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Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

#7 of 25 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Bar Harbor Features Animals
1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
+1 207-288-2386
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Unfortunately the fog kept us from our journey. Even worse would have been the lack of... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Laurelin J
Binghamton, New York
via mobile
Its a fun tour, but being nature, you may not see whales

Don't understand these bad reviews. Purchased the tickets online for a 1pm trip. I did read the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
David K
Gloucester Twp, New Jersey
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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!
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  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible6%
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1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
+1 207-288-2386
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Unfortunately the fog kept us from our journey. Even worse would have been the lack of notification that a trip had been cancelled...no signs..no one on the pier informing us. They stated that we should check our spam email. I did. No email arrived. Very...More

Thank Laurelin J
Reviewed 2 days ago

Don't understand these bad reviews. Purchased the tickets online for a 1pm trip. I did read the Q&A section, so we dressed appropriate. Recieved an email that trip was cancelled due to smog, so we went to the harbor and rebooked for the next day...More

Thank David K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Currently waiting to leave dock for 4:30 sunset trip. It is 4:50. Website (they don't answer phone, so don't waste your time calling) said boarding begins 30 minutes prior. Arrived at that time to stand in the sun for 45 minutes. Sitting inside because trip...More

Thank Mag1324
Reviewed 3 days ago

I was so excited to see so many puffins on this tour. They were all around their little island -- on the rocks, swimming, flying, and "fly-swimming" -- zooming across the water surface while flapping their wings. The only thing to know is that puffins...More

1  Thank MKSSA
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went on the Miss Samantha to see lobsters and seals. The boat captain and naturalist were extremely knowledgeable and friendly. We took the 4 mile ride to see them pull up traps - I did think we would be more involved in this activity...More

Thank Jennifer C
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Unfortunately we were not able to sail on any of our 3 booked tours due to poor weather conditions. While I can't hold the weather against the company, I was extremely disappointed in their ability to communicate. Of the three cancelled tours, we only received...More

1  Thank GaylordTraveler
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Too much fog, too few whales, and too little truth coming from your order takers. After the third day trying to get out on the water, we went down the road and got a straight answer from your competitors

1  Thank Michael S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

No whales. But unlike other reviewers that bash the whale watch company like its their fault I say they tried as hard as they could to find them and have no control over Mother Nature. But in the meantime the naturalist onboard offered wonderful and...More

1  Thank islandfoodie04679
Reviewed 5 days ago

The ship (may be was smaller in size that they usually provide) was traveling very fast while going to the whale watch and most of us in our group was extremely sea-sick. Many children vomited and became sick on board (not at all recommended if...More

1  Thank paubaner
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went on the lighthouse tour and the sunset cruise. Both were good values, and nicely done. There is a lot of information provided, especially on the lighthouse tour. The last hour of the sunset cruise has just music playing, no commentary. The bar is...More

Thank drbobstl
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Questions & Answers
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
1 July 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!
Theresa G
23 June 2017|
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Response from Zack K | Property representative |
We allow all dogs on the lighthouse and nature cruises