Get an early start exploring the Island! Arrive on Star Island at 8:30 am, and then catch one of our afternoon boats back to Rye Harbor. Ferry trips are drop off/pick up only, with no guided tours. This is a great way to spend as much time as you’d like enjoying all that Star Island has to offer!
Same as the Early Bird Ferry, but not so early! Departs Rye Harbor at 9:30 am and arrives on Star Island at 10:10 am.
Join us for an informative and entertaining tour as you get an authentic experience of traditional New England lobstering. As the catch of the day is hauled aboard, learn about the ecosystem of our coastal waters, the strange life of a lobster, and conservation efforts to protect them. Kids of all ages will enjoy the hands-on fun!
Please note: this is the only trip that does not go out to the Isles, and is our trip of shortest duration (1 hour) and remains closest to shore.
Our Isles Tour, with the addition of a Star Island Walkabout. Take a step back in time as you relax in a rocking chair on the grand veranda of the late 1800’s Oceanic Hotel, walk the well-worn paths of the historic island town of Gosport, and listen to waves lapping and birds calling. When we arrive on the island, your captain’s narrated walking tour provides a chance to learn about the fascinating history of the island and visit the charming stone chapel, an old graveyard, fishing cottages and the historic hotel. After the tour, or as soon as we dock since the guided tour is optional, there is time for you to relax and explore on your own. Lunch and dinner are often available at the Oceanic Hotel (advance reservations required and cannot be booked online, please call us for details and pricing).
Only 5 1/2 miles from Rye lie the Isles of Shoals. This starkly remote group of nine islands is a natural habitat for many species of marine life and has a remarkable history. A large fishing community thrived during the colonial days, and by the mid 1800’s, island hotels entertained many famous guests. Legends tell of pirates, buried treasure, ghosts, murders, and more. Today the islands are home to a historic conference center, a college marine lab, and one of the oldest lighthouses in the country. Large seal and bird populations live here too. Relax on the boat as we cruise slowly amongst all nine islands and learn about them from our expertly narrated tour.
Please note: the Isles Tour stops briefly at Star Island to pick up/drop off passengers spending time on the island. Passengers booked on the two hour Isles Tour remain on the boat for the duration of their trip and do not disembark.