We operate the lobstering excursions daily from the first weekend of May through the last weekend in October departing from our location at Long Wharf in Portland, Maine. State Conservation Laws prohibit commercial lobstermen from pulling traps after 4:00 PM on Saturdays and all day on Sundays in June, July and August only. Consequently, we only offer lobstering (catch and release) demonstration cruises on our vessel St. Croix during those times.
Additional departure times may be offered on our other boats.
All lobstering tours last 80-90 minutes and cruises can fill up so we highly recommend making reservations in advance. We do our best to provide a safe boating experience, so we reserve the right to cancel in cases of severe weather.
Portland Headlight Lobstering Cruise
The Portland Headlight Lobstering cruise brings us right up to the most scenic points in Casco Bay. Our traps are set next to the granite walls of Fort Gorges and Fort Scammel, both Civil War fortifications. We’ll also haul a trap right off Maine’s most famous lighthouse, Portland Headlight. In addition, we’ll see six other lighthouses, surely a lighthouse lovers dream!
Seal Watch Lobstering Cruise
The Seal Watch Lobstering cruise combines wonderful views of lighthouses, forts, and islands with a stop to haul traps at Seal Rocks (Halfway Rock). This solitary island is home to a colony of adorable harbor seals which can be seen basking in the sun or frolicking in the water nearby. During the summer months, our sighting rate is better than 90 % so have your cameras ready!
White Head Passage Lobstering Cruise
The White Head Passage cruise is the Captain’s favorite. This route weaves around the rocky shores of three beautiful Casco Bay islands before arriving alongside White Head cliff. With Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse towering to the south, the stone-faced profile of Chief White Head watches as we check our traps. Going home we’ll pass more lighthouses and forts on our way back through the harbor.