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“captain eli”(67 reviews)
“lobster fishing”(66 reviews)
“nature cruise”(58 reviews)
Awarded Yankee Magazine's "Best Island Tour," we are the Bar Harbor area's favorite boat cruise and a family owned business now in our 22nd year. Operating out of Bass Harbor to the islands of Blue Hill Bay, we offer exclusive access to what many...more
12 Little Island Way, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME 04653
+1 207-244-5785
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We really enjoyed our cruise with Island Cruises. It was very informative about life in the area, lobstering, wildlife. It was neat to see the fish farm and to pull up a lobster trap. We even saw a baby porpoise swimming with its mama! FYI,...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Melinda O
Reviewed December 15, 2018

Captain Sarge took us out on a beautiful evening sail, out towards the Gott Islands and Swans Island. Very scenic and informative; we learned a lot about the lobster industry (we asked!) as well as what it's like to live year round in the area....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

Very informative cruise. We saw lobsters, even pulled our own trap up! The crew was awesome, stayed and had lunch at a little village on the coast. Saw so many seals and eagles we couldn't count them all. My mother and family loved it--highlight of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

Our boat ride was our favorite. The captain provided so much information about the area which was wonderful for my visiting granddaughter from California. We would definitely choose this activity next year when she visits Maine.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Christine L
Reviewed October 3, 2018

Marvelous nature cruise around Bass Harbor on a small (20 passenger) boat. Tour guide Captain Eli is a local, and he’s an expert on the history and economics of the area, plus he is a great wildlife and bird guide. Very interesting! Plus the waves...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 28, 2018 via mobile

Don’t think twice just book it. We saw mature and juvenile eagles, harbor and grey seals, porpoise, salmon pens, lobster and crabs and learned so much about coastal Maine. This will be the best money you spend on your trip by far.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

Captain Eli is a Captain's Captain, with complete control of his vessel throughout the entire cruise. He's personable and friendly and I get the impression he could give this tour in his sleep, it's just that well honed. Thorough, educational, entertaining and enlightening, Captain Eli...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018 via mobile

We wanted a private boat tour that would give us a look at the Mount Desert Island area from the water. This company did not disappoint. Captain Eli runs a professional, clean business . We went out at 5 pm for a sunset tour. We...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 25, 2018

I'm so glad we took an afternoon nature cruise with Island Cruises. The weather was kinda cold and overcast off and on, but it just didn't matter. There's nothing else like getting out on the water and seeing some of the islands and the wildlife....More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Melinda D
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

Love this cruise. Always beautiful and very informative. We saw seals, porpoise, bald eagles, and lots of sea birds. Captain Eli shares his knowledge of the history of lobstering and the surrounding islands in a very entertaining way. It’s a must when you come to...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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April 10, 2018|
Response from catskillperson | Reviewed this property |
I went on something that was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. I think it was about 35 dollars. I felt it was well worth it. This was a sunset cruise and it was wonderful. I do not know if they do the Sunset Cruises any... More
Eric L
June 1, 2017|
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Response from captaineli | Property representative |
Our boat is certified for 49, and is designed to still be comfortable for everyone at capacity, with great views wherever you sit!
June 8, 2015|
Response from captaineli | Property representative |
I'm sorry, we only allow service animals on the boat during tours.