Puffin trips to Machias Seal Island - more puffins than anywhere in Maine!
  • Puffin Tours - Machias Seal Island - Largest Puffin Colony on the Maine Coast
  • Authorized by the US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Family owned and operated for over 30 years

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**Notice: No remaining tour availability for summer 2023**

Updated January 17 – As of 9:30 am we have experienced extremely high demand for tour bookings and all of our scheduled dates have filled in about 30 minute’s time.

As we have previously advised, the regulated and limited capacity of the Machias Seal Island tour coupled with the very high demand unfortunately results in our inability to accommodate everyone seeking a reservation.

To those who were unable to secure a tour booking, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

Online bookings open January 17 at 9:00 am EST. Please note the following:

For the 2023 summer season, tours are scheduled beginning May 30 through August 6. Tour spaces are limited and will book first come, first served.

When booking, have your credit card information on hand ahead of time. The booking system does not temporarily hold tour spaces while the booking is being made, which means those who provide their credit card and contact information more promptly will be more likely to secure their desired booking.

Due to high demand, the booking system may place users in a line or booking queue for a given tour date – should this occur and the number of users ahead in the line is 10 or more, it is suggested to exit out of the booking window (click the X in the upper right corner of the window) and try selecting a different date.

As with any online service, there are factors which are beyond our control and could affect the booking experience. These factors include the speed and capability of the user’s computer and Internet connection, browser issues and inherent limitations of the booking system. We appreciate your understanding.

Latest Bold Coast Charter News:

Updated November 27 – We will begin accepting online bookings for the 2023 summer season here beginning January 17 at 9:00 am EST.

Please note that ALL bookings must be made online – NO RESERVATION REQUESTS WILL BE TAKEN BY PHONE OR E-MAIL.

Spaces on the Machias Seal Island tour are quite limited and book on a first come first served basis. Due to the high demand for this tour and the limited capacity, we will be unable to accommodate everyone seeking a reservation. We regret this limitation and appreciate your understanding.

Also, tour pricing has increased for the 2023 season along with updates to our cancellation policy – please see our FAQ page for additional details.

~ Captain Andy

Welcome to Bold Coast Charter Company's home on the web! My name is Captain Andrew Patterson and I would like to invite you to discover the real Maine coast – visit scenic Cutler Harbor and cruise the most unspoiled, rugged coastline Downeast!

If you're a birder or a nature lover, take a half day excursion to Machias Seal Island, summer home to spectacular nesting colonies of Atlantic puffins, Razorbills, Common murres and Arctic terns, among others. For close range puffin observation and photography, no other birding destination can compare, as Machias Seal Island is the largest puffin colony on the coast of Maine! In addition to the nesting seabirds, other species commonly spotted are guillemots, eiders, gannets, shearwaters and storm-petrels.

About the Machias Seal Island seabird watching tours – Updated for the 2023 season

Machias Seal Island - Frequently asked questions page

You'll be cruising aboard the BARBARA FROST, a custom forty foot US Coast Guard inspected passenger vessel (heated cabin and restroom equipped), the fastest and best equipped tour vessel serving the area.

Trips depart from Cutler Harbor – a picturesque small fishing village, well off the beaten tourist path. Check out an area map for our location, and also where to stay and what to do while in the area. Advance reservations for our tours are required. Machias Seal Island trips conclude in early August.

Whether you're someone who's interested in a one of a kind birding destination, or a visitor who wants to find out what Maine is really all about, I welcome you to experience Downeast Maine's unique natural attractions and unspoiled beauty. You won't be disappointed with what you find.

Hope to see you here on the Bold Coast soon!

Capt. Andy


P.O. BOX 364
CUTLER, ME  04626
e-mail: info@boldcoast.com


Click here for a photo of Little River lighthouse, Cutler

Click here for a photo of puffins on Machias Seal Island

Maine Birding Trail A comprehensive site with information on all facets of birding in the great state of Maine.

Machias Bay Area Chamber of Commerce

Visit Lubec Maine Nicely designed website with great photos and extensive visitor information for Lubec and the surrounding area.

State of Maine tourism home page

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