2019 07 lubec puffin trip headerTrip Leader:  Tom Simpson

Schedule:  June 26th through to July 2nd, 2019 (6 nights)

Limit: Limited to 14 GNPA Members

Cost: $800 per person  

What’s included:

  • Two planned Puffin boat trips (see caveat below):
  • One afternoon Whale Watch for the whole group
  • Other side trips planned to shoot light houses, Campobello (FDR Home and passport required), and regional National Wildlife Refuges and numerous scenic locations based on interests of the group.

Take a look at the photos from the 2018 Trip:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwi0RBYm-5M

Deposit due date: Non-refundable deposit of $500 due by December 31st.  Balance due by May 1st.


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Additional Costs to be paid by Attendee:  

  • Lodging at the Inn on the Wharf for 6 nights. We have a block of rooms that you can ask for or check the Inn’s web site to see the rooms and book on your own. NOTE:  We  can not confirm the dates until after January 2nd so be sure that you can change the room reservation after the 2nd in case our boat reservation dates available are different.

Information about each room along with photos and rates: 

  • Flight Options: NOTE: Do NOT make flight reservations until after January 2nd when puffin trips and dates can be confirmed.
    • Round trip Airfare from Atlanta to Bangor: Approximately $500 round trip. Plan to arrive in Bangor by 5 PM and allow additional 1 ½ hour drive to Lubec.  (Dinner in Macchias en route).
    • Round trip Airfare from Atlanta to Portland, ME: Approximately $400 round trip. This is about 4 hours on I-495 to Lubec, or plan to visit Acadia, lighthouses, and other coastal venues ahead of after the Puffin trip.  Still plan to arrive in Lubec by 5PM if possible on the 26th.
  • Rental Car and Fuel: $200-$300, depending on passengers sharing each vehicle. Strongly recommended that you purchase the rental company’s insurance.
  • Meals: Meals are not included.  How much you spend depends on how much lobster you can eat!

Lodging at the Inn on the Wharf.  This motel is ½ hour from launch for puffin shoot and is a renovated sardine factory with incredible bayfront view and within walking distance to Lubec.  They have their own restaurant and bar and there are a few restaurants in Lubec.  All have access to balcony overlooking ocean.  Laundry and kitchen access are in a Group Room all can share. Easy access to locations for sunrise and sunset shooting.

Overview of Inn on the Wharf

 2019 07 Lubec Puffin Trip

Puffin Boat Trips:

Puffins:  There will be two half-day trips, using Bold Coast Charters, from Cutler, ME to Machias Seal Island, the summer home to spectacular nesting colonies of Atlantic puffins, Razorbills, Common Murres and Arctic terns, among others. Machias Seal Island is the largest puffin colony on the coast of Maine! Two trips are scheduled to increase the chance that at least one day will provide some good shooting.

Caveat Note: There are no guarantees you will get on the island since weather can either cancel a trip (in which case the fee for that day would be refunded) or prevent landing on the island when shooting will be limited to being from a boat near the island in which case there would be no refund.  

Your shooting on the island will be in a very tight space in 3 or 4-person blinds, so no tripods allowed. But the puffins will be almost within arm’s length of your lens.  Reservations for these two days will be made by January 1st and there can be no change.

Because there is only one trip a day from Maine, these trips fill up very quickly.   The overall schedule for this trip is directly dependent on getting 2 days of reservations between 27th of June and 1st of July. 

Whale Watch:  A whale watch is included and will take place on one afternoon leaving from the Inn.

Trip Cancellation and Refund Policy

  1. GNPA will make a good faith attempt to follow through with each field trip as planned and described on the GNPA web. However, there may be certain circumstances that arise beyond the control of either the registered member or GNPA that affect either the member’s attendance or the ability to complete the trip as planned.  This includes the possibility that conditions in the planned shooting area may change which are beyond the control of GNPA and/or the member such as access, weather, fires, hazards, etc.
  2. If GNPA decides to cancel a trip prior to start date due to these or other reasons, GNPA will refund the full amount, less their portion of any amount that is non-refundable to GNPA and less a 10% processing fee.
  3. A member who is unable to attend for any reason will be responsible for payment.
    Trip insurance is inexpensive and strongly encouraged
    . Travelinsurance.com com offers several companies for you to consider. Also check with your home owner’s insurance carrier or broker since they may also be able to add a temporary trip/travel insurance rider to your current policy.

    A member who is unable to attend for any reason will be responsible for payments as described in the Trip announcement. Trip insurance is inexpensive and strongly encouraged.  Cancellations are permitted BEFORE end of day, December 31, 2018; a $100 cancellation fee will be charged for each cancelled registration. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN AFTER END OF DAY DECEMBER 31, 2018.

  4. Personal safety is of utmost importance. Nature photography includes inherent risks which all participants must evaluate for themselves as to the safety of any activity based on their personal abilities. Be constantly aware of your surroundings and any potential hazards which could result in injury to you or others. Do not place yourself in dangerb
  5. By registering, you are agreeing to the standard GNPA Warranty and Liability Release (view here)