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Address: 48 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME
Phone Number: +1 207-288-9605
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Beautiful, relaxing, informative trip!

I spent 5 days in Bar Harbor in with my 27 year old daughter in June 2016. She planned all of our excursions. This trip was by far the best! We have both done ocean kayaking... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Christine W
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Manasquan, New Jersey
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Manasquan, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I spent 5 days in Bar Harbor in with my 27 year old daughter in June 2016. She planned all of our excursions. This trip was by far the best! We have both done ocean kayaking before. It was great to be out on the water sight seeing. Jared was our guide. He answered every question we had. Very knowledgeable... More 

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Mechanicsburg, PA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

We had never done kayaking before and we are senior citizens so we were a little nervous about how we would do. Our guide, Emily, helped us get into the gear and we waddled to the van for our ride to the put in point which was on the exposed bar. She gave us a good safety talk and then... More 

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Glenn T, Owner at Coastal Kayaking Tours, responded to this review

We're glad you had a great time, and you are right: sea kayaking is fun for people of all ages! More 

Clinton Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

This was one of our favorite excursions while visiting Bar Harbor. Our guide Morgan was outstanding. She was very knowledgeable about the area and kayaking. She made the trip even more fun. Paddling around the islands was a great way to end our vacation. Such a beautiful way to see Frenchman's Bay filled with lobster boats and wildlife on the... More 

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Post Falls, Idaho
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

Brian, of Coastal Kayaking tours, gave us one of the best kayaking trips we have been on in Maine. We saw Loons, Ieder ducks, harbor seal, and for a special treat a small pod of Harbor Porpoise , which are in fact a small whale. We had a drizzly, but calm night. the water was perfect,.there were six of us... More 

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Glenn T, Owner at Coastal Kayaking Tours, responded to this review

We don't believe sea kayaking has to be a character-building experience. A leisurely paced trip is often the best, and it sounds as if you got a wildlife lallapalooza. Thanks for the nice words. More 

Larchmont, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Hubby and I enjoyed this tour. We love kayaking but since we were unfamiliar with the area, we decided on a guided tour. However, know that the tour caters to people who are not physically fit and/or have young children. If you kayak regularly, be prepared to go half the distance and at a much slower pace. That said, knowledgeable... More 

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Glenn T, Owner at Coastal Kayaking Tours, responded to this review

We're glad you had a good time. We do often have people on tour without previous paddling experience, so we try to move at a pace that's comfortable for everybody. Thanks for the positive response. More 

Blackburn, Lancashire
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

These guys know what they are doing and are quick and efficient in getting you on the road. They pointed us in the direction of the bike shuttle into the national park and the bikes they gave us were great. We were back within 4 hours and got a partial refund without having to ask. Highly recommended.

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Glenn T, Owner at Coastal Kayaking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words for our sister store, Acadia Bike. Many people don't know that we have a half-day rate and are surprised when they return and we voluntarily give them money back. That's the way we like to do business! More 

Latham, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

We had an excellent 4 hour kayak tour with our guide Morgan. There were 6 people on the tour and we were given instructions regarding putting on the skirt so you don't get wet and the life jackets. Morgan was excellent and also gave us a quick lesson on how to get into the kayak (didn't realize we have been... More 

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Glenn T, Owner at Coastal Kayaking Tours, responded to this review

We're glad you enjoyed your tour with Morgan, saw a variety of islands out in Frenchman Bay and spotted wildlife. This is the premier sea kayaking area in New England, and now you know why! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We've done two of their tours and have had a great experience both times. The harbor tour is a great introduction into sea kayaking and is probably the place to start before getting into one of the larger trips. The half day tour was a blast but surprisingly tiring! Their guides are informative and give the right balance of providing... More 

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Glenn T, Owner at Coastal Kayaking Tours, responded to this review

Hi Matt, and thanks for the enthusiastic review. Like you, many of our paddlers are repeat customers who like the way we run tours. We hope to see you again. More 

Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

We kayaked 3 hours around the porcupine islands in an group of 5 double kayaks and leader. Beautiful day and an easy paddle. We stopped on a pebble beach to walk and have a snack. Our guide was experienced fun, but not very knowledgeable of the area. Boats had some issues broken foot rests and rudder issues. This is a... More 

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Glenn T, Owner at Coastal Kayaking Tours, responded to this review

We're glad you had a good trip. Boat problems don't happen very often, but in a small number of cases they are inevitable and if there is a problem, we always repair quickly. More 

Fairfax County, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

We took the approximately 2.5 hour tour of the harbor. We're first timers. We went on early morning tour. I think a morning tour is more likely to encounter calm conditions on the water. Because we were there in the very highest of the seasons, we booked ahead of time by phone. The staff was professional, efficient and courteous over... More 

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Glenn T, Owner at Coastal Kayaking Tours, responded to this review

Thanks for your response, and we're glad you had a great time on your tour. We hope to see you again. More 

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