On this 2 hour tour, you will learn about Maine’s fishing industry, see wildlife, haul a few lobster traps, and enjoy stunning views of Acadia National Park. We cruise past Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse and experience the outer islands of Blue Hill Bay, where you’ll see seals, nesting birds, and more. This nature cruise of Blue Hill Bay and Bass Harbor is one you won’t forget!
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Bar Harbor Area Boat Tours & Private Charters
Trips Depart from Bass Harbor, Maine
Escape the Bar Harbor crowds! We are located in beautiful Bass Harbor, just 30 minutes from Bar Harbor in Acadia National Park. Join us for a public nature cruise or private boat charter to enjoy fishing, sailing, or sightseeing!
Our private sightseeing charter allows you to enjoy the beauty of Acadia National Park from the water! View lighthouses, Cadillac Mountain, and wildlife such as seals, eagles, porpoises, & more. Our local captains will help you customize your trip for a wonderful day on the water.
BAR HARBOR AND ACADIA AREA BOAT TOURS FROM SCENIC BASS HARBOR, MAINE
Island Cruises offers a leisurely, interactive introduction to the outer islands, wildlife, and history of the Bar Harbor and Acadia area. Spectacular wildlife abounds—from sunbathing seals to majestic osprey and eagles, all observable in their natural habitats. It’s no wonder that the Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, and Maine Coast Heritage Trust have all made such strong commitments to Blue Hill Bay.
A quiet and relaxing alternative to other Bar Harbor boat tours, Island Cruises is based out of Bass Harbor. We have been family-owned and operated for 30 years. Our primary vessel, the 40-foot R.L. Gott, is a lobster-style passenger boat that carries a small and friendly crowd of no more than 49 passengers.
We’re the perfect venue to see seals, porpoises, herons, osprey, eagles, and other wildlife up close and personal, and haul a lobster trap or two—all while experiencing beautiful scenery and learning the lore of Bass Harbor and Maine’s rich fishing history from local captain Eli Strauss. Whether you enjoy wildlife or just peaceful scenery, Island Cruises has a great trip for you. Step aboard one of our boats for an experience you’ll never forget.
If you want your own private boat trip you can customize a sail or power boat charter for up to 6 people. Join us on Fifinella our 2320 Parker or Monterey our 2520 Parker, for fishing trips, wildlife, lighthouse trips, or an excursion to an island to enjoy trails few get to see. Take a sail on Motu Iti and enjoy the fresh ocean breezes and natural beauty of the Maine coast.
BASS HARBOR: THE "QUIET SIDE" OF MOUNT DESERT ISLAND
Escape the crowds of Bar Harbor, Ocean Drive and Cadillac and head to the “quiet side” of Mount Desert Island for a boat tour or charter with Island Cruises.
On your way to us from Bar Harbor, drive through historic Somesville and see original white clapboard houses, church, library, museum and mill pond spilling into the harbor. Take in the scenic Echo lake, formed by glaciers and bordered by Acadia National Park’s Beech and Acadia Mountains. Next, make some time for Southwest Harbor, a small village with great restaurants and shops and a long tradition of boat building, and the original home of Hinckley, Morris Yachts, and master wooden boat builder Ralph Stanley. You can also visit the Wendell Gilley Museum to see his famous bird carvings and decoys.
When you join us for a tour or charter, prepare to get the best up close views of Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, seals, eagles, lobster and other Maine wildlife, and real insight into what is so special about the coast of Maine. You won’t regret making your way to Bass Harbor, the classic Maine fishing village we are so fortunate to call home.