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Address: 1894 Harpswell Island Road, Orrs Island, ME 04066
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+1 207-833-5257
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00

Established in 1982, H2Outfitters has evolved from a whitewater...

Established in 1982, H2Outfitters has evolved from a whitewater instructional center to a powerhouse of sea kayak instruction on the East Coast. Located in Maine, it's a small company with a dedicated staff who not only teach but guide and lead trips up and down the Eastern seaboard, the Canadian Maritimes, and overseas as well. International destinations include Italy, Iceland, Ireland, Belize, Costa Rica, the Bahamas, and Japan. In fact, H2Outfitters has been recognized by National Geographic Adventure magazine for the two consecutive years that they selected "The Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth", 2008 & 2009. H2O also offers stand up paddleboard, "SUP", instruction and, rentals for both boards and sea kayaks at it's magical location between Orr's and Bailey Islands, just 13 miles off of coastal route 1 in Maine. Located 2.5 hours from Boston and 6 hours from NYC, it's a convenient destination for a weekend get-a-way or a longer stay. The Harpswell Islands region offers an authentic "taste of Maine" with it's working fishing communities, clear waters, and multitude of islands just offshore. Lot's of history here too, from Harriet Beecher Stowe to Admiral Peary, there are many stories to tell. Wildlife abounds, with harbor seals, loons, bald eagles, and even the wayward porpoise or whale providing the live entertainment at water's eye level! H2O's signature programs include 3 hour tours, day tours and the ever popular sunset excursions around the islands. Some interesting overnight trips can be arranged from island camping adventures to inn-to-inn paddling trips...serious fun! Owners Cathy Piffath and Jeff Cooper have international reputations of excellence and inspire their staff to be the very best at what they do...please join the H2Outfitters team for a wonderful paddling experience.

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Saguenay Fjord Experience

My husband and I just returned from a 7 day kayaking/camping trip along the Saguenay Fjord. H2Outfitters is a top-notch outfitter and our guides, Cathy and Beth, were amazing... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 September 2016

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

My husband and I just returned from a 7 day kayaking/camping trip along the Saguenay Fjord. H2Outfitters is a top-notch outfitter and our guides, Cathy and Beth, were amazing. They catered to our every need and made sure our safety was their No. 1 priority. Their cooking skills are superb and every meal exceeded our expectations. They were all delicious.... More 

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Lowell, Michigan, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We were experienced group of 4 kayakers with no boats, only a morning's availability and a desire to experience the Maine coast. H20 filled the bill perfectly. Tom was a great help getting us set up with boats, paddles, PFD's and advice on where to go. He sensed we weren't greenhorns and let us ask as needed--something we appreciated. The... More 

Thank Bayboater9
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2016

We met this friendly crew at Canoecopia (Paddle Show) in Madison WI in March. We booked a day trip for our upcoming visit to Maine. We had Tom for our guide, and he was great--interesting and helpful but not obtrusive. We had a wonderful day, starting in the morning with calm water and spooky fog, which burned off by lunchtime.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

As a college graduation gift for my daughter we arranged a 4-night/5 day sea kayacking / camping in Penobscot Bay. We were 4 women, ranging from experienced to novice: our guide Cathy made sure we all felt comfortable in the boats and off we went! Despite mixed weather conditions (June in Maine!) we had a wonderful time. Cathy's experience and... More 

Thank Audrey D
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Thank you for your review of our Penobscot Bay, Maine kayak camping trip. I am glad that you enjoyed the trip and I appreciate the opportunity to show you a wonderful region of the Maine Coast, scattered with islands and spectacular views of both Camden Hills and Acadia National park. The Coast of Maine is such a great place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

For my graduation trip, I wanted a paddling trip around the islands of Maine. Someone suggested Cathy as a guide, and it was a perfect suggestion. This was my first time camping, and Kathy made the experience fascinating, new and not at all alien. Her authentic Maine knowledge of the islands, as well as her expertise (she's been kayacking since... More 

Thank Elisabeth F
Beverly, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

Four adults (in the senior age range) with little to no ocean kayaking experience wanted a quiet day on the ocean. H2Outfitters equipped us with everything we needed and instruction to set us out on a safe and delightful adventure. We enjoyed the afternoon's warm sun and beautiful coastline and harbor of Orrs Island. The owner and staff are warm... More 

Thank Katbird1993
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2015

My son and I wanted to try sea kayaking. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and knew just the right kayaks for our experience level. The area is beautiful and peaceful. We will be back again for another fun day!

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Princeton, NJ
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2015

My father and I had a terrific August 2015 trip on the Saguenay Fjord (Quebec) with Cathy and new staff member Will. Whales and seals galore, great company, and beautiful weather at each end of our trip. Learn enough French ahead of time to communicate with marine mammals and to read pit toilet instructions. A very sound investment and highly... More 

Thank Porfirio_Diaz
Chaplin, Connecticut
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2015

My husband and I did the Bay of Fundy kayak trip. Wonderful! We have limited ocean kayaking experience. Cathy was a great teacher and guide. She makes everyone feel comfortable and she takes care of everything. I would definitely go on another trip with her, and I would highly recommend H20 to anyone looking for a fun kayak adventure!

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Hopkinton, Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2015

I have wanted to try paddle boarding for sometime and while on vacation saw an ad for stand up paddle boarding lessons at H2Outfitters with guest instructors Steve and Cindy Scherrer. My daughter agreed to join me and it was a fantastic 4 hours! Steve and Cindy spent a good amount of time explaining the equipment and safety before getting... More 

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