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 boat tours in Maine is whale watching cruise. During this incredible voyage, you will try to spot Acadia's magnificent migratory whales and coastal wildlife. The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company sails daily throughout the season from the marina, which is located just across the street from the West Street Hotel. This tour features a luxurious, high-tech catamaran with an advanced active stabilizing system and 360-degree rail-side viewing on all decks. This guarantees every guest a front row seat to the sea birds, lighthouses and nautical wonders of Frenchman's Bay and beautiful Acadia. Sandwiches, snacks and refreshments, including alcoholic beverages, are also available during the tour.

The Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company's additional boating tours include:

  • Nature Cruise
  • Seabird Specialty Trips
  • Sunset Whale Watch
  • Lighthouse and Park Tour
  • Puffin and Whale Watch
  • Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching
  • Baker Island, Park and Lighthouse Tour

Parking is available for an hourly fee at the Bar Harbor Club, located at 111 West Street. For information about Bar Harbor boating tours or to make reservations, please contact the Bar Harbor Whale Watch Company toll-free at 888.533.WALE. Tickets are also available at our ticket office.

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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