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Address: Southport, ME 04576
Phone Number: +1 207-633-2039
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HAYVAL Charters is a sight seeing boat company offering private custom...

HAYVAL Charters is a sight seeing boat company offering private custom tours of the Boothbay area for up to six people. We can accommodate trips to offshore Islands, and other destinations. We also offer a lobster fishing tour, called Friendliest Catch where you can spend an hour and a half on a real lobster boat seeing how lobsters are caught!

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Fun day on the water

Recently my brothers and their wives visited our inn in Georgetown Maine. Since they live in MN and SD I thought it would be fun to take them out on the water to see the Maine... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 October 2015
Greyhavens13
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Georgetown
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Georgetown
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2015

Recently my brothers and their wives visited our inn in Georgetown Maine. Since they live in MN and SD I thought it would be fun to take them out on the water to see the Maine coast from another perspective. Even though the seas were a little rough for lighthouse tours, our captain Bruce took us on a wonderful trip... More 

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1 Thank Greyhavens13
Mass
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Captain Bruce was the perfect host Friendly Informative and you felt like he was entertaining members of his own family ! We got up close and personal with the Puffins because of him and we got more than our money's worth ! It Definitely Exceeded Our Expatiations !

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1 Thank Garyo65
Morrison, Colorado
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2015

Captain Bruce and Captain Larry provided a great lobster fishing experience for our family. The 90-minute primer included opportunities for my 6-year-old daughters to bait a trap and place the rubber bands on a lobsters' claws. We learned about lobsters and how Maine's lobstermen and scientists are collaborating to conserve the species. The boat had life vests for everyone who... More 

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1 Thank Einar J
New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

An hour and a half happily spent with real fisherman who give you the inside scoop on the lobster industry and let you get a hands-on with baiting traps, sizing up lobsters, and feeling like you're part of the crew.

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Thank KateFB64
Bruce W, Owner at Hay-Val Charters, responded to this review

Thanks for coming along with us, that was a fun trip, a great group! More 

West Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2015

Captain Bruce and Larry did a great job taking us out lobstering. Very informative and fun. We all enjoyed despite not so great weather. Highy recommend for all ages!!! FYI we left out of Boothbay Harbor.

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Thank Jennifer P
Bruce W, Owner at Hay-Val Charters, responded to this review

Hi Thanks for coming along, I'm glad you had a good time, and got to see the Schooner too! More 

Ottawa, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 June 2015

We chartered Bruce's boat for a very special family event and all I can say was that it was perfect. The boat is beautiful and Bruce was fantastic. He is so knowledgable about the area and was happy to share the stories and information with all of us. I would highly recommend Bruce and Hal Val should you ever need... More 

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Thank Lynne C
Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2014

My family had a wonderful experience touring the harbor and surrounding islands. The lobstermen were incredibly knowledgeable, professional, and courteous. Plus, with a few kids on-board, the guides made our adventure wonderfully interactive and fun!

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Thank Peter K
Longview, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2014

We had a GREAT scenic boat ride with Captain Bruce viewing the coastline for 2 hrs. He is so helpful and cooperative trying to accomodate your every wish. Beautiful and very comfortable boat. He was also very flexible to work around upcoming weather conditions to get the maximum benefit from our tour. GREAT experience and we will certainly contact him... More 

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Thank Anna A
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2014

We have booked trips with Captain Bruce four times over the past two years. It is by far our favorite experience when visiting Maine, from Atlanta, GA. For starters, Bruce has a beautiful boat which is impeccably maintained as his utmost concern is for the safety and comfort for his passengers. Our trips with Bruce have included Seguin Island (moored... More 

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1 Thank Ginny H
Arlington, Virginia
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53 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014

Friends of friends knew about the hour and a half lobster boat tour offered by Bruce White, and when we said we'd love to go, they called and arranged it for us. We met Bruce near the Tugboat Inn at Boothbay Harbor after parking at the public lot uphill by the fire stations (sometimes there is free street parking, too).... More 

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