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**

Latest Bold Coast Charter News:

Updated March 1 We regret that our Machias Seal Island seabird watching tours have fully booked for the 2023 summer season. As was expected, we experienced an extremely high volume of online requests when we opened our booking schedule earlier in January and all of our limited tour spaces were filled very quickly.

Due to the regulated and limited capacity of our Machias Seal Island tours coupled with the large number of people interested in this unique tour experience, this unfortunately results in our inability to accommodate everyone seeking a reservation.

We do not maintain a waiting list however you are welcome to check the website regularly to learn of any cancellations, which may occur from time to time.

In the event that a tour cancellation is received, the cancellation is processed and the resulting availability is immediately reflected on a calendar displayed in the tour booking window. The booking system is designed to display the first date where tour space is available if no calendar is displayed or if all calendar dates are a dark shade, it means there is currently no tour availability.

For additional tour information please see our FAQ page for more 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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