Vinalhaven Island Photo Tour

Rainbow over Vinalhaven harbor, Maine.
You’ll see the areas largest working fishing harbor on the Vinalhaven Island Photo Tour.

This 1-day, Vinalhaven Island Photo Tour includes a ferry ride across the bay to one of the areas largest working lobster fishing harbors. Explore the rich granite and fishing history, the rocky coastline landscape, and the working harbor. Strolling through the village, visit the historical museum, unique small shops with arts and hand made crafts, a fine art gallery, and along the way, feel the pulse of the island community.

“This was an amazing day. Dee teaches so much throughout day.” – Jocelyn P


All skill levels and all camera types including iPhones and tablets are welcome. Photographic discussions will be hands-on and will cover such things as; camera settings, lens focal length & foreground/background relationships, depth of field, composition, and point of view.

We will go over some camera handling techniques while on the ferry. You’ll also have time to enjoy the bay scenery during the crossing to Vinalhaven. The ferry docks in Carvers Harbor, which is on the edge of the village and is home port for the areas largest lobster fishing fleet.


  • Sat, June 8
  • Mon, June 24
  • Mon, July 1
  • Mon, July 29
  • Tue, Aug 20
  • Mon, Aug 26
  • Sat, Sept 21
  • Fri, Oct 4

TIME: 10-6, meet at the Maine State Ferry Terminal in Rockland at 10am.


  • Adults – $175
  • Ages 11-16  – $95
  • Ages 10 or under – free but must purchase a ferry ticket.
  • All children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Does not include lunch. Payment is by cash, check if you are registering early enough, or if you prefer booking online there’s an additional fee.

Photo Tour to Vinalhaven Island.
Photo Tour to Vinalhaven, Maine

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Located at 517 Main St., Rockland. Ticket included in photo tour fee.

Your 75-minute scenic ferry ride across Penobscot Bay passes through Hurricane Sound, and The Reach. Scenery will include many small islands including Hurricane Island, Greens Island, and Potato Island. Expect to see marine wildlife such as seals, ducks, ospreys and bald eagles, and occasionally porpoises.

Penobscot Bay from the  ferry to Vinalhaven Island.
View of Penobscot Bay towards Camden Hills from the ferry to Vinalhaven.

Experience the working waterfront and beautiful architecture & scenery of Vinalhaven, Maine.

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A little history of Vinalhave Maine:

One of Maine’s largest quarrying centers in the 19th century, Vinalhaven granite was shipped off the island to be used in many places throughout the central and eastern United States.

Building projects that include Vinalhaven granite include;

  • the Brooklyn Bridge
  • New York City Customs House
  • Post Offices in Brooklyn, Washington, Buffalo, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Kansas City
  • the Washington Monument
  • the 8 huge columns for the nave of the Cathedral of Saint John The Divine in NYC
  • also other monuments, bridges, dams, private mansions, and more.
The working waterfront on Vinalhaven Island harbor.

The granite industry had ceased in the mid-20th century but the lobster fishing business is thriving. Currently, Vinalhaven has the most profitable lobster fishing fleet. For more info check out, http://www.vinalhavenhistoricalsociety.org/

How to prepare for the Vinalhaven Island Photo Tour:

Since we are going to be carrying all that we bring with us for the whole day on the Vinalhaven Maine island excursion you’ll want to pack light. If you can, I recommend using a backpack instead of an over-the-shoulder bag.

Please wear good walking shoes. We will be on our feet most of the day. It will be easy walking, mostly on pavement, with the most demanding part being a few small hills.

Weather: This is a rain or shine (or fog) event. Dress accordingly for the weather, and dress in layers. It will be colder during the bay crossings. The ferry does have inside seating, however, if you want to photograph from outside while on the ferry we recommend that you bring a light-weight wind breaker or rain jacket, and a light sweater that will pack easily once you’re on the island.

Camera equipment: Any camera is acceptable, including smart phones and tablets. Make sure that your battery is fully charged and  that you have plenty of room on your memory card for at least a few hundred pictures. However, we do recommend having a second memory card with you, too. If you have a DSLR you may want to bring additional lenses if you have them. Tripods can be bulky and heavy but if you usually use one then certainly bring it along.

Food: I recommend bringing along a snack, your lunch, and water. Lunch will be on the later side.

Suggested items: sun protection; sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, etc. We will be outside most of the day.

Cancellation Policy:

I will give a complete refund in the event that I need to cancel a tour for any reasons. If you need to cancel and do so with 48 hours or more notice from the date and time of your tour you will receive a full refund. If you cancel in less than 48 hours from your tour date and time a 50% refund of your tour fee will be given.

Once you have registered you will be given further information about the tour and how to prepare. Please call if you have any questions before or after registration.

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