Thank you for the wonderful season! See you in the Spring. 2019 schedule is coming soon. 

Come explore the exquisite beauty of the tranquil Damariscotta River, on the 49-passenger River Tripper from Mother’s day until the Fall Foilage has colors. Discover the River where 80 % of Maine oysters come from during our daily Maine Oyster Farms and Seal Watching Tour!

Sit back and relax with a drink in hand on the Happy Hour Cruise at 5, or learn from experts about how to pair the sumptuous Damariscotta River oysters with wine, sake and beer during one of the Tasting Cruises.

Just two minutes from Route 1, in midcoast Maine. Sailing from Schooner Landing Restaurant and Marina, by the bridge in Damariscotta. Fog is rare, and waves are rarer!

Oyster Farms Tour

2 – 4pm most days
Mother’s Day through Labor Day 

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Discover the Damariscotta River’s wildlife and history, and its new role in oyster farming that makes this tidal river world famous. See the harbor seals in action or basking on the ledges, while oyster farmers raise very tasty oysters.

Oyster Farms &
Fall Foliage Cruises

2 – 4pm most days
Labor Day through October

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Join us for a leaf peepers cruise to find out how oyster farmers prepare the farm equipments and sow the the world-famous Damariscotta River oysters in the fall, while bald eagles, ospreys and migratory birds hover around.

Oyster Tasting Cruises with Wine, Sake / Champagne or Beer

5 – 7pm, Wed & Sat
June through Oct.

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Sample Damariscotta River oysters as you cruise past the farms they were harvested from, and pair them with sensational wines, bubblies, sake, or varieties of beer. A fun sommelier will answer all your questions. An unforgettable ride!

Happy Hour &
Sunset Cruises

 5 – 7pm most days
June through October

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Join us aboard The River Tripper for a relaxing ride with a cocktail in hand and enjoy the life of the River unfolding in the glow of evening sunlight. Savor local oysters and drink specials at the Boat Bar while making some new friends.

Prices – Adult: $31 | Children (under 12): $16 | Tasting Cruises | $55 – $65

Bar – Oyster Bar – Raw Bar On Board


Fresh shucked oysters & cocktails available on all cruises


  • We had a wonderful time on our sunset cruise we danced to live music enjoyed fresh oysters on the halve shell with our favorite beverages. We photographed the gorgeous sunset then watched the lights of Damariscotta twinkle on the water as we returned to our berth. The crew was awesome answering any and all questions and providing first class service to all.
    Stephen D, Bristol, CT
  • My husband and I really enjoyed our cruise along the river. As we started our trip out our captain began to tell us many different interesting things about the area, oyster farmers and loads of history. He also had a wonderful sense of humor that he shared with us all along the way. There was a well stocked bar and we enjoyed some wonderful spiced hot cider and a sampling of three different kinds of oysters. Fresh from the different farms.
    Tmullen2014, Rochester, NY
  • Last fall we had the pleasure of taking our first boat trip down the river. We had friends visiting from my home town (upstate New York) and we wanted to do something special. My good friend Bobby Whear suggested taking an afternoon boat ride and we decided that was just the thing to do. I contacted Olga via email and asked about the scheduling. It seems that our friends were going to be up here on an "off day" when the boat was not normally available. However, Olga said that she would see if Chip could accommodate us and, as it turned out, he was able to do so. That was the beginning of a wonderful experience.
    Brian M

Captain Chip was born and raised on the Damariscotta River.

He delivers and repairs boats up and down the East Coast through the Islands.

First mate Olga’s Oyster Bar and cocktails are not to be missed.

She is a documentary film editor from NYC via Hungary, who fell for Chip and Maine.

They have been sharing their love of the Damariscotta River for many years.

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