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“An excellent tour of Grand Manan and Campobello”

Top of The Island Boat Tours
Ranked #1 of 4 Tours in Grand Manan
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Join Captain Stephen Robinson on his beautiful double decked 40' boat for an intimate, narrated and educational tour of the island. We offer affordable tours which last 3 1/2 hours. Our boat is spacious with a maximum of 14 passengers so you will never feel crowded! WE ARE THE ONLY BOAT TOUR THAT DOES IT ALL: Whales - Porpoises - Aquatic Birds Breathtaking Sunsets Haul Lobster Traps - Visit Salmon Farms Explore Herring Weirs and Historic Lighthouses On Board Marine Life Touch Tank View Geological Rock Formations Fish for Mackerel and Pollack Amazing Picture Opportunities When We Chum for Aquatic Birds Come join us on the beautiful island of Grand Manan for an unforgettable adventure on the Bay of Fundy!!
Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“An excellent tour of Grand Manan and Campobello”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

We took the Campobello Island Tour (Franklin D Roosevelt summer estate) with Stephen, our tour guide and owner of the boat. On the day of travel, Stephen had to cancel due to high winds that would make the journey not very pleasant for tourists. Stephen, a lobster fisherman outside of summer months, indicated it was not problem for him to take his boat out, but cancelled for the welfare of those without adequate "sea legs". Fortunately, he was able to reschedule the trip on the next day.

Stephen knows the history of his island well that extends back generations in his own family. He has a very down to earth mannerism that makes for a very pleasant tour. On this tour, he tells you a lot about the fishing and geography of the western part of the island with a lot of interesting island and family history. After a crossing to Campobello we were able to see a short film on FDR and Campobello, have tea and biscuits learning about Eleanor Roosevelt and view FDR's summer home filled with many interesting original furnishings. Given that we needed to get back to Grand Manan, that was all we had time for. Stephen was excellent in ensuring that we made the most of the time that we had on Campobello. On the way back to Grand Manan, despite Stephen being anxious to get back to lead a sunset tour, he took us on a different but longer route and even stopped to throw out some bait to attract seabirds.

The whole tour lasted almost 7 hours and cost less that $100 tax included. Everyone on our tour, including some local residents of Grand Manan, thought this was one great tour and I couldn't agree more.

Visited August 2013
3 Thank Ken G
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Arlington VA
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A local's guide to Grand Manan”
Reviewed August 5, 2013

We took the sunset cruise with Stephen and got much more than we expected. In addition to the gorgeous scenery on Grand Manan -- Swallowtail lighthouse, dramatic cliffs, waterfalls, herring weirs in Whale Cove, and a gorgeous sunset -- we got a real insider's view of his island. Stephen can describe personal landmarks, like his great grandfather's fishing grounds, as well as give you insight into the salmon farming, lobstering and herring fishing that sustain the island. We got to learn about the island's natural history, geology, communities and industry, all told by a fourth-generation native. And we saw minke whales and seals. Stephen is knowledgable, articulate and passionate about his island.

We'll be back to take his Campobello Island trip next!

Visited July 2013
3 Thank JanVert
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“The best way for discovering this fabulous island”
Reviewed July 24, 2013 via mobile

Grand Manan is a fascinating island and having a sunset's trip on this boat with Captain Steven to explain you how life is here is really worthy.
This chap knows and likes his island. He shows you herrings weirs, salmon fish farms, where are the lobsters traps and brings you to see the sunset at the bottom of wonderful cliffs.
You can enjoy it while seals and sometime whales are around.
A real must if you are on the island by clear weather

Visited July 2013
1 Thank GoguiMardjos
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Waterloo, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Highlight of our trip”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

This is a unique and wonderful experience that I recommend highly. Stephen is at least a fourth (and more?) generation fisherman whose passion for Grand Manan and personal knowledge of its history brought the entire island to life. We took a sunset tour in July and enjoyed having Stephen explain to us herring weirs, a salmon farm, and the lobster fishing industry. He is incredibly knowledgeable, as well as warm and friendly, inviting us to come into the cabin and explaining the equipment used to navigate the boat. To hear it all not only from a Grand Manan-er but from a true fisherman was a great bonus. Really recommend this lovely outing - it was one of the highlights of our whole trip east.

Visited July 2013
1 Thank 82Sherry
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