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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

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1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
+1 207-288-2386
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Rough Waters Ahead

I had a great time, although we did not see any whales. We did see dolphins, a rare sea turtle... read more

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Jckcamp
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Thompsontown, Pennsylvania
Not Again

Picture a Southwest Airlines flight. Double booked. People sitting on the floor. Standing shoulder... read more

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brookelynn3
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Marco Island, Florida
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The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers a variety of boat tours for all ages that show different sights and wildlife in the area around Mount Desert Island, Maine. The tours that we offer include a Puffin and Whale Watching trip, and Whale Watching tour, a Historical Lighthouse tour, a Nature Cruise, a Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching Tour, and a tour to Baker Island. We also have a gift shop in our ticket office, where you can purchase souvenirs during your time in town. We hope to see you on one (or more!) of our boat tours so we can show you why Bar Harbor, Maine is such a special place!
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good22%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible7%
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“humpback whales” (65 reviews)
“lighthouse tour” (80 reviews)
“top deck” (49 reviews)
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Hours Today: 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
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+1 207-288-2386
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Reviewed yesterday

I had a great time, although we did not see any whales. We did see dolphins, a rare sea turtle, seals and puffins. No whales, but we knew that part is a gamble. The fog was thick the day we went out and visibility was...More

Thank Jckcamp
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Picture a Southwest Airlines flight. Double booked. People sitting on the floor. Standing shoulder to shoulder with others the entire flight. That was our experience on our "whale watching" tour. The boat is so large (and overstuffed with passengers) that even if you could maneuver...More

Thank brookelynn3
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Went on this tour and had a phenomenal experience. Guide was seasoned and knew what she was talking about, ride was nice and we spotted two humpbacks, many harbor seals and grey seals as well. Our guide, Amanda not only talked about the life in...More

Thank Robert P
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Reviewed 2 days ago

What a wonderful trip! Angi was our guide and she was very knowledgeable and was terrific pointing out different wildlife and history. We saw whales and actually one was full breach out of the water! My husband saw it but I missed it. We have...More

Thank sewcraz4361
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Wow...had a great time on our whale and puffin watch cruise. Saw several humpback whales, some dolphins, seals and puffins. Had a humpback breach but we missed it (wrong side of boat). Think it’s be great if the boat had cameras or video all around...More

Thank Rene C
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We came to Bar Harbor for the sole purpose of going whale watching. We had chosen this tour company because we had used them 17 years before and had a good experience back then. The boat is fast and large, though they pack so many...More

Thank Kevin M
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We enjoyed this sunset cruise (not a whale watching cruise). We learned more history of the area while enjoying the beautiful views of beaches, mountains, shores, islands, light houses and an amazing sunset. Seeing seals on the island shores was a bonus!

Thank Kim N
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We booked for the 1pm whale watching and it was cancelled for fog even though on land it was perfectly great weather. We tried for the 2:30 tour and it was later cancelled as well. The whale watching tour was the only tour left which...More

Thank TravOhioan
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It was an amazing trip. We were giving lots of details during the boat ride telling us about the area, the puffins and the Whales. Got to talk with the research team on the island to see what they were up to. We saw lots...More

Thank Terri B
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were told that We were guaranteed to see whales. Our trip was canceled due to fog and rough waters. No problem. Our second trip was a go. But once we got going it was so foggy and very rough! So all we saw on...More

Thank willysouth
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OG4827
7 August 2018|
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Response from Keith C | Reviewed this property |
We typically vacation the last week of July or the first week of August and have seen whales out of Bar Harbor, ME as well as Provincetown, MA every time we went. The whales summer in the North Atlantic and winter in the... More
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Dianne G
25 July 2018|
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Response from MidwestSailor83 | Reviewed this property |
Not while we were there. A bit of fog but little rain
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