Ranger-led Tours

We are very fortunate to be surrounded by Acadia National Park and give visitors the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of Mount Desert Island and Frenchman Bay! Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers a variety of National Park and nature cruises that feature the rocky shore, high sea cliffs, and landmarks such as Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, and Schoodic Peninsula. There are two ranger guided cruises: Acadia By Sea and Baker Island National Park! Wildlife such as seals, eagles, and harbor porpoise are a highlight! All cruises will provide a unique and memorable experience while visiting Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park!

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Acadia By Sea Nature Cruise

Trip time: 2.75 hours

Rates: Adults Age 6-14 5 & under
Acadia by Sea $43.00 $27.00 $14.00

Tour Description:

Be inspired and awed as you view and photograph Acadia National Park from the comfort of the ocean. This 2.75-hour boat cruise on the Gulf of Maine includes Acadia National Park, local wildlife, historic lighthouses and the wild landscapes of the Schoodic Peninsula. Here bald eagles build huge stick nests in red oak trees, peregrine falcons build scrapes on cliff edges, harbor seals pup on seaweed covered ledges, and harbor porpoise patrol for schools of mackerel, herring, and squid.

Join a friendly crew, an expert nature guide, and a park-ranger guide aboard a comfortable jet-powered catamaran that travels through the sheltered scenic waters of Frenchman Bay and along the shores of Acadia. Discover interesting information about the region’s human and geological history. A mammoth 47,000-acres of granite peaks and glacially carved shores, this is America’s oldest national park east of the Mississippi.

Photograph Bar Harbor’s waterside mansions and two lighthouses: Winter Harbor Light and Egg Rock Lighthouse dating back to 1875 which is part of the Maine Coastal Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Marvel at the 110-foot-high Otter Cliffs, then cross the bay and follow the remote eastern shores of Schoodic Peninsula, where you’ll see a spruce forest, pink granite shores, eagles, and porpoise.

Baker Island Tour

Trip time: approx 5 Hours

Rates: Adults Age 6-14 5 & under
Baker Island Tour $49 $27 $14


Tour Description:
Travel aboard the M/V Miss Samantha out nine miles from Bar Harbor, to visit one of the crown jewels of Acadia National Park. Land by launch and spend over two hours exploring this fascinating 130-acre mostly park owned island, the 200-year-old Gilley family farmstead, and the Baker Island Lighthouse. This tour is guided by a park ranger/naturalist who will point out and identify wildlife (seals, porpoise, bald eagles, and seabirds), provide a wonderful program of interpretation, and answer all your questions. Come away with an appreciation of how it would feel to settle on an island off the coast of Maine two hundred years ago. Pack a lunch and eat at the dance floor rock formation, while enjoying breathtaking ocean scenery. On the way back travel along the eastern shoreline of Mount Desert Island and view many of the highlights of Acadia up close including: Otter Cliffs, Sand Beach and Great Head. A great fun-filled adventure for all!

This cruise is offered three days a week: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from mid-June to early September.

Group and Charter Rates available on request.  All dates, times and prices subject to change without notice.

Reservations are recommended for all tours. All tours need minimum number of passengers to go.

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