The 10 Best Boat Tours in Maine!

Take a boat tour in the state of Maine, and you’ll come away with a new appreciation for some of the most amazing scenes in the Pine Tree State. The rocky coast of Maine is simply brilliant from a boat deck. Check one of these tours out and see for yourself how stunning it can be! 

1. Sail Schooner Heron, Rockport, ME

Dubbed one of Maine’s “best kept secrets,” Sail Schooner Heron takes passengers on daily sailing excursions along the state’s mid-coast. Views of historic Rockport Harbor and the coastal waters of Camden and Rockland are sublime, and the fact that this tour is on a schooner makes it even more special. Not for the faint of heart, be sure to medicate safely with anti-nausea meds if you don’t have adequate sea legs!

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2. Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours, Bar Harbor, ME

Enjoy an authentic Downeast Maine experience with Sea Venture Custom Boat Tours. Choose from a wildlife observation tour, an Acadia National Park cruise, a lighthouse cruise, historical cruise, estate cruise and more. Viewing the Bar Harbor region from the water is unlike anything you’ll ever see.

3. Lucky Catch Cruises, Portland, ME

Learn all about that delicious fresh Maine lobster you enjoy eating in the summer months with Lucky Catch Cruises. They’ll take you out into Casco Bay and show you the ins and outs of being a lobsterman (or woman!). Once you’re back on land you can purchase any of the lobsters trapped and brought up during the trip.

4. Camden Harbor Cruises, Camden, ME

See seals, countless bird species and watch some lobster hauls in action when you tour with Camden Harbor Cruises. Choose from a lighthouse cruise, lobstering cruise, eco-tour and more. Then sit back, enjoy a beverage and view the rocky Maine coast from the water.

5. Maine Duck Tours, Portland, ME

The Maine Duck Tours are quite the experience! Learn all about Portland by land and by sea in “Duck,” the amphibious vehicle that travels through the water and through Portland’s Old Port.

6. Damariscotta River Cruises, Damariscotta, ME

Choose from sunset tours, oyster farms, and seal watching tours, oyster and wine tasting cruises and more at Damariscotta River Cruises. Damariscotta Oysters are a Maine delicacy, so if you have the opportunity to partake, you really should do so. The 49-passenger River Tripper is the vessel you’ll board, and the personalities of your tour guides will be worth their weight in gold.

7. Cabbage Island Clambakes, Boothbay Harbor, ME

Cabbage Island Clambakes takes passengers on a lovely tour of Boothbay Harbor via the Bennie Alice, to Cabbage Island, where you’ll enjoy an authentic Maine clambake on the shore. The hour long boat tour is sure to result in views of countless bird species and the rocky Maine coastline, and the meal is simply sublime. You’ll dine on lobster, steamed clams, fresh Maine sweet corn, potatoes and more.

8. Robertson Sea Tours, Milbridge, ME

Choose from a whale watch tour, a lighthouse tour, a lobster/fishing tour and more at Robertson Sea Tours. The 32-foot Kandi Leigh will take you on a rugged Maine coastline cruise where you’ll undoubtedly spot eagles, seals, osprey and Atlantic puffins. Tours further offshore typically see Humpback or Minke whales.

9. Hardy Boat Cruises, Bristol, ME

Go on puffin watch or seal watch. Visit Monhegan Island. All this and more is possible when taking one of the boat tours offered by Hardy Boat Cruises. Voted Best of Maine 2018 by Down East Magazine, you’re in for a brilliant view of authentic Maine when you book one of these tours.

10. Lulu Lobster Boat Ride, Bar Harbor, ME

The only lobster boat tour in Bar Harbor, Lulu Lobster Boat Ride takes passengers lobster fishing, watching for seals, viewing the stunning Bar Harbor shoreline and more. This is the way to experience the Maine waters the way the locals do!

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