Bar Harbor Boating Tours, Whale Watching Excursions & Lobstering

Boating Tours

Bar Harbor is renowned for its coastal activities, and one of the most popular experiences guests can enjoy during their Maine vacation is to take part in a local boating tour. From whale watching excursions and lighthouse tours to romantic sunset cruises, there are a variety of boating tours available with local guides, and most depart daily from One West Street, adjacent to the town pier in downtown Bar Harbor.

Whale Watching Tours with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company

One of the most popular things to do in Bar Harbor, Maine, is experiencing the wonder of the area’s migratory whales and coastal wildlife on a whale watching tour. For guests interested in taking part in this quintessential Maine activity, the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company offers a variety of boat cruises that sails daily throughout the season (May-October) from One West Street, adjacent to the town pier in downtown Bar Harbor and across the street from the hotel.

During your voyage you may spot Humpback, Finback and Minke whales as well as seals, seabirds, dolphins and porpoises. Come see the iconic Atlantic puffin, Maine's famous lighthouses, and parts of Acadia National Park on our Puffins and Lighthouse Cruise! Enjoy a beautiful sunset and a variety of wildlife on our very popular Sunset Nature Cruise! Sail through the region's pristine waters aboard our jet-powered catamarans. Our galleys include a variety of snacks and refreshments, including wine and local beer. As part of our daily resort fee, guests of West Street Hotel enjoy a one-time $15 credit per reservation to apply to a cruise of their choice with the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company's Featured Cruises include:
  • Whale Watch
  • Puffin & Lighthouse
  • Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching
  • Nature Cruise
  • Sunset Nature Cruise
  • Baker Island & Acadia National Park Tour


Authentic Lobstering with Lulu Lobster Boat Tours

Join Lulu Lobster Boat Tours and experience first-hand how Maine's famed lobsters get from the sea to your dinner plate. Captain John offers the only Lobster Boat Tour in Bar Harbor that takes place on a traditional Down East-style lobster boat.

Set sail for adventure, with Lulu Lobster Boat's Bar Harbor Tours, including:

  • Lobster Fishing
  • Seal Watching
  • Sightseeing
  • History & Folklore
  • Romantic Sunset Cruise

These exclusive lobster boat tours sail daily across the street from the West Street Hotel’s downtown marina. Visit for more information and sailing schedules.

Private Maine Boat Tours with Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters

Looking for an intimate introduction to the natural beauty of Acadia? Enjoy a private boat tour for up to six guests aboard the Friendship Sloop, a unique lobster fishing vessel designed in the late 1800s. With Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters, you can experience the authentic allure of Acadia's rich maritime history. Haul the sails with the crew or relax with a glass of wine as the sun sets over the water. A friendly, local captain will be your guide as you cruise in the comfort while on the lookout for seals, porpoise, eagles, and osprey among other regional wildlife. Boats set sail from Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor and offer a variety of tour options including day sails, sunset-sails, lobster bakes, and private charters.

Downeast Friendship Sloop Charters sail daily from our downtown marina. Reservations are required. Boat tours are limited to six guests (maximum), appetizers and soft drinks are included. For more information about our boat tours in Bar Harbor, Maine, please contact us at 207.266.5210 or visit
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