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Cap'n Fish's Puffin Nature Cruises

42 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1822
+1 207-633-3244
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So many puffins!

My family and I went on this cruise on a beautiful sunny day in June, wanting to see puffins. We... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Amherst, New York, United States
Interesting trip

The Nature Conservancy hosts on this puffin cruise were very informative and helpful. We saw... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Boothbay, Maine
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A Puffin-watching cruise is kind of like an ocean-going treasure hunt… you just never know what's going to show up! As we travel through Boothbay Harbor and search for all the marvelous sea creatures which call this area their home, seals often surface near the boat, or can be found sunning themselves on the rocks. A loon flies by. A Minke Whale surprises everyone with its sheer size and bulk. And, of course there are lighthouses, which we know as permanent treasures here on the New England coast.As the boat gets to Eastern Egg Rock, everyone is up and looking around for those pint-sized little Puffins. We scan the rocks and the skies, and then someone shouts, and lo and behold there is a group of Puffins sitting in the water, bobbing up and down, perhaps 50 or 60 feet from the boat. More fly by, and soon someone spots a bunch sitting on the granite boulders along shore.
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42 Commercial St, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538-1822
+1 207-633-3244
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Reviewed 2 days ago

My family and I went on this cruise on a beautiful sunny day in June, wanting to see puffins. We were not disappointed! Lots of the cheeky birds were floating near the boat, as well as flying by to check us out. Bonus sightings of...More

Thank DSAbbott
Reviewed 2 days ago

The Nature Conservancy hosts on this puffin cruise were very informative and helpful. We saw several puffins (they are small and fast) and several other uncommon birds on the island. It was worth going.

Thank coast222
Reviewed 3 days ago

This cruise was really enjoyable and informative. You see lots of sights on the way to East Egg Island and back, including a number of lighthouses, highlights of the harbor and islands around the bay. When the Pink Lady II reaches the island containing the...More

Thank tank1050
Reviewed 4 days ago

Pleasant boat ride out to Egg Island, where Audubon has re-established the southern most breeding puffin population. Audubon staff narrates ride, providing knowledge during the ride about puffins, the challenges they face and the efforts undertaken to return them to Maine islands, after they were...More

Thank AFill
Reviewed 4 days ago

A great education experience, with superb commentary fro Maine Audubon Society. Wonder views of Atlantic Puffins at Eater Egg Rock

Thank Vanellus01
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was something we'd never done, because we tend to visit too late in the summer. It was a well-worth trip. Saw lots and learned lots. The Audubon representatives were extremely nice and knowledgeable and approachable. I would do this again and again. We got...More

Thank Susan F
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was the best!!! Audubon Guide was informative and personal. We saw hundreds of puffins, along with many other bird species!! Great experience for 2 Georgia girls!!!!

Thank Connie P
Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a great cruise and I would say we saw over 50 puffins while floating around Eastern Eagle Rock. They are currently breeding so it was a great time to go. The crew was excellent and gave a great overview of the Puffin project...More

Thank sassysue0305
Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I have been on this Audubon led outing twice, and loved it! The hosts are great and the crew members are friendly.

Thank Suzanna D
Reviewed 1 week ago

My friend is a dedicated birder! Our first tour was a heavy duty 8 hour trip co-sponsored Audubon cruise, which was cancelled because of heavy seas and rain. Maybe that was true outside of the protected harbor of Booth Bay and maybe not---my phone radar...More

Thank evantorch
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Would I be able to see puffins around mid May like around the times of May 15th to the 21st
1 February 2017|
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Response from CamperMike83 | Reviewed this property |
There is a chance you will see Puffins, but May is at the very beginning of their nesting season. June and July are the safest bets, and they return to sea after August.
Debbie L
Are dogs allowed on the cruises?
28 July 2016|
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Response from mainewhales | Property representative |
yes as long as they are well behaved,there are dog tickets that can be purchased online or at our ticket booths,all dogs need a ticket to board.
I am looking for a tour for photographers that go ashore to a blind and photograph puffins.... going to be up in New New England area in June '17. Is that a good time or are the puffins gone at that time.. I can adjust my time to come if necessary. thanks.
27 July 2016|
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Response from sbwpanda | Reviewed this property |
June is a pretty good time to see Puffins. July is ideal. Cap'n Fish's does not go onto the island. Bold Coast Charter Company goes onto Machias Seal Island to see the puffins. They start taking reservations for 2017 in... More