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H2Outfitters - Day Tours

1894 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orrs Island, ME 04066-2153
+1 207-833-5257
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Navigation Skills

I have been paddling whitewater for over 20 years and wanted to expand into sea kayaking. Needed... read more

Reviewed 9 August 2017
John G
via mobile
Excellent Instruction

We enjoyed exploring the beautiful coastal waters of Orrs Island, Maine thanks to H2Outfitters... read more

Reviewed 15 July 2017
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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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1894 Harpswell Islands Rd, Orrs Island, ME 04066-2153
+1 207-833-5257

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Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

I have been paddling whitewater for over 20 years and wanted to expand into sea kayaking. Needed to learn skills in navigation, charts, tides etc. H2Outfitters's is excellent, Cathy knows here stuff and knows how to present it. (The weather was perfect low visibility fog...More

Thank John G
Management response:Responded 11 August 2017

Thank you so much for your kind review. I look forward to paddling with you some more and helping you develop more skills!

Reviewed 15 July 2017

We enjoyed exploring the beautiful coastal waters of Orrs Island, Maine thanks to H2Outfitters! My husband and I had a great couple of days learning the basics of Sea Kayaking. Cathy was an excellent instructor- with just the right balance of verbal and hands on...More

Thank stampedearth
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....More

Thank Orcalvr
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...More

Thank Bayboater9
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,...More

Thank Sassy522
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!...More

Thank Audrey D
Management response:Responded 16 June 2016

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...More

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...More

Thank Elisabeth F
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...More

Thank Katbird1993
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!

Thank KarenA_20142014
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...More

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