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Sea Kayaking is a great way to experience the area. The coast of Mount Desert Island is one of the most beautiful coastlines for kayaking in the country. The Porcupine Islands in Frenchman's Bay are beautiful. The west side (Blue Hill and Western Bays) of the Island offers a more rustic setting with low boat traffic and a pristine natural Maine coastline.
Several outfitters offer tours on MDI; allowing both experienced and novice paddlers to enjoy an adventure without the need for training, previous experience or personally-owned equipment.
There are several tour companies that offer tours in Frenchman's Bay in Bar Harbor. Aqua Terra Adventures and Coastal Kayak offer a variety of guided tours using tandem (2 person) sea kayaks in and around the Porcupine Islands. Acadia Park Kayak Tours also offers tours out of Bar Harbor with smaller group sizes (six people or less) lead by the owner/guide who is knowledgeable about the area.
National Park Sea Kayak Tours in Bar Harbor and Maine State Sea Kayak Tours in Southwest Harbor offer tours on the west side of Mount Desert Island where paddlers can enjoy an "ecological" tour in the natural setting of Blue Hill and Western Bays.
National Park Canoe and Kayak offers rentals for use in Long Pond (Mount Desert) for a casual paced fresh water experience that is often enjoyed by people that want to explore on their own.
With all these available options visitors and locals can find something that works best for them and can enjoy a great experience on and around Mount Desert Island.