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“Puffins and more puffins” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bold Coast Charter Company

Bold Coast Charter Company
Cutler Harbor, Cutler, ME 04626
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Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Cutler
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Brunswick, Maine, United States
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29 attraction reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Puffins and more puffins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

Booked this tour in January to make sure we got to go while on vacation in Machiasport. The morning of the trip Captain Andy explained that it was favorable that we would be able to land on Seal island but wouldn't know until we got there. Took the hour ride out and enjoyed the information he shared with everyone. We were able to land and have 45 minutes in the blinds to photograph and observe these little birds and see their personality. On the return trip Captain Andy floated around Gull Island and talked about the different kinds of seals on Gull Island. Would recommend this trip for everyone at least once in your lifetime.

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Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, United States
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Don't miss this trip.....wonderful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Great tour, knowledgeable owners/operators/captain. This is beyond words. Can't say enough. We were able to fill in for a cancellation. It was an amazing trip.

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Palm Harbor, Florida
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“Puffins, murres and razor-bills - oh my!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you visit Acadia National Park, do yourself a favor and book a landing cruise from Capt. Andy at the Bold Coast Charter company! Listening to Capt. Andy talk about the area and the island is worth the trip all by itself!
Although the price for the cruise and for the island landing is the same, keep in mind that bad weather or rough seas could make it unsafe for a landing. Therefore I recommend you book two days, and be sure to book months in advance as the number of people allowed on the island is limited and there is another charter company out of New Brunswick as well.
We were fortunate as the seas were calm, the skies were cloudy bright (perfect for photography!) and the puffins were plenty. We even spotted a couple of northern gannets on the island.
Bring your camera, but you don't need long lenses - a 200 to 400mm lens is plenty long enough. Also, leave your tripod behind as the four blinds are small (about 4 x 8 x 10 feet) and you will likely share the space with up to 3 other people. After a brief talk from the Canadians that run the lighthouse and tend the island (Machias Seal Island sovereignty is disputed between the US and Canada, but Canada built a tended lighthouse there), you will be escorted to the blinds where you will get around 90 minutes. The puffins well be quite close and you will ever hear them on the top of the blind! Also, I don't know if this is always the case, but I was in the right most blind and we saw lots of feeding behavior, but the other blinds didn't witness this at all.
After leaving the blinds, Capt. Andy will circle the island where you are likely to see seals lounging on the rocks.
Highly recommended!

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New York City, New York
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“Great tour and puffin watching despite rainy weather!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

I booked our trip several months in advance, and of course I chose the only day of the week that ended up rainy. Weather is the only thing that the captain of this tour can't control, but he and his ship made went out of the way to make sure that everything else was great. The sailing was as smooth as it could be in those conditions. The boat is relatively small (compared to the corporate whale watch tour boats), but the cabin was heated and protected from the wind. Both the captain and his helper are knowledgeable, not only about puffins but other sea life as well. We were able to land and visit the bird blinds on the island for about an hour, which was all we really needed. The bird blinds hold 3-4 people (we felt crowded with 4 people in ours). But in the end, that's all nitpicking. Once you approach the island and see the puffins swimming all around the boat at a spitting distance, all other concerns evaporate. On the island, in the bird blinds, with the birds literally just a yard away from you, nothing else matters. This trip is truly a small adventure, and I heartily recommend it!

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Burlington, Massachusetts
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Amazing Puffins and Razorbills and Murres”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

The boat is typical working Maine boat. Andy and Alan did everything to keep us warm and happy as we had a very typical foggy day. That turns out to be great for bird activity on Seal Island inches from the blinds. After a quick boardwalk to a blind, another couple and we stayed in the blind for about an hour watching and snapping photos. A truly awesome experience. You need to book early as only 15 are allowed on the island a day from the u.s. Andy also kept a non landing family with young kids happy spotting seals in his skip while we were on the island. Hope for a not too hot day and no rain. They will land if at all possible. But not in rough seas. quite the foggy adventurous ride back. They skip broke loose and they skillfully fetched it back!

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