Kingsleigh Inn Casual Elegance overlooking Southwest Harbor

Exploring Mount Desert Island by Water

A cruise on the water aboard any type of vessel can be an amazing and exhilarating experience. There are miles and miles of rugged coastline to explore and loads of wildlife to be spotted. One of the most incredible bodies of water in which to explore by boat is Somes Sound. The island’s rugged topography is a result of glacial action. It is split into two sections by the beautiful deep blue waters of Somes Sound, the only Fjord on the east coast. Bar Harbor is on the eastern side of the island, while Southwest Harbor is on the southwestern side, or the "Quietside" as it has been named. Whatever type of excursion you choose, it will be one of wonderful memories.  

Sailing Trips

Whether you are on board a small, intimate sailing vessel or a large 4 masted schooner, your captains will take you on a ride with the wind on some fantastic tours around the island...

Sail on a 6 passenger Friendship Sloop that leaves from Southwest Harbor

Or sail on a the Margaret Todd 151’ 4-masted schooner that leaves from Bar Harbor...

Downeast Windjammer from Southwest Harbor...

Or rent your own sailboat or power boat through Mansell Boat Rentals.

Nature Cruises

There is an abundance of wildlife and unique geology around the islands. You may spot a seal, osprey, eagle, porpoise, loon, ducks and an occasional whale on these island cruises.

Come aboard the Sea Princess – three trips daily (morning cruise with a naturalist on board, afternoon Fjord cruise and sunset dinner cruise) leaving from Northeast Harbor, email 207-276-5352

Island Cruises – two nature trips daily (lunch cruise & afternoon nature cruise with a park ranger) leaving from Bass Harbor, 207-244-5785

Take a fabulous trip around the islands aboard the Sea Princess or on the LULU Lobster Boat and enjoy the birds, seals or occasional whale; or see how lobstering is actually done aboard the Lulu Lobster Boat.  

Old Quarry Ocean Adventures - take a puffin tour, a lighthouse tour, an island escape, a whale watching trip or even a private charter aboard a smaller boat for an up close and personal experience.


Sea Kayaking or Canoeing

Take a guided sea kayaking tour tandem or solo for closeup views of the island’s coastline. Or you may prefer to rent a canoe to launch into the calm waters of Long Pond.

Want to go sea kayaking? Maine State Sea Kayaking for a wonderful guided tour of the western side of the island

Or canoeing? National Park Canoe & Kayak Rentals has what you need for your adventure.

Island Ferries

The Cranberry Cove Ferry takes you to the Cranberry Isles leaving from Southwest Harbor or to Winter Harbor from Bar Harbor

Stop at the Islesford Dock Restaurant along the tour for a steamed Maine lobster - open for lunch and dinner.

Swan's Island Ferry for car ferry service to and from Swan's Island, through the Maine Department of Transportation.

The harbor activities of Southwest Harbor from Manset
Sailing on Somes Sound natural fjord
Sailing on Somes Sound
Watch the boats from The Kingsleigh Inn Bed & Breakfast, Southwest Harbor, Maine
Somes Sound

For Reservations or information,  phone: 207-244-5302
Or write: 373 Main Street, P.O. Box 1426, Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679
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