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Address: 12 Little Island Way, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Mount Desert Island, ME 04653
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+1 207-244-5785

Awarded Yankee Magazine's "Best Island Tour," we are the Bar...

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 consider one of the most beautiful parts of the Maine coast, as well as its prettiest harbor. Being off the beaten path, our formula for success is offering the highest quality experience at some of the lowest rates on Mount Desert Island. Try out our 11:00-2:30 Lunch Cruise to Frenchboro; established in 1820 and one of the last year round island fishing communities in Maine, Frenchboro is a place that many people find hard to believe still exists in our busy, high-tech world. Or, join us for the 3:00-5:00 Nature Cruise, where you'll see seals, bald eagles, and even haul a lobster trap or two. We cherish your business and our many return customers, and you'll find that it shows from start to finish.

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Awesome Nature Cruise!

My family and I did the afternoon nature cruise and absolutely loved it. Captain Eli is very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about Maine's lobster fisheries and hauled a lobster... read more

Reviewed 28 October 2016
Stephanie S
New York City, New York
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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

My family and I did the afternoon nature cruise and absolutely loved it. Captain Eli is very knowledgeable and taught us a lot about Maine's lobster fisheries and hauled a lobster trap in front of us. We saw bald eagles, seals, a blue heron, and several other types of birds. We also saw a salmon farm. They said they always... More 

1 Thank Stephanie S
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Reviewed 17 October 2016

We have been enjoying the morning cruise for the last several years. We have learned so much from Captain Eli about Maine and the lobster fishing industry. This was the first year we did the afternoon cruise. We thoroughly enjoyed the cruise and learned so much more! We will be sure to take another cruise with Island Cruises next year!

Thank strump92
1 review
Reviewed 15 October 2016

This was our 2nd time we have gone on this cruise. It was just as nice and slightly different than the 1st time. Capt Eli is awesome. He knows so much and is entertaining as well. We have gotten beautiful photos seals, eagles, lobsters, etc. We will definitely go on this cruise again.

Thank Marie G
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3 reviews
Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

We had a lovely tour with the most beautiful weather. We learned a lot about the islands and about lobsters thanks to captain Eli!

Thank Camilla C
Cabin John, Maryland
2 reviews
Reviewed 28 September 2016

My wife and I took an afternoon cruise on the RL Gott and enjoyed every second. Capt. Eli and his first mate were the consummate professionals and he was an absolute fount of knowledge about the history of the area, fishing and lobstering, and the wildlife in the area. Having eaten our fair share of lobster prior to the trip,... More 

Thank robertkcj
Eden Prairie, United States
2 reviews
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We loved this tour! Captain Eli was such a wealth of info and he is a native of the area and we learned so much about the islands and lobster fishing!! Fun trip.. Would highly recommend..

Thank Les M
Orlando, Florida
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

Enjoyed this small operation harbor cruise with an informative captain/owner. Captain Eli did a great job of providing history of the area, made for a very enjoyable trip. We saw several seals, Eli did a great job of making sure everyone on the boat got a good view of the scenery and wildlife. He gave a demonstration of pulling a... More 

Thank kelsosf1
Winslow, Maine
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 17 September 2016

Captain Eli held a boatload of people captive for two hours, roaming the small islands near Bass Harbor, filling our eyes with the wonders of the sea as he filled our ears with the history of the islands, the creatures who live there and the life and business of lobstering. We were treated to the amazing sight of bald eagles,... More 

Thank _janfishmaine
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4 reviews
Reviewed 15 September 2016 via mobile

Took afternoon nature cruise on Sept .13th. 2 hour tour of lighthouse and surrounding islands which are home to immense history of the founding families of the area, and all the outstanding wildlife here. Our captain has lived here almost all his life and has a huge knowledge base of the history of the island, and the past and current... More 

Thank Clarence F
Bar Harbor, Maine
1 review
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Very enjoyable cruise. Captain was knowledgeable and we learned quite a bit. Would do again. Was a lot of fun!

Thank suzbrockley

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