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“A unique and fun experience”

Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise - Madaket
Ranked #1 of 9 Tours in Eureka
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 4, 2013

A cruise on Humboldt Bay on the oldest passenger ferry in the US is well worth doing for many reasons. You will learn the history of the area, catch sight of harbor seals and many species of water birds - and maybe even a bald eagle. There are many cruise options including and the sunset cruise is definitely worth it while you relax and have a drink from the smallest bar in the world.

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Reviewed August 4, 2013

At over 100 years of age and beautifully maintained, M/V Madaket is older than me by 3 or 4 decades, but might be in better shape. I believe Capt. Steve said she was the oldest continuously operating M/V in the U.S. What a pleasant 75-80 minute tour (there are several options) at a most affordable $16.00 p/p senior rate. And I believe proceeds support the local maritime restoration efforts.

Eureka has done a nice job restoring sections of their waterfront on Humboldt Bay. The tour, while not the most scenic, gives the guest a good sense of the history of the Bay and surrounds. The Captain's presentation is live, not recorded and he welcomed questions. Some of his jokes were a bit corny, but there were only a few. He did a very nice job describing wildlife and birds.

And don't miss perhaps the smallest bar afloat.

1  Thank Les80435
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

This is a nice little trip on the bay in an historic boat with an informative captain. While not scenic in a crashing waves and picturesque outcroppings kind of way, it is very instructive in the boom, bust and possible mini-recovery of the Humboldt Bay economy. When I was a kid, we came through here once and I remember all the lumber mills out on the island churning away at capacity. Now most are rusting away or, like the Simpson mill, being slowly dismantled. There is hope for a wood-chip revival, so all is not lost just yet.

On the Eureka side of the bay you'll also witness the decay of an economy. This time the fishing fleet. You'll see a few boats rusting away and some docks that are falling apart. There is, though, the loading of lumber onto huge China-bound freighters.

But on the northern part of the tour, you'll see the bay where most west coast oysters are farmed and are apparently booming. We also saw a couple seals in the bay bobbing in the water. So keep an eye out for them.

We sat on the top and it was a tad cold. The owners know that and had a bunch of blankets on the chairs for use in keeping passengers warm. On our trip they were all used. So make sure you bring a jacket.

Oh, also keep an eye out for Dixie, the Madaket's friendly mascot.

Tip: This attraction does offer a AAA discount, so that can save you a couple bucks.

1  Thank CoyoteIsland
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

Viewing the city of Eureka while cruising the bay in this unique old boat is a fun experience for the entire family. Humboldt Bay is beautiful and our captain explained so much about the maritime history of this area as we enjoyed the smooth sailing. We were fortunate the weather was perfect, but should you get a bit chilly they have blankets to wrap up in. Lots of kayakers and bright colored canoes were fun to watch. The busy longshoremen took time to wave as we passed by. Interesting to learn about the history of lumber mills in the area, but sad to hear that so many have closed. Very friendly and attentive staff helped make this trip a great experience for all.

Thank happy4travel
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Reviewed June 25, 2013

Although the scenery is not very picturesque, the boat and the captain's knowledge of the area makes this tour worthwhile. It is affordable and fun! The boat itself turned 103 years old this year!

Thank ridou
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