Seal Island, south of Isle au Haut, is home to a summer colony of nesting puffins. They have brightly colored beaks during the breeding season. They feed primarily by diving in the water, and breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil. Their short wings are adapted for swimming with a flying technique under water.
Our fully licensed and inspected Downeast built boat will carry you from Stonington to the Seal Island shores where the puffins nest. Aboard for the trip will be noted Maine naturalist Bob Duchesne to provide descriptions of the avian and ocean wildlife along the way. The trips last between four and five hours, depending on weather and viewing. (Note that nobody is permitted to land on Seal Island.)
Two of this year's Puffin Trips will be Combo Cruises, stopping at three lighthouses along the way. You'll see remote Saddleback Ledge, West Mark Island, and the Isle au Haut Light, along with the Seal Island birds.
Bring water, sunscreen, cameras or binoculars and lunch if you wish.
June 25 (Lighthouse Combo):
August 6 (Lighthouse Combo):
Snacks and Water:
Please bring with you
* Routing is weather dependent and at the discretion of the Captain.