Explore Southern Maine by Boat

York, Maine, on the Southern Maine Coast, is a classic summer beach town complete with long stretches of white sandy beaches and gentle surf, noteworthy lighthouses and relaxing parks, historical societies and adventurous amusement parks. We know that York makes for plenty of those magical summer on the coast memories.  

York Harbor Inn photograph

Nestled just South of Cape Neddick, less than a ten minute drive to Ogunquit, Maine, 15 minutes north of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and 22 miles south of Kennebunkport, York is the perfect combination of relaxation and activity. 

What better way to explore York’s rugged coastline, iconic lighthouses, secret coves, and pristine peninsulas than by boat?

We’ve created a list of boat tours in York, Ogunquit, Kennebunkport, and Portsmouth offering lighthouse sightseeing, whale watching, hands-on lobstering lessons, and relaxing tours at sea. 

York Maine photograph

York, maine 

  1. Name: Silver Lining Sailing Cruises 

Contact: 207-646-9800

Website: https://www.silverliningsailing.com/ 

Location: 80 Perkins Cove Rd, Ogunquit, ME 03907

About: Experience the sensations of sailing along the beautiful Ogunquit Beach with Silver Lining Sailing. Sail by oceanfront homes, and see the coastlines of York and Cape Naddick or Ogunquit, the Wells Beaches and little bits of Kennebunk along your journey at sea. 
Reservations here: https://www.silverliningsailing.com/reservations/

2. Name: York Beach Residence Club 

Contact: [email protected] | 207-363 0900

Website: https://yorkbeachclub.com/top-ocean-tours-in-york-beach-maine/ 

Location: Short Sands Beach

1 Ocean Avenue

York Beach, Maine 03909

About: York Beach Residence Club offers a wide range of ocean tours near York Beach, Maine

3. Name: Granite State Whale Watch 

Contact: [email protected] | 800-964-5545 | 603-964-5545

Website: https://www.granitestatewhalewatch.com/ 

Location: 1870 Ocean Blvd (Rte 1A) 

Rye, NH 03870

About: Enjoy exclusive whale watching, sightseeing, and discovery experiences. Whale watches depart twice daily from Rye Harbor, NH from June 15 to September 1. Whale watches will take you to Jeffreys Ledge off NH and ME, and occasionally to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary off MA. 

Reservations here: https://www.granitestatewhalewatch.com/reservations-schedules.cfm 

Granite State Whale Watch Photograph

4. Name: Bunny Clark Deep Sea Fishing 

Contact: 207-646-2214 | [email protected] 

Website: https://www.bunnyclark.com/ 

Location: 70 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit, Maine 03907

About: Enjoy a comfortable, speedy, and stable fishing experience aboard the forty foot fiberglass deep sea fishing vessel, The Bunny Clark. 

5. Name: New England Eco Adventures 

Contact: 207-502-8040 | [email protected] 

Website: https://newenglandecoadventures.com/ 

Location: 8 Western Ave, Kennebunk, ME 04043 

About: Experience a small, first-class, intimate exploration guided by top-notch sailers. The RIP boat will provide you with an action-packed adventure and relaxing sail to the beach. You will see Nubble Lighthouse, Boon Island Lighthouse, Goat Island Lighthouse, and Wood Island Lighthouse.

Visit Maine photograph of Nubble Lighthouse, York

Visit Maine photograph of Boon Island Lighthouse

Visit Maine photograph of Goat Island Lighthouse

Visit Maine photograph of Wood Island Lighthouse

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

  1. Name: Portsmouth Harbor Cruises 

Contact: (603) 436-8084

Website: http://www.portsmouthharbor.com/ 

Location: 64 Ceres St Portsmouth, NH 03801

About: Discover the character of Portsmouth Harbor, the birdlife of the inland waterways, the folklore of the Isles of Shoals, and the shipbuilding of the harbor, while cruising along with a local expert. 

Portsmouth Harbor Cruises photograph of Isle of Shoals

2. Name: Isle of Shoals 

Contact: (603) 431-5500 | [email protected] 

Website: https://islesofshoals.com/ 

Location: Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

315 Market Street

Portsmouth, NH. 03801

About: Join the crew aboard an expertly narrated Isle of Shoals tour. Experience the history and beauty of the seacoast and Isle of Shoals, and even enjoy a glass of champagne. 

3. Name: Gundalow Company 

Contact: (603) 433-9505 | [email protected] 

Website: https://www.gundalow.org/ 

Location: Gundalow Company

60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801

About: Enjoy a private or public sail aboard a traditional reproduction of the flat-bottom gundalow barges that were once used along the local waterways. Tickets range from $18-$42 depending on the sail time and type, with a variety of day and evening sails. 

Ogunquit, Maine

  1. Name: SAIL ME

Contact: ​207-801-1987 | [email protected] 

Website: https://islesofshoals.com/ 

Location: 82 Perkins Cove Rd

Ogunquit, ME 03907

About: Start your journey aboard Sail ME, with Captain Will Hargrove. Your journey will begin from scenic Perkins Cove, and you will travel the coastal waters depending on the wind. You may travel along Marginal Way and Ogunquit Beach, or along the home shore to Bald Head Cliff. 

The Colonial Inn photograph of Perkins Cove

2. Name: Cove Runner Lighthouse Cruises

Contact: (207) 216-2844 | [email protected]

Website: https://rspencer4293.wixsite.com/website 

Location: Perkins Cove, Ogunquit, ME 03907

About: Depart out of Perkins Cove with Captain Bob Spencer for a personal tour of beautiful scenic locations. You may choose your own destination, or one of the suggested destinations: Portsmouth, York Harbor, Kennebunkport. You will tour abroad a 32-ft WorldCat catamaran power boat with twin 115-horsepower Yamaha 4-stroke engines. 

3. Name: Finestkind Scenic Cruises 

Contact: 207-646-5227 | [email protected]

Website: https://www.finestkindcruises.com/maine-boat-trips/ 

Location: Ogunquit, ME

1. Scenic Breakfast Cruise w/Finestkind Scenic Cruises

Duration: 1 hour 15 mins

Adult: $35

Child: $18 

About: Start your visit to Ogunquit aboard Finestkind II with hot coffee, orange juice, and freshly baked muffins from the Village Food Market in downtown Ogunquit. 

Finestkind II departs every morning for a Breakfast Cruise: travels along the calm morning waters of the Ogunquit shoreline to the Island Ledges; a habitat of seals. Your tour guide will point out many sights, including a brief discussion of lobstering, along the way and back to Perkins Harbor. 

2. Nubble Lighthouse Cruise w/Finestkind Scenic Cruises

Duration: 1 hour 30 mins

Adult $35

Child: $18 

About: Enjoy a leisurely fourteen-mile round trip cruise aboard the Finestkind III. Take in unsurpassed views of York’s beautiful homes and rugged coast. Don’t forget your camera as you’ll cruise back to the breathtaking Nubble Lighthouse.

3. Lobstering Trip w/Finestkind Scenic Cruises

Duration: 50 minutes 

Adult $24

Child: $12

About: Get a firsthand lobstering experience, aboard Finestkind I, as you take in the finest views of Ogunquit’s shoreline. You will see traps hauled and lobsters caught by real Maine fishermen. 

Your tour guide will provide a detailed explanation of the lobstering industry, and point out many scenic points along the way. 

Travel Awaits Photograph of Ogunquit Harbor

4. Cocktail Cruises w/Finestkind Scenic Cruises

Duration: 1 hour

Adult $24

Child: $12

About: Sit back and enjoy a late afternoon cocktail cruise. Experience the rocky coast south of Perkins Cove to Bald Head Cliff and north along Marginal Way and the Ogunquit Beach. 

5. Sailing Cruises w/Finestkind Scenic Cruises

Duration: 1 hr 20 minutes

Adult/child: $50 

About: Enjoy a sailing trip aboard a traditional wooden lobstering vessel. U.S. Coast Guard licenced captain Grant Hubbard, an Ogunquit native, will navigate you along the local coastline. You will set sail along the Ogunquit shoreline, to Bald head Cliff in York and down to the Ogunquit beaches. 

New England Today photograph of Ogunquit, Maine

Kennebunkport, Maine 

  1. Name: Southern Maine Kayaks 

Website: https://southernmainekayaks.com/

Contact: 207-204-8888

About: Based in Kennebunkport, this is your one-stop-shop for biking, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding. Whether you’re looking for a half day, daily, or weekly rental, or a guided stand up paddle board tour, Southern Maine Kayaks will supply you with the best gear, advice, and customer service.

*Visit website for more paddling and biking rentals and tours

Southern Maine Kayaks photograph

2. Name: Libreti Rose Fishing Charters

Website: http://www.libretirose.com/ 

Contact: 207-432-4349 | [email protected]

About: Captain Bruce Hebert will bring you, your friends, and family on board the Libreti Rose II for a guided fishing experience.

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