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Lighthouse and National Park Tours FAQ

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Q: How many lighthouses will we see?
We offer two unique tours which both see Bear Island, Egg Rock, and Baker Island Lights. On our Great Duck loop we stop to see and photograph 5 lighthouses – including Great Duck and Winter Harbor Lights. On our Somes Sound Tour (back by popular demand) we see four lights and Somes Sound – including Bass Harbor Light.

Q: Will I get seasick?
We stay within a few miles of shore, so most people do not get sick on this trip. If you are very concerned, we recommend taking one type of motion sickness medication 3 hours before your trip. We also sell Quez away wrist bands which need no medication and work for 80% of the people.

Q: Where can I get information about the lighthouses?
We have a professional guide on board who will provide you with information about the lighthouses and region, and will answer any questions. There are many excellent websites with information as well.

Q: Do you have lighthouse passports?
A: Yes, we have the lighthouse passports for sale in our gift shop and on the boats, as well as stamps for each light we visit. The US Lighthouse society asks for a $1 donation for each light stamp purchased.

Q: How long is this tour?
This tour is approximately 3 hours in length.

Q: Will we get to go onshore and go in the lighthouses?
Unfortunately, we are not able to go on shore. All lighthouse viewing will happen from the vessel. Because of the design of our vessels, we can usually get very close to the lights!

Q: How much of Acadia National Park will we see?
We will spend the first part of the trip traveling past the ocean drive region of Acadia National Park, which features Sand Beach and Thunder Hole, some of the most famous sections of the park.

Q: Can I buy food or drinks on board?
Yes! We have a cash-only galley with hot and cold beverages, cold snacks, and alcoholic beverages for those of age.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
Unfortunately, we do not allow dogs on this trip, except for documented service dogs. We do allow dogs on our shorter 2-hour nature tour.

Q: What type of vessel will we travel on?
We will travel on a high-speed catamaran, most likely either the Bay King III or the Friendship V. These vessels are very sturdy and comfortable, with indoor and outdoor seating available, multiple viewing decks, restrooms, and a galley.

Q: What time should I arrive?
We recommend arriving 30 minutes before the trip departs.

Q: What items are prohibited on the trip?
A: Coolers, alcohol, illicit drugs, weapons of any kind and anything contained in glass are prohibited. Please also refrain from smoking on board our vessels.

Q: What happens if my trip gets cancelled due to inclement weather?
A: The decision to cancel is made 1-1.5 hrs before a trip’s departure. We do our best to alert passengers as quickly as possible. If you ordered tickets online or over the phone and provided an email address, please check your email before arrival to confirm the status of your trip. You can also call our office at (207) 288-2386 from an hour to an hour and a half before trip departure. Due to high call volume, our ticket staff will do their best to answer each call as quickly as possible. Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co. is not responsible for any parking tickets incurred.

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