Bar Harbor by Water
Set sail for the sights of Bar Harbor best seen by boat. Learn the maritime history of Maine aboard a four-masted schooner, cruise through a fjord full of seals, or cast off for the best whale watching in the world. You’ll have your sea legs before you can say ‘Bar Harbor Boat Tours.’
Bar Harbor Whale Watch
Why is Bar Harbor whale watching among the best in the world? Because of the unique topography of the seafloor 20 miles off the coast of Bar Harbor, in the Gulf of Maine. Strong currents churn water up from the ocean floor to the surface, attracting critters all the way up the food chain. Swimming leisurely through this great cauldron of nutrients are the Great Whales.The most commonly seen are Finback, Minke and Humpback whales, although other species are often sighted.
Try an ecological sea kayak tour of the remote ‘West Side’ of Mount Desert Island. This off-the-beaten-path adventure is great for viewing wildlife (harbor seals, harbor porpoise, bald eagle, osprey, cormorant and other sea birds) away from big boat traffic and island development. Half-day, full day and sunset paddles are available from May to early October. Professional sea kayak guides provide all equipment, instruction and transportation. To explore the quiet side of Acadia contact Coastal Kayak Tours or Maine State Sea Kayak.
Sail among the islands of Frenchman Bay on a Downeast Windjammer Cruise any day of the week aboard the Margaret Todd—Maine’s only four-masted schooner.
Diver Ed’s Dive-In Theater
Think Bar Harbor boat tours are all above the surface? Think again! Cruise Frenchman Bay as Diver Ed combs the sea floor, narrating and transmitting live video to a giant video projector on board. He’ll grab up some amazing creatures for you to see and touch before they are returned safely to sea. You’ll be amazed by the colors and variety of life beneath the waves.
Experience the magnificent views and varied wildlife of Bar Harbor aboard a Nature Cruise, where you might see a lighthouse up close, visit an island where puffins rule, or cruise through the Northeast’s only natural fjord to see eagles, ospreys, and seals. Acadia Nature Cruises offers discounts to Bar Harbor Motel guests, and cast-off right across the street.