If you've never been to Swan's Island before, PLEASE read our entire description. We are a very unique place and appeal to a very unique traveler. Search for the Harbor Watch Inn website for even more details.
The Harbor Watch Inn is the only motel on the island. We offer four units starting at $98/night. All rooms have private entrances and can accommodate four people. Multiple units can be reserved for larger groups.
For our first-time visitors, we can't stress strongly enough what a unique place Swan's Island is. If you are looking to go a little off the grid, relax, enjoy the outdoors and the simpler things in life, then we can't wait to see you. If you're looking for shopping and entertainment, this simply may not be the place for you. There are no McDonald's, no strip malls and no movie theaters. And that's exactly what makes people come back year after year!
Part of the beauty of Swan's Island is that it's far enough away to serve as an escape. It does mean getting here takes a little extra planning. The island is only accessible two ways:
Private Water Craft
The island is home to a welcoming harbor with several private and public wharfs. Moorings are available for rent on a first come, first served basis at $25 per reservations accepted. Please contact our Harbor Master, Josh Joyce at 207-266-1937 for more information.
Maine DOT Ferry Service
The M/V Captain Henry Lee services Swan's Island out of the Bass Harbor terminal at the southern tip of Mount Desert Island. This ferry accommodates vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles. The link below takes you to the DOT website where you can see current schedules and rates.
**If you are visiting the island during peak times, June - August, the ferry often fills to capacity leaving passengers waiting for 90 minutes or more for the next ferry. We encourage you to get in line early or spend a few extra dollars to secure one of the four reserved spots on each run. Reservations are accepted up to 30 days prior to the scheduled date of travel.**
Getting from the ferry landing to the motel only requires 1 right turn and 1 left. You should reach us in about 5 minutes. If it takes longer than that, you probably missed the inn! GPS is accurate if you have a signal.
Our motel does have free wi-fi, so you don't have to completely disconnect, but there are no TVs in the rooms. We encourage you to get out and about and enjoy all the natural beauty of our little island and participate in community activities.
All four of our rooms offer open spaces with two beds, full bath and comfortable seating areas. All rooms also include a microwave and coffee maker along with complimentary coffee, creamers and sweeteners to start your day right! The full kitchens in Rooms Two and Four make them especially useful for longer stays. If you're staying more than one night, we highly encourage you to book one of the kitchen units as there are no restaurants on the island.