Your Ultimate Guide to the Best Maine Whale Watching Trips

While our remarkable region offers hundreds of opportunities for excitement, Maine whale watching is easily one of the most popular. This seasonal adventure is a one-of-a-kind chance to get up close and personal with some of the world’s most majestic creatures. Boothbay Harbor is one of the best locations for it, so visit us this year and enjoy this memorable experience for yourself! We even created a free Boothbay Harbor Vacation Guide to simplify your planning and help you get the most from your visit. When you’re not whale watching, check out some of our favorite restaurants, shops, and attractions we listed inside.

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Fun Facts About Maine Whale Watching

The Boothbay Harbor, Maine, whale watching season typically begins in mid-April as whales migrate north for their feeding season. There are several types of whales you can see on your tour, including humpback whales, pilot whales, minke whales, and fin whales. 

Keep an eye out for the humpback whales, especially. They can be very playful creatures, jumping out of the water despite their massive size, swimming on their backs, splashing with their tail and flippers, and even singing. The fin whale is another spectacular sight with a more aerodynamic body, making it one of the fastest whales in the water. They sometimes travel in groups, which means you might get to see several fin whales at once!

Boothbay Harbor Whale Watching Tours

Two whales swimming together on a Boothbay Harbor, Maine, whale watching tour

Cap’n Fish’s Whale Watch is the original whale tour company in the Midcoast Maine region, so they have plenty of experience providing lasting memories. Cap’n Fish’s tour season runs from May to October, and each trip takes a few hours since the best whale-watching spots are about 20 miles off of the coast.

Board one of the region’s fastest vessels and begin a voyage into the feeding grounds of these massive mammals. The waters here are teeming with a variety of whales, and you may also spot dolphins and seals along the way. Keep your camera or phone ready to snap a picture, but be careful not to let it fall overboard. Your friends and family members at home will be thrilled to see all of the images you captured!

There are a few things to keep in mind when you decide to book a Maine whale watching tour. The first is to be sure to dress in layers. The temperature can vary when you’re that far off the coast of Maine. It’s a good idea to pack a pair of binoculars, too, so you can spy on the whales, wildlife, and even lighthouses from afar.

Are you on a budget and want to know how much money it costs for Maine whale watching? Admission for Cap’n Fish’s $59 per adult. (Buy tickets online for the best price!)

Enjoy the Best Lodging Nearby for Maine Whale Watching

The view of the living area in the Suite at Topside Inn

Whether you’re out experiencing the fun things to do in Boothbay Harbor or relaxing in your room, there’s no better home base for your Maine getaway than Topside Inn! Our gorgeous property is convenient to the downtown area for dining and shopping as well as the waterfront for Boothbay Harbor boat tours. We also offer top-notch amenities and some of the finest accommodations and vacation rentals in the area.

For a peaceful getaway you won’t soon forget, consider staying at our Suite. This recently renovated retreat features a king-size bed, oversized master bathroom, fully equipped kitchen, a private front porch, and much more. Visit our reservations page to find out when it’s available and enjoy it for yourself. We look forward to having you at the Topside Inn in Boothbay Harbor, Maine!