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Address: Route 3, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
Phone Number: +1 207-412-0222
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Highly personalized custom boat tours for private parties of from 1 to 6...

Highly personalized custom boat tours for private parties of from 1 to 6 passengers. Widest selection of trip options of any boat tour company in Maine with trips from 1 hr to all day long. Every trip custom designed around the interests, timetable, and budget of our guests. See and experience wildlife, lighthouses, scenic islands, shoreside mansions, and anything else that strikes your fancy. All trips are totally private with only members of your party aboard.

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A great afternoon

My wife and I spent they afternoon with Captain Winston Shaw today. We hoped to see wildlife, Acadia (as we had not seen before) and homes on the shoreline. We wanted experience... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I spent they afternoon with Captain Winston Shaw today. We hoped to see wildlife, Acadia (as we had not seen before) and homes on the shoreline. We wanted experience Maine. We did just that. After a gorgeous morning, clouds, fog and rain rolled in. Yes, we got damp, but Winston was prepared. We had great conversation, an... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to share recollections of your trip with others! It's always great to learn that folks enjoyed their time aboard and I will look forward to having you join me for another look at this beautiful island in the near future. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Captain Shaw was a fantastic tour guide. He asked us at the beginning what we might be interested in focusing our trip on, and tailored the 4 hour trip to our interests. We learned an insane amount about eagles, Shaw's specialty, and got to see bald eagles (including a young eagle in its nest) which we had never seen before.... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to let me know you enjoyed your trip! The next time my wife tells me I'm boring I'm going to quote your comments about my "interesting life!." Seriously, it's always a thrill to learn that folks had a good time and I hope to have you join me for another trip soon. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife, four children and I took a 3-hour tour with Capt. Shaw, and it was a great experience. He offered lots of lore and skinny about Mt. Desert Island and its more famous inhabitants, and his smaller boat was able to get “up close and personal” with sites along the shoreline. He was also adept at spotting wildlife, pointing... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Great to hear that you and your family enjoyed your trip! Hope to have you join me again in the not too distant future. More 

Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My wife, 2 adult children and I had a fantastic boat ride with Captain Shaw in Bar Harbor today! Having your own private boat plus an extremely knowledgeable and fun tour guide/captain is absolutely the way to go. We did a 2 hour tour and saw wildlife, learned about area history and got up close to a lighthouse, too while... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for letting me know that you and your family enjoyed your trip! The engine that powers my boat tours is fueled by gasoline, the voice that narrates the trips is fueled by positive guest feedback. My motor thanks you for paying for the gas, I thank you for helping recharge my spirit! Hope to have you rejoin... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A totally different perspective of Acadia National Park! Captain Shaw delivers a personal experience customized just for you. We saw bald eagles, harbor seals and gray seals and their pups, cormorants and Eider ducks. Saw working lobstermen (and women) and talked to them. Learned of the ecology of the island in colorful detail from an expert historian, naturalist and photographer... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

A totally different perspective on Mount Desert Island/Acadia National Park is what I strive to supply to all my guests so it's music to my ears when folks report that I managed to pull it off. I was very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip and I do hope to have you join me for another look at... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We celebrated mom's 80th birthday on Mt Desert Island aboard Capt. Shaw's wonderful boat and toured the waters from Bar Harbor to Seal Harbor. It was a wonderful tour with informative, delightful stories and insight from Capt. Shaw based on his 30+ years of being on the waters of MDI and elsewhere around the country. His knowledge of the sea,... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

I was delighted to learn that you enjoyed your trip and thanks so much for your kind words. I just hope that I am as spry and full of life as your Mother when I celebrate my 80th birthday! Hope to have you all join me for another trip! More 

Topsfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best part of our trip! Our goal was to see some bald eagles and Captain Winston Shaw delivered! We saw several eagles and baby ones! We even had an eagle grab a fish right near our boat!!! Sure you can choose all kinds of tours BUT it matters to have a knowledgeable captain who can take you to the... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

I was pleased to lern that you and your son enjoyed your trip! And I greatly appreciate your taking the time to share your experience with others. I look forward to having you join me for another look at this lovely area next year! More 

Ft Myers, Florida
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43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

Had a boat trip with my wife. and the Captain. Capt Shaw was on the spot. He was very interesting, knew his local wildlife and, to tell you the truth, did not stop talking for close to 4 hours. We visited eagles nests, saw eagles, several quaint fishing harbors and 2 lighthouse especially one that was loaded with seals.Don't waste... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Good to hear that you enjoyed your trip and thanks so much for the nice review! More 

Mont Vernon, New Hampshire
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41 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2016

My wife and I just got back from a four hour tour with captain Shaw. What a great time we had! Our goal was to just get out on the water, see some wildlife and some natural beauty. In the four hour period, we saw no fewer than seven Eagles, a couple of perrigrines, other birds and wildlife and so... More 

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this review

Thanks so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed your on the water exploration of the Acadia National Park/Mount Desert Island area. I spent the afternoon today photographing the peregrine falcons who are now flying. As many years as I've watched them engage in aerial combat play I never cease to be amazed by their incredible aerial maneuvers!... More 

Ohio
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5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

This was the worst boat tour we had while in Bar Harbor. On line it said the boat could fit up to 6 people. We had four in our party and there was no way you were gonna get 2 more people on that boat. The captain was late getting to the dock. When we finally left the dock, one... More 

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