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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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The Best Sight Seeing in Maine

My wife and I booked a 4-hour trip with Captain Shaw with Sea Venture Boat tours. We are always hesitant to do large tours preferring to steer away from big crowds. If you share... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Brad F
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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Gastonia, North Carolina
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66 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

My wife and I booked a 4-hour trip with Captain Shaw with Sea Venture Boat tours. We are always hesitant to do large tours preferring to steer away from big crowds. If you share this same desire, you have to do a tour with Sea Venture. It's a totally private tour for whoever you wish to share it with, max... More 

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

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with others and letting me know you enjoyed yourself! I was out in the mountains today making photographs and the view of Frenchman Bay and its 17 islands reminded me of the many fascinating folks I had on board this past summer and the many enjoyable trips we had together. It was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a marvelous time we had with Captain Winston Shaw. From the time we got on the boat until disembarking, we were overwhelmed by the beauty of the land and the remarkable man who shared his passion for it with us. We have returned home to Illinois and when people ask us what the best part of our trip was,... More 

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

Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed your trip! It is always a joy to have folks aboard who truly appreciate the incredible beauty of this island. With nearly forty years of boating experience in this area I never cease to be amazed by the incredible diversity of wildlife and scenery and nothing makes me happier than... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We wanted an intimate, up close, memorable experience to forever remind us of our trip to Coastal Maine and Captain Shaw delivered. What a spectacular day - we prioritized the things we wanted to see and Captain Shaw made sure to navigate the trip so that our wishes were fulfilled. We enjoyed seeing lighthouses, eagles, otters, cliffs, coves, lobster boats,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2016

From my first conversation with Mrs. Shaw and booking the tour with Captain Winston, I knew we were going to love this tour. We went on a 4-hour history/scenery/wildlife/photography tour with Winston on October 3. From beginning to end, we were educated and entertained with Winston's stories about the area, his past experiences, and his work with the bald eagles... More 

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

Thank you so much for letting my wife and I know that you enjoyed your trip! It's always a pleasure to have folks aboard who trully appreciate the great natural beauty of the Mount Desert Island area it's lovely coastal scenery and fascinating wildlife. The real joy of running small personalized trips is hearing folks like yourself say that they... More 

Hawley PA
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62 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

Captain Shaw will fill you with tales of Mt. Desert Island and beyond, plus take you wherever you want to go. We saw seals, eagles and mansions up close, as well as the chance to see the rocky shores we had walked above from the ocean perspective. Dress warm and let Captain Shaw know what you want to see and... More 

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

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip and thanks so. much for sharing your trip with others! More 

Portsmouth, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016

My wife and I had a wonderful afternoon/evening with Captain Shaw in Frenchman Bay. We saw some wildlife (seals, porpoise, eagle, peregrine falcon) and some beautiful scenery. Captain Shaw is an excellent guide - full of interesting information and very accommodating to whatever we wanted to do. I highly recommend Sea Venture Boat Tours.

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

It was greT to hear that you enjoyed your trip! And thank you so much for sharing your experience with others. I hope to have you and your wife join me for another look at this. lovely area in the near future. More 

Brooklyn, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We went on the whale watch tour with 5 adults and one 6 year old. We saw tons of dolphins and whales. We even saw a sea lion eating a fish. It does get cold so bring a jacket. It is a little long for children so you might want to bring something for them to do. Very worthwhile!

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

Sorry but this is not a review of a Sea Venture Custom Boat Tour...simply put we don't do whale watching trips as whales are normally not found until you travel several miles from shore. I offer all sorts of wildlife viewing on my trips and we do on rare occasions encounter whales but I don't want folks to think whale... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

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 

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