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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company Bar Harbor

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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company
1 West Street
Bar Harbor
ME
04609
Tel: 207 288 2386

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There is something completely magical about seeing the creatures of the ocean in their own habitat - in particular the majestic whale - you can't get more impressive than that!

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company has a number of tours that can take the family out on an adventure into the Gulf Of Maine that they will never forget! Of course, you can't go past the whale tours. There are a number to choose from so you can find the perfect one for your family.

The 3.5 - 4 hour Puffin and Whale Watch tours offer a fully narrated, incredibly breathtaking tours where not only will you experience the whales, but also other amazing wildlife, from seals, porpoises, eagles, and of course the North Atlantic Puffin.

The family can visit the Petit Manan National Wildlife Refuge, and within here there are is a beautiful breeding colony of Atlantic Puffins. Did you know that these colorful birds spend most of their lives out in the ocean, so it's very rare to see them on land - it's only to raise their young! The only way you can see them is by boat, so the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company makes sure they include this experience on their tours!

If you want something additionally magical, the Sunset Whale Watching tour is 3 - 3.5 hours, where you will head directly to the whale feeding grounds in search of those beautiful creatures. 

Like we said, though, the very exciting thing about Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company is they do a variety of tours! Perhaps you've experienced whales in the wild and want to experience some New England lobsters? The Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching tour is just under 2 hours, and takes you our on the biggest lobster passenger boat in the state! You'll experience hauling the lobsters up from the traps, and kids always get a kick out of seeing some of the other creatures that will come up with the traps too - from starfish to sea cucumbers (don't worry, they get thrown back in!)

History and nature more your thing? The Baker Island Acadian National Park Tour lets the family land on the shore, and visit the stunning Baker Island where you will hear stories from a naturalist to learn all about the human and natural history. Amazing!

Feeling itchy feet to get out onto the waters? So do we! Have a great time! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTours from $29
  • ChildrenTours from $18 (Ages 6 - 14) $9 under 5 years for some tours
  • Free Under: 5 years for some tours.
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Departure times vary

May to October. Some tours have shorter seasonality

I'm Hungry!

There is a galley on board which serves snacks and drinks so you can enjoy the whales with a full tummy!.

Healthy Eating!

The galley serve water, and you can always put healthy snacks in your bag for the kids or if you have any dietary requirements. .

Any Top Tips?

Each of the tours have different prices, departure times and seasonality, so make sure you check all the details before you book! .

Doing our bit

The company is committed to preserving and protecting marine life, and they are always working with other organizations with the same goal. .

Need a little extra help?

If you do have mobility disabilities, give them a call before you book to check the accessibility of the boats and the tours. .

Can I get one of those?

Can you have a great time? Yes you can! .

More information

The weather is usually cooler off shore, so make sure that you bring layers - gloves and a hat are often a good idea too! .

What people are saying?

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    They took us 30 miles out and we saw a fin whale! Knowledgeable and friendly staff. Great experience.

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    If I could give more than 5 stars, I would. The entire crew of the boat was fantastic. They were knowledgeable and helpful. We saw an entire pod of humpback whales, And a right while.

    It was worth every penny.

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    Their pamphlet says there is a 2 hour bay tour, or a schoodic tour that includes everything in the bay tour plus a couple other things. It does not say how long the schoodic tour lasts. I called to ask about the difference, and the lady just said there is no real difference between the two, the schoodic is also 2 hours long and even departs at the same time. She wasn't helpful at all and actually said it doesn't matter which one we pick. That was the first red flag, but we reserved 2 tickets for the schoodic tour anyway. So we drove 8 hours to get...Read More

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    Not impressed. The whale watch season is over now but they don't tell you that...they still tell you their whale sighting success rate is 90%.

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    It did what was promised, I saw whales.

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by John Rorschach

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Their pamphlet says there is a 2 hour bay tour, or a schoodic tour that includes everything in the bay tour plus a couple other things. It does not say how long the schoodic tour lasts. I called to ask about the difference, and the lady just said there is no real difference between the two, the schoodic is also 2 hours long and even departs at the same time. She wasn't helpful at all and actually said it doesn't matter which one we pick. That was the first red flag, but we reserved 2 tickets for the schoodic tour anyway. So we drove 8 hours to get there and called 30 mins early to confirm our reservation and ask about parking. Everything is fine. Then we get to the office to pick up our tickets and they tell us how one of their ships has been having mechanical problems so they canceled our trip. No problem, i think, we'll just take the other bay tour that was so similar. Nope. Apparently that boat also developed mechanical problems. Coincidence? Then they automatically start to switch our reservation to the next trip that departs 3 hrs later, and they look surprised when we tell them we can't depart later because we already have plans for that time. We looked around to see how other customers were reacting to this news, but there weren't any other customers. My guess is they didn't have enough people signed up for this weekday trip so they just canceled our reservations. I also think they lied about having two separate tours (schoodic and bay) leaving at the same time, they probably just put both in the pamphlet to lure in more unsuspecting tourists. But however you look at it, they either have old boats that break down unexpectedly or they intentionally cancel reservations and provide false advertisement to maximize seats per boat. What really upsets me is that we made reservations and even confirmed them 30 mins prior and were assured that everything was all set! The worst part is that are at least 3 other companies in the same harbor with similar boat tours at that time, but we couldn't catch any of them because they didn't tell us what was happening until it was too late. Maybe that was deliberate - they successfully deprived their competitors of our business. Don't repeat our mistake, stay away!!

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