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“Amazing from start to finish”

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 older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
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4 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Amazing from start to finish”
Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

4 hour tour taking you from Frenchman's Bay in Bar Harbor. They gave us a disclaimer that there may be fog in the morning. You could have taken another cruise or gotten money back. I'm so glad we stayed. Get there early, seats fill fast! We were late, but didn't mind standing along side of boat for most of cruise. Dress warm, it is at least 10 degrees cooler than actual air temp if not cooler! Naturalist was great and passionate about her job. We were lucky to see many whales, huge pod of dolphins, harbor porpoises and many puffins! Bring a good pair of binoculars for puffins. You are a good 200-500 yard from island to view them. The caption is very patient in giving both sides of boat plenty of views. Definitely worth the money for us. Hopefully you will have similar experience.

2 Thank Mark R
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Colden, New York
1 review
“Amazing views”
Reviewed August 10, 2014

Excellent boat ride, staff was highly knowledgeable and very friendly. Would definitely recommend going if visiting Bar Harbor. Beautiful sights and lots of whales!

Visited August 2014
Thank Wendy R
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed August 10, 2014 via mobile

Great trip...boat ride was fun..most important thing.. We seen lots of whales! Also dolphins,seals and other sea creatures. The boat had plenty of room and the staff was friendly and very knowledgeable. We would highly recommend this company for whale watching.

Thank Tim C
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Kansas City, Kansas
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“So Much Fun!”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

We paid $63 per person and I thought we would probably not get our $63 worth of entertainment on this excursion but I was wrong, it was worth every penny!! We waited to book the day of so we could have a nice weather day. The boat is spacious and has indoor or outdoor seating. You ride out to sea about 20 miles for an hour before you get to the whales. The whole ride the Naturalist onboard points out birds and anything else of interest. When you get to the area that the whales are suppose to be the naturalist will educate you on all sorts of great things! When you start seeing whales you will be amazed! We saw so many whales for an hour straight! The crew did an amazing job to ensure everyone got a view of the whales.

Another great thing about this company is that if you don't see whales you get a voucher to go back out again that lasts 3 years. They also don't go out if the weather is terrible so you don't have to worry about going on a whale watching tour and not seeing anything.

The crew was enthusiastic and great! Take dramamine because many people were sea sick, the boat sways a lot but is worth it to see whales up close in the ocean!

Visited August 2014
1 Thank trestravel
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Sydney, Australia
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249 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Lots of whales!”
Reviewed August 9, 2014

Did we see any whales? Well, the tour operator virtually guaranteed it, and they didn't disappoint us. I think we saw something like four mink whales around Mount Desert Lighthouse, many seals and loads of water birds.

Visited October 2013
Thank heneedsfood
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