Make sure to pack warm clothes, bug repellent, your camera and binoculars, and lunch because you’re in for a great Maine environmental adventure. Throughout the tour, you’ll see incredible coastal scenery, and Maine wildlife like birds, porpoise, pilot whales, humpbacks, and seals. The Park Rangers that lead the tour are very informative, and have a vast amount of knowledge about the history and landscape of Acadia and Maine including everything you’ve ever wanted to know about lobsters and the lobster industry.
Boarding is easy, and you can pick up coffee or a snack before getting on board. If you can, grab seats on the top deck. The view is great, even from the middle of the rows, and once you get out to the whale grounds everyone stands and moves around anyway. The ride is fairly smooth, but those big swells out in the gulf of Maine are not for those who suffer from motion sickness easily, and it seems like the lower two decks get the worst cases of motion sickness. The boat does sell Dramamine and acupressure bands on board, but you can also but Bonine at the local pharmacy.
Also important to remember is to bring a sweater and windbreaker, even if it is 80 degrees on shore, once you are on the water, the wind takes the temperature down fairly fast, and you’ll wish that you had brought warmer clothes.
Remember that this is a trip can’t predict what the animals will appear within sight on any given day, nor can they control the weather. While their refund and return trip policy is pretty generous, do your best to stay in contact with the tour guides to find out about recent sightings, if birds or animals are away nesting, or if the weather is expected to be good for a boat tour.
We saw several humpbacks (identified by names none the less), and well as bowheads, and a pod of dolphins who followed the boat for quite a ways. Believe me, it is really cool seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural environment.