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Daily Boat Trips and Cruises


Eco-Cruises, Sightseeing & Natural History Tours, Sunset Cruises, Sunset Lobster Bakes on the Boat



•Hike & Bike Isle au Haut  •Hike & Paddle Isle au Haut
•Morning Sightseeing & Natural History Eco-Cruise  •Sunset Cruise
•Afternoon Sightseeing & Natural History Eco-Cruise
•Sunset Lobster Bake on the Boat   •Custom Charters & Taxi Service
•What to Bring

Nigh Duck Step aboard our classic Maine lobster boat Nigh Duck for a cruise through the Stonington archipelago.

Licensed to carry 19 passengers, the Nigh Duck has the latest state of the art navigational equipment and is very seaworthy.

Our Captains have many years of experience on the water and will be your hosts for a memorable Maine coast experience.

Advance reservations are suggested for all Nigh Duck boat trips. Please call ahead for reservations or add to your shopping cart below.

Hike & Bike Isle au Haut



Isle au Haut Lighthouse Grab a bike and head out to Isle au Haut for a memorable island excursion. Bring your own or rent a mountain bike from Old Quarry and step aboard the Nigh Duck to begin your adventure.

The Nigh Duck will drop you off with a map at the Isle au Haut town landing in the morning and you'll enjoy peddling on both paved and dirt hilly roads for about three to four miles. You then leave your bike at the trail head and hike Acadia National Park, enjoying spectacular views with the potential of pounding surf against 75 foot cliffs. Hike the shoreline trails and visit old spruce forests. Hop back on your bike for a few more hilly miles, stopping to hike more of the island's trails and for a break at Long Pond, a mile-long fresh water lake, to go for a swim. Finish off your day by peddling the remaining few hilly miles along a mostly paved road back to the town landing.

The total peddling trip is approximately 12 miles (5 paved and 7 dirt), and there are 18 miles of hiking trails. We suggest going counter clockwise as the hills are easier and ask that you please keep your bikes on the roads and off the hiking trails. What to bring

The Nigh Duck leaves Old Quarry daily at 9:00 am, reaching the Isle au Haut town landing at 9:45 am. Return from town landing at 5:00 pm and reach Old Quarry at 5:45 pm.

RATES: Adults: $38/round trip - Children under 12: $20/round trip
Bike Rental: $22/day


We do not sell one way tickets to Isle au Haut.

Please call ahead for reservations or add to your shopping cart below.

Learn more about Isle au Haut.

RESERVE Hike & Bike Isle au Haut Trip HERE:



Nigh Duck Cruise Type:
Hike & Bike Date:
Number of people 12 yrs of age and above:
Number of children under 12 yrs of age:
Number of bike rentals:


 

Hike & Kayak Isle au Haut



Take our passenger vessel Nigh Duck to Isle au Haut with your kayak or one of our boat rentals with or without one of our licensed Maine sea kayak guides for a day long hike and paddle around the island. Isle au Haut is really a wonderous place to paddle. There are 75 foot granite cliffs down to the water, spruce forests, pebbly beaches, and lots of wildlife such as eagles, osprey, sea ducks, seals, and deer on the island. There are more than several places to land your kayak and hike around the park for a bit if you so choose. You can hike or paddle as much as you desire. You will not forget this adventure!

This trip is for experienced paddlers only or you must go with a guide. No children under 14 years of age. Please call well in advance to request a guide. If you choose to hire a guide to paddle with you please be aware that they will not be able to hike with you per the Park Service.

Other options include paddling one way (out or back) without a private guide and taking the Nigh Duck with your kayak or one of our boat rentals for the other way (out or back) of your trip.

The Nigh Duck leaves Old Quarry daily at 9:00 am, reaching the Isle au Haut town landing at 9:45 am. Return from town landing at 5:00 pm and reach Old Quarry at 5:45 pm.

RATES: $38/round trip
Kayak Rental: Per Rate Sheet for the day
Kayak transportation/loading/unloading to/from Island: $10/boat


We do not sell one way tickets to Isle au Haut.

Maximum 6 tandems or 6 singles kayaks or any combination of 6 boats.

Please call ahead for reservations or add to your shopping cart below.

Learn more about Isle au Haut.

RESERVE Hike & Paddle Isle au Haut Trip HERE:



Nigh Duck Cruise Type:
Hike & Paddle Date:
Number of people 14 yrs of age and above:
Number of single kayaks rentals:
Number of tandem kayaks rentals:
Total # of kayaks (including your own boats AND rentals):
Would you like to hire a Maine Guide?:


 

Daily Morning Sightseeing & Natural History Eco-Cruise



Charterboat Nigh Duck Your boat cruise begins by heading out to Isle au Haut to drop off some passengers and then works its way back through some of the most spectacular islands on the Maine coast.

The Captain will share his knowledge about the natural history of the area as you cruise through the archipelago. You may see seals, seabirds, porpoises, eagles, osprey, an active granite quarry, Stonington Harbor, Mark Island Lighthouse, seal ledges, the schooner fleet, and much of the 60 islands of the Stonington archipelago.

The Captain will then discuss natural history topics including the geology of the area, the history of the granite industry, other local history, lobster and fin fish fishing, and the local wildlife. You'll then stop to haul a couple of Capt Bill's lobster traps on your way in. What to bring

Morning Sightseeing & Natural History Eco-Cruise schedule (Daily except scheduled Puffin Trip, Lighthouse Trip and Marshall Island Trip days): Leave Old Quarry at 9:00 am and return at 12:00 pm.
RATES: Adults: $40 - Children under 12: $30

Daily Afternoon Sightseeing & Natural History Eco-Cruise



Nigh DuckNigh Duck This 3 hour educational and scenic boat trip is everyone's favorite. It gets you out on the water to see a large part of the archipelago including the following landmarks: Stonington Harbor; Crotch Island, an active granite quarry (one of the few left in Maine); Mark Island Light House; and the seals on Twin Ledges. D uring the boat tour we will stop on an island and go for a swim in a freshwater granite swim quarry (bring your swimsuit and towel). After that, on the way back in we will haul several lobster traps (you can purchase the catch right on the boat)!. The Captain can answer all your questions about lobstering.

All along the boat tour we are watching for sea life that is often times quite abundant. Also during the trip educational subjects are talked about including natural history subjects like: Native North Americans; the European settlement of the area; history of the local economy including farming, fishing, boat building, granite, and tourism. Also history regarding lighthouses, transportation, island living, and the waterways are given. Geology, marine biology, the local flora and fauna, and ecology are touched upon as well.

For most of the trip the kids can steer the boat. They really love this and it is a great photo op for parents! What to bring

Afternoon Sightseeing & Natural History Eco-Cruise schedule (Daily except Lighthouse Trip days): Leave Old Quarry at 1:00 pm and return at 4:00 pm (Leave at 2:00 pm and return at 5:45 pm on Puffin Trip days) (Leave at 12:30 pm and return at 3:30 pm on Marshall Island Trip days).
RATES: Adults: $40 - Children under 12: $30

Daily Sunset Cruise



Sunset Enjoy a glorious Maine sunset as you cruise through the Stonington archipelago on this boat trip. The Captain will discuss the local history, granite industry, and lobstering on the coast of Maine. You may see seabirds, seals, porpoises, eagles, and osprey along the way.

Sunset Cruise schedule: Leave Old Quarry 1/2 hour before sunset and return 1-1/2 hours later.
RATES: Adults: $38 - Children under 12: $28

RESERVE Natural History Eco-Cruises and Sunset Cruise HERE:



Nigh Duck Cruise Date:
Nigh Duck Cruise Type:
Number of people 12 yrs of age and above:
Number of children under 12 yrs of age:


 

Sunset Lobster Bake on the Boat



Sunset Come aboard and sail with us aboard the vessel Nigh Duck for a sunset lobster bake on the water. This is an awesome and memorable boat trip for sunset and lobster lovers.

Enjoy the beauty of the archipelago while dining right on the water. A restaurant on the shore is great, but how about dining right on the water watching sea birds, eagles, and seals as you dine! On the way in the sun will be down and we will cruise by Stonington, still a quaint fishing village. It will be all lit up and looking quite beautiful.

Sunset Lobster Bake on Charter Boat schedule: Leave Old Quarry 1 hour before sunset and return 2 hours later (2 hour boat trip).
RATES: $275 plus cost of meal
Add 8% sales tax plus 15% gratuity on the meal


Contact us for Lobster Bake on the Boat reservations.

Custom Boat Charters & Taxi Service



Charterboat Nigh Duck We provide the following services:

Special Occasions:

You can charter us for almost any occasion including weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, burials at sea, scenic tours, and bachelor/bachelorette parties. You can also arrange for island picnics, island lobster bakes, fishing and lobstering trips, puffin and whale watching boat tours, and lighthouse trips.

Water Taxi service

to any area island including: Isle au Haut, Swans, Matinicus, Cranberrys, Vinal Haven, Islesboro, Mount Desert Island, and North Haven. We tow boats and haul freight as well.

We cater to all groups, including seabird watchers, photographers, artists, corporations, bicyclists, camps, clubs, and outfitters.

Custom (not private) Charter Boat RATES:
Up to 6 people: $175/hour - More than 6 people: $200/hour
Unscheduled trips to Isle au Haut: $175/each way (add $10/boat loading/unloading fee)
Standby/wait time: $100/hour


Transport to Island Cottages:


RATES:
$150/hour each way. (Price may be adjusted up depending on weather [fog], number of people, and amount of gear.
)

Private Charters:

Exclusive boat trips (no one else on the boat) - customer picks route/destination.

Private Charter RATES:
Up to 6 people: $200/hour - More than 6 people: $250/hour


Boat Towing:


RATES:
$200/hour
$100/hour waiting/standby


July 4th Fireworks:


RATES:
$25/adults - $18/children


Contact us for custom boat charters and taxi service reservations.


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