1 West Street Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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  • Lobster FAQ

Q: How much does this trip cost?

A: Please check our rates page for updated prices.


Q: How far from shore do we travel?

A: The Lobster and Seal trips do not go more than 2 miles from land. We stay in the sheltered waters of Frenchman Bay.


Q: How fast does the M/V Miss Samantha travel?

A: She travels at a speed of 10 knots (approx. 12 mph).


Q: How is the weather?

A: The water in Frenchman Bay is very cold, and that keeps the air temperature chilly. Even in July and August, you will likely need a few layers to keep the chill off.


Q: What is the best time of year to go?

A: Our trips typically run mid-May through mid-October. While conditions vary year-to-year, we typically see both lobsters and seals consistently throughout the season.


Q: What type of lobsters/seals/sea life will we see?

A: We are in nature, so our catch and viewing opportunities vary each day. We have the opportunity to see the American/Maine Lobster (Homarus americanus), harbor seals, grey seals, harbor porpoise, sea cucumbers, sea stars, Jonah crabs, rock crabs, green crabs, toad crabs, lumpfish, gulls, cormorants, bald eagles, and many seabirds!


Q: Is there any food on board?

A: We do not sell any food or beverages on the M/V Miss Samantha. Please bring water, a snack, and sunscreen!


Q: Will I get seasick?

A: Often, our passengers do not get seasick on this trip because we stay within Frenchman Bay. If you are very prone to motion sickness, we recommend taking precaution before the trip, either with motion sickness wristbands or medication (Dramamine or Bonine).


Q: Can I keep the lobsters?

A: Unfortunately, we cannot keep our lobsters at the end of the day. They will all be thrown back overboard. We do not sell or distribute any lobsters caught on the Miss Samantha.


Q: How do we get to legally fish lobster?

A: The commercial fishermen each operate under a commercial license. On the Miss Samantha, we have an educational/demonstration lobster license, where we get to show you how the fishery operates.


Q: When is the best time to see seal pups?

A: The best time to see seal pups is mid-May through June.


Q: Who manages the lobster fishery?

A: The lobster fishery is managed on a state-by-state basis, primarily by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, and there are many parties involved in the fishery. Maine fishermen have eight zones along the coast and meet regularly to discuss and actively manage their fishery. The management includes input from fishermen and their co-ops, scientists, lobster processing operations, environmental policymakers, and the consumer.


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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