Travel aboard the M/V Miss Samantha 9 miles out from Bar Harbor, to visit one of the crown jewels of Acadia National Park. Explore the 130-acre island, Gilley family farmstead, and Baker Island Lighthouse.
SOMES SOUND & LIGHTHOUSE CRUISE
- Adult Ages 15+
- Junior Ages 6-14
- Child Ages 5 & Under
Spectacular Lighthouses, Nature & Landscapes
Coming to Bar Harbor in late summer or fall? If yes, this is a boat cruise not to be missed! Join us as we visit Somes Sound, Mount Desert Island’s famous fjard, and see lighthouses such as Egg Rock, Winter Harbor, Baker Island and Bear Island. We also take in all the National park highlights and look for wildlife such as, seals, eagles, harbor porpoise, and a variety of seabirds!
This trip has excellent narration and offers ample time at each light for excellent photography. You will have the chance to experience some of the most scenic locations in Acadia National Park and Frenchman Bay. Our boats cover many miles of shoreline and can visit lighthouses that can’t be seen from land! In mid to late fall this cruise also provides wonderful views of the autumn foliage!
Lighthouses visited can vary. Lights featured during cruise is dependent on weather and sea conditions.
Help support lighthouses through the US Lighthouse Society’s Passport Program!
Bar Harbor Whale Watch has over 40 Maine and Canadian lighthouse stamps including all the lighthouses featured on this boat cruise!
Passports and stamps are available at the gift shop and help the efforts of the US Lighthouse Service!
- Galley has light snacks and bar, including hot and cold beverages. CASH ONLY for galley purchases.
- Restrooms available onboard.
- Binoculars are available at the galley for $5. Photo ID required for rentals.
- Indoor and outdoor seating available. Seating is first come, first serve.
- Passengers are welcome to move around the boat during the trip to view wildlife and scenery from from different levels.
- Boats are wheelchair accessible.
- Wheelchairs are available at our facility-please contact us prior to your cruise if you would like to use one of our wheelchairs.
- Scripts are available upon request.
- Certified guide dogs are welcome.
- When booking, please make sure to have tickets for all members in your party, including infants, as our vessels are certified to carry a specific number of passengers.
- If you need to cancel or change your reservation, please make sure to contact our ticket office no later than 24 hours before trip departure at: [email protected] or (207) 288-2386.
- WARM & WATERPROOF LAYERS! It is much colder out on the open ocean, up to 20 degrees difference, even on a hot summer day. The ride is windy when the boat is underway.
- Passengers over 18 years of age must bring a valid photo ID.
- Cash for galley purchases including renting binoculars.
- Polarized sunglasses.
- Sunscreen and/or hat.
- Binoculars (Also available to rent on the boat).
Trips will depart rain or shine, however we will cancel for high sea conditions and dense fog. Cruises can cancel up to 1 hour prior to departure. In the event of a cancellation, you will be notified via email and text. To rebook your cruise, please contact our office at 207-288-2386 or email us at [email protected]. Refunds will be processed automatically by the end of the day.
- We recommend arriving at the dock 45-60 minutes before departure. Please arrive no later than 15 minutes before trip’s scheduled departure.
- Municipal paid parking is available in downtown Bar Harbor and the town pier. Parking is limited in town, and gets very difficult to find later in the day. Please arrive early to find a spot to park!
- Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. is not responsible for any parking fees or tickets due to the duration of trips or cancellations.
- The Island Explorer buses are a free shuttle service and available during most of our season. Our dock is a short walk from their location at the Village Green in Bar Harbor.
- Taxi services are also available for drop-off and pick-up at our location.
This boat cruise typically travels through sheltered waters close to shore but if you are concerned about seasickness, here are some tips:
- Stay hydrated.
- Try ginger chews or candied ginger,
- Over the counter sea sickness aids should be taken 1-2 hours before the trip leaves the dock. They usually don’t work after the boat is out.
- Acupressure wrist bands.
- Stay outdoors, looking to the horizon, and avoid the front or upper level parts of the boat.
- Avoid racing to the restrooms or cabins if you start to feel queasy. These locations will make you feel worse.
- The captain and crew will inform passengers of the sea conditions. If worried about getting seasick, passengers have the chance to step off the boat, prior to trip’s departure, to reschedule for a different trip or get refunded.
- The crew are available at all times if you need assistance.
Yes! All ages welcome! Kids can certainly enjoy this trip and learn a great deal!
Just a few things to keep in mind:
- Safety- it is crucial that kids have an adult with them at all times. We are out on the ocean and kids tend to wander off, attempt to jump, run, swing and climb on things they shouldn’t and could potentially get injured. It helps to make sure parents are reinforcing the safety rules!
- Seasickness- kids tend to get seasick more easily. Keeping kiddos hydrated, in the open air, and avoiding sugary foods will help keep them from getting seasick.
- At this time, our current mandates include:
- Masks are recommended inside the cabins and gift shop.
- If in close proximity to others outside your group, in crowded outdoor settings (boat or dock), masks are encouraged.
Mask mandates are subject to change. Please be sure to check your reservation confirmation sent the night before for current Covid-19 mandates.
- At this time, our current mandates include: