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Island Cruises

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Bass Harbor, ME, USA
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About Island Cruises
Awarded Yankee Magazine's "Best Island Tour in New England," we are the Bar Harbor area's favorite boat cruise and a family owned business for over 30 years. Operating out of Bass Harbor to the islands of Blue Hill Bay, we offer exclusive access to what many consider one of the most beautiful parts of the Maine coast, as well as its prettiest harbor, the third largest lobster fleet in Maine. Being off the beaten path, our formula for success is offering the highest quality experience on Mount Desert Island, with your tour captained and narrated by the owner. On our Nature Cruises, you'll see seals, bald eagles, countless seabirds, pristine Islands, panoramic views and even haul a lobster trap or two. We cherish your business and our many return customers, and you'll find that it shows from start to finish.
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1totravelfar wrote a review Jul 1
New York10 contributions5 helpful votes
Fabulous tour. Best view of the Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse! We saw seals, a bald Eagle and lobsters. Very knowledgeable guide about the lobster industry, the local islands, Wildlife conservation and geology.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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mitchell50285 wrote a review Jun 2022
Dublin, Ohio3 contributions3 helpful votes
My wife and teenage daughter decided somewhat last minute, to book the 12:30 Nature Cruise out of Bass Harbor last Friday, June 24th. My daughter and I had taken this tour once four years ago in not good weather so we were eager to see what our experience would be under ideal weather conditions. Our tour did not disappoint. Captain Eli and his first mate daughter Julia did an excellent job of gaining us close access to wildlife and the famous Bass Harbor Light House. Our favorite part of the tour was Captain Eli's comprehensive, conversational and relatable tour narration, focusing on local history and the lobster industry. Eli gave us keen insights into the dynamics of lobstering, even stopping to pull one of his own traps to demonstrate. We learned much about how lobsters breed, size restrictions and how successful lobstering has become in great part due to the restrictions lobstermen place on themselves to keep the lobster population growing. Our glimpses into island life, how island residents live and thrive in tough , isolated conditions was a real treat. We would recommend this tour to anyone who visits Mount Desert Island . The "Quiet Side" is less crowded than Bar Harbor and Island Cruises has plenty of room for passengers.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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mellyanne7 wrote a review Jun 2022
Pompano Beach, Florida2 contributions2 helpful votes
I would HIGHLY recommend this tour for so many reasons. First, it's away from the insane crowds in Bar Harbor. The boat is on the smaller side compared to some of the ones there, and it allows for a much more intimate and relaxing experience. It also provides a closer look at stops along the way because a smaller boat can navigate areas that a large one just can't. Second, it's family run and has been for many years. The tour was run by a father-daughter duo and they were so sweet. Our captain's knowledge was a clear reflection of a born and raiser Mainer. It was really cool to learn about the history of the lobster and fishing industries from someone with a clear and deep respect for nature and conservation. Thirdly, you get to see some incredible sights! We were lucky enough to see some nesting sea birds, tons of seals, a bald eagle, and more. Finally, the price is unbeatable and they are very flexible in terms of communication. I'm here in Acadia for a few more weeks and I honestly might do this same tour again!
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Nate S wrote a review Jun 2022
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The narration from the captain. Seeing all of the seals. Seeing the salmon farms. Hearing about lobstering in Maine.
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Nancy G wrote a review Jun 2022
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What a wonderfully informative trip. Our guide was so knowledgeable about the area. The office staff was flexible, and very patient with us too. Thanks for a great experience.🙂
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Date of experience: June 2022
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