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Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour

119 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1137
+1 207-801-2300
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A real island cruise!

The weather was perfect and the crew awesome when we went on our 2 hour cruise in search of... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Dayle P
Wrong information given when booked

We went on this tour and saw exactly what it says we would see but were told we'd see whales too... read more

Reviewed 2 July 2018
cldouglass
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Offering 3 & 1/2 hour Puffins, Lighthouses and Seabirds trip, leaving daily at 1:15 p.m. from Bar Harbor, Maine. Explore the highlights of our beautiful coast including Winter Harbor, Petit Manan and Egg Rock Lighthouses. Birds seen on this tour include: puffins, razorbills, murres, guillemots, shearwaters, terns, gulls, jaegers, various raptors, ducks, geese and waders. This trip includes extended viewing of Petit Manan Lighthouse, one of only seven islands in Maine where Atlantic Puffins nest.
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119 Eden St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1137
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The weather was perfect and the crew awesome when we went on our 2 hour cruise in search of seabirds. We did see puffins in their natural habitat, as well as lots of terns and eider ducks. Bonus sighting was a sunfish right along the...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2018

We went on this tour and saw exactly what it says we would see but were told we'd see whales too, which is why we booked the tour. The person selling the tickets need to be better informed of what you see and what you...More

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anselsgirl, Manager at Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 3 July 2018

I am not sure who you booked with - we do not offer whale sightings on our tour - we don't go out far enough. On occasion we do see the Minke whales -but it is not common, nor do we advertise that way. I'm...More

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Reviewed 23 June 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our 3 hour boat cruise in search of puffins. We saw lots of them which made it worthwhile (our cruise was June 6th). They aren’t super close so bring binoculars if u have them. We also saw seals, other birds and lighthouses. But...More

2  Thank dukegolfer
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anselsgirl, Manager at Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

Thank you for your honest review! Diane Smith

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Reviewed 20 June 2018

Our boat trip to see puffins and lighthouses was wonderful. Our guide was so knowledgeable and entertaining. The boat was not crowded so the ride was very comfortable. We would highly recommend this tour!

1  Thank Rex S
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anselsgirl, Manager at Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 24 June 2018

We are delighted you enjoyed your time with us! Diane Smith

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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Would have given it a 6 star but for the rocky boat and people throwing up. All were forewarned but didn't take heed. Guess it was the riders fault not the company. Decided to go out on the Puffins, Lighthouse and Seabird trip, We were...More

1  Thank Linda B
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anselsgirl, Manager at Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

No matter what boat you are on - once it's offshore - the water can be very choppy and unpredictable. We always try to give people needed information prior to taking this offshore puffin trip that it is not for everyone - or at least...More

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Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I had the pleasure of taking their Puffin, Lighthouse, and Sea Birds tour and what an amazing experience! Not only did we see all of the above, but we saw Harbor seals and breathtaking scenery! The crew was fantastic and helped to...More

4  Thank Steve B
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anselsgirl, Manager at Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 14 July 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review - we're so happy you enjoyed your time with us! Diane Smith

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Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

We did the 4 hr puffin,lighthouse tour on the Islander. It was amazing. The guide was very informative. We saw 3 lighthouses and were given history of each. We were taken to a puffin island and a seal island. It was unreal what we saw....More

3  Thank jermoore
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Reviewed 23 May 2017

We took the Islander Puffins, Seabirds, and Lighthouses tour today. Though a bit cloudy and on the cool side, the tour delivered everything promised - three old lighthouses, close views of puffins, razorbill auks, and cormorants, and hundreds of seals resting on the rocks at...More

3  Thank emitcharion
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anselsgirl, Manager at Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 23 May 2017

Thank you for your wonderful review! We love our puffin trip and I'm so glad you enjoyed your time with us out on the ocean! Diane Smith Operations Manager

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Reviewed 19 September 2016

A very nice tour , not as exciting as some of the others we have been . nice relaxing long tour . Saw three lighthouses. Didn't see any puffins ,saw a few seals ,not much else ,. Oh and we saw multimillion dollar cottages .

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anselsgirl, Manager at Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2016

Thank you for your review - I hope your whole Bar Harbor stay was enjoyable. Diane Smith

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Reviewed 28 June 2016

We went out on this cruise today. The weather was perfect and so was the tour. We got to see many different birds including puffins. Also saw five lighthouses and tons of seals in addition to beautiful scenery. A few suggestions...sit in the back of...More

3  Thank Andrea W
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anselsgirl, Manager at Islander Puffins, Seabirds & Lighthouses Tour, responded to this reviewResponded 29 June 2016

Thank you for your wonderful review! We're delighted you enjoyed your trip with us, and hope your entire Bar Harbor stay was memorable. Diane Smith

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patty1029
9 June 2018|
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Response from anselsgirl | Property representative |
Hello... Sad to report there are no puffins here in September - they migrate to our area just for nesting - and typically we see them from about mid-May through about mid-August. We do offer other beautiful tours in... More
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Acforte
29 June 2017|
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Response from anselsgirl | Property representative |
Unfortunately we only do this tour through the end of June. Project Puffin out of Rockland, Maine probably has great information on who may do it in July & August.
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Kaitlin J
17 April 2017|
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Response from anselsgirl | Property representative |
Hello, Puffins are in our area from about mid May through mid August. Our boat only does trips in May and June...but anytime until mid August is a good time to see them here. Thank you for your inquiry. Diane Smith
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