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“Worth while dont expect to see a whale from a finger touch distance” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company
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Owner description: 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!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Worth while dont expect to see a whale from a finger touch distance”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2012

The catamaran boat sailing from the dock located on 1 west st. at Bar Harbor.
Cost 60$ and takes 3-4 hrs. no guarantee to see whales , not a good idea
To take the sail on a foggy day.
long time to stand in line even if you purchased ticket in advance, you still need to pick up the ticket in the office.
It is big boat (3 decks) that can carry hundreds of people.
The boat looks safe to me, equipped with all the emergency accessories and Snack Bar & Restrooms.
The boat sails about 100 miles deep into the ocean to the whale area. Then, the captain shutdown the engine and the guide at the upper deck start to scan the water. Once a jet of water is spotted the captain sails the boat to the area (not to close) of the whale/whales.
This process repeat itself many times.
Warning: Don’t expect to see a whale from a finger touch distance.
Good advice: while sailing prefer not to be on the upper (and open) deck it's very cold and windy

Visited August 2011
Thank Danny G
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Such a fantastic experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2011

We took the 1 p.m. trip. We were told to bring extra clothes cause it might get pretty chilly offshore, so also warned by the previous reviews we brought enough apparel to dress a full group of polar expeditioners, including sled dogs. Actually we did not need them, guess we were really lucky, it was a bright sunny day and the ocean water was calm. The crew was very professional and the guide Zack, very brilliant and informative. We saw lots of humpbacks, even one with her calf and lots of backs, tails and flippers flappings :). One of them jumped entirely out of the water, what an amazing sight! I just regret I was not quick enough to catch it with my camera. Did not know naturalists can recognize and name them after the markings on their tails. So we saw Victim (the one with the calf she owes her name to an accident occurred to her tail) Atlas , Sword and many others whose names I do not recall. We were so happy we took this fantastic opportunity to see these spectacular nature's wonders. It is such a shame that people still keep hunting them!

Visited September 2011
2 Thank Miciola
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“wonderful experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2011

We did the puffin & whale tour. I had never seen so many puffins in my life! They were everywhere. What a sight. We also saw several humpback whales and one breached and slapped his tale on the water for quite some time. The trips are VERY cold, even on a humid 90 degree day. I definitely recommend bringing a blanket. I wish I had two sweatshirts on, or a winter jacket! The boat does not have a gift shop where blankets and sweatshirts can be purchased, which I think is a missed opportunity. They are also very, very expensive.

Visited July 2011
1 Thank BostonRedSox34
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“Relaxing & beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2011

We went out on the lighthouse trip. It was very nice & they explain everything to you. You get to see light houses you can't see on land. They seem to be honset people. We wanted to see the puffins but they said they were gone so were the seals. They have a nice gift shop. The boat is clean & they sell refreshments.

Visited September 2011
1 Thank spikeboy
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“Great trip despite the motion-on-the-ocean...!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2011

This is a great excursion, but you do want a day with decent weather. The boat was pretty full, plenty of people off the visiting cruise ships, but we were boarded quickly after queueing and left on time. The whale specialist, Zack, was excellent - he warned us that the seas were going to be a bit heavy going on the way out, and the captain did too, and we had the option to disembark and get refunds before departure if we didn't feel up to the possibility of seasickness. It was only a 4-6ft sea, but even pretty sturdy folk looked a bit unwell once we got out of the harbour, and some people were sick - but Zack was a brilliant companion, narrating for us so much about all the wildlife (porpoises, whales, sharks, seabirds, jellyfish etc etc) that it did take your mind off feeling unwell! We saw a very rare whale on the trip, and the captains did a great job of making sure both sides of the boat saw the whale equally - it was a shame not to see more, though the weather had been bad so I think we were lucky to see one at all - but it was really professionally handled all round, and I would go again. Top tips - sit upstairs on one side or the other of the upper open deck for the best views, and also to get fresh air and minimise seasickness. Do take warm clothes - hat, gloves, scarf, decent coat - it gets very windy as the boat travels quite fast and it's surprisingly cold. And do get a seasickness bag from the crew before departure, just in case! The crew look after the passengers really well and are great hosts, so it's a really good trip all round. We were out for 4.5 hours in total, so good value for money.

Visited October 2011
1 Thank RoadtripBrits2011
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