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Address: 254 Main St, Southwest Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04679-4240
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+1 207-244-9500

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Ecological Kayak Trips on the remote "Westside" of Acadia...Half-day (4 hour) morning, afternoon and sunset tours...Professional Guides provide all equipment, instruction and van transportation... Recommended by National Geographic Adventure and Travel & Leisure Magazines... Locally owned/operated since 2000...Open late May-September... Beginners Welcome...

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Get Out on the West Side of the Island Waterways

My wife and I, plus another couple booked the 10:00 Kayak tour. Jake was our guide and we had a full group of 12. They provide all the necessary gear and Jake took time to... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 September 2015
Tampa, Florida
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Tampa, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2015

My wife and I, plus another couple booked the 10:00 Kayak tour. Jake was our guide and we had a full group of 12. They provide all the necessary gear and Jake took time to review.(a lot of explaining before 10:00 - so you get plenty of time on the water). After a 10 minute van ride and another 10... More 

Thank RLA333
Southwest Harbor, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

Sea kayaking at it's best! Even for novices with some balance issues, the guide made us feel comfortable and confident. We were thrilled to see eagle, osprey and even a harbor seal. Ask for the Barlett Island tour.

Thank thebirchesgirl
Saint Louis, Missouri
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2015

As a family, we wanted a new adventure during our vacation in Maine. Included in the AAA travel book was the Maine State Sea Kayak. We booked a trip and had a wonderful time. Our guide was experienced, informative, obviously enjoyed what he was doing, and patient. Our group of 12 ranged from some with prior experience to most of... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Someone we ran across in our travels recommended Maine State Sea Kayaks and I'm so glad they did! We had a really fun afternoon trip with a small group of ten. Our guide was very friendly and answered tons of questions about the area, and also taught us a lot about the islands we passed. We were able to see... More 

Thank Jennifer B
Brunswick, Maine
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83 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2015

From the moment I arrived at Maine State Sea Kayak in Southwest Harbor, I felt welcomed and special. I had the morning tour with Registered Maine Sea Kayak guide, Corky Potter. He personally welcomed me, Joel at the desk welcomed me, and so did Brad. The office was clean, neat, and had bio's of the guides on the wall, clean... More 

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Uniontown, Ohio
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2015

We decided to take a break from hiking and biking and booked a kayak tour. This group is so professional and informative providing everything you need for your trip. We really had a great time kayaking Seal Cove and our guide Adam was great! Highly recommend!

Thank Ann S
New Castle, Delaware
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

We had a great trip!!! Adam was our guide he was nice and very knowledgable of the area!! It was a beautiful day and he made it feel very personalized and comfortable. The quiet side of the harbor was nice and had great views!!

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New York City, New York
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17 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

The trip was well organized, the boats are new and quite stable. They spent time making sure everyone knew how to use the gear, first. We saw a couple of harbor porpoises, a bald eagle, and an osprey; plus tons of starfish. I do wish the trip had lasted a bit longer. It was the "sunset tour," however, we were... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

The weather was a bit off that day, foggy and chances of rain. But the guide had been watching the radar and determined we were safe to go out. My wife was nervous, she'd been kayaking before but only on a river and had had a rough time with it. But the guide (Joel) was great at putting her at... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2015 via mobile

Corky was a great guide. We saw a bald eagle, seals, osprey and much more. Very natural and uncrowded shoreline. I am 62 years old and in fair shape. The trip was only slightly strenuous. Highly recommend.

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