Learn about Maine’s fishing industry, discover wildlife, and enjoy the stunning views of the Maine coast!
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Bar Harbor Area Boat Tours & Custom Charters
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.