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.
Seniors 65 and up: $32
Active U.S. Military: $32
Children 6 to 12: $20
Due to the educational nature of the tour and for the respect and courtesy of the passengers and crew, no child (including infants and toddlers) under six years old will be permitted to join the tour. No exceptions will be granted. Your attention to and consideration of this policy is most appreciated.
Group rates are available. Lulu is also available for private charters. Please contact us for more information and fares.
Mastercard/Visa/Discover/American Express Cards are accepted. Travelers’ checks (and, of course, cash) are also welcomed for payment at the time of the cruise.
Reservations & Cancellations
RESERVATIONS are strongly recommended and may be made as far in advance as desired by calling or using our online ticketing.
CHANGES OR CANCELLATIONS will receive a full refund if made at least 24 hours before departure.
NOTE TO CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS: No charge will be applied if you are unable to arrive for your cruise due to delays and/or changes to your cruise ship’s schedule in Bar Harbor.
FOR PRIVATE CHARTERS AND GROUP SALES, please call.
ONLINE TICKET PURCHASES are not available within 1 hour of the tour’s departure time. Please call (207) 288-3136.
Lulu Lobster Boat Ride reserves the right to cancel any trip because of the weather or circumstances beyond our control, but will do so only if absolutely necessary and will give as much advance notice as possible. There will be no charge made if the cruise is cancelled by our captain or staff. Since Maine coastal weather can change quickly, it is recommended that reserved passengers call prior to their scheduled departure to confirm the availability of a particular cruise, especially when wind and/or fog conditions appear unfavorable.