Lobster Fishing & Seal Watching
This tour offers the most exclusive, personal, and unique cruise in Bar Harbor, onboard a traditional Downeast-style lobster boat that possesses the character and sea-kindliness for which these tough workboats are well-known. Experience a sample of the life and work of the Maine Lobsterman (or Lobsterwoman!). Watch how lobster traps are hauled the traditional way. You'll hear all about the parts of a lobster trap and how the lobsters and many other sea creatures find their way to the bait inside. Learn all about the anatomy and life cycle of the Maine Lobster. Did you know that lobsters smell with their leg hairs?
This tour will make the prettiest Coastal Maine post card come to life. As the captain leisurely guides the vessel through its Frenchman Bay cruise, you will see different privately-owned islands close-up. Observe and learn about sea birds, bald eagles, and other marine wildlife in their natural environment. View beautiful summer cottages along the shores of Mount Desert Island.
When sea conditions permit, many tours feature cruising very close to Egg Rock Light (one of Maine's most picturesque lighthouses) as you hear about lighthouse history. You'll also learn about local history, folklore, and anecdotes about the area, some factual and some legend!
On this tour you will also have the opportunity to do some great seal watching. Unlike the larger tour boats, this vessel can slowly and quietly approach the rock ledges where the seals rest at the lower tides. They are used to the hundreds of lobster boats they see every day, and are not frightened back into the water. Most of the time the seals remain on the rocks while guests delight in watching their activities.
This trip is sure to be one of the highlights of your time in Maine!
Reviewer: Robert Korten
The captain was extremely knowledgeable and was an excellent educator. The boat was comfortable. Perhaps we were spoiled because the weather was perfect, warm, blue sky and fairly calm.