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Machias Seal Island

#1 of 3 things to do in Jonesport Features Animals
Jonesport, ME
+1 207-259-4484
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A Great Opportunity to see a unique and beautiful bird.

Went with Seawatch Tours from Grand Manan to see the puffin nesting area on Machias Seal Islands... read more

Reviewed July 16, 2017
sara c
Phoenix, Arizona
Puffin paradise

Awesome birding opportunity to get up close to Atlantic puffins, razorbills, murres and terns. The... read more

Reviewed July 15, 2017
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Protected habitat for many bird species.
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  • Very good6%
  • Average3%
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Reviewed July 16, 2017

Went with Seawatch Tours from Grand Manan to see the puffin nesting area on Machias Seal Islands Really cool sea birds that are amazing to watch. They are extremely careful about maintaining the nesting environment for the birds which is great for the species, but...More

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Reviewed July 15, 2017 via mobile

Awesome birding opportunity to get up close to Atlantic puffins, razorbills, murres and terns. The island is beautiful with its lighthouse. Other birds may be seen too like gannets, eiders. They are very organized and minimal disturbance to the seabirds is their ultimate goal.

Thank cocoyed
Reviewed July 10, 2017

My wife has wanted to see the puffins for 18 years. We finally made a trip to Maine in June 2017. She (and I) were not disappointed. Captain Andy from Bold Coast Charter in Cutler has a great boat to take a group of people...More

1  Thank Michael B
Reviewed April 13, 2017 via mobile

The quite life in Jonesport Maine. We stayed in an old Victorian home which we booked through "Home Away From Home" it was right along the water. The master bedroom overlooking the water. In the morning we would see the lobster boats going by. The...More

1  Thank Maureen M
Reviewed August 20, 2016

This was the highlight of out trip. Capt. Andy is so knowledgable about the birds in the area and very conscience of the environment. Book this trip early,as soon as plan your trip. It will be booked if you wait until you get to Maine....More

2  Thank Bonnie B
Reviewed August 11, 2016

If you love Puffins, or think you just might like to see if you do, this is the place to be. You'll have a chance, through observation blinds, to see these lovable beings. And you will relish every moment. The way to get there is...More

Thank MaineNewYork
Reviewed August 4, 2016

Take Bold Coast Tours out to the island. This was the reason we visited Maine, and it did not disappoint. Absolutely breathtaking views of puffins, razorbills, common murres, eiders, cormorants, and even a harrier hen.

1  Thank ADS80
Reviewed July 29, 2016

I went to Machias in 2015 with Bold Coast out of Cutler Maine then again in 2016 with Sea Watch Tours out of Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. I strongly recommend Bold Coast. Both deliver you to Machias for an hour to or so in...More

4  Thank karenmelody
Reviewed July 12, 2016 via mobile

We traveled with Captain Andy Patterson and his assistant Tyler aboard the Barbara Frost from Cutler Harbor out to the island. It's 10 miles out and takes about 50 minutes. The guides are very careful to protect the nesting birds from the daily visitors. You...More

2  Thank CJ B
Reviewed March 16, 2016

Got a boat out of Machias to Seal Island for aPuffin photography shoot upon landing you had to walk a gangplank but not bad escorted to bird blinds had a fabulous time Photographing where they were close they really know how to pose. The only...More

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Di T
July 20, 2016|
Response from Dopey1947 |
We (75/69) did great. BUT the water was very calm. Capt. Andy and Tyler are very patient
June 13, 2016|
Response from karenmelody |
No, the island is closed to visitors then.