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Coast Encounters

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Wells, ME, USA
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About Coast Encounters
People enjoy exploring the many tidal pools of Maine, but do you know about the amazing critters that actually live in between the tides? Coast Encounters will take you on a unique, hands-on excursion where you will roll up your sleeves, get your feet wet, and discover the vast array of marine life that lies just beneath your feet. Participants must be at least 7 years old and in good physical health to crawl over very slippery rocks and seaweed. Each excursion lasts about three hours and is scheduled around the low tide time for that day. Though based in Wells, excursions may be in Kennebunk or Ogunquit. If sitting on a boat for hours squinting to catch a glimpse of marine life doesn’t appeal to you, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll peek under rocks, identify over 30 intertidal plants and animals, and learn interesting facts about each one. Most importantly, you will learn how to explore life between the tides in a way that is safe and respectful of its inhabitants.
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was a second time returning participant to Coast Encounters to the inter tidal world with Carol and was pleasantly surprised at how she can tailor the foray to ensure each experience is unique. Both times I have been with adults and might suggest that...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Welcome back for a second adventure with Coast Encounters! I’m glad you had another very unique experience. Any yes, adults enjoy it just as much as kids do. See you next time.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did the tour with my two teenagers, and we all really enjoyed it. Carol is an excellent guide and incredibly knowledgeable, and she made the tour really fun. It was fascinating to see and learn about the tide pools and to get into the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

I’m so glad you mentioned the slippery rocks (and seaweed). This tour is not for everyone because of it. Thanks for pointing this out.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The highlight of our vacation was an outing with Coast Encounters. We found and held crabs, snails, and lobsters. Both our 7 and 8 year olds loved it and were excited the entire time. I cannot recommend it enough.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you. Hope to see you next year!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

“Slimy Is The New Fuzzy” A Coastal Encounter - Discovering Life between the Tides. Friday July 26 in Kennebunk, ME When the Coastal Encounter began I dove right in with my buckets and nets. The rocks were super slippery. Our guide Carol taught us to...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Nice details! Thanks for sharing.

Reviewed August 16, 2019

Our family of 3 (with an almost 9 year old) visited Ogunquit for a week and heard about Coast Encounters from TripAdvisor. I thought it would be a great way to experience Maine and it was incredible. My son asked LOTS of questions and was...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

One day those invasive species may end up on your dinner plate! If you can’t beat them, eat them!!!🦀🦀🦀❤️ I’m glad you enjoyed the adventure.

Reviewed August 16, 2019 via mobile

We had a wonderful tide pooling experience with Carol. We explored tidal pools around an island in Kennebunkport that is only accessible during low tide. Our seven and eight year old children loved learning about the tidal plants and animals and how to properly handle...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thanks Nicole! It was a magical day out on the island.

Reviewed July 30, 2019

We highly recommend tidepooling with Carol as a great family outing during a beach vacation! We vacationed in Ogunquit for several years and although we looked closely, we only found hermit crabs. Then we started going tidepooling with Carol. We have gone out with her...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2019

There's nothing better than having returning customers each year. Thanks for being one of those families! See ya next year!

Reviewed July 23, 2019

A perfect summer daytime activity for two seniors (my wife & I, 60s), my niece and her husband (50s) and their three teenage daughters (13, 15, & 17); another couple (40s) joined us. Carol from Coast Encounters met us in Kennebunkport, provided us with proper...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2019

Thanks Gray for detailing some of the highlights of the adventure for others to know before booking. I’m sure your description will be helpful to them. Fun was had by all that day!

Reviewed July 11, 2019

This was one of the most unique, awesome, and fun filled learning experience I ever had! As a 19 year old, I learned so many new things about tide pools that I never knew! We found lots of lobsters, snails, hermit crabs, a baby sea...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2019

I'm so glad you enjoyed the adventure Molly. I'm also glad you mentioned your age, as these excursions are good for kids of all ages! Thanks also for telling about some of the things you learned. You now have the knowledge and skill set to...More

Reviewed July 9, 2019

Went on a tide pool excursion with a group of friends in their late 20s/early 30s and had a blast! Carol did a fantastic job educating us on tide pooling and the best way to interact with the ecosystem and wildlife. Our group found tons...More

Date of experience: July 2019
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Coastal_Carol, Owner at Coast Encounters, responded to this reviewResponded July 11, 2019

It was fun taking you all out that day. My excursions are great for couples, especially all you Millenials !

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J S
September 14, 2015|
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Response from Coastal_Carol | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in a Coast Encounter. Saturday's excursion will take place 7:30-10:30am. To book, simply call the phone number on the Coast Encounters Trip Advisor site.
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jane l
August 10, 2015|
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Response from Coastal_Carol | Property representative |
Thank you for your interest in a Coast Encounter. All inquiries can be addressed to me directly through my Coast Encounters website.
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