Coastal Cruises and Dive Downeast of Jonesport Maine

Enjoy an up-close and personal tour
of the natural beauty of coastal Maine!

The Aaron Thomas: The next best thing to your own personal cabin cruiser.

The Aaron Thomas is a true coastal cruiser, able to navigate the islands comfortably or sneak up to the shore in only a few inches of water. We carry a maximum of six passengers, so it's almost like being on your own personal cabin cruiser.

When you join us for a 3-hour cruise on the Aaron Thomas, you'll enjoy unspoiled nature as we glide past colonies of seals and cormorants basking on the tidal ledges.

You'll watch bald eagles soaring overhead (look closely, and you may spot their nest on one of the small islands as we cruise by). Loons, great blue herons, arctic terns, razorbill auks, and several kinds of gulls are likely to fly past. Curious harbor porpoises occasionally surface for a look at us.

Weather permitting, you'll have an up-close and personal view of Atlantic waves breaking against the ledges around Moose Peak Light, shooting into the air in an explosion of green water and foam.

You'll also see the old quarry dock on Head Harbor Island, built of stacked pink-granite blocks as big as refrigerators. You'll discover the lost town of Sealand, once a thriving settlement, now abandoned except for lilac and apple trees that mark the vanished homesteads. And you'll see the island harbor where Samuel de Champlain anchored in the early 1600s on his way to map Maine for the French king Henri IV.

Your crew

Capt. Laura Fish, a U.S. Coast Guard certified captain, is your guide to the natural beauty of Moosabec Reach and its islands. Harry Fish, her brother, pilots the Aaron Thomas through cruising grounds he has known all his life.

Laura and Harry are descendants of Thomas Kelley, whose family settled Kelley Point, Jonesport, in 1772. Schoolteachers by profession, they decided to carry on their seafaring heritage in 1994 with summer cruises on a boat that bears an old Kelley name.

 

Classic Moosabec Reach Cruise - 3 hours

Eagles and islands and seals, oh my! The Aaron Thomas's quiet tunnel drive lets us ease close to birds and other wildlife, so you can get a good view — or a great photograph. We may get a chance to watch a lobsterman haul his traps, or to wave at the sternman as a boat heads back to the co-op, loaded with the day's catch.

Our Cruise Course

The blue line on the chart indicates our usual cruise course. However, we'll be glad to take you to Roque Island, around Great Wass, or anywhere else within 3 hours of Jonesport, Maine.

 
To make a cruise reservation

The Aaron Thomas sails only when chartered. Maximum capacity is 6 passengers. For information about reservations, please click here. To make a reservation, e-mail or phone 207-598-7473. Please be prepared to leave a phone number where you can be contacted.

How to find us

Take U.S. 1 to Maine Route 187. Follow Route 187 south into Jonesport. All trips depart from the Jonesport Town Marina on Sawyer Square.

  • If coming east from Ellsworth (about 55 miles), allow 1-1/2 hours.
  • If coming west from Machias (about 25 miles) allow 40 minutes.
To make a cruise reservation

The Aaron Thomas sails only when chartered. Maximum capacity is 6 passengers. To make a reservation, contact us by e-mail, or by phone at 207-598-7473.

Please be prepared to leave a phone number where you can be contacted.

Please watch your step!

We comply with all Coast Guard safety regulations for a vessel of the Aaron Thomas's size. However, boarding, disembarking, and travel aboard the boat are at your own risk.

Dress warmly

It can be chilly out on the water, so bring an extra sweater or jacket — even if you don't expect to need it.

The Aaron Thomas is skippered by a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and complies with all USCG safety regulations.
 
 

Coastal Cruises & Dive Downeast :: 207-598-7473 :: Jonesport, Maine

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