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“Whales, Seals, Birds and Sunshine”

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company
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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: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
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“Whales, Seals, Birds and Sunshine”
Reviewed October 25, 2013

What could make for a better outing, no?

In town for a day, so a whale watching we will go! A perfect October day - sunshine and a hundred of my closest friends onboard.

Since the season was coming to an end, the captain told us that we would need to go a bit further out to find some whales. We passed a couple lighthouses; one of which the beach was the sun worshiping area for tons of seals. As we approached, some off into the water they went, and all you could see was bobbing seal heads... The captain cut the engines way back and in closer we went to the banks. We hung out there for awhile, and then onward we went.

Another few miles, and "whale" port side. A few humpbacks, and a few minkes. The group of whales went from side to side, offering a show to each side of the vessel - spectacular site.... the arch, and then down with the tales for all to see. The humpbacks put on a pretty good show, rolling, waving with their flippers, then down again.

The naturalist on board was great. She was a wealth of info, and her experiences were fascinating to listen to.

A truly great day, thanks to the weather, the crew and of course, the star performers.

Just a thought to all those folks that post so negatively on whale watches when a whale is not seen. When a lottery ticket is purchased, are you guaranteed a win? OMG - no one can predict anything - so, if you HAVE to see a whale, go to sea world. On a whale watch, just sit back and take in anything you come across - birds, seals, porpoises, take in the salt air, the knowledge of the crew on board, the rocking of the vessel... I would almost guarantee that the crew wants to find a whale more than you, so cut them some slack.

Visited October 2013
2 Thank Casbay
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed October 23, 2013

Whenever you go whale watching, you are relying on luck, and you may end up seeing nothing. Sadly, this particular company, rather than accepting this, decide to rattle on about sea birds, get ever more desperate "if you look in the water you might see a jellyfish" and for the crowning glory, returned to port an hour late, causing later plans to be disrupted.

Visited October 2013
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Rio, Wisconsin
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“We did the nature and sightseeing cruise”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

We had hoped to do the whale watch cruise but the waters were too rough. We found this to be a nice 2 hour cruise exploring the harbor and areas south of Bar Harbor. We got close-up to a lighthouse, saw 5 bald eagles, and quite a few seals in addition to the interesting islands and rock formations. We also got to see parts of the Acadia National Park which was closed during our visit along with a number of beautiful homes. The young woman who did the narration during the tour was very knowledgeable and did a wonderful job. Definitely worth the money!

Visited October 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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“bad timing”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

WE really expected a great trip, maybe earlier in the season, this was a waste of time and money. The tour company should let you know its far and few if any whales you see in October,

Visited October 2013
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Washington DC
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“Lighthouse tour”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

We were staying near bar harbor, unfortunately the gov't shutdown closed the park and left us looking for some alternate activities. We took the lighthouse tour which was great. We got to see a few lighthouses, and see the park from the sea.

Dress warm! I wore a few layers, a fleece, and a winter coat.

Bathrooms were available on the boat, though we didn't use them. Refreshments were also available for purchase, but we also didn't use this option. We brought our own binoculars, but they could be rented from the refreshments area. We didn't take any dramamine, but we were fine without.

I wish we'd gotten in line earlier for a better spot, but the boat always turned so both sides of the boat could see each lighthouse. But I think it would have been a bit more enjoyable from the front of the boat.

Visited October 2013
Thank hdempsey
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