On the way out Diver Ed and Nori, the Newfoundland, will welcome you aboard. After setting anchor, Diver Ed and Mini-Ed don their dive gear. Diver Ed heads to the back of the boat where the kids get to push him overboard.
Diver Ed and Mini-Ed return to the boat – and so do the creatures! Touch tanks allow you to observe, handle, and sometimes even kiss, these strange and mysterious beings before they are returned safely to the sea. You will be amazed at the colors, the textures and the variety of animal life beneath the waves.
All of the creatures are returned safely to sea, and we head back to the dock.
Schooling silvery fish
Lumpfish suction cup
Lobsters (from babies to monsters)
Carpets of sand dollars
Slimy sea snails
Squirting sea cucumbers
Decorated toad crabs
Dancing brittle stars
Urchins wearing hats
Fighting hermit crabs
Fuzzy sea peaches
Eyes of a scallop
Lips of a mussel
Sponges (some named Bob)
Teeth of a cunner
Barnacles eating with their feet
Pouting ocean pouts
Diver Ed (“Woo hoo!”)
Mini-Ed (“I do my own stunts!”)
Eagles watching with a sharp eye
And occasionally...a curious shark!
This is, hands down, one of the best things to do with kids on the island, in Maine, in the northeastern U.S., in ALL of the U.S.! Not only is it fun and entertaining, but it's such a great educational experience for young children, adults, and everyone in between and beyond!
Diver Ed's was one of the highlights of our week-long trip to Bar Harbor. He entertained everyone from my 3 year old daughter to my 33 year old husband. Every aspect of the roughly 2.5 hour trip was interesting.
We went on this adventure on the suggestion of friends who said it was awesome. We had high expectations and Diver Ed and his crew exceeded them! Our 4 year old hasn't stopped talking about it for 2 weeks. Diver Ed and Captain Evil had the crowd, both young and old, captivated and engaged for the entire two hour+ trip. Worth every penny.
Jennifer H, TripAdvisor
Just got off the boat and this was awesome! You would not think oceanography would be so much fun and up close and personal! I would highly recommend this to anyone with or even without kids! Loved it!
I would never have done this if it hadn't been recommended and I am so glad we did. It is funny, entertaining and educational. My son, parents and husband all loved it. Highly recommend!
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