LIGHTHOUSES BOAT TRIPS

LIGHTHOUSES, WILDLIFE, SCENIC ARCHIPELAGO BOAT TRIPS

Enjoy the scenic beauty of the Maine coast. This is a combination type trip that offers our 3 big attractions:

Three lighthouses: Robinson Point Light at Isle au Haut, Saddleback Ledge Light in Penobscot Bay and Mark Island Light in the Deer Isle Thoroughfare.

Wildlife may include: seals, porpoises, eagles, osprey, many pelagic ducks and birds.

Scenery includes over 60 granite and beautiful spruce clad islands and ledges.

2019  Trips Schedule:
This trip runs on most days and when we have a minimum of 6 passengers. 

The vessel Nigh Duck leaves Old Quarry at 9:00 am (please arrive at Old Quarry 1/2 hour early). Arrives back at noon.

What to bring on this Boat Trip.

RATES: (minimum 6 people per scheduled trip) or you can pay the hourly rate per rate sheet.
$55.00/person
$40.00/children under 16

Reservations required.

U.S. Lighthouse Society Passports:
For all of you lighthouse enthusiasts, Old Quarry is a participating “sponsor” in the U.S. Lighthouse Society Passport Program. We sell passports in our campstore, and we have the official engraved stamps (seals) to record your visits to the above lights.

Custom or private Lighthouse Boat Trips are also available by request any time during the season at private charter hourly rates per rate sheet.

PUFFIN & PELAGIC BIRDS BOAT TRIP

PUFFIN & PELAGIC BOAT TRIPS

On this 5 hour trip you will head out to Seal Island, owned by the US Fish and Wildlife Service, to view a puffin colony that is monitored by the National Audubon Society through The Project Puffin. Seal Island is grass covered and barren of trees and is a world unto itself 20 miles out to sea.

Our departure/arrival times for this trip have changed from morning to afternoon so that we may be able to view the Red-Billed Tropicbird that has been a favorite sighting for the past several years. He usually comes out from under his rock on the shoreline at about 4:00 pm. This is an unusual bird that you may be able to add to your life list. If it is sunny out the odds are better on seeing him.

You may see other pelagic birds on the Puffin & Pelagic Boat Trips including the uncommon “Common Murre”, arctic terns, gulls, sea ducks, great cormorants, razorbills, gannets, red-necked phalarope, mure, scoters, loons and guillemots as well as marine animals including harbor seals, gray seals, and possibly porpoises and whales. We have even seen basking sharks and ocean sunfish.

Box lunches, beverages and snacks available at Old Quarry. Please order lunches at least a day ahead. What to bring on your Puffin & Pelagic Boat Trip.

2019 Seal Island Puffin & Pelagic Boat Trips Schedule:
Saturday, May 18 w/IHT* (see Wings, Waves & Woods Weekend for departure time)
Wednesday, May 29
Tuesday, June 18 w/IHT*
Wednesday, June 26
Saturday, July 6
Tuesday, July 9
Saturday, July 13
Tuesday July 16
Tuesday, July 23
Tuesday July 30 w/IHT*
Tuesday, August 6
Saturday, August 10

The vessel Nigh Duck typically leaves Old Quarry at 1:00 pm and returns at 6:00 pm for the Puffin & Pelagic Boat trips – please refer to the boat schedule for more information.

RATES: (minimum 12 people per scheduled trip) or you can pay the hourly rate.
$75.00/person
$50.00/children under 16

Reservations required.


Custom, private Puffin & Pelagic Boat Trips are also available by request any time during the season at private charter hourly rates per rate sheet.

WINGS, WAVES & WOODS WEEKEND: BIRDING TOURS W/IHT

Wings, Waves & Woods 2019

Wings, Waves & Woods is the annual Deer Isle Festival of Birding and Art hosted by the Island Heritage Trust. The festival provides islanders and visitors the opportunity to pick and choose from numerous birding and art activities, or simply take time to explore.

Weekend guided walks led by experienced and active birders. Boat tours offered for an up-close look at seabirds as well as seals and porpoises. And when you aren’t birding, there are many fabulous art and craft studios and galleries on the island. WWW Welcome Packets, including bird lists, nature preserve information, maps, Island Guide, local coupons, the coveted WWW cap or bag with new WWW logo, and other useful information is available at Island Heritage Trust.

Wings, Waves & Woods 2019 Schedule
Wings, Waves & Woods 2019 Registration Form

BIRDING BOAT TRIP W/IHT: SWAN’S ISLAND

Take a 50 minute boat ride to Swan’s Island for a guided walk on Hockamock Head, a town-owned park that includes the Burnt Coat Harbor Lighthouse, nearly two miles of trails and access to two beaches. A spectacular setting. Along the way, look for great blue herons nesting on Eastern Mark Island. Dress warmly for an open boat.

Schedule:
Friday, May 17. 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.

RATES:
$55/person

Reservations required.

PUFFIN & PELAGICS BOAT TRIP W/IHT: SEAL ISLAND

Mike Little guides a trip through the archipelago to remote Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge, nesting site for thousands of pelagics: Atlantic Puffins, Arctic and Common Terns, Great Cormorants, Razorbills and Murres. We may also spot Gannets, Wilson’s Storm Petrels, Shearwaters, seals, dolphins and possibly whales on route. While landing is not permitted, there will be ample opportunity for viewing and photographing. Dress warmly for an open boat on the ocean.

Schedule:
Saturday, May 18. 9:30 am – 2:30 pm.

RATES:
$70/person

Reservations required.

FRENCHBORO LONG ISLAND BOAT TRIP

FRENCHBORO LONG ISLAND BOAT TRIP

This boat trip is over towards Mount Desert Island and through Blue Hill and Jericho Bay. We travel between Swan’s and Marshall Islands, and past a giant salmon raising facility to get an up close view. Long Island has a very small year round population, less than 40. There is a seasonal restaurant right on the dock. The road leads to a beautiful trail system through 600 ocean front acres of conserved lands owned by Maine Coat Heritage Trust. There is also an island museum to visit.

A very scenic almost 2 hour boat trip past many pretty islands.

Bring your lunch or order a box lunch from us. Box lunches, snacks and beverages are available at Old Quarry. We will store your lunch in one of our coolers. Please order box lunches the day before. What to bring on the Frenchboro Long Island Trip.

2019 Frenchboro Long Island Boat Trips Schedule:

Thursday, July 11 w/IHT*
Thursday, July 25

The vessel Nigh Duck departs from Old Quarry Dock at 9:00 am and returns back by 4:00 pm for the Frenchboro Long Island Boat Trip.

Please arrive at Old Quarry at 8:30 am to park and use the facilities. There is a potty on the boat. Please car pool when possible.

RATES: $75.00/person for scheduled trips.

12 person minimum or you can pay the hourly rate for private or custom charters. See Rate Sheet.

Reservations required.


MARSHALL ISLAND – JERICHO BAY BOAT TRIP

MARSHALL ISLAND BOAT TRIP

Marshall Island is the largest undeveloped and uninhabited island on the East Coast owned and maintained by the Maine Coast Heritage Trust.

This 985 acre island is a recreational haven that draws nature lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, picnickers and boaters from all over. It has 7 miles of rocky shore line with two beautiful beaches as well as 10 miles of hiking trails through the island’s extensive forests. It offers its visitors a taste of wilderness. Some have said that there are no other islands quite like it on the coast of Maine. Just the beaches themselves are extraordinary.

Paddlers can join the Marshall Island Boat Trip one way or round trip. This is a chance to paddle an area that you might otherwise not get a chance to paddle around.

If you’ll be camping on the island, we can take you and your gear out and pick you up on another day for an additional fee. There is no dock – you and your boats and equipment will be loaded/unloaded directly from the Nigh Duck. Permission is needed to camp on the island. Visit the MCHT Marshall Island Preserve information & guidelines and map.

This is a 35 minute boat ride through Jericho Bay. The vessel Nigh Duck typically leaves Old Quarry at 9:00 am and returns at 5:00 pm for the Marshall Island Trip.

2019 Marshall Island Boat Trips Schedule:

There are no scheduled trips since the dock has been removed. We are happy to try to put a group together for you or you can pay the custom charter rate that would be figured for a 2 hour round trip rate. We would use our skiff to get you on and off the island.

Reservations required.


MATINICUS ISLAND BOAT TRIP W/IHT

MATINICUS ISLAND BOAT TRIP W/IHT

This is an all day trip out to one of the most remote inhabited island on the east coast. It is 22 miles from our dock. The year round population fluctuates at around 40. The livelihood is mostly lobster fishing. There is a summer population as well. We will hike on the island, get some history, and a taste of it. It is a two plus hour boat trip.

Bring your lunch or order a box lunch from us. Box lunches, snacks and beverages are available at Old Quarry. We will store your lunch in one of our coolers. Please order box lunches the day before. What to bring on the Matinicus Island Trip.

2019 Matinicus Island Boat Trips Schedule:

The vessel Nigh Duck departs from Old Quarry Dock at 9:00 am and returns back by 5:00 pm for the Matinicus Island Boat Trip. Please arrive at Old Quarry at 8:30 am to park and use the facilities. There is a potty on the boat. Please car pool when possible.

RATES:

Reservations required.

SWAN’S ISLAND BOAT TRIP

SWAN’S ISLAND BOAT TRIP

Swan's Island

This trip is a 45 minute boat ride through some of the Stonington archipelago, across Jericho Bay and into Swan’s Island Burnt Coat Harbor where the island preserve park is, the lighthouse, and the lighthouse store and museum.

From where the boat docks to the park and the lighthouse is about a 20 minute walk. It is a very scenic ocean setting with some cliffs to see and forest to walk through. During the spring trips there are many species of migrating birds to see.

It is a great place to have a picnic, to hike, rest, and relax and to get some of Maine’s maritime history at the Burn’t Coat Harbor Lighthouse museum.

Bring your lunch or order a box lunch from us. Box lunches, snacks and beverages are available at Old Quarry.  Please order box lunches the day before. What to bring on the Swan’s Island Trip.

2019 Swan’s Island Boat Trips Schedule:
Friday, May 17 w/IHT* (See Wings, Waves & Woods Weekend trip for departure time)
Wednesday, July 17 w/IHT*

The vessel Nigh Duck departs from Old Quarry Dock at 9:00 am and returns back by 1:00 pm for the Swan’s Island Boat Trip. Please arrive at Old Quarry at 8:30 am to park and use the facilities. There is a potty on the boat. Please car pool when possible.

RATES:
$55.00/person for scheduled non-IHT trips or you can pay the hourly rate.

Reservations required.


4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS BY BOAT

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS BY BOAT

Schedule: 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

RATES:
$45.00/adults
$25.00/children under 16

Reservations required.

Fireworks and trips may be cancelled if it is foggy.

EGGEMOGGIN REACH REGATTA

EGGEMOGGIN REACH REGATTA BOAT TRIP

Eggemoggin Reach Regatta

Come watch the famous Eggemoggin Reach Regatta on board the Nigh Duck. We will follow the beautiful wooden boats around the marks and through the thoroughfare.

Bring your lunch or order a box lunch from us. Box lunches, snacks and beverages are available at Old Quarry.  Please order box lunches the day before.

Eggemoggin Reach Regatta Schedule:
Saturday, August 3

The vessel Nigh Duck departs from Old Quarry Dock at 10:00 am and returns back at 3:00 pm. Please arrive at least 30 minutes early.

Learn more about the Eggemoggin Reach Regatta.

RATES:
$75.00/adults
$50.00/children under 16

Reservations required.

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER CRUISE W/IHT

PERSEID METEOR SHOWER CRUISE

Come aboard and cruise with us aboard the vessel Nigh Duck on Monday August 12, 2019 for a late night viewing of the Perseid meteor shower. In the Northern Hemisphere, the annual August Perseid meteor shower is one of the all-time favorite meteor showers of the year.

Enjoy the wonder and beauty of the Perseid on the water and away from city lights.

Perseids Meteor Shower Cruise schedule: Leave Old Quarry at 9:00 pm and return 2 hours later at 11:00 pm. This is a near to full moon event so it is not the best year to view the meteor. Still a fun thing to do.

RATES:
$45.00/person
$25.00/children under 16

Reservations required.

ISLAND BOAT TRIPS

ISLAND BOAT TRIPS ~ Isle au Haut, Vinalhaven, North Haven, Isleboro, Marshall, Swans, Matinicus, Frenchboro.   (Custom or private)

These day long Island Boat Trips are a wonderful way to see the Maine Coast from the water. The beauty of the hundreds of spruce covered and rock bound islands in the Penobscot and Jerico Bays will astound you. There are few places in the world as breathtaking. To make these boat trips even more interesting you will be able to visit a few of these small magical islands where some pretty determined and independent folks live and work.

Many of these people are either lobstermen or folks who have something to do with the fishing industry. Many of them and their families have been on these islands for many generations. There are traditions and a way of life that make for some interesting cultural differences.

In your few hours on these small wonderful islands you will be able to walk or ride a bike through these villages with boats, traps, fishing gear, and lobster shacks, all bunched together. On some of the islands a bike ride will bring you around part, if not all, of the island. This is a good way to see these islands. (We can bring bikes to Vinalhaven, North Haven, Swan’s, and Isle au Haut. Frenchboro/Long Island is small enough so that you can walk through the forest paths to the cliffs; bikes are not needed.

For the Isle au Haut trip you will need to bring your lunch. Box lunches, beverages and snacks available at Old Quarry. Please order lunches at least a day ahead. For the other islands you can either bring your lunch or eat at the restaurants or take outs. Some island eateries close down after Labor Day. Please plan accordingly.

The boat rides are from 1 to 1-1/2 hours each way. There is a private potty on the boat.

We rent bikes or bring your own.

You get a great and scenic boat ride and a chance to witness island life first hand.

What to bring on your Island Boat Trip. 

Island Boat Trips can be scheduled by special request as a private charter any time during the season.

RATES: By the private charters hourly rate per rate sheet

The vessel Nigh Duck typically leaves Old Quarry at 9:00 am and returns at 4:00 pm for private charter Island Boat Trips.

Reservations required.


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