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“Great Kayaking trip”

Aquaterra Adventures
Reviewed 13 August 2011

Went with my apprehensive wife on a 2-hour kayaking trip earlier this week. Was a beautiful day and we took advantage of the weather for some activities - ran across Aquaterra down by where all the excursions set off at the end of town and very glad we did.

Our guide was Jeff - very knowlegable, outgoing and personable, exactly what you would want for a guide/instructor. Actually saw him later that eveing at an open mike night where we got to jam a bit as well.

Spent almost the first hour getting suited up, instructions on equipment and procedures, getting in the kayaks, etc.. Then, out to the water.

Had a great time going to and around some of the nearby islands - spotted a bald eagle and a few porpoises. Jeff was very patient and made sure we all stayed together and knew how to avoid boat traffic! Kayaking is great exercise, but not something you need to be in great shape for in order to have fun with.

Class A operation and pretty reasonably priced for something you can brag about back home! Instructors are patient, knowledgable and funny - will make sure you have a great experience. Thinking about buying my own kayak for some of the local lakes

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Reviewed 2 August 2011

We decided upon Aquaterra Adventures after visiting 2 other sea kayaking tour companies in Bar Harbor. I was afraid to kayak in a cold ocean so we were looking for a shorter tour with a great safety record. Aquaterra was the only company with 2 hr tours and availability for the day and was recommended by one of the other companies with longer tours.

Our guide was Andy, a local 6th grade science teacher. Our tour group consisted of only 5 members and her. She was incredibly knowledgable and patient with each of us, all beginner kayakers. It took around 30 minutes to explain how to kayak properly and to make sure we were equipped safely. As we toured, she explained the geological history of the area and answered the questions that each of us had.

The tour was not incredibly extensive, a reasonable paddle along the coast of Bar Harbor Island and around Sheep Porcupine Island. We saw many birds and a bald eagle's nest but no other wildlife. Andy explained that she had seen harbor seals that week, but of course, the spotting of these animals always up to chance. If you are interested in marine animal spotting, she explained that the longer tours on the opposite side of the island provided more opportunity.

Overall, it was a great experience. Andy helped alleviate my fears that began the experience and helped us create a wonderful vacation memory for around $75 for the two of us!

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Reviewed 13 July 2011

We booked the Discovery Tour with Aquaterra after a lot of research and frustration. My 9 year old son is 4'3". Many of the outfitters would not take him due to height restrictions. Aquaterra has this Discovery Tour during low tide in the harbor that will take smaller (size not age) children on a tandem kayak with their families. It did seem that a lot of time was taken getting prepared before actually launching the kayak into the water, but I felt we had enough time on the water. Since this tour includes children, we did not go very far or very deep. There were two families of four on the tour - for a total of eight people with two guides. We spent time dragging the bottom with hot dogs and catching crabs. I would definately book something more strenuous and more interesting if I could, but the kayaking was the "best" part of my son's trip (his words), and we did the tour that would allow him. I would definately reccommend this for a family like our with a shorter child that really wants to kayak, but if you meet the height restrictions for other tours - do them. Just one final note - They do not have lockers for valuables, just "cubbies" (like kindergarten) and they do not reccomend expensive cameras or equipment on the kayaks.

2  Thank auroraarielella
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Reviewed 19 June 2011

I kayak a lot on area lakes, but there is nothing like what they offer here, experienced staff and convenient location makes it the best tour I have ever been on.

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Reviewed 4 September 2010

The two-hour harbor tour is only one hour on the water as they take forever to equip and instruct everyone and launch the boats. Our guide spent most of the time cracking (not funny) jokes and praising his company and trashing the competition, instead of focusing on what we were seeing, which wasn't much since he was very focused on keeping us away from any shoreline.

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