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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

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1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
+1 207-288-2386
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Informative Nature Cruise

We were lucky to have a beautiful warm sunny day for our trip. The guide was amazing, so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
No whales

Hi they really can't guarantee you seeing a whale and they don't return your money if you don't. We... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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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!
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good23%
  • Average9%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible7%
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“lighthouse tour” (78 reviews)
“top deck” (47 reviews)
“feeding grounds” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 07:00 - 21:00
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
+1 207-288-2386
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were lucky to have a beautiful warm sunny day for our trip. The guide was amazing, so knowledgeable and informative. We saw several eagles, which was wonderful and also seals and cormorants and other sea birds. We learned a lot of the history of...More

Thank avenabo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hi they really can't guarantee you seeing a whale and they don't return your money if you don't. We saw eagles and odd birds on our trip from inside a covered boat. It was hard to see anything through the plastic cover. Not worth the...More

Thank Ladyjeyes
Reviewed 1 November 2017

Very very disappointed with this company. Booked a whale watch months ago to receive an email the night before the tour stating that it had been cancelled due to high seas and bad weather. Strange, as the forecast was pretty awesome. Day of the tour,...More

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 23 October 2017

The wife and I traveled to Bar Harbor during our 42nd Wedding Anniversary, where we took a Whale Watching Tour with Bar Harbor Whale Watch. It was an excellent boat trip, which carried us out over fifty miles from Bar Harbor into Canadian waters where...More

Thank shinnerbock
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

The Somme's Lighthouse Tour given by the Naturalist Jane (hope that's correct) was excellent. It was very informative. The Friendship V was clean and all crew members were very friendly. The tour started and ended on time and all of us were very pleased we...More

Reviewed 22 October 2017

Our whale watch trip was cancelled. We had given up the time on our trip to schedule this cruise. The locals told us this company does this all the time. Schedule something more reliable!

1  Thank jholmgre
Reviewed 22 October 2017

We went on the lighthouse tour and thoroughly enjoyed it. The boat turns so that both sides can get good views and it's not necessary to run from one side of the boat to the other. The boat also slows enough for you to not...More

Thank solshines
Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

We drove all the way to Bar Harbor for a whale watching trip. The morning of our trip the excursion was cancelled due to “high winds and rough seas “. We were in town and saw a group leaving on a whale watching trip. It...More

1  Thank CDavis683
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Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Had a great time. Saw one seal and a guide outside let us borrow his binoculars so we could see the bald eagle. Worth the price. We also saw one other bald eagle. Just a heads up, if you or anyone in your party has...More

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Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Thank you for your kind words and advice to future passengers! We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

Booked the trip 1 day before the trip. Paid for it at the desk. Asked if I can just reserve told I can pay now. Felt kind of forced so I did pay for 4 adults. Not told they have hole in boat or any...More

3  Thank Warren G
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Dennis F
7 October 2017|
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Response from Zack K | Property representative |
Hello! We normally ask passengers to arrive one hour before the departure time. For whale watching tour that go offshore, we have some extra security measures like checking large bags and photo IDs.
5 July 2017|
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
30 June 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!