May 7th – May 12th: 1 p.m. (except 10 a.m. on May 8th and 10th)
May 13th – June 14th: 10 a.m., 1 p.m.
June 15th – June 23rd: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
June 24th – Aug 23rd: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 6 p.m.
Aug 24th – Oct 20th: 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m.
*Schedule subject to change. Please verify tour offerings on our reservation page or click the link below to view our current schedule. The tour is approximately two hours.
What To Expect On Your Tour
What time of day will offer the “best” cruise, as in when it is most likely to see the most wildlife, etc.?
The major features of the tour are lobster fishing demonstrations and seal watching.
The lobster fishing is not affected by the time of day or tide levels. This part of the tour is fairly consistent throughout the day.
Seals at Egg Rock Lighthouse are typically seen on every cruise. Their activities differ based on the tide level. In Bar Harbor, there is a 9- to 13-foot difference in water level from low to high tide. It takes six hours to go from low to high tide and happens twice in a 24-hour period. The time of low and high tide changes every day depending on the phase of the moon.
At low tide, seals are seen hauled out and resting on the exposed rock ledges. More of them can be seen as they are out of the water. But they are not very active as they use this time to rest and digest their food.
At high tide, seals are seen doing “seal-type activities” — swimming, playing in the surf and feeding.
At mid tide (three hours between high and low tide), seals are seen doing a little of each of the activities described for low and high tide.