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National Park Sea Kayak Tours

39 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1874
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It is definitely an adventure

We really weren’t quite sure what to expect. That was definitely part of the adventure so we won’t... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
ddogmay
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Union
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Great excursion on "the quiet side" of the island

Joel was a fantastic guide--very knowledgeable and experienced. I tried to stay close to him to... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
nanwner
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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Ecological Sea Kayak trips on the remote West Side of Acadia...Half day (4 hours)AM, PM & Sunset. 2.5-3 hours on-the-water.. Acadia's Highest Rated kayak Outfitter. Great Wildlife Sightings. locally owned and operated since 1993. Professional Sea Kayak Guides provide all equipment, instruction and van transportation. Beginners welcome.
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39 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1874
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We really weren’t quite sure what to expect. That was definitely part of the adventure so we won’t spoil the surprises in store. We will tell you that this tour company runs a very tight ship. We felt absolute confidence with our tour guide Brian....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

Joel was a fantastic guide--very knowledgeable and experienced. I tried to stay close to him to get as much information as possible. We saw a few seals, guillemots, and several cormorants. Caught a glimpse of an eagle. They put a lot of thought into where...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

Overall a good experience. Booking is a pain - you request online, wait for an email and then have to call and resubmit all of the info yo filled on the request over the phone. Upon arrival, we were greeted by very friendly staff and...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The 4 hour tour was great. Our guide was very respectful regarding the animals we encountered and told us lots of interesting facts. We saw seals frolicking in the sea, a bald eagle fledgling sitting on a branch and lots of beautiful houses. It was...More

Thank Daniela H
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Took four hour trip with guide Joel. Friendly, knowledgeable and experienced. Provided both Good guidance and information. Saw seal adults and pups, bald eagle adult and fledgling, osprey, guillemots, cormorants, etc. Did 7 miles which was about enough for me. Company had high quality equipment...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I'm not a big fan of things on water. However, was on vacation with my husband, daughter and her family. They all wanted to sea kayak. I didn't want to be a party-pooper, so I agreed. We read all the hints online and went well...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We can't say enough about this kayak tour. We have only kayaked a couple of times over many years, so were a bit concerned that we couldn't keep up. But they schedule a one way trip in the best route for the conditions, so it...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We booked our kayak tour prior to our trip and stopped into the shop the day before our tour. They told us they were closely watching the forecast for strong winds on or tour day. Thankfully, the winds didn’t come in until the afternoon, and...More

Thank Ally C
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a wonderful time on our kayak adventure! Our only regret was not going earlier in our trip! Our guide Fletcher was very knowledgeable about not only the geography of the area, but also the wildlife, other things to see and do in the...More

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Reviewed January 30, 2018

We loved this sea kayaking tour! We were a little worried about the length of it but it's very doable, even for inexperienced kayakers. We saw seals and a porpoise swam right by my kayak!

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OhioParrotfish
March 4, 2018|
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Response from PRNap | Reviewed this property |
No, there are not restrooms available. The break is on a peaceful secluded island
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HYCL
August 6, 2016|
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Response from Robert S | Property representative |
The answer is no... We will be out on the water around sunset and it stays light (civil twilight) about 30-40 minutes after sunset... It may be dark after we return to Bar Harbor from the van shuttle... Have a great... More
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