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H2Outfitters - Day Tours

28 reviews
Orrs Island, ME, USA
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About H2Outfitters - Day Tours
Established in 1982, H2Outfitters has evolved from a whitewater instructional center to a powerhouse of sea kayak instruction on the East Coast. Located in Maine, it's a small company with a dedicated staff who not only teach but guide and lead trips up and down the Eastern seaboard, the Canadian Maritimes, and overseas as well. International destinations include Italy, Iceland, Ireland, Belize, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and Japan. In fact, H2Outfitters has been recognized by National Geographic Adventure magazine for the two consecutive years that they selected "The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth", 2008 & 2009. H2O also offers stand up paddleboard, "SUP", instruction and, rentals for both boards and sea kayaks at it's magical location between Orr's and Bailey Islands, just 13 miles off of coastal route 1 in Maine. Located 2.5 hours from Boston and 6 hours from NYC, it's a convenient destination for a weekend get-a-way or a longer stay. The Harpswell Islands region offers an authentic "taste of Maine" with it's working fishing communities, clear waters, and multitude of islands just offshore. Lot's of history here too, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Admiral Peary, there are many stories to tell. Wildlife abounds, with harbor seals, loons, bald eagles, and even the wayward porpoise or whale providing the live entertainment at water's eye level! H2O's signature programs include 3 hour tours, day tours and the ever popular sunset excursions around the islands. Some interesting overnight trips can be arranged from island camping adventures to inn-to-inn paddling trips...serious fun! Owners Cathy Piffath and Jeff Cooper have international reputations of excellence and inspire their staff to be the very best at what they do...please join the H2Outfitters team for a wonderful paddling experience.
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Reviewed August 27, 2018

I'm used to paddling on inland quiet lakes. This day trip was just the right amount of challenge for me. Guide Cathy was very knowledgeable of all the local currents, tides, boat channels, etc - and made us all feel very safe while we enjoyed...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 8, 2018

My husband and I had a marvelous time paddling with Cathy and Tom of H2Outfitters down Quebec's Saguenay River. They were fantastic guides. I was concerned about paddling in strong winds, so Cathy tailored the trip such that we paddled in the earlier, calmer part...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Inge K
Reviewed June 29, 2018

We just returned home from a 5-day trip exploring Vinalhaven Island with H2Outfitters. My wife and I were looking at lodge-based kayak trips as a goal to help her recover from some medical issues. This trip fit the bill perfectly. Our base was the Libby...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank tshunt57
Reviewed June 26, 2018

I've enjoyed six trips with Cathy at H20 over the years, including Lake George, the Saguenay, and Vinalhaven. The trips are great for a solo traveler as well as couples and groups. Cathy is an experienced and thoughtful teacher, guide, organizer, and cook. The trips...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2017 via mobile

I have been paddling whitewater for over 20 years and wanted to expand into sea kayaking. Needed to learn skills in navigation, charts, tides etc. H2Outfitters's is excellent, Cathy knows here stuff and knows how to present it. (The weather was perfect low visibility fog...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank John G
Management response:Responded August 11, 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review. I look forward to paddling with you some more and helping you develop more skills!

Reviewed July 15, 2017

We enjoyed exploring the beautiful coastal waters of Orrs Island, Maine thanks to H2Outfitters! My husband and I had a great couple of days learning the basics of Sea Kayaking. Cathy was an excellent instructor- with just the right balance of verbal and hands on...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank stampedearth
Reviewed September 3, 2016

My husband and I just returned from a 7 day kayaking/camping trip along the Saguenay Fjord. H2Outfitters is a top-notch outfitter and our guides, Cathy and Beth, were amazing. They catered to our every need and made sure our safety was their No. 1 priority....More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Orcalvr
Reviewed August 30, 2016

We were experienced group of 4 kayakers with no boats, only a morning's availability and a desire to experience the Maine coast. H20 filled the bill perfectly. Tom was a great help getting us set up with boats, paddles, PFD's and advice on where to...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Bayboater9
Reviewed July 22, 2016

We met this friendly crew at Canoecopia (Paddle Show) in Madison WI in March. We booked a day trip for our upcoming visit to Maine. We had Tom for our guide, and he was great--interesting and helpful but not obtrusive. We had a wonderful day,...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank Sassy522
Reviewed June 13, 2016

As a college graduation gift for my daughter we arranged a 4-night/5 day sea kayacking / camping in Penobscot Bay. We were 4 women, ranging from experienced to novice: our guide Cathy made sure we all felt comfortable in the boats and off we went!...More

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Audrey D
Management response:Responded June 16, 2016

Thank you for your review of our Penobscot Bay, Maine kayak camping trip. I am glad that you enjoyed the trip and I appreciate the opportunity to show you a wonderful region of the Maine Coast, scattered with islands and spectacular views of both Camden...More

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