Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the sea while learning to paddle in varying conditions. Spend your days exploring inner coves and islands of the Maine Coast while observing wildlife above and below the water. In the evening enjoy sunsets, the brilliance of the evening stars and the bioluminescence of the bay from your island campsite. Our Professional Maine Guides will customize a trip that meets your expectations.
Small groups/ 8 max (with exception of pre-organized larger groups)
Guided by Registered Maine Guides and ACA Instructors.
Trip Fee: Minimum of $930/day includes up to 6 participants, each additional $155/day Advanced Booking Policy
Trip Prices include:
All necessary Kayak Gear, meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)
Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides, ACA Instructors, Trip Planning and logistics, Instruction as needed and desired by group!
Guide gratuities (10%-20% is customary) large group guide gratuities of 15% will be included
Overnight Adventure in Castine Area
This camping trip departing from Castine allows for many options of short and long distance paddling. With these options we will have the opportunity to explore all the coastal preserves and nooks and crannies that the Castine Area has to offer in the midst of sailing yachts and coastal islands. This trip includes a relaxed rhythm of watching sunsets with the lighthouse in the distance, exploring sanctuary lands, visiting reversing falls, checking out shipwrecks, observing seals, eagle and osprey in their habitat and enjoying the bioluminescence and the stars of the universe! Great trip for folks wanting a coastal experience that is relaxed. Great for families with children also. Enjoy sleeping to the lulling sounds of the ocean and the Bell Buoy. Opportunity to hop on the conveyor belt of the current of the Bagaduce to enjoy the inner estuary.
Island Camping 1-2 night trips (2-3 days) Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced Distance per day: 3-10 miles Location Venue: Near Castine and some facilities, Primitive Camping
Exploration of The Bagaduce Estuary
The Bagaduce is a very unique secluded inner estuarian waterway with reversing currents throughout the tidal cycle. There are many small islands and it is abundant with wildlife. The opportunity to experience and play and enhance moving water skills and explore the whirlpools of the estuary are possible, yet one can also ride the conveyor belt of the tide and have a casual camping experience. The camping in the Bagaduce is primitive with no facilities. We do provide all your meals, kayak gear etc. Paddling distances per day can be anywhere from 5 to 15 miles dependent on the goals of the group.
Island Camping 1-2 night trips (2-3 days) Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced Distance per day: 5-15 miles Location Venue: Fairly Remote, Primitive Camping, but also several restaurant possibilities!
Outer Penobscot Bay
This incredible trip departs from Castine to the Head of the Cape and out to the many outer islands on the western side of Penobscot Bay allowing for a myriad of choices of routes from rugged islands to inner passageways. Great opportunity for seeing wildlife above and below the water and step back in time watching the schooners of the past as they ply through their home waters of Penobscot Bay. Primitive Camping. Variable conditions. Mileage Varies based on group!
Island Camping 1-2, or 2-4 night trips (2-5 days depends on group) Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced Distance per day: 5-15 Location Venue: Island Hopping, Primitive Camping, Primitive facilities
East side of Deer Isle Archipelago
This journey departs from a remote fisherman’s harbor and takes us through numerous islands and ecosystems. We'll camp on rugged Maine islands with beautiful secluded beaches and sleep to the sounds of the sea. This journey allows for a variety of conditions as we island hop by kayak and become part of the rhythm of the sea. Spectacular opportunities to fully explore some lush island sanctuaries!
Island Camping 1-2, or 2-4 night trips (2-5 days depends on group) Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate/Advanced Distance per day: 5-15 Location Venue: Island Hopping, Primitive Camping, Primitive facilities
Paddle to Warren Island
In Chain of Islesboro Islands
This journey takes us into the open water across Penobscot Bay for a unique coastal experience. There are amazing glacial formations, beautiful cliffs, bays and summer homes. The camping at Warren Island state park is posh but secluded, with outhouses, firewood, fresh water and trails. We sometimes stop along the way at a more remote island for camping too! After a long day’s paddle on day one, day two allows for time to explore the island and paddle around Seven Hundred Acre Island and if weather and ambition allows, explore the islands to the south of Warren. There is a marina and general store nearby on Seven Hundred Acre island that has showers if anyone is so inclined!
Distance per day: Day one and three, 14+ nm, day 2 variable
2 mile dynamic crossing of Penobscot Bay
Explore the rugged glacially carved coast as well as the homes of rich and famous from kayak
Round off your paddling season with this comprehensive kayaking course! Refine your paddling technique, coastal navigation, tides and current, (ferrying, crossing currents, catching eddies and riding trailing waves) practice multiple rescue options, towing and dealing with wind and waves, (edging, sweeping, blade angle, cadence, route choice), and of course island camping! Upon completion you will be prepared to paddle extended day trips and overnights. Allows participants to Assess for ACA Level 3 and 4 Award!
Island Camping 1-2, or 2-4 night trips (2-5 days depends on group)
$465 (meals and gear included) Skill Level: Intermediate Paddlers Camping Dates: TBA 3 days, 2 nights of camping! Location: Downeast Maine Islands