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Address: 1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
Phone Number: +1 888-533-9253
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The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers a variety of boat tours for all...

The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers a variety of boat tours for all ages that show different sights and wildlife in the area around Mount Desert Island, Maine. The tours that we offer include a Puffin and Whale Watching trip, and Whale Watching tour, a Historical Lighthouse tour, a Nature Cruise, a Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching Tour, and a tour to Baker Island. We also have a gift shop in our ticket office, where you can purchase souvenirs during your time in town. We hope to see you on one (or more!) of our boat tours so we can show you why Bar Harbor, Maine is such a special place!

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Lighthouse and Acadia Park Boat Tour

The weather was beautiful but I needed a sweat shirt to counter the breeze out on the sea. The tour took us to five lighthouses as well as a seaside view of some of the best... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This was a fabulous trip. I took the sunset whale watch. We saw so many whales that the Naturalist commented that it was like announcing a NASCAR race. The crew on the boat & on land are phenomenal. Great customer service. The boat goes about 30 miles off shore, it's windy out there, so do bring warm clothes!!!!!! They do... More 

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Williamsport, PA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We did the sunset whale watch and saw the following things: Humpback Whales (Fundy and I *think* Triton?), Fin Whales, Minke Whales, Harbor Porpoises, Grey Seals, Harbour Seals, Seagulls, Cormorants, Gannets, Shearwaters, and Petrels. Fundy, in particular, got pretty close to the boat. She showed us her tail and flipper, at least. I'll admit I was a little disappointed that... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The weather was beautiful but I needed a sweat shirt to counter the breeze out on the sea. The tour took us to five lighthouses as well as a seaside view of some of the best known sights of Acadia - Sand Beach, Thunderhole, and Otter Point. The narrator was very knowledgeable and interesting without being pedantic. Tour lasted 2... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We had a great trip with humpback whales, fin whales, purposes, and all manner of birds and a seal. Multiple sightings of each. Great naturalist giving wonderful commentary as we went along. A fabulous boat , very fast, very maneuverable, and easy on the stomach.

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Matthews, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on the Whale & Puffin Watch and it was incredible. We saw several whales (Humpback and Finback) and they were very close to the boat. Unfortunately, we didn't see any puffins which was disappointing. We went in mid-August and the puffins had moved on. The crew was wonderful and the guide was exceptional. The trip was one I'll... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our first whale watch and we couldn't be happier. The boat was spacious and we had a naturalist pointing out and identifying the different marine life. We got to see three different types of whales, a shark, seals and an ocean sunfish. The Captain went to different locations to get us a great view of the whales and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Take the lighthouse cruise and see the beauty that is Acadia from the sea. Eagles, porpoises, seals and ospreys are just the start of this enchanting tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth the money. The guide and crew were great. We saw 3 different types of whales, sharks, seals and great views. I would definitely recommend taking motion sickness medication even if you think you will be fine. Although it's a large boat the water can get a bit rough and make sure to dress warm.

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Greenfield, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went as a family.. The price was great. The Captain and his crew were ALL wonderful and happy to help or answer any questions. The ship was clean and very spacious. Seeing the whales was a chance in a lifetime. We were not sure if we would really see any, but We did. Not only one but two several... More 

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New City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great experience! We went on the 8:30 AM excursion and enjoyed the 3 and 1/2 hour trip out into the "ball park" where we saw many whales, seals and sea birds and were given a live audio tour by a Marine biologist professor that was very interesting and informative. Loved it!

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