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Bar Harbor Nature and Sightseeing Cruise FAQ

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Q: How long is this tour?
This trip is 2 hours in duration

Q: What kinds of nature will we see?
You will have a chance to see great variety of species! On most of our nature tours we see bald eagles, peregrine falcons, harbor seals, black guillemonts, eider duck, cormorants, and common loon. On many trips we also spot harbor porpoise, grey seals, deer, and osprey. Occasionally we see Minke Whales, Ocean Sunfish or sharks.

Q: Will there be narration during this trip?
We will have a professional naturalist narrating this trip. They will point out the local landmarks, give historical information, and identify any wildlife seen during this portion of the trip. They make every trip highly educational and fun!

Q: Will I get seasick?
We stay within Frenchman Bay, so it is highly unlikely you will be seasick on this trip. If you are very concerned, we recommend taking one type of motion sickness medication 3 hours before your trip.

Q: Will we see whales on this trip?
We find the large whales 20-40 miles offshore, and this trip stays within 3 miles of land. We have sighted all the larger whales inside Frenchman Bay. Whales that feed on fish like minke, humpback and finback will follow schools of herring or menhaden into the bay. We will most likely not see whales during the trip, but during July and August we do often see pods of harbor porpoise, a small toothed whale related to dolphins.

Q: Can I bring my dog?
Yes! You can bring your dog on our nature cruises! We have water and treats from Bark Harbor.

Q: How much of Acadia National Park will we see?
During the first half of the trip we will take in all the entire eastern shore of Acadia and ocean drive, 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, snacks, and alcoholic beverages for those of age.

Q: What type of vessel will we travel on?
We will travel on a high-speed catamaran, either the Acadia Explorer or the Friendship V. These vessels are very stable and comfortable, with indoor and outdoor seating, 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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