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Sea Venture Boat Tours

119 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1137
+1 207-412-0222
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Does not get better than this

Captain Shaw was ready to go on time, and we took off on a great sightseeing tour. From Bar Harbor... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Wj565
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The Woodlands, Texas
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Enjoyable Private Tour with Captain Shaw

My husband and I just returned from a vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine. While we were there, we... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
sarah_en15
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Columbus, Ohio
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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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119 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1137
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Captain Shaw was ready to go on time, and we took off on a great sightseeing tour. From Bar Harbor out though islands and and along their shore lines. Wit GB the captain telling stories along the way, with interesting history and facts. We saw...More

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bikerhiker, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

It's always great to learn that folks enjoyed their trip and thanks so much for taking the time to write a review! All best, Capt. Winston Shaw

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I just returned from a vacation in Bar Harbor, Maine. While we were there, we boarded a boat with Sea Venture Tours with Captain Winston Shaw. We had an enjoyable time and learned a lot about A LOT! : ) Captain Shaw...More

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bikerhiker, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip and thanks for sharing your experience. Thanks for allowing me to show you a bit of the lovely Mount Desert Island/Acadia National Park area and I hope to have you join me for another trip...More

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Reviewed October 23, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I had a private tour around Frenchman’s Bay with Captain Shaw. What a character he is and I mean that in the most positive way! He shared tales of his adventures in life (has lived in Bar Harbor over 40 years!) while...More

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bikerhiker, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded October 28, 2017

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip and thanks so much for sharing your adventure with others. As to my being a "character" well it's good to know that my life's adventures proved of interest. I must add, however, that I usually...More

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Reviewed September 22, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I took a 2 hour tour with Sea Venture Tours last week and it was awesome! If you can only do one thing in Bar Harbor this should be it! Capt. Shaw shared so much knowledge with us while allowing us to...More

1  Thank Pam M
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bikerhiker, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded September 24, 2017

I was delighted to learn that you enjoyed your trip and thank you so much for sharing your experience with others. The whole idea behind Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours is to allow people to play an active role in planning their exploration of the...More

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Reviewed August 23, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed our tour with Captain Shaw. He is very knowledgeable about the islands around Bar Harbor, the history, geology and eagles. We saw several eagles and were were able to get photos of them. Captain Shaw seems to have an "eagle eye" in...More

1  Thank REDSHOES45
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bikerhiker, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2017

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip and thanks for sharing your experience with others. I'm not quite sure why you were surprised by the fuel surcharge however, as my wife always tells folks about it when taking their reservations. If she...More

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Reviewed August 17, 2017 via mobile

We did this private boat tour. There was only the 2 of us. I can not say enough on how fantastic and knowledgeable our captain was. The scenery was beautiful, the ride exciting and breath taking. It was great not to be on a tour...More

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip! And I would agree with you that there is much to be said in favor of small boats and small groups when it comes to exploring this spectaculalry beautiful area. Years ago a guest wrote...More

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Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

Very enjoyable 2 hour harbor tour with the affable and talkative Winston. We wanted to see and photograph wildlife, and Winston delivered with sightings of bald eagles.

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Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded July 29, 2017

Always good to hear that folks enjoyed their trip and I hope to have you join me again for another look at lovely Acadia National Park! All best, Capt. Winston Shaw

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Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

We took an afternoon trip with Capt Shaw around the islands. The trip was fun for my husband and me since we did not get wet, but our daughter and her friend got really wet and it was an overcast and windy day. He did...More

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bikerhiker, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2017

Thanks for letting me know you enjoyed yourselves. Unfortunately there was just enough of a breeze to whip up some spray and your daughter and her friend underwent what we boat captains call Baptism by Frenchman's Bay! With more than 60 years experience in boats...More

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Reviewed June 26, 2017

My family wanted to see some of the local wildlife in the areas and we got to see both seals and eagles. We got closer to the egg rock lighthouse than the other tour boats. In addition we learned a bit of the history about...More

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bikerhiker, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded June 28, 2017

Thank you so much for letting me know you enjoyed your tour. Helps recharge the batteries!

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Reviewed January 7, 2017

We chose to book a trip with Sea Venture Boat Tours because we felt that the larger boat tours available were less likely to provide for a rewarding personalized experience. This turned out to be the best decision. From the start of our tour, Capt....More

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bikerhiker, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2017

Thank you so much for letting my wife Joyce and I know that you enjoyed your trip! In particular thank you for letting Joyce know that you found her kind and helpful while booking your trip. There are moments in the summer when she no...More

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BILLI1973
December 7, 2017|
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Response from Capt12 | Property representative |
Hello, Thank you for your interest in Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours. The cost depends on the number of people in your party and the length of your tour. If you visit my website at svBoatTours you will find an explaination... More
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mdviar1
July 7, 2017|
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Response from Capt12 | Property representative |
I'm afraid that my boat is a bit too small for wheelchair access. Sorry, Capt. Winston Shaw
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SBChristine81
June 4, 2017|
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Response from Capt12 | Property representative |
I do have several time slots available during that time period. If you need further info or would like to make a reservation just give us a call. All best, Capt. Winston Shaw
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