Casco Bay “Explorer”

A more personal experience of the sights of Casco Bay.

Casco Bay “Explorer” is not your typical tour boat.

She’s a smaller vessel (20 passengers maximum), low to the water and open to the skies. Her size allows quick trips from point to point and lets her get in closer than most tour boats, giving you a more personal experience of the sights of Casco Bay!

Trips We Offer

Visit Fort Gorges

Visit and explore the most isolated fort in Casco Bay. Situated on Hog Island Ledge, Fort Gorges is accessible only by private boat.

We’ll take you out to the island where you will have time to explore this fascinating structure. Then, we return you back to Long Wharf.

We are working closely with Friends of Fort Gorges, an organization dedicated to the preservation of this wonderful place.

Trip time: Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes | Cost: $23

Visit Fort Gorges

Visit and explore the most isolated fort in Casco Bay. Situated on Hog Island Ledge, Fort Gorges is accessible only by private boat.

We’ll take you out to the island where you will have time to explore this fascinating structure.

Then, we return you back to Long Wharf. Trip time: Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes | Cost: $23

Seal Watch

Seal watch at Halfway Rock, a seal rookery in Casco Bay. We’ll head out through Portland’s working waterfront to look for seals and sea birds, passing forts and lighthouses along the way.

A great trip for families! Trip time: Approx. 45 minutes | Cost: $17

Seal Watch

Seal watch at Halfway Rock, a seal rookery in Casco Bay. We’ll head out through Portland’s working waterfront to look for seals and sea birds, passing forts and lighthouses along the way.

A great trip for families! Trip time: Approx. 45 minutes | Cost: $17

Forts and Lighthouses Tour

We’ll head out through Portland’s working waterfront to explore Casco Bay’s history close up from the water. We’ll stop briefly alongside Portland Breakwater Light (the Bug), Spring Point Ledge Light, and Forts Preble and Scammel.

You’ll get to see the iconic Portland Head Light, Ram Island Light and Fort Gorges as well. Don’t be surprised if we see some seals along the way. Trip time: Approx. 1 hour | Cost: $19

Forts and Lighthouses Tour

We’ll head out through Portland’s working waterfront to explore Casco Bay’s history close up from the water. We’ll stop briefly alongside Portland Breakwater Light (the Bug), Spring Point Ledge Light, and Forts Preble and Scammel.

You’ll get to see the iconic Portland Head Light, Ram Island Light and Fort Gorges as well. Don’t be surprised if we see some seals along the way. Trip time: Approx. 1 hour | Cost: $19

Reservations

We recommend bringing an extra layer of clothing. Even if it’s warm and sunny on the dock, it will feel much cooler on the water.

We welcome all types of private charters! Sunset Tours and Full Moon Tours available. Available for charter to Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties, Family groups, corporate outings. Call for pricing.

Group rates available – Call 207-775-0727 for info.

Frequently Asked Questions

Accessibility

Casco Bay Explorer is not wheelchair accessible.

Prohibited Items

Prohibited Items include outside alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms and glass containers of any kind.  You may bring your own  alcoholic beverages aboard Explorer, but please, no glass bottles.

Smoking

Casco Bay Explorer is a smoke-free vessel. This includes e-cigarettes and vaporizers.

Pets and strollers

Pets and strollers cannot be brought on board.

Be aware that parking is limited in Portland and can sometimes be difficult to find—leave extra time to find appropriate parking before check-in. Reservations are honored until check-in, 30 minutes prior departure.

Great fun and educational for the entire family.

Contact Us

170 Commercial St

Portland, ME 04112

Directions

From the North: I-295 to Exit 7. Follow Franklin Street (Route 1A) South to Commercial Street. Turn right onto Commercial Street +/- .2 miles to Long Wharf on your left.

From the South: I-295 to Exit 4. Take Route 1 North +/- 1.2 miles. Exit to the right and take Route 1A (Commercial Street). Follow 1A North for +/- 2 miles to Long Wharf on your right.

Parking

We do not have our own parking. Parking in Portland can be very challenging, however there are several lots and garages within easy walking distance of our location.

Casco Bay “Explorer"

170 Commercial St - Portland, Maine

Explore Casco Bay