear that Mother Nature deserves most of the credit! If there is a lovelier area to boat in than the Mount Desert Island area I've yet to encounter it... More 

Atlanta, Georgia
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45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015

This is a great way to get a very different perspective of the Bar Harbor area and Mt. Dessert Island. We did a full day tour and circumnavigated the island. It was a picture perfect day making the tour absolutely spectacular. It's a small boat and we were able to get up close and personal with the coastline in many... 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 a review. In today's busy world folks often mean to write but often don't and your effort is appreciated. I was also happy to learn that you enjoyed your 60 mile trip around Mount Desert Island. As I point out on my website very few visitors ever get to experience... More 

London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

We spent the afternoon on a private wildlife tour of the waters around Bar Harbor with the irrepressible Capt Shaw. We hadn't known whether to book with everyone else in a big boat or go for this more personal experience ... And this was so worth it. Not only is Capt. Shaw able to personalise his itineraries, his smaller boat... More 

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

Thank you for your kind comments regarding your recent tour. My Mother would be pleased to learn that a fellow countryman enjoyed a boat tour with her son! Now that you know how beautiful Bar Harbor is from the water i hope to have you join me for another look next year. More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015 via mobile

We've toured with Captain Shaw's Sea Venture Tours on two different occasions - in August 2013 and 2015. We've spent many family trips exploring Acadia and Bar Harbor, including various boat excursions. It's very clear to us that this custom and intimate boat tour should not be missed and is a "must do". Captain Shaw knows and loves the coastline... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind review! One of the things I most enjoy about running my tours is having the chance to get to know guests when they come back year after year. After twenty years of operating Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours I must have taken out folks from every state in the union as well as... More 

nj
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140 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

A really nice trip with an informative and interesting guide. There is a lot to see and learn about from the water side of Acadia...the cliffs, homes, islands and the stories that go with them! the forests! lighthouse! and many many seals as well as a eagle or two and on some trips a whale sighting......this is NOT a whale... More 

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

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip and thanks so much for sharing your thoughts with others. I will add, however, that while we do allow dogs on board from time to time we don't as a rule encourage folks to bring their dog along unless they can assure us that the dog is well behaved and comfortable with... More 

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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Seeing Bar Harbor and the surrounding islands by boat is worth doing. We chose Sea Venture because we wanted a personalized tour. Captain Shaw did just that. We enjoyed hours on his small boat and enjoyed his comments on not only the landscape but information about wildlife that lives around the harbor.

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

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your trip with others. I am always pleased to learn that folks enjoyed their Sea Venture Custom Boat Tour introduction to the beauties of this are with its wealth of natural beauty and wildlife. Hope to have you join me again for another up close on the water look at... More 

Houston, Texas, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

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

Thank you so much for your glowing review of your trip. Sitting here at my desk buried in paperwork with no end in sight it's reassuring to learn that my efforts are appreciated. I could make a lot more money with a lot fewer headaches but I wouldn't get the sense of satisfaction that comes from reading a review like... More 

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