The tour is approximately 2 hours. “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 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 are different 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.
Low Tide: 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.
High Tide: At high tide, seals are seen doing “seal type activities” — swimming, playing in the surf and feeding.
Mid Tide: At mid tide (3 hours between high and low tide), seals are seen doing a little of each of the activities described for Low and High Tide.
April 26th – May 11th: 1:00pm
May 12th – June 14th: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm
June 15th – June 27th: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm
June 28th – Sept 1st: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm**
Sept 2nd – Oct 20th: 10:00 am, 1:00 pm, occasional 3:30 pm
*Schedule subject to change. Please verify tour offerings on our reservation page or click the link below to view our current schedule.
** 6:00 pm Sunset cruise offered Monday-Friday