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Island Cruises

12 Little Island Way, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME 04653
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Nature Cruise Really Delivered!

Our two-hour late afternoon Nature Cruise on the RL Gott, a modified lobster boat, was a real... read more

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Reviewed 14 October 2017
jecklcat
Great nature cruise

How Island Cruises could fit in such a varied and interesting programme into a two hour cruise is... read more

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Reviewed 14 October 2017
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Awarded Yankee Magazine's "Best Island Tour," we are the Bar Harbor area's favorite boat cruise and a family owned business now in our 22nd year. Operating out of Bass Harbor to the islands of Blue Hill Bay, we offer exclusive access to what many consider one of the most beautiful parts of the Maine coast, as well as its prettiest harbor. Being off the beaten path, our formula for success is offering the highest quality experience at some of the lowest rates on Mount Desert Island. Try out our 11:00-2:30 Lunch Cruise to Frenchboro; established in 1820 and one of the last year round island fishing communities in Maine, Frenchboro is a place that many people find hard to believe still exists in our busy, high-tech world. Or, join us for the 3:00-5:00 Nature Cruise, where you'll see seals, bald eagles, and even haul a lobster trap or two. We cherish your business and our many return customers, and you'll find that it shows from start to finish.
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12 Little Island Way, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME 04653
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Reviewed 14 October 2017

Our two-hour late afternoon Nature Cruise on the RL Gott, a modified lobster boat, was a real pleasure! Eli, our captain, was very knowledgeable about the history of Bass Harbor, the islands and their families, the fishing and lobstering industries, and the animals that are...More

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

How Island Cruises could fit in such a varied and interesting programme into a two hour cruise is testament to the detailed planning required. We saw Lots of Bald Eagles, Double Crested Cormorants, Grey Seals and Loons as an example. We had an interesting dialogue...More

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Reviewed 13 October 2017

This was a wonderful sunset cruise put on specially for the Southwest Harbor Week Celebration. It was really wonderful to be out on the water while the sun was setting. We went to the Bass Harbor light house several times to see it at different...More

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

Wonderful trip. Seals, eagles, lobsters and more. Great narrative along the way. Highly recommended.

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Reviewed 8 October 2017

The nature cruise was very interesting and informative. The guide pointed out many types of birds and we saw two types of seals. His knowledge of life on the islands was very interesting. Good explanation of lobster fishing.

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Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

This tour was a highlight of our visit to Bar Harbor. Our guide grew up in the area and talked about the history, the community and responsible lobster fishing. We saw Harbor Seals and Gray Seals, Eagles, and numerous other birds. It was so interesting...More

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Reviewed 5 October 2017

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the Nature Cruise! We saw cormorants, bald eagles, and seals. The scenery was beautiful! The guide was pleasant and extremely knowledgeable about local history and both the practical aspects and the economics of the fishing industry. I would highly...More

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Reviewed 4 October 2017

The entire two hours are enjoyable, educational, and amazing. The Captain makes sure every one sees the wildlife he spots, bringing the boat gently and closely as possible, first from one side, then the other. He easily shares history about the Quiet Side of this...More

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captaineli, Owner at Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Your experience is exactly what we're trying to accomplish every time we leave the dock with passengers. We're thrilled you enjoyed the tour, and thanks very much for the kind review.

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Reviewed 2 October 2017

Wonderful tour full of interesting info about lobster fishing, salmon farming, conservation and history. Guide is very knowledgeable and shared stories about the people and places of the area. Views of wildlife including seals, bald eagles, seabirds.

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Reviewed 29 September 2017

I really enjoyed the trip, the captain was very professional and gave us lots on informations about the local area and the lobster fishing technique. We saw bald eagles, seals, porpoises etc... It was great!

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Response from catskillperson | Reviewed this property |
I went on something that was sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. I think it was about 35 dollars. I felt it was well worth it. This was a sunset cruise and it was wonderful. I do not know if they do the Sunset Cruises any... More
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Eric L
2 June 2017|
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Response from captaineli | Property representative |
Our boat is certified for 49, and is designed to still be comfortable for everyone at capacity, with great views wherever you sit!
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Stephanie F
9 June 2015|
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I'm sorry, we only allow service animals on the boat during tours.
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