Sailboat Tours

Sailboat Tours

Come sail in picturesque Blue Hill Bay with Island Cruises. We offer four different tours to meet the needs of travelers. When you book an excursion, let us know if you would like a private trip or to keep the remaining seats open to possibly share the cost with other parties. Seating is limited to a maximum of 6 people, so please reserve the trip that suits your group:

3-Hour Tours

Times: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: $350
Highlights: Sail around the islands of Blue Hill Bay and enjoy the natural beauty.

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2-Hour Sunset Tour

Times: 6 – 8 p.m., depending on the time of sunset.
Cost: $225
Highlights: Enjoy the sunset over Blue Hill Bay from the Moti Iti.

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All-Day Expedition — Black Island

Times: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $700
Highlights: We will stop on Black Island, owned by Maine Coast Heritage Trust. The island has great trails winding along the abandoned railway, through the long ago defunct granite quarry and across the island to a stunning lagoon.

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All-Day Expedition — Placentia

Times: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $700
Highlights: We will stop on Placentia (locally pronounced as Plasench), an island wildlife preserve owned by the Nature Conservancy with cliffs, quiet coves, a meadow and countless popple stone beaches.

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All-Day Expedition — Gott's Island

Times: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: $700
Highlights: We will stop on Gott’s Island, the only inhabited island of Blue Hill Bay. Walk through a historic cod fishing village, explore the coves and ledges and visit a vast, natural tidal pool and popple stone beach.

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For more than 20 years we have been offering memorable tours on the RL Gott, and now we’ve added a new way to experience our beautiful bay. Soak in the natural beauty and wildlife from the quiet of our 6-passenger sailing vessel, the Motu Iti. You’ll set sail from Bass Harbor, one of Maine’s largest and oldest fishing villages. Our captain will provide a unique look at the area while under sail, immersed in nature. If you wish, learn about modern sailing as well as sailing’s historical impact on the settlement of the area. You are welcome to help crew the boat or, sit back, relax and enjoy the stunning beauty of one of the world’s premier summer sailing destinations.

Sail by Bass Harbor Head Light and around the islands of Blue Hill Bay, which are a prime example of the natural features of our coast, many maintained in conservation. The islands of Blue Hill Bay have mostly been abandoned by their earliest settlers and returned to wilderness by a handful of large conservation groups. The one remaining village, Great Gott’s Island, is a small collection of original farmhouses with a few newer summer residences scattered around the island.

While on one of our all-day expeditions, we stop on either Black Island, Gott’s Island or Placentia. During our visit, take a quick dip, if you dare, and bring a picnic. Feel free to walk around and explore, the captain will join you if you wish, or take a hike on your own and experience the isolation available on a coastal island. There will be many opportunities to see seals, porpoises, sea birds and eagles native to these islands.

The Motu Iti (“Little Island” in Rapa Nui) is a Pearson 365 sloop equipped with a private head with a separate shower and a full galley. Double and single bunks are available so children or adults are welcome to take a nap down below. Bring any refreshments you wish to enjoy on board.

Important Information About Your Tour

All cruises depart from the dock at 12 Little Island Way in Bass Harbor.

Please arrive 15–20 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time, and be sure to bring a jacket or sweater, even on warm days.

We have virtually eliminated late trip cancellations, but in that rare instance we will contact you no less than one hour prior to departure.  Feel free to call (207-244-5785) or check our Facebook page for up to date trip information.