Sailing cruises depart several times each day from Southwest Harbor on a variety of vessels. Take a turn at the wheel or just sit back, relax and enjoy the most beautiful scenery in North America. There is no better place to witness the diverse wildlife of the Acadia region than from the sea. Observe and learn about the marine mammals that inhabit the coast. Under sail, you have an excellent opportunity to view and listen for harbor seals, gray seals, harbor porpoise, and even the occasional Minke whale in their natural habitat. And, of course, the birds--bald eagles, osprey, black guillemots (a relative of the Atlantic Puffin), double-crested cormorants, and terns are commonly seen on a cruise. Experienced skippers offer private charters and shared sails in some of the world’s best sailing grounds. There is nothing quite like experiencing Acadia from the ocean! Boat rentals are also available for experienced sailors. When visiting Acadia National Park, do not miss this affordable and unique opportunity! .