Boat Rides & Other Islands
Although there are several other inhabited islands in Penobscot Bay, only one is easily reached from Vinalhaven. North Haven is only a half-mile from our north shore, separated by the yacht-filled Fox Islands Thoroughfare. A little outboard shuttle will take you and, if you like, your bike, back and forth.
Of the other Penobscot Bay Islands, Matincus is populated by 60 or so stalwarts. Because every day here on Vinalhaven is a clear day, you can see it from your room about 15 miles to the south. Isle au Haut, about the same distance to the east, is also home to about 60 people and much of the island is part of Acadia National Park. Either can be reached, but only with a little advanced planning.
Acclaimed ornithologist and Vinalhaven resident John Drury will take people to outlying islands on a day trip for bird watching (maineseabirdtours.com). Let us know and we'll be happy to make arrangements for you. This is a worthwhile boat ride, even if you're not an avid bird watcher (you probably will be at the end). Captain Bobby Warren, an exceptionally accommodating and interesting childhood friend, pilots the 42' lobster boat “SeaBreeze” and will take you on a boat ride you won't forget. Cruise among the small offshore islands, let the kids haul a few traps & steer the boat or cruise all the way around Vinalhaven with a picnic lunch. Captain Mark Jackson conducts an equally enjoyable tour of the islands, their coves, inlets and bountiful sea life
(vinalhavenbyboat.com) in a lovely Pullsifer Hampton. Finally, day sailing adventures can be arranged through blueyondersailcharters.com.