Things to do on Water


Tel: 288-8325
1 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Two hour sightseeing, nature cruises daily. Learn about cultural and natural history from naturalists. Observe eagles, porpoises, seals, and many land and sea birds. Views the cottages of the rich and famous, Egg Rock lighthouse and awesome views of Acadia National Park. Heated cabin, restrooms and snack bar on-board.


Tel: 288-0007 or 877-386-4124
1 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Sea kayaking at its finest with some of the most experienced guides & instructors in the area. You will find a kayak waiting for you at our specially designed kayak launch facility on the waterfront. We have the largest variety of tours & instruction programs. Family groups can enjoy kayaking with their kids on our Discovery Adventure. The more experienced may want to take a stroke refinement course or increase their knowledge on rescue skills. Fastest access to the Bay. Incredible wildlife sightings & awesome views. Call today!


Tel: 288-2386 or (800) 942-5374
1 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Discover ~ Explore ~ Learn. Join an Acadia National Park ranger on this amazing island adventure. Leave Bar Harbor and travel by boat nine miles to this uninhabited park island and land by launch. Visit the historic Gilley family farmstead dating back to 1806 and the famous Baker Island Lighthouse - first built in 1828. Explore the fascinating dance floor rock formation and while there eat lunch on the ocean. On the return, take in spectacular coastal park scenery. Throughout the trip we look for and identify birds, porpoise, and seals. Leaves from Harborplace, Mon.- Sat at 8:45AM.


Tel: 288-2984/207-546-2927
Bar Harbor Inn Pier, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Enjoy spectacular views as you travel between Bar Harbor and Winter Harbor. With 5 trips daily, you'll pass by lighthouses, mountains, mansions and lobstermen hauling their traps. Bike the 12 mile loop around the Schoodic Point section of Acadia National Park or take the Island Explorer Shuttle Bus.


Tel: 288-2386 or 888-WHALES-4
1 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Come with us and see the largest animals on earth - Humpbacks, Finbacks, Right; also porpoise, dolphins, sharks, and tuna. We visit a puffin seabird-nesting wildlife refuge island and also encounter a great diversity of offshore seabirds. All tours are fully narrated by professional naturalists who are available to answer all your questions. We are Maineís largest boating tour company and offer lighthouse, lobster and seal, nature, and park tours. Conveniently located next to the downtown pier. Trips run daily May - October.


Tel: (207) 288-4585 or (207) 546-2927
Bar Harbor Inn Pier, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Come aboard the 50' Tiger Shark for an enjoyable 4 hour fishing trip around the Islands of Frenchman's Bay. Look for bald eagles, porpoises, seals and even see lobstermen at work. This trip is fun for the whole family! Bait and tackle provided. Two trips departing daily from the Bar Harbor Inn Pier at 8:00am and 1:00pm.



Tel: 288-9605 or 800-526-8615
48 Cottage St., Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
We specialize in small groups (12 people per tour) and personalized service, featuring the island's most experienced guide staff. Glide among the islands of Frenchman Bay, seeing seals, porpoises, bald eagles and other wildlife. Trips from 2-and-a-half hours to 3 days. Paddle with us and see why Coastal Kayaking Tours, with 24 years experience, is New England's premier sea kayaking outfitter. Have fun with our superb guides! No experience necessary. Located in downtown Bar Harbor, across from the post office. Open every day at 8am.


Tel: 288-DIVE (3483)
College of the Atlantic, , 105 Eden Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Come aboard the STARFISH ENTERPRISE and watch live underwater footage as Diver Ed searches the bottom of Frenchman Bay for fascinating critters. Then roll up your sleeves and get ready to touch starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, lobsters, and whatever else he can fit into his catchbag to bring up to the boat! Diver Ed makes this vacation adventure entertaining as well as educational! Daily trips at 9:30am, 1:30pm & 5:30pm. Open: Memorial Day weekend-Columbus Day.


Tel: (207) 288-4585 or (207) 546-2927
Bar Harbor Inn Pier, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Come enjoy a 1 1/2 to 2 hour windjammer cruise aboard the majestic 151' 4-masted schooner, Margaret Todd. Sail among the islands of Frenchman Bay. Bring your binoculars & keep a look out for bald eagles, seals & porpoise. Help the crew hoist sail or just relax on our spacious decks.


Tel: 288-2386 or (800) 942-5374
1 West Street, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Fish with local Captain Jeff Black aboard the Downeast lobster boat the M/V Miss Samantha. She has the most room for your comfort and is specially designed so that you can venture onto the bow to view scenery and watch wildlife. The only lobster tour in Bar Harbor that has a live aquarium touch tank so you can hold a lobster, sea stars, and a great variety of fascinating marine life. Learn all about Maine's lobster fishery and how to catch a lobster, about the medicinal benefits of ocean life, and visit seals and their pups up close! Your professional captain and naturalist will answer all your questions. Trips leave daily from Harbor Place next to the downtown pier and last for 1 1/2 hours.


Tel: (207) 963-2341 or (866) 235-2341 (toll free in Maine only)
Harborside Hotel & Marina, , 55 West Street Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Discover Bar Harbor's most exclusive, personal and unique sightseeing cruise. Join Captain John on Lulu, a traditional Downeast lobster boat, for a 2 hour tour of Frenchman Bay. Enjoy an up-close demonstration of lobster fishing, fascinating seal watching and breathtaking coastal scenery. Share the Captain's interest in nature and local history and folklore. Sailings daily May to October. Adults $30, seniors $27, children $17. Ticket office - 56 West Street (corner of West and Rodick Streets).


Tel: (207) 244-5854 or (207) 244-1151
145 Pretty Marsh Rd, , Somesville Mt. Desert, Maine 04660
Welcome to the most beautiful island in America. You are invited to discover the quiet beauty of Acadia National Park with the same peaceful means of travel as was used by the Penobscot Tribe of the Abenaki Indian Nation.
We encourage those who have never canoed or kayaked, as well as those with experience, to get away from it all and enjoy what might be the highlight of your vacation to Acadia National Park.
We have the finest equipment available and are happy to assist you with instruction if needed. We ask that you make reservations (8am thru 5pm) to avoid disappointment, particularly during the months of July and August.


Tel: 207-288-0342 or or 800-347-0940
"Ecological" Sea Kayak Trips of the remote "West Side" of Mount Desert Island... This off-the beaten-path philosophy results in less boat traffic, no motels, no cruise ships but great wildlife viewing (harbor seals, harbor porpoise, bald eagle, osprey, cormorant and other sea birds). Half-Day (4 hr) AM, PM, and Sunset paddles late May-early October. Professional Sea Kayak Guides provide all equipment, instruction and van transportation to Western Bay, Blue Hill Bay or Somes Sound factoring tide, wind direction and visibility. Perfect Safety Record and locally owned/operated by an Island Native. Explore the quiet side of Acadia contact National Park Sea Kayak or Maine State Sea Kayak for more information.


Tel: 288-3355 or (207) 288-3355
29 DeGregoire Park, Bar Harbor, Maine 04609
Treat yourself! Captain Winston Shaw, an expert naturalist with 30 years local experience, offers totally unique private boat tours for individuals and parties of up to 6. Wide variety of enjoyable 1 to 8 hour trips custom designed around your interests and timetable. Discover eagles, seals, loons, and other fascinating wildlife, along with spectacular sea cliffs, secluded coves, picturesque island lighthouses, and breathtaking sunsets. Affordable prices. Free no-hassle parking.

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