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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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Loved the puffins!

We saw a ton of puffins! We also liked that we had a guide from the Audubon Society that talked... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Downers Grove, Illinois
We had a great time and saw some whales

Our first tour got canceled when a passenger had a medical emergency 1/2 way to the watching area... read more

Reviewed 7 September 2017
Telford, Pennsylvania
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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 1 week ago

We saw a ton of puffins! We also liked that we had a guide from the Audubon Society that talked about the birds we would see and the work they do to support the nesting colonies. I also appreciated that they let us know of...More

Thank Libby317
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Our first tour got canceled when a passenger had a medical emergency 1/2 way to the watching area. The boat turned around and the passenger was taken off the boat by an ambulance. They gave us certificates for a future tour. This year we took...More

Thank bmwjoe628
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

This was my favorite thing to do in Boothbay. 2 hour trip. Saw tons of puffins, a few whales, a dozen seals, 2 porpoises and a giant sun fish. Boat captain was very fair in turning around when we spotted whales etc so both sides...More

Thank Pete S
Reviewed 19 August 2017

Saw lots of puffin and our Audubon naturalist was fantastic filling us in on the history and latest data on the breeding program. Highly recommend this trip for anyone that loves nature.

Thank anniespickns
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We started out in the fog but by the time we got to the the island with the puffin it was clear. The guide said he had never seen that many at one time and I believe it. Fantastic. Guide was very informative but would...More

Thank K720R
Reviewed 15 August 2017

The fog was a blessing in disguise, we sighted tons of birds and a few sunfish because it was so calm.

Thank jkhertz1129
Reviewed 15 August 2017

This is by far one of the best wildlife cruises I've been on- It's a nice, short, 2.5 hours and yet you get so much! The boat brings you out to Eastern Egg Rock in the Gulf of Maine to see the puffins and then...More

2  Thank Holly F
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Absolutely Fantastic. As it was late in the season they could not guarantee the Puffins would still be in the area but they were and it was thrilling. The Captain pointed out birds, seals, and porpoises during the trip out to the island that we...More

Thank Penny B
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We decided to do this trip at the end of our Maine vacation. We have gone to Maine every summer for the last 15 years. Have done a few boat trips but this was our first Puffin trip. The boat was clean and the bathroom...More

Thank Ilsa G
Reviewed 12 August 2017

My Granddaughter and I had a wonderful time. We saw lots of Puffins, Cormorants, a few seals and dolphins too. It's a great family trip.

Thank Betty D
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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
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.
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