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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
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Reviewed July 12, 2011

We took the afternoon cruise rather than the lunchtime one and it was a great experience. As people have said, the boat is very stable and sturdy. We had a gorgeous day but they were totally correct in saying that a jacket was necessary -...More

Date of experience: July 2011
2  Thank mkr13
Reviewed July 6, 2011

There is certainly something for everyone on this trip--we rode with Captain Eli on his Luncheon Trip. He is a natural born storyteller and peppers his information with fun and humorous anecdotes of characters along the way. When we first got started, Eli told us...More

Date of experience: July 2011
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Reviewed June 9, 2011

I took a group of 20 college students on a tour with Kim Strauss and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves while learning a great deal about the lobster industry and the history, ecology, and geography of the surrounding area. We saw lots of seals, eagles and...More

Date of experience: June 2011
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Reviewed June 19, 2010

Capt Kim Strauss provides the most interesting and engaging boat tour on Mount Desert Island. We have worked it into every vacation trip here for the last 4-5 years! The R. L. Gott is a stable boat, so if you're only so-so on boat trips,...More

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Reviewed August 3, 2007

I was looking for a different kind of boat trip from Mount Deseret Island. We wanted something other than a whale watch or schooner. We found it in Bass Harbor with Island Cruises. We chose the lunch cruise that leaves at 11:00 am. This is...More

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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.