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Puffin Watch

Puffin Watch

Schedule & Fares 2020

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June 20th – Late August

Departs at 12pm on Sundays thru Thursdays & 5:30pm Friday and Saturdays. 1 1/2 hour trip

The Puffins have migrated! This trip is no longer available. Please check our Coastal Seal & Nature Cruise schedule.

This trip terminates when the Puffins have migrated. We never know exactly when our last trip will be but it is typically in the last week of August.

Puffin Watches also available by private charter.

Please call for details and pricing.


Adults $35
Children under 12 $15
Children under 2 FREE

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Experience our Puffin Watch:



RESERVATION INFORMATION: Click here Please call us if you would like to book a Puffin Watch after August 20th. We run our Puffin Watches as long as possible and most years the Puffins are around into the 4th week of August.

SEASON: We open in mid-May to accommodate our serious birdwatchers who have come to rely on us to get them out to the islands for the Spring migration. Our Puffin Watches will end when the birds have migrated. This usually occurs around the end of August. With an expanding population and individual variation, the Puffins have been known to stay through Labor Day.

DURATION: 1 1/2 hours

NARRATION: National Audubon Project Puffin naturalists are aboard each evening to narrate, help with bird identification and answer questions throughout the trip. Dr. Stephen Kress, who founded Project Puffin in 1973, will occasionally join us as well. He is currently the Director of the Seabird Restoration Program and Vice President for Bird Conservation at the National Audubon Society. 

PARTNERS IN CONSERVATION: A portion of each ticket sold is donated to Project Puffin to help continue their important work. To date, Hardy Boat Cruises has contributed over $125,000 dollars directly to Project Puffin.

“I am proud of the partnership that Project Puffin and Hardy Boat Cruises have developed. Since 1986, Hardy Boat Cruises and Audubon naturalists have worked together to bring people close to the birds while providing fun and inspiring narrations about the puffins and other seabirds of Eastern Egg Rock. By donating part of the proceeds from each tour to Audubon, Hardy Boat Cruises is helping to insure a sustainable future for this special seabird colony.”
~ Stephen Kress, National Audubon Society; Founder and Director, Project Puffin

PROXIMITY TO EASTERN EGG ROCK (EER): New Harbor is only 5 miles from EER making it the closest, easiest and most convenient way to see these fascinating birds. You spend less time traveling and more time with the birds. On the way to the EER you will see Franklin Island Lighthouse, Monhegan Island, the islands of Muscongus Bay and a spectacular view of the Camden Hills.

PUFFIN POPULATION: As of 2019, there were 188 nesting pairs of Puffins at EER.

SIGHTINGS: The boat circles EER at a distance of 40 – 150 feet from the rocky shoreline. Puffins are frequently sighted on the water and often seen 25 – 30 feet from the boat.

CAPTAINS: Capt. Al Crocetti and Capt. Chad Hanna have a combined 42 years of experience with EER. Both are keen birders and have a broad understanding of Project Puffin.

VESSEL: The HARDY III has a 360 degree unobstructed view from the upper deck. The lower deck is enclosed to keep you warm, dry and out of the sun.

WHY 5:30PM: As evening approaches, the adult Puffins begin to settle down from the day long ritual of feeding their hungry chicks. They spend time socializing while loafing on the rocks or rafting together on the surface of the water before retiring to their burrows. This activity change, combined with the evening light, make it the perfect time to see these birds.

EASTERN EGG ROCK (EER): The migratory seabird colony on EER is protected during the breeding and nesting season. No people, other than Project Puffin biologists, are allowed on the Island. The boat will circle the island for about 40 minutes.

OTHER BIRDS AT EER: Other birds found on EER are: Common and Arctic Terns, the endangered Roseate Tern, Black Guillemot, Common Eider Duck, Herring Gull, Greater Black-Backed Gull, Laughing Gull, Northern Gannet, Wilson’s Storm Petrel and Double-Crested Cormorant. Occasional sightings include: Surf Scoter, Razorbill (frequently seen in May and June), Greater Cormorant, Purple Sandpipers, Rudy Turnstone, Greater Shearwater, Sooty Shearwater, Manx Shearwater, Black Tern and Parasitic Jaeger.

ARRIVAL: Please arrive at the dock 45 minutes prior to departure.

BE PREPARED: Dress appropriately. We suggest dressing in layers. Remember the weather on the Maine coast is changeable and can feel quite cold even in the middle of Summer. Warm blankets are available.

WHAT TO BRING: Bring binoculars, camera, hat, sunscreen and sunglasses. Binoculars are also available to rent.

GALLEY: Coffee, tea, healthy snacks and home baked goodies available.

PARKING: $5 per day per vehicle and payable in CASH ONLY. No credit cards or personal checks are accepted. For multiple day and overnight parking, the parking fee is payable upon the first day of parking. Parking is located around the corner from the dock in a large grassy field. Upon paying for your parking, you will receive a parking validation. You will need to present your parking validation at the dock to collect your boat tickets (peak season only). Please feel free to drive down to the dock to unload passengers and luggage before leaving your vehicle in the parking lot. The walk back to the dock is about 5 minutes. During the Spring and Fall, parking is payable at the ticket booth on the dock. The parking lot can accommodate buses, campers, RV’s and trailers.

ALL Hardy Boat patrons MUST park in the grassy field. Our parking lot is located in a safe, quiet, residential area.
Cars parked at Shaw’s Wharf Restaurant will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Schedules, fares and fees are subject to change without notice. Fuel surcharges may be imposed if necessary.



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