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National Park Sea Kayak Tours

39 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1874
+1 800-347-0940
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Fantastic Outing!

We did a sunset tour in August that was a great time on the open water. Although everyone in our... read more

Reviewed 5 weeks ago
Fairport, NY
Excellent trip, informative guide, great new experience.

Had a great trip out to the west of Mt. Desert Island to kayak between islands but sheltered from... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Ludlow, United Kingdom
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Ecological Sea Kayak trips on the remote West Side of Acadia...Half day (4 hours)AM, PM & Sunset. 2.5-3 hours on-the-water.. Acadia's Highest Rated kayak Outfitter. Great Wildlife Sightings. locally owned and operated since 1993. Professional Sea Kayak Guides provide all equipment, instruction and van transportation. Beginners welcome.
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  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
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39 Cottage St, Bar Harbor, Mount Desert Island, ME 04609-1874
+1 800-347-0940
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We did a sunset tour in August that was a great time on the open water. Although everyone in our group had kayaked before, none of us have been in a sea kayak before. These take some time to get used to, especially for whoever...More

Thank PRNap
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Had a great trip out to the west of Mt. Desert Island to kayak between islands but sheltered from the westerly wind. Our guide was really knowledgable about the area and the wildlife (and other activities available locally). Had never been kayaking before and everything...More

Thank 13AJC13
Reviewed 13 October 2017 via mobile

We had 11 people in our group kayak with company. Everyone had an excellent time. The guides were very knowledgeable and we were able to see a seal, porpoise, and a bald eagle. We highly recommend this company.

Thank Robotninja2002
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We had booked a Kayak tour and were excited to go. The morning of our trip the weather was not looking very good so we walked over to the tour company and immediately were kept up to date with information. We were asked to just...More

Thank 79Paul79
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Under clear skies on an unseasonably warm morning, we glided on still-as-glass waters and spotted a bald eagle, harbor seals, cormorants, and countless other bird and wildlife along Acadia's gorgeous coastline. Joel, our guide, was fantastic--brimming with knowledge, helpful, and with a great sense of...More

Thank Bryant73
Reviewed 10 October 2017

Afternoon kayak tour, guide kept all of the kayakers together, explained the nature that we saw, very enjoyable. Liked that it did not leave from the harbor where all the tours came in and out.

Thank Hilary J
Reviewed 2 October 2017

We had a reservation for an afternoon kayak tour. We were both newbies (although we've canoed many times.) They were so helpful, showed us exactly what to do, made sure we were equipped, and drove us to the launch site in a super comfy van/bus....More

Thank MaryAnn E
Robert S, Owner at National Park Sea Kayak Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for your positive review and we are so happy that you have been bitten by the sea kayaking bug! All the staff at National Park Sea Kayak from Front Desk, shuttle drivers and of course our super guides strive to make our paddlers...More

Reviewed 1 October 2017

Our group of 8 from Michigan had a great time kayaking while in the Bar Harbor area. This company knows how to run a safe and efficient kayak tour. Fletcher, our tour guide, was very thorough before we left their building - explaining everything that...More

Thank mifan011
Reviewed 19 September 2017

We had a reservation for Saturday. Most of our group cancelled on their own because of weather reports - don't do this! If the weather is that bad, they will cancel. People that cancelled missed an amazing tour! The weather was gorgeous and we saw...More

Thank ddallas1969
Reviewed 7 September 2017

We were asked to arrive 45 minutes before the tour to set up, prep . We were given a dry sac, and a skirt. The staff is friendly and helpful. We drove about 30 minutes to the west side of the island from which we...More

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6 August 2016|
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Response from Robert S | Property representative |
The answer is no... We will be out on the water around sunset and it stays light (civil twilight) about 30-40 minutes after sunset... It may be dark after we return to Bar Harbor from the van shuttle... Have a great... More
29 July 2015|
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Response from Robert S | Property representative |
All our paddle are equal... am, pm or sunset... We conduct our tours on the remote west side of Acadia... Wildlife is 24/7, so there is no best time... Everyone deserves a nice paddle...