Exploring Coastal Maine: Lobsters, Lighthouses and Hidden Inlets on National Geographic Sea Lion
Exploring Coastal Maine: Lobsters, Lighthouses and Hidden Inlets
The fog lifts, revealing a harbor filled with bobbing lobster boats. Whales surface off the bow and porpoises race us in the open ocean. Stands of pine end in rocky beaches, and the stillness of a quiet cove is only disturbed by the cry of gulls or the splash of a paddle. These are the coasts of Massachusetts and Maine, wild and rugged, scenic and rejuvenating. We’ll discover the world's first restored Atlantic puffin colony and New England’s only national marine sanctuary, windswept places that inspired writers and artists, and tiny fishing villages with no paved roads. The rocky islets we explore by kayak, paddleboard, or Zodiac remain much the same as when the Wabanaki paddled these same waters in birchbark canoes.
Search for whales in the Stellwagen Bank Marine Reserve.
Visit the offshore seabird colony of Eastern Egg Rock.
Take advantage of the golden light of summer and early fall for excellent photographic opportunities.
Enjoy a classic Maine lobster boil.
Visit artist communities of Provincetown and Monhegan Island.
Before they built the National Geographic Venture and Quest, U.S. shipbuilder Nichols Brothers built the twin ships National Geographic Sea Lion and National Geographic Sea Bird. Nimble, reliable, and intimately scaled, they both continue to sail the waters of the west coast of North America and Central America.
Sea Lion accommodates just 62 guests in 31 outside cabins. Her inviting public spaces foster a sense of shipboard life where everyone is integral to the adventure, engendering a rewarding sense of community and esprit du corps. National Geographic writer Andrew Evans called Sea Lion the “closest thing to Cousteau’s Calypso” he’s ever had the pleasure to be on.
With a shallow draft and small size, she can easily reach places inaccessible to larger ships. She can venture into fast-moving channels where whales come to feed, transit a series of locks in the Pacific Northwest, nose up to waterfalls in secluded coves, and sail into protected anchorages in small bays perfect for snorkeling and kayaking.
Lindblad Expeditions goes to the most amazing places on the planet—40+ geographies in all. And they’ve planted a flag in many of them, deeply committing to remote wild places—like South Georgia and the Falklands; Patagonia, where they opened up Staten Island, ‘the island at the end of the world,’ for eco-tourism; and remote and beautiful regions of Polynesia, including the Marquesas Islands where few go.
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