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“bald eagles”(29 reviews)
“harbor seals”(44 reviews)
“saw seals”(20 reviews)
Paddle. Nature. It’s that simple really! We paddle the most remote sections around Acadia National Park. Our guides are passionate, we have the cleanest gear (washed after each trip), offer picnic lunches, and we are the only MDI Sea Kayaking tour...more
254 Main St, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4240
+1 207-244-9500
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We took one of their shorter tours with our 7- and 9-year-old boys and my husband and I doing most of the paddling. It was very doable (although I did get stuck on an island once) and we all had a great time. Our guide...More

Thank Julie J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was an easy paddle and we saw great sights and wildlife. The seals a very curious and if your lucky they will come cloe to your boat if you don't scare them. I don't advise getting too close to them since this is their...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was my first sea kayak tour and first time in a tandem kayak. If I had had high expectations they would have been blown away. This tour absolutely has set the bar for future kayak tours. Travis Nighman was very well spoken, clear and...More

Thank Sarah R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a beautiful morning kayaking on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island. I have paddled all over the island and this is a favorite spot. There is hardly any boat traffic which makes it ideal for kayakers. Brad our guide was an excellent spotter...More

Thank SusieOSullivan
MichelleA4786, Manager at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Susie thank you for paddling with us and posting a review. Brad definitely has a keen eye for spotting wildlife. We hope you join us again in the future.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our kayaking trip. Our guide was from the area and very experienced.

Thank Michael E
MichelleA4786, Manager at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us and experienced the beauty MDI from the water. Thank you for joining us.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time kayaking the Bluewater and see in the wildlife including bald eagles and undersea life. Travis was our guide and was great explaining kayaking as well as the nature we were seeing. This was as good or better than any other...More

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MichelleA4786, Manager at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

James, we’re so glad you had a great time on your tour with us. Being a local Travis certainly knows the island and he loves to get people out enjoying a nice paddle. Thank you for joining us!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I want to thank Maine Sea Kayaks for an incredible end to our weeklong visit to the Bar Harbor/Acadia Park area on Friday 9/14/18. We planned a Northeast harbor boat tour in the am with a kayak tour in the afternoon at 3-7pm. Arrived on...More

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MichelleA4786, Manager at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Travis is a stellar guide who really knows the area and the best direction to paddle. I’m jealous reading your review and the amount of wildlife you saw. I love watching the harbor seals in the water pop-up around the kayaks. I think they are...More

Reviewed 7 September 2018

If you plan on visiting Acadia National Park and Mt. Desert Island you need to make time for a weak kayak tour with Maine State Sea Kayak. Every staff member was very helpful and went out of their way to help us get the most...More

Thank Mark T
Brad J, Owner at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

I appreciate the caption you have chosen as that is what we strive to become. I think often about how fortunate I am to have this amazing team of talent and charisma surrounding me- And I can tell that you experienced that also. It's a...More

Reviewed 7 September 2018

I had actually never kayaked before this tour, but it was very easy to get the hang of. The tour was awesome and completely worth the money. The scenery is breathtaking, and our group saw a couple seals and some birds of prey. Our guide,...More

Thank Koyangi
Brad J, Owner at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 7 September 2018

Value is important to us! We appreciate that you felt value out of your excursion with us!! We try to offer more than just a tour, and our breathtaking scenery seems to build that connection for us. We would love to see you again in...More

Reviewed 6 September 2018 via mobile

My husband and I did the 4 hour nature tour and had a great time, our guide, Travis, is very enthusiastic and helpful and provided great info along the way. The scenery can’t be beat, it’s so beautiful!

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Brad J, Owner at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2018

We are so blessed to live and "work" in such a beautiful area! Travis is a truly spectacular guide- I am glad that his enthusiasm was recognized!!! Thanks for choosing us to explore with! Til next time!

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Response from Robert S | Reviewed this property |
It is not really strenuous. One of the people in our group was about your age, overweight, and he seemed to be absolutely fine. But I don't know about his knees! They are a very professional operation. I suggest you ask... More
16 September 2017|
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Response from pkhamburg | Reviewed this property |
we are 67 and active, the guide will pace the group as needed, finished easily in the four hours.