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About The Friendship V
Whale watching tours (3 hrs) Whale, Lighthouse & Puffin Watch tours (3½ hrs)

Friendship V, built in 1996, is the newest, most luxurious and fastest active catamaran whale watcher in the U.S.A.! She is 112 feet long and 31 feet wide and has undergone a rigid U.S. Coast Guard inspection for your safety. Equipped with the latest in navigation and communications equipment and propelled by water jets.

Cruising at speeds up to 40 mph, we'll get to the whale grounds first! We also keep in touch with off-shore fisherman for recent sightings, and are proud to say that we have the best sighting record of any Bar Harbor whale watching boat for 11 years running! We are one of the rare tour boats, approved by U.S.C.G., that can go out more than 20 miles past a harbor of safe refuge, with all our passengers aboard.

Whale watching is perhaps one of the most exciting activities you may ever experience! You will be amazed at these gentle yet awesome animals. Enjoy getting to the whales aboard our high speed catamaran. We will provide full informative and educational narration. Our naturalist will point out whales and other wildlife that we may encounter including seals, eagles, porpoises, dolphins, and a large variety of offshore seabirds. You will come away from this trip both educated and inspired. And... You will definitely want to come back for more!


For your enjoyment our well stocked galley offers a variety of hot and cold foods such as steak and cheese, chicken breast, sandwiches, soups and a full line of snacks; all food is prepared onboard. Breakfast is offered on all morning cruises, so sleep in and we'll take care of the rest. We sell cameras and film onboard. You may rent your binoculars from the galley. Sorry, we do not allow alcoholic beverages to be brought onboard due to state licensing, but we do offer a full service bar.
The smoothest and most stable ride to the whales The Friendship V has an advanced twin hull design that virtually eliminates the pitch and roll problems associated with modern single hull craft. This super stable, high tech design combined with vibration free jet powered thrusters produces the effect of gliding over the ocean and allows even the motion sensitive passenger to relax and enjoy all the exceptional comforts and sights of this truly unique whale watching experience.

Sailing from 1 West Street adjacent to the Town Pier

Friendship V Schedule
May 24 - June 13
June 14 - June 27
June 28 - September 5
September 6 - October 8
October 9 - End of Season
12:00*, noon
9:00* & 1:00 (Sundays-12pm Only)
8:30*, 1:00 & 4:30* (Sundays-no 4:30pm)
9:00 & 1:00 (Sundays-12pm Only)
12:00 noon
* Whale/Puffin/Lighthouse Trips through
approximately third week of August

Call 1-800-WHALES-4 or 288-2386 in State

Bar Harbor Whale Watch Co.   1 West St.   Bar Harbor, ME 04609
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