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Acadia Park Kayak Tours
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Owner description: The lowest prices, smallest groups, and most eco-friendly business practices on Mount Desert Island. Open group size is limited to either six or twelve people. Private groups can be any size. We offer sunrise, morning, day, sunset, night-time star gazing/bioluminescence, and private tours. We meet in Bar Harbor and give tours on both the east and west sides of Mount Desert Island. A portion of every tour's fee goes towards ocean conservation. All trips are led by a Registered Maine guide. No former kayaking experience is necessary and all required equipment is provided. We also provide upon request fleece jackets, rain jackets, wetsuit mittens, and fleece hats.. We are also the only outfitter that provides an option to crate your dog at our location while kayaking with us.
Useful Information: Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
Dry Ridge, Kentucky
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great Trip!”
Reviewed May 31, 2014

It was my first time kayaking and the guide did an outstanding job. Any fear you have about sea kayaking will be put to rest after an afternoon with Brescian. Totally professional, knowledgeable, and helpful. He leaves you alone if you want to be left alone or will assist you if needed. He had a very laid back style and you can tell he really enjoys what he does. If you book a sea kayak in Bar Harbor call this guy, you wont be dissapointed.

Visited May 2014
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New York, New York, United States
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
“Great way to see Bar Harbor”
Reviewed November 2, 2013

This is a great way to see Bar Harbor. Our guide, Brescian, was very professional and took time to address any safety concerns. He explained the proper way to paddle and what to if we flipped over into the freezing cold water (don't worry, no one actually did!). It took a while to get moving because there was a tour ahead of us, but once they launched into the water, it was smooth sailing. The tour was around 4 hours - we stopped periodically as Brescian explained some of the wildlife and took a break on one of the other islands (make sure to pack some water and granola bars - they give you dry packs for your things). I highly recommend Acadia Park Kayak tours if you're ever in Bar Harbor.

Visited August 2013
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Washington DC
Level 6 Contributor
598 reviews
269 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 262 helpful votes
“A great kayak tour”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

I believe we were on the same tour as the last poster. It was a windy day and Brescian suggested we put the kayaks in the water in a different spot for easier paddling. We went in at the Hadley's Point Boat ramp. We received a short lesson with some pointers. What was great about these tandem kayaks was the rudder which made steering so much easier than just trying to paddle in sync. All of the equipment was great, including the spray skirt. Essentially it goes around your wait and then over the edges of your kayak spot, and keeps any water that drips or splashes from ending up in your lap.

Brescian was a great guide, highly recommend.

Visited October 2013
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Guide really went above and beyond”
Reviewed October 3, 2013 via mobile

The day was windy and paddling around the islands at Bar Harbor would have been difficult so Breschin, our guide, offered to take us to a more suitable location that day. We were really appreciative of his extra efforts since this seemed to be a really good decision. As it turned out, half way through our paddle Breschin offered to let the group paddle back to Bar Harbor despite the fact that this would clearly be a pain for him to have to get his transport van from the start of the paddle and bring it to the spot we finished. I really doubt most companies would be willing to be so accommodating. This guy cares about the area and is a great advocate for the creatures and environment of the area. He spent a good deal of time instructing our group and as a little bit if a seasoned kayaker I definitely learned some new things.

Visited October 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“So much fun! And informative.”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

This is THE best way to check out the beauty of Bar Harbor. Our guide Brescian was very professional and did a great job talking about native wildlife and answering our questions (we saw tons of harbor porpoises!!). The 3+ hour trip filled the middle part of our day. We met up at 9 and left the site by 2. I would say sea kayaking is a must do when in Bar Harbor, and Acadia Park Kayak tours made it easy, affordable and fun.

Visited August 2013
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