For over seven years, Lulu Lobster Boat has been consistently rated as one of the top 3 activities in Bar Harbor on TripAdvisor.com!
 

Lulu Lobster Boat Ride
 

Eco-Tourism  at  its  Best!
 

Lobster Fishing & Seal Watching Tours

 

Romantic Sunset Cruises & Weddings

History & Folklore

Sailing from

The Harborside Hotel & Marina
One of the most beautiful hotels on the coast of Maine!

Right in downtown Bar Harbor!!



Online ticket purchases are only available up to 24 hours before departure.
For same day bookings, please call.
1-207-963-2341 or 1-866-235-2341

NOTE: The major features of the tour are lobster fishing demonstration and seal watching. The lobster fishing is not impacted by time of day or tide levels. However, there are better opportunities for seal watching closer to low tide. Low tide changes every day depending on the phase of the moon. The online ticketing system notes the departure time each day that is closest to low tide.
 


The only Lobster Boat tour in Bar Harbor hosted on a traditional Downeast-style lobster boat.  After several successful seasons delighting passengers in the Hancock area of Frenchman/Flanders Bays, Lulu now sails out of Bar Harbor. The The Harborside Hotel & Marina is Lulu’s base of operations.  Lulu's two hour tour offers the most exclusive, personal and unique cruise in Bar Harbor.
  

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Sightseeing Lobster Fishing
History & Folklore

Lulu Lobster Boat

Captain John Nicolai Safety & Navigation
Reservations & Cancellations What to Wear & Bring
Fares How to Find Lulu
Contact Us Traduction française
Our Favorite Links
Duration & Schedule

Weddings with Lulu!   

                              Read All About it! - Press

 

Recognized as a premier Nature-based Tourism Business Featuring one of the best
Ecotourism activities offered on the coast of Maine by the University of Maine at a April 2002 Symposium
Maine PBS Made in Maine program,
"Lobster Entrepreneurs", June 2005
Travel Channel Destination America series,
Destination New England", November 2005
Seen on Bangor, Maine WLBZ-TV
NBC Channel 2 News report by Sid Whitaker on July 21, 1999
Mentioned in the Sept. 16, 1999 Edition of Monde.bmp (4254 bytes)one of France's most widely circulated newspaper.
Outdoor Living Network
"Park Raving Mad", November 2005
Featured inlogoglobe.bmp (3766 bytes), June 24, 1999...
Angel Network
"Discovery Jones", August 1999
 

 

LOBSTER FISHING


During your cruise on Lulu, experience a sample of the life and work of the Maine Lobsterman.   Watch as Captain John demonstrates how lobster traps are hauled.  The Captain describes all the parts of a lobster trap and how the lobsters (and many other sea creatures) find their way to the bait inside.  Learn all about the anatomy and life cycle of the Maine Lobster.  For example, did you know that lobsters smell with their leg hairs?  Enjoy Captain John’s entertaining and informative style as he explains things like Lobster Boxing.  Don’t know what that is?  Take the tour on Lulu and find out!

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Seal #40 (aka Balance Rock Pup), June, 2007

 

Photos courtesy of College of the Atlantic Allied Whale and  UNE Marine Animal Rehabilitation Center

 

SEAL WATCHING

 
Seal watching is the best on Lulu.  Unlike the larger tour boats, Lulu can slowing and quietly approach the rock ledges where the seals rest at the lower tides.  They think Lulu  is just another of the hundreds of lobster boats they see everyday.  So, they are not frightened back into the water and remain on the rocks while Lulu's passengers delight in watching their activities.

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SIGHTSEEING


Cruising on Lulu is like making the prettiest Coastal Maine post card come to life.  Captain John leisurely guides Lulu through Frenchman Bay.  See different privately-owned islands close-up.  Observe sea birds, bald eagles and other marine wildlife in their natural environment.  View beautiful summer cottages along the shores of Mount Desert Island.  When sea conditions permit, many tours feature cruising very close to Egg Rock Light, one of Maine's most picturesque lighthouses, as Captain John discusses lighthouse history."

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HISTORY & FOLKLORE


Share Captain John’s interest in local history and folklore as he tells stories and anecdotes about the area – some factual and some legend.


   
May 31, 2012 - Provided by Daniel and Janelle Thomas from West Chester, PA                Courtesy of Lovin' the Light Photography by Linda Bainter


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Lulu LOBSTER BOAT

Lulu
is a traditional Downeast-style, lobster boat that possesses the character and sea-kindliness for which these tough workboats are reputed.   The gentle motion combined with the protected routes that Captain John follows has allowed for only a handful of cases of motion sickness in sixteen years and over 80,000 passengers so far.  Knock on the old  hull – hopefully, all Lulu's passengers will continue to have the same luck.

    
 

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CAPTAIN JOHN NICOLAI


 Captain John Nicolai is fully licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard holding a 100 gross ton Master's License issued October 1994.  He is also CPR and First Aid certified by the American Red Cross.  With over 35 years experience aboard many different types of vessels, Captain John is more than qualified to provide a safe and secure cruise.  Being completely bilingual, the tour can be narrated in English or French.  As a retired, professional chef, the Captain may even share a favorite lobster recipe or two!

 

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SAFETY & NAVIGATION


U.S. Coast Guard certified as an inspected small passenger vessel and fully insured, Lulu is outfitted with modern safety, navigation and communication equipment that meets or exceeds U.S. Coast Guard regulations.  On board are: Adult and Child Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) for all passengers and crew, an inflatable buoyant apparatus (IBA) (for protection from the frigid Frenchman Bay waters), life ring, Global Positioning System (GPS), radar, sonar, VHF radio, cellular phone and portable automated external defibrillator (AED) device.

Note:  Captains without a U.S. Coast Guard License or vessels not properly equipped cannot be insured or legally operated.

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DURATION AND SCHEDULE


Duration:  Approximately two hours


 

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RESERVATIONS AND CANCELLATIONS


Reservations are strongly suggested and may be made as far in advance as desired.

A credit card number is required to hold advance reservations. If changes or cancellations are needed, they must be made at least 24 hours before departure to avoid a charge for the full fare of the reservation being applied at the time of the cruise. 
NOTE TO CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS - No charge will be applied if you are unable to arrive for my cruise due to delays and/or changes to your cruise ship's schedule in Bar Harbor.

To book a cruise, please contact Lulu Lobster Boat Ride between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm daily at
1-207-963-2341 or 1-866-235-2341 (toll free in Maine only). Confirmations are based on availability.  You may also email your reservation request to info@lululobsterboat.com.  But do not send credit card information via email as this will not be secure.  You may also buy your tickets up to 24 hours before departure time on our on-line ticketing system. Please click here - Online Ticket Purchase For private charters and group sales, please call.



Captain John reserves the right to cancel any trip because of the weather 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 due to weather conditions as determined by the Captain. 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.

 

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Fares

 
Adults $33

 

Seniors 65 and up $30
Active US Military Adults $30

Active Middle East Military personnel ride for Free!

Children 2 to 12 $20  
Children Under 2 Free
Group rates are available.

Mastercard/Visa/Discover Cards are accepted. Personal checks and travelers' checks (and, of course, cash) are also welcomed for payment at the time of the cruise.  A credit card number is required to hold advance reservations.  If changes or cancellations are needed, they must be made at least 24 hours before departure to avoid a charge for the full fare of the reservation being applied at the time of the cruise.

NOTE: Lulu is available for Private Charters. Please contact us for more information and fares.

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WHAT TO WEAR AND BRING


Warm clothing is important – although the weather is normally mild, sea breezes are common and can be cool.  Items to bring:  Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, cameras, binoculars, snack and/or lunch (complimentary soft drinks, iced tea and bottled water are offered).

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HOW TO FIND Lulu


Lulu departs from the dock at the Harborside Hotel & Marina located at 55 West Street in downtown Bar Harbor.  Our Ticket Booth is on the hotel property at 55 West Street. It is a separate little building to the right of the hotel near to the pier and dock. The booth sits a bit back off the sidewalk so you have to look for it but it does have Lulu Lobster Boat Ride signs on it.

**Attention cruise ship passengers:  Our dock location is just a five minute walk from where your cruise ship tenders bring you ashore.

For a more detailed map of downtown Bar Harbor click BH MAP The Harborside Hotel & Marina and Lulu Lobster Boat Ride are located on page two of this map where Rodick Street intersects West Street, just left of the town pier.

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HOW TO CONTACT Lulu


Telephone (8 am to 8 pm Eastern/Seven Days/Week):  1-207-963-2341 or 1-866-235-2341 (toll free in Maine only)
Email:  info@lululobsterboat.com
Mail:  137 Kingsley Farm Road, Gouldsboro, ME  04607  USA



Online ticket purchases are only available up to 24 hours before departure.
For same day bookings, please call.
1-207-963-2341 or 1-866-235-2341

NOTE: The major features of the tour are lobster fishing demonstration and seal watching. The lobster fishing is not impacted by time of day or tide levels. However, there are better opportunities for seal watching closer to low tide. Low tide changes every day depending on the phase of the moon. The online ticketing system notes the departure time each day that is closest to low tide.
 

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