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Third time on this cruise.

Love this cruise. Always beautiful and very informative. We saw seals, porpoise, bald eagles, and... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Fernandina Beach, Florida, United States
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Terrific again!

We learn new things every time! Thank you Eli and Sarah. This trip seemed to be the best yet... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Savannah, Georgia
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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...more
12 Little Island Way, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME 04653
+1 207-244-5785
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Love this cruise. Always beautiful and very informative. We saw seals, porpoise, bald eagles, and lots of sea birds. Captain Eli shares his knowledge of the history of lobstering and the surrounding islands in a very entertaining way. It’s a must when you come to...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We learn new things every time! Thank you Eli and Sarah. This trip seemed to be the best yet! We’re still talking today (and telling family) about new things we learned. (But Eli, a local lobsterman says the color of the band means nothing!).

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Reviewed 6 days ago

This tour was a highlight of our vacation. We saw many animals in the wild including seals, eagles, cormorants, crab, lobster, and porpoise. Take a camera with a long lens if you have it. There’s lots of great shots to be had. We sat in...More

Thank Greengirl87
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This was a fabulous tour! Best nature tour in the area! Family run & Eli was so knowledgeable! We were happy we chose this tour!

Thank acefoxtrot
Reviewed 6 days ago

It was a great experience. Easy to use website, good price for two full hours, good directions, just the right amount of commentary, useful information about the area, its history and lobster fishing. Nice attention paid to child on board. Captain took care to make...More

Thank kathleen R
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was a fantastic tour and we learned so much about the history of the islands in the gulf of Maine, lobster fishing, and local wildlife. We saw seals, porpoises, many birds including multiple bald eagles, and hauled in a lobster trap with Captain Eli....More

Thank AW_traveler25
Reviewed 1 week ago

Highly recommended if you want to learn about the area and lobstering - run by a local family with generations of history. We had a most beautiful day - so it was not cold. Highlight of the trip were the eagles and otters and pulling...More

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captaineli, Owner at Island Cruises, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thanks for your kind review. We don't offer food on the boat, but any certified passenger vessel is required to provide bathroom facilities. The RL Gott is equipped with a fully functional marine "head".

Reviewed 1 week ago

This was our first trip to Desert Island, Maine to enjoy Bar Harbor, Arcadia Natl Park, and get some insight into the famous lobster. We initially planned guided sea kayaking along the lower western part of the island to see first hand nature and sea...More

1  Thank Kenichi48
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our multigenerational group all loved the afternoon nature cruise. We saw lots of seals, porpoise, seabirds, and bald eagles. We also saw a lot of islands, a few inhabited but most pristine and densely wooded. We also got a good education about life on the...More

1  Thank Emza20
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Island cruise was very interesting and informative nature cruise. The owner captain gave a lot of information regarding the area and lobster catching. We got to see a salmon farm. How one catches Lobsters and brings them in. History of the islands in the Bar...More

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11 April 2018|
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
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!
Stephanie F
9 June 2015|
Response from captaineli | Property representative |
I'm sorry, we only allow service animals on the boat during tours.