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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

#7 of 26 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bar Harbor Features Animals
1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
+1 207-288-2386
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Great naturalist

We went on a nature and sightseeing cruise and had a wonderful time. We were lucky to have good... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Don H
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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
via mobile
Lucky

We were lucky enough to get to see the whales. Not once but several times during our evening at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
roverirish
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East Windsor, New Jersey
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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!
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1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We went on a nature and sightseeing cruise and had a wonderful time. We were lucky to have good weather. We were very fortunate to have a wonderful naturalist on board who generously shared her knowledge and love for the area.

Thank Don H
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We were lucky enough to get to see the whales. Not once but several times during our evening at sea. Plus heading back to port into a beautiful sunset! Keep in mind it is colder on the water so bring a jacket or sweater, hat...More

Thank roverirish
Reviewed 4 days ago

We got our tickets online and our first outing was cancelled due to fog. They did send an email telling us, but we were already on the island. We rescheduled. They did tell us on board that the chance of seeing whales was lower than...More

Thank lkuta13
Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your wildlife safari! Thank you for your recommendations to other passengers, and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 5 days ago

big boat with a very knowledgeable naturalist. we went about 100 miles round trip out to a great island populated by puffins and terns. saw a jellyfish, dolphin, giant sunfish, but sadly no whales. the kids still loved it and they do let you come...More

Thank Jay V
Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you! We are glad to hear you were able to see whales and lots of other wildlife on the tour. We are also sorry to hear you got sea sick! Many people do not realize that we have to travel 20-30 miles offshore to...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

The whales were cool but it's a bumpy hour out and hour back and along the way lots of people get sea sick and it makes others get sick as well. Grossness on water. Take Dramamine and use those seasick bands - don't look at...More

1  Thank Awsomeinc
Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you! We are happy to hear you were able to see whales on your tour. Many people do not realize that we have to travel 20-30 miles offshore to the whale feeding grounds. We always recommend motion sickness remedies and warm clothing. If the...More

Reviewed 6 days ago

We just went on a puffin/whale excursion on August 11, 2017 and saw a young humpback whale very close to the boat. We watched it for almost 2 hours, and it even breached! After spending time with the whale, we motored out to Petit Manan...More

1  Thank Sally O
Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for your kind words! We are happy to hear you enjoyed your whale watch adventure! Seeing a whale (breaching, no less!) is an incredible experience! Thank you for your recommendations to other passengers, and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 6 days ago

We went on the whale watching and puffin cruise. We fully understand that when you go out on the ocean you never know what you are going to see, if anything. With that in mind we were able to see both puffins and whales. I...More

1  Thank grmi
Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you! We are so happy to hear you enjoyed the whale watch adventure and all the wildlife sightings! People do not realize puffins are only 10-12 inches tall when fully grown. We get as close to the island as possible, but being on a...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were on the 5 lighthouse tour. It was excellent. Our guide and crew were awesome. They were able to answer every question asked of them. The day was beautiful and sunny. Light wind. Just listen when you buy the tickets to advice to bring...More

Thank Lana D
Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We are so happy you enjoyed the lighthouse cruise! Thank you for your recommendations to other passengers, and we hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a trip on the boat (very pricey) in hopes to see a whale, Not a whale to be found, Sea waters completely calm. Very disappointed. I understand wildlife is unpredictable, but it was extremely disappointing. Their policy, a voucher good for 3 years to...More

Thank Dawn P
Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Like you said, wildlife is unpredictable. We do not control the whales as that would actually be illegal. Sorry about that, but really nothing we can do. Luckily you had a calm day, and hopefully were able to see lots of other cool wildlife on...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We recently took the sunset whale watching cruise. The trip itself was a tremendous success. Once we got out into the ocean, we saw Humpbacks and Minke whales nearly constantly for 90 minutes. The boat is comfortable. The outside seats are fine but will be...More

Thank Awal5280
Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for letting us know! We are so glad to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed all the wildlife sightings. We do check everybody's ID when they board the boat. If the people are not, then we will need to speak...More

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mtsnowolf
6 July 2017|
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Response from Zack K | Property representative |
In Bar Harbor, we see humpback, fin, and minke whales. It is likely to see the whales in September, but every year and day is different. Call us at 207-288-2386 closer to September to get updated on our recent sightings! I... More
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nradabaugh7
1 July 2017|
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Response from Zack K | Property representative |
We recommend at least booking your trip a week in advance. July and August tend to be busy months!
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Theresa G
23 June 2017|
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We allow all dogs on the lighthouse and nature cruises
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