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Address: 1 West St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1900
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+1 207-288-2386
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The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers a variety of boat tours for all...

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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Best boat/lighthouse tour we have ever gone on! Loved every minute!

A totally unforgettable aspect of a recent family trip to Bar Harbor is a nature/lighthouse boat tour that we took with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. I was here with three adult... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Albany, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A totally unforgettable aspect of a recent family trip to Bar Harbor is a nature/lighthouse boat tour that we took with Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. I was here with three adult family members, and we all agreed that it was the BEST boat tour we had ever taken!! The natural and historical aspects of Bar Harbor and Acadia National... More 

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Tyler, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed the nature cruise and lighthouse cruise we took. Well done and it is fun to get out on the water a bit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the first things I loved about this company was they guaranteed at least one whale spotting, otherwise you'd get a raincheck for another date. We went and we saw at least 8-10 whales throughout the trip. We also saw some seals, and at one point the whales were all together, blowing their spouts at the same time. Very... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

My family went on the whale watching excursion because it had good ratings. The captain notified us that if you were prone to sea sickness you should depart the boat. My wife and I have been on several whale watching excursions and NEVER experienced the sea as we did on this boat. What we thought would be a fabulous experience... More 

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Oakland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

We really enjoyed this tour! Our guide was well grounded in the flora and fauna and the history of the area. It was a great way to see the immediate area and wildlife - including a couple of eagle sightings!

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Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this review

Thank you for letting us know. We are so glad to hear that you had a good time and enjoyed all the wildlife sightings. We hope to see you again in the future. Happy Holidays. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We managed to hop on a whale cruise at the last minute and weren't disappointed. Getting on last meant that all the good seats up top were taken. I'm not so sure the best spots weren't on the main deck level, though. Once we found whales, you could easily go from side to side to see them. The company seems... More 

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Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this review

Dear Bibblet, Thank you for the favorable and five star review! We hope you can join us again in the near future! BHWW Co. More 

Delmont, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

We were on RC cruise and this was One of our excursions. The guide was very good, I particularly like how the captain of the boat would make sure both sides of the boat hot to see the lighthouses. I've been on other tours where if you weren't on the side of the boat for great pictures you were out... More 

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Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! We appreciate the positive feedback and are so glad that you had a great experience with us. BHWW Co. More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

We were out for a little over three hours and not only saw whales, had a very nice show put on for us by Sword and Spoon! We also saw a ton of seals around the rock. Way worth the cost of the ticket (which, for fifty bucks, I didn't think of was unreasonable. There are ones that aren't as... More 

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Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this review

Thank you for your review! It can be remarkable out there when everything comes together and we are so pleased that it did on your tour. It is amazing that we share the earth with animals that are so big and beautiful. Many Thanks, BHWW Co. More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Although they did their best to find them we saw no whales. On keeping your tickey you can go again for free within a year. However we are from Europe so not a possibility for us which is a pity.

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Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! If you are on a tour and didn't see whales the rain check ticket is good for THREE YEARS and good on any of our boat tours. We do announce our "whale guarantee policy" on ever tour before we leave the dock and it is on our brochure and ticket as well. As well, if... More 

Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I believe this was the last cruise of the season, so the boat was relatively empty. Maybe 50 aboard. Fantastic experience - 1 hr 45 min along the coast and around one of the islands, 22 mi total according to MapMyWorkout. Biologist/narrarator Ruth was exceptional. Some history about the houses of the wealthy, the great fire in 1947, the geological... More 

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Zack K, Guest Relations Manager at Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company, responded to this review

Thank you for the review! Ruth is an amazing guide and has written a terrific book about Bar Harbor and Frenchman Bay history. We are thrilled to hear that your trip was outstanding and hope to host you again soon! BHWW co. More 

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