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Sea Venture Boat Tours

Route 3, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
+1 207-412-0222
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Eagles Galore

If you want to get up close and personal with the islands of Frenchman Bay or the rugged coast of... read more

Reviewed 1 November 2014
bruce c
A Superb Day

We had a wonderful experience with Captain Winston Shaw aboard his boat in Frenchman's Bay. While... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2014
600val
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Bennington, New Hampshire
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Highly personalized custom boat tours for private parties of from 1 to 6 passengers. Widest selection of trip options of any boat tour company in Maine with trips from 1 hr to all day long. Every trip custom designed around the interests, timetable, and budget of our guests. See and experience wildlife, lighthouses, scenic islands, shoreside mansions, and anything else that strikes your fancy. All trips are totally private with only members of your party aboard.
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Route 3, at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
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Reviewed 1 November 2014

If you want to get up close and personal with the islands of Frenchman Bay or the rugged coast of Maine adjacent to Mount Dessert Island, a tour with Capt. Winston Shaw is a must. We had a fantastic tour with him aboard his very...More

2  Thank bruce c
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2014

I was very pleased to learn that you enjoyed your trip and thanks so much for sharing your experience with others! I loved your photo of the bald eagle sitting on the roof of the keeper's house. I hadn't actually seen an eagle perched in...More

Reviewed 28 October 2014

We had a wonderful experience with Captain Winston Shaw aboard his boat in Frenchman's Bay. While touring around the islands, Captain Shaw captivated us with his knowledge about each island's geology, wildlife, as well as a history of the region and local lore . The...More

1  Thank 600val
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 October 2014

Thanks so much for letting me know that you enjoyed your trip! This late in the season the weather can at times be kind of "iffy" so we were fortunate indeed to have wonderful weather that day. It almost felt more like early September rather...More

Reviewed 8 October 2014

Captain Shaw is the best. Just tell him what you want and he will find it. We captured some incredible pictures of two eagles fighting in mid-air, a shot of an eagle feeding, as well as shots of a seal, falcon and loon, with a...More

4  Thank Brian C
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2014

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this nice review. I was very pleased to learn that you enjoyed yourself and doubly pleased to learn that your eagle photos turned out well. With a bit more than thirty years spent studying bald...More

Reviewed 26 September 2014

We had a wonderful time on Capt. Shaw's boat. The Bar Harbor shoreline is beautiful and Capt. Shaw pointed out all the grand estates which cannot be seen from the road. He's very knowledgeable regarding the local wildlife and we even got to see some...More

2  Thank janet w
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2014

Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed your trip! And thank you for sending me copies of the photos you made that day. Seeing things through the eyes of another photographer is always enjoyable for me. Hope to have you join...More

Reviewed 22 September 2014

We have been on a few trips with Captain Winston Shaw for photography. He has alot of knowledge of the area and photography. He has taken us to view Eagles, Ospreys and lighthouses which I love to photograph. I have also got great sunset pictures...More

1  Thank Sharon C
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 October 2014

I was pleased to learn that you enjoyed your photo trip and many thanks for taking a moment to let me know. Nothing I enjoy more than guiding folks like yourself who enjoy nature and share my passion for making images of this lovely area....More

Reviewed 18 September 2014

A boat tour with Capt. Winston Shaw is a must-do when visiting the Bar Harbor/Acadia area. We spent a half day touring the coastline of Bar Harbor and its environs. The natural beauty of the area is magnificent and seeing it from the water enhanced...More

1  Thank AKnLC
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 20 September 2014

Thank you so much for your thoughtful review. It's always encouraging to learn that folks had a good time on their Sea Venture cruise and like most folks I don't mind it a bit when folks have good things to say about me personally. In...More

Reviewed 14 September 2014

You are totally missing out if you haven't taken a sea venture with Captain Shaw! My husband and I were looking to see the Island from the Ocean's perspective…and boy was this boat ride the way to do it! Out of all the attractions we...More

2  Thank Jennifer P
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 17 September 2014

Thank you so much for your wonderful review of your recent Sea Venture trip. I can't say how much it means to me to learn that one of my tours is the highlight of a guest's visit to Acadia National Park. The saying, "You made...More

Reviewed 12 September 2014

Captain Shaw is an intriguing naturist who truly loves his surroundings and the wildlife and people that live in this beautiful area. His knowledge of the outlying islands and their inhabitants is just one of the interesting points of the tour. The flora and fauna...More

2  Thank Sharon A
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 September 2014

Thanks so much for taking the time to share your Sea Venture Custom Boat Tour with others. And thanks, as well, for letting me know that you enjoyed your trip. I do indeed love this very special area and greatly enjoy sharing details I've picked...More

Reviewed 5 September 2014

One on one guided service by a guide who shares a lifetime of experience with the area. One of the highlights of our trip.

Thank RAG626
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2014

Glad to hear that you enjoyed your trip and hope to have you join me again in the near future.

Reviewed 3 September 2014

Our party of 6 took a four hour trip out with Capt. Shaw. We saw so much more than you would from the shore or a big boat. We got local stories, an up-close look at wildlife and a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon on the water....More

Thank Lemonlover101
Capt12, Owner at Sea Venture Boat Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 September 2014

Thanks so much for taking a moment to let folks know you enjoyed your trip. And thanks as well for provoding the sort of positive feedback that makes my own efforts seem worthwhile!

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mdviar1
7 July 2017|
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Response from Capt12 | Property representative |
I'm afraid that my boat is a bit too small for wheelchair access. Sorry, Capt. Winston Shaw
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SBChristine81
4 June 2017|
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Response from Capt12 | Property representative |
I do have several time slots available during that time period. If you need further info or would like to make a reservation just give us a call. All best, Capt. Winston Shaw
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angelabalzano
15 September 2016|
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Response from Capt12 | Property representative |
We do have openings. If you would like to make a reservation give us a call at 207-412-0222
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