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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

1 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME 04609
888-533-WALE
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Ranked #18 of 50 activities in Bar Harbor
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Tours
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

I am 10 years old, and I did not like this tour, which we did in July. It was a big boat and was crowded. It was hard at times to understand where the whales were located around the ship. It was not very informative. We did see 3 types of whales and passed an island populated by puffins. Also... More

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Bay Village, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

We were in Bar Harbor during the government shut-down in October (2013). Because of the shut-down many tourists coming from the large cruise ships did not have the option of walking into Acadia National Park. Instead this company went into overdrive to take care of those of us staying in Bar Harbor and those just coming in for the day.... More

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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2013

We couldn't have planned a better day--- the weather (for October) was perfect, we actually dressed too warm! We were told that we'd stay out an extra hour if we didn't spot whales during the 3 hours (ok with us!) and try some other areas but we spotted whales-- Humpbacks within the timeframe, 2 different groups. They gave us plenty... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

We went on the nature cruise at the beginning of the evening...amazing! Got to see bald eagles, all the lobster pots set out, lighthouse, seals...and the amazing photos all through sunset!! It was a great cruise. The captain timed the ride just perfectly for great pics at sunset and it is my fondest memory of Bar Harbor. What a great... More

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

A cooler than normal October day that we were prepared for dressing in layers and we were lucky enough to see 5 Humpback Whales of which they were able to identify 4 of them from the data base. We had a great time and seeing these gentle giants up close was a real treat. A must do when on the... More

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

We took the Puffin and Whale Watch Tours in September 2013 and August 1997. During both tours we saw whales. The more recent trip featured multiple finback and minki whales. The finbacks are very large and we saw the crest of their backs with a spout of vapor through the water as they exhale. The minki whales are far smaller... More

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Conifer
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2013

What could make for a better outing, no? In town for a day, so a whale watching we will go! A perfect October day - sunshine and a hundred of my closest friends onboard. Since the season was coming to an end, the captain told us that we would need to go a bit further out to find some whales.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2013

Whenever you go whale watching, you are relying on luck, and you may end up seeing nothing. Sadly, this particular company, rather than accepting this, decide to rattle on about sea birds, get ever more desperate "if you look in the water you might see a jellyfish" and for the crowning glory, returned to port an hour late, causing later... More

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Rio, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

We had hoped to do the whale watch cruise but the waters were too rough. We found this to be a nice 2 hour cruise exploring the harbor and areas south of Bar Harbor. We got close-up to a lighthouse, saw 5 bald eagles, and quite a few seals in addition to the interesting islands and rock formations. We also... More

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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

WE really expected a great trip, maybe earlier in the season, this was a waste of time and money. The tour company should let you know its far and few if any whales you see in October,

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