Frequently Asked Questions
The following rates and schedule are for the 2007 season. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers six distinct trips:
Q. Why should I sail with The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.?
A. There are so many reasons we cannot list them all. So here are a few:
- We have the fastest whale watch vessels in New England. We offer the most viewing time because we get there and back the fastest.
- We have extensive outside rail space for viewing, far more than any other boat. Nobody wants to watch the whales from inside. We offer everyone a front row seat to the action.
- Our educational resources are incredible. Throughout the tour our naturalist will educate and inform you about everything we see on the tour. We offer, by far, the most interactive and informative whale watching experience available.
- Our professionally trained and Coast Guard certified crew are the best in the business and will assure you a safe trip.
- We support Allied Whale, one of the leading marine mammal research organizations in the country. They are based locally at The College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor.
- Our naturalist has years of experience working with whales and their protection. He is a graduate of The College of the Atlantic and has worked as an associate researcher for Allied Whale.
Q. What should I wear?
A. Since the weather off-shore is often considerably cooler and sometimes downright cold, warm clothes are suggested. Bring a sweater or jacket. Wearing gloves and a hat would also be a good idea. If rain is in the forecast, bring appropriate outerwear. You can stay warm and dry inside, but the best views are from the decks outside. Rubber soled shoes are also recommended to avoid slipping on the deck.
Q. What should I bring?
A. Bring a camera - there should be many excellent photo opportunities. Binoculars might come in handy for a close up view. Sunscreen and sunglasses - even on cloudy days you may be susceptible to a sunburn. We have a full galley and bar, so there is a variety of food and beverages available onboard.
Q. How long does the tour last?
A. Our tours range anywhere from 1 1/2 - 4 hours. See the Cruise Information page for specific tour times. Please remember this is not an enclosed habitat like Sea World®. The whales are wild animals and they cover many square miles every day. Our jet powered boats are the fastest available, and we can cover the most area. However, some conditions, like foggy days occasionally warrant longer search times. That is where our special sonar comes in handy. Even when the visibility is poor, our technology offers the best chances to find whales.
Q. What can I expect to see on your tours?
A. There is an abundance of marine life in the Gulf of Maine and Acadia region. We typically encounter Finback, Humpback and Minke whales. Dolphins, porpoises and seals are usually seen, as well as a wide variety of birds such as seagulls, hawks and puffins. Bald eagles, and Peregrine falcons are known to nest in the region and can sometimes be seen. Occasionally, we are lucky enough to have the highly endangered Right Whale visit the area. Other species of whales, like Pilot Whales are also possible. You may also see Basking Sharks, Mako Sharks, Blue Sharks, and Giant Tuna. We never know exactly what exciting creatures to expect.
Q. When is the best time to see whales?
A. Our tours begin in June and end in October. Whales are feeding in the Gulf of Maine during this entire period. Many species of migratory cetaceans begin to arrive once the krill and other foods become plentiful in the spring, typically by April. Our tours are not limited by the availability of whales but by cold weather and changing ocean conditions. So actually, the entire season offers a great opportunity to see whales.
How do I get there?
Visit our Maps & Directions page.
Q. How do I make a reservation?
A. Easy, just give us a call: 207-288-2386, Toll Free 1-800-WHALES-4 or Click here to reserve you tickets online