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“No whales!”

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Stroller parking, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Stairs / elevator
Reviewed September 2, 2013

The tour was disappointing. It is overpriced. The most important thing - we did not see any whales. We only were able to see a couple of seals.

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"baker island"
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"the galley"
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"warm clothes"
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"mola mola"
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"great trip"
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"dress warmly"
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"both sides"
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Reviewed September 2, 2013

This was so much fun! I have always wanted to go whale watching and finally got to do it. We had only 2 days in Bar Harbor and one of the days, both trips were cancelled due to weather. Thankfully, we were able to go. The staff at the ticket counter told us where to stand for the best view - it was perfect until a bunch of unsupervised screaming kids came up and started running all over the area. (not the company's fault parents do not supervise their children on a boat in the middle of the ocean!) It was a slow day for whiles - saw 2 finback whales and would have loved to see a humpback. But, you cannot predict whales, so I was so happy to see the 2 we did. The day we went, there was a pod of about 50 dolphins swimming with the boat, which was very neat to see! I would certainly do this again! The crew was very helpful and professional - we loved having the naturalist along. Please make sure to tip them well since they explain so much during the tour! What a great time!

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Reviewed September 2, 2013

While in Maine we decided to go whale watching and it was a great experience. The day was perfect, the ride both out and back was smooth as can be and we saw porpoises on our way out. Once far enough out we located two humpback whales who provided us with wonderful views for over an hour. The crew and the naturalist, who provided a huge amount of information, were all very nice. Even though the boat was crowded I didn't see anyone getting sick, the boat was very clean and the whole trip enjoyable. As other reviewers have stated...dress warm. Even though it was in the mid-eighties when we left shore the trip out & back were very chilly. But it was so worth it. The whales were amazing!

Thank Sherrilyn G
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Reviewed August 31, 2013

My husband and I took the lighthouse tour on a beautiful, sunny Saturday morning. The boat was full, but not overly crowded. Jackets were a must and sunglasses were helpful. The narrator was exceptional- a former college English professor. The trip along the coast was most informative and enjoyable. We saw four lights up close (from the boat) and one just barely from a distance. The water was quite choppy due to the previous day's storm and almost didn't go. The lights were Bear Island, Bass Harbor, Baker Island (from a distance), Winter Harbor, and Egg Rock. Lots of sea birds visible on Egg Rock along with two eagles. If you like lighthouses and the coast of Maine, I highly recommend this trip.

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Reviewed August 31, 2013

I've always wanted to see whales in the wild and Bar Harbor Whale Watch certainly delivered. At one point there were so many whales we didn't know which direction to look. Very cool trip and totally worth the money.

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