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National Park Sea Kayak Tours

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National Park Sea Kayak Tours
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“west side”(59 reviews)
“quiet side”(33 reviews)
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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...more
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39 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1874
+1 800-347-0940
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 9 July 2012

I took the 9:00 am to 1:00 pm tour. All tours are on the quiet side of the island which equates to Southeast Harbor. For a 9:00 am departure you really need to be there no later than 8:40 am. You have to be fitted...More

15  Thank HazelEyesFromTN
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 19 August 2014

We decided to go on this kayak tour for my daughter's 11th birthday. I was a bit apprehensive as my daughter was only an inch over the minimum height requirement. However, we were assured that the tour could accommodate groups of mixed ages/abilities. Quite frankly,...More

17  Thank MWLV1992
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Thank you so much for your recommendation Teresa!! I stayed at the gulf beach resort motel and not only was it in a great location, but the staff (especially Teresa) was so kind and extremely helpful. Such a fun tour!!! Definitely coming back

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Locally owned by a gentleman who is from Bar Harbor with a great sense of humor. Especially seeing how it was the last day of their season to hold onto the humor is nice to see. Our MaineGuide was professional and a nice guy. I...More

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Reviewed 1 October 2018 via mobile

We booked a sea kayaking trip with this company and found them to be very professional and amicable. We met at the store on Cottage street in Bar Harbor, where they had all the needed equipment for us. They even had water shoes, jackets, dry...More

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Robert S, Owner at National Park Sea Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2018

First, thank you for taking the time out of your busy vacation time to write a fine review of your recent experience with National Park Sea Kayak... Your guide Scott takes that extra time to explain Island History, Wildlife Sightings, use of the kayaks, etc......More

Reviewed 23 September 2018

This company specializes in tours on the quiet, eastern shore. We had 10 tourists, one guide, and a driver (so you can take out at a different spot from where you put in). We saw 2 bald eagles, including one that swooped just in front...More

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Robert S, Owner at National Park Sea Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Glad you had a nice tour and an Eagles Eye View!

Reviewed 22 September 2018

I signed up for a kayaking tour a day ahead of time. I was worried that the weather might not hold up for me to go. It was my last day in Bar Harbor. I was glad we were able to go.They provided dry sack,...More

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Robert S, Scott Appleman, Guide at National Park Sea Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2018

Thank you for the review of your kayak trip with us... Also, thank you for supporting a locally owned/operated recreational business on this AMAZING ISLAND! Looking forward to many, many exciting years providing our quests a taste of the remote West Side of Acadia...

Reviewed 16 September 2018 via mobile

This company takes you to West Bay, on the ‘quiet’ side of the island for the sea kayaking. It makes a tremendous difference. Not seeing all the people, cruise ships, seeing nature down on the water without all the hustle and bustle, makes this a...More

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Robert S, Owner at National Park Sea Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2018

Fletcher thanks you for your great review! Once again, the Quiet (West Side) of Acadia rewards yet another group of paddlers its wonders of Wildlife and solitude! We hope your visit to Acadia was a memory of a lifetime...

Reviewed 13 September 2018

Drew was an excellent guide. He pointed out several bald eagles, a group of porpoises, several seals, loons, cormorants and more. He made sure that first-time and experienced kayakers had a great time. The kayaks were in excellent condition, too. Drew showed us how to...More

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Robert S, Owner at National Park Sea Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

Thank you for your kind and detailed review of another great "Quite Side" Kayak Trip... We are so so glad to have Drew as a guide on our talented team... Glad your first kayaking experience was a positive one...

Reviewed 12 September 2018 via mobile

I couldn’t have enjoyed the tour more than I did. Our guide, Joel, was enthusiastic and eager to share his knowledge of both the rich wildlife and interesting details about the islands and landscape. Joel learned each of our names - an impressive effort worthy...More

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Reviewed 11 September 2018

What a great experience!! First time kayaking the ocean for me, first time using a two-person kayak, and first time using a kayak with a rudder. Our guide, Erin, was really great! She'll even show you where the MOOSE!! are, LOL!! ;) Trip was rather...More

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Robert S, Owner at National Park Sea Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 23 September 2018

We thank you for your nice words and review of your experience kayaking with National Park Sea Kayak... Wildlife sightings are always a bonus and it seems like that once again mother nature cooperated...

Reviewed 10 September 2018 via mobile

Awesome time with Drew on a fantastic kayak. Initially the weather looked like rain but we had perfect conditions by the time we got to the launching site. Drew is a great communicator. We saw a ton of harbor seals, porpoises, ducks and birds. Great...More

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3 August 2018|
Response from Robert S |
Yes, beginners are welcome on our Sea Kayak Tours...
3 August 2018|
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Response from FlapjawJr | Reviewed this property |
Yes. My wife, son and I are all novices and have only kayaked a time or two before. Two people per boat, steer by foot pedals attached to rudder. The guide selects a route that uses the tides and wind to make it easier. You... More
4 March 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