We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Maine State Sea Kayak
Booking unavailable on TripAdvisor

Want other options you can book now?
All photos (149)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent92%
  • Very good5%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“bald eagles”(38 reviews)
“harbor seals”(59 reviews)
“great guide”(22 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
Improve This Listing
Reviews (358)
Filter reviews
356 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews bald eagles harbor seals great guide saw seals our tour guide west side quiet side hadley point great trip small group great wildlife bar harbor sunset tour calm waters felt very safe experienced paddlers dry bags
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 356 reviews
Reviewed January 2, 2019

This was a great tour for my wife and I. Our guide, Jacob, was easy going and a wealth of local knowledge. It was really a pleasure to see the wildlife and coastline from the perspective of a kayak. Plus, with the incoming tide and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank FourJsandB
Reviewed October 9, 2018

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

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank jetgrrl
Reviewed September 29, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank gregmNY
Reviewed September 21, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Sarah R
Reviewed September 20, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank SusieOSullivan
MichelleA4786, Manager at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2018

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 September 19, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Michael E
MichelleA4786, Manager at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2018

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

Reviewed September 19, 2018 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

Date of experience: September 2018
2  Thank James K
MichelleA4786, Manager at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2018

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 September 17, 2018

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

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Relax162716
MichelleA4786, Manager at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded September 20, 2018

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 September 6, 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

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mark T
Brad J, Owner at Maine State Sea Kayak, responded to this reviewResponded September 7, 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 September 6, 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

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

View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 51 nearby hotels
Harbor Ridge
588 reviews
.47 miles away
Harbor View Motel And Cottages
118 reviews
.57 miles away
Lindenwood Inn
209 reviews
.73 miles away
The Claremont Hotel
184 reviews
.86 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 213 nearby restaurants
Common Good Kitchen Cafe
166 reviews
.38 miles away
Beal's Lobster Pier
1,167 reviews
.99 miles away
Quietside Cafe and Ice Cream Shop
679 reviews
.39 miles away
Red Sky
526 reviews
.40 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 233 nearby attractions
Flying Mountain Hiking Trail
114 reviews
.80 miles away
Charlotte Rhoades Garden and Butterfly Park
50 reviews
.30 miles away
Wendell Gilley Museum
48 reviews
.09 miles away
Southwest Harbor Public Library
14 reviews
.35 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
July 7, 2018|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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
September 15, 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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.