Diamond Pass Run

Diamond Pass Run Tour in Portland (Little and Great Diamond Island)
Price: $19.00
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Shore Excursion Size ? Standard
Shore Excursion Type Cultural, Scenic, Water
Shore Excursion Duration 1 Hour 45 Minutes
Activity Level ? Moderate
Shore Excursion Leaves From ? An approximately 5 minute walk from the cruise ship pier.
Food/Beverage Provided None
Recommended Dress We recommend wearing comfortable clothing and sensible rubber soled shoes for walking on the boat. A light jacket or sweater is recommended as it can be windy and cool on the water. Sunglasses are also suggested.
Restrictions Guests must be able to step on and off boat. To access the upper deck, steps are required.

Diamond Pass Run

Take this scenic Diamond Pass Run cruise tour of Maine's Inner Casco Bay, past lovely Victorian cottages on the shorelines of Little and Great Diamond Island, and Peaks Island. Catch a glimpse of island life as we travel to four different stops.

Little Diamond Island was known as "Little Hog Island" during Colonial times. It is part of the city of Portland, and as of the 2000 Census, the island had a year-round population of five. Great Diamond Island, another island in Casco Bay, has a year-round population of 77. The island is not easily accessible by motor vehicle and has a limited network of roads. The primary modes of transportation are golf carts and bicycles. At low tide, Little Diamond Island connects to Great Diamond Island via a semi-submerged sandbar.

Like other Casco Bay islands, Long Island was originally inhabited by Native Americans until settlers arrived in the 1600s. Colonel Ezekiel Cushing purchased the island in 1732 and is credited with being the first westerner to settle and build a house on Long Island. During World War II, Long Island served as a fueling depot for the U.S. Navy. Supply stations and army buildings were constructed on the island, and many of these buildings still stand along the shore of the island. Once known as the Coney Island of Maine, and later an important WW II outpost, Peaks Island today is a neighborhood within the city of Portland. Home to artists, retirees, commuters of all sorts, and a substantial summer population, Peaks Island boasts a small-town feel with unparalleled ocean views and access.

Please note: Restroom facilities are available onboard for your convenience.

5 Stars4.9 / 5  |  15 ReviewsReview This Tour
Great Way to See the Islands
November 04, 2019
This tour was great! The scenery was magnificent and everything took place as advertised. We would repeat with this operator.
Reviewer: K. Howland
5 Stars
Inexpensive but Worthwhile
October 26, 2019
This "tour" is actually just the normal ferry run in Casco bay to the islands. The captain of our ferry did mention points of interest and wildlife as we cruised the bay. It was interesting to see the island residents with their carts full of goods going home. The experience lets you take a peek at another way of life.
Reviewer: Larry
5 Stars
great day on the water
October 19, 2019
We loved this excursion, great way to see many different islands, great staff, very friendly. We would reccommend.
Reviewer: Bradley Moxey
5 Stars
October 17, 2019
The Diamond Pass run excursion was very informative. Saw many animals and sites we would never have seen. The narrator was extremely informative and the pilot of the ferry turned, slowed down and made sure we didn't miss anything. Would recommend this tour to everyone.
Reviewer: Robert Brutofsky
5 Stars
Portland Ferry Cruise of Casco Bay
September 27, 2019
Loved it! Think it was one hour and forty five minutes on the ferry and supply transport to various island docks that gave a great perspective of the Portland area off shore (Casco Bay) island coastlnes, summer homes and birds. Take your binoculars. Highly recommend and a great value.
Reviewer: Diane L Smith
5 Stars
ferry trip
October 15, 2018
Reviewer: BILL MAULE
5 Stars