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Closed for the 2022 season- Thank You for your support. 2023 reservations are available January 1st!

CLOSED until June 2023! Live availability opens January 1st.

As is the case with many other small businesses, we are currently facing a staff shortage. Please help us to provide the best service to all of our guests by reviewing this information prior to making a reservation or calling our shop.

Maine State Sea Kayak provides our guests with quality ecological sea kayak tours on the “Western Side” of Mount Desert Island. Our team of professional Maine Sea Kayak Guides daily choose a route depending upon weather, tide and group dynamics allowing guests to enjoy wildlife, explore the undeveloped coast of Maine and experience that “off the beaten path” feeling. We primarily offer four-hour excursions (2.5-3 hours water time) and include a quick break on a beach to refuel and stretch. Restrooms are limited to below high-tide zone use only. We can take a max of 12 guests per trip (6 tandems). A single availability on our calendar means we have space for just 1 person. Odd numbered parties may be paired with a guest from another party, may hop in a solo, or may join the guide in a tandem. This is at the guide’s discretion at the time of the tour.

All of our Aqua Safari’s paddle the same routes on the west side of MDI- We provide all the shuttling from our meeting locations.

Parking and arrival: please see our parking link and map under the “more” tab to ensure that your party has a convenient experience and everyone arrives on time. Aqua Safari Tours-Please arrive at meetup location 40 minutes prior to trip, ready to begin outfitting. For Oyster and Acadia Youth– Please arrive 20 minutes early.

Acadia Youth Kayaking: We are currently opening tour availability as our staffing needs are being met.  If there is availability displayed that means we have reopened that tour for reservations.

Picnic lunches: We are discontinuing picnic lunches after July 23rd. We will provide a dry bag for each guest to pack snacks.

Our Waitlist-All of our current availability can be found by selecting your preferred meetup location- If you cannot find an availability, please add your party to waitlist which is found top right of webpage under the “More” tab. We will reach out if space becomes available.

We recommend that your party review our frequently asked questions, and policy page prior to calling/reserving. We thank you for your patience and look forward to paddling with you!

We have 3 locations, so to get started please select your location of choice below to see live availability and begin reservation.

Only Bar Harbor Hub location open and all tours go to the WEST SIDE of MDI, the quiet side

About Us


Hello, My name is Brad Jordan and I am the Owner-Operator of Maine State Sea Kayak! This is my life’s dream, and I welcome you to Mount Desert Island (MDI).

Since 2000, Maine State Sea Kayak has been delighting adventurers with specialized tours along the coastlines of MDI. Our Excursions primarily utilize Tandem Sea Kayaks made here in Maine- This allows us an opportunity to cover larger distances in a safe and comfortable manner. Our guide team works diligently to choose the best routes for our participants, highlighting natural, historic, and cultural wonders of the Acadia region. Our routes allow us to respectfully paddle through wildlife habitat, to feel solitude on our excursions, and to focus on providing more purposeful paddling opportunities! 

NEW and EXCITING- In 2022 we have purchased our sister company National Park Sea Kayak, which we will operate as a 2nd Maine State Sea Kayak location in Bar harbor.

Core values: We are driven by six core values-Build The Team, Be Safe, Share The Passion, Respect Wildlife, Promote Youth Paddling and Be Environmental Stewards.

Why choose us?

  • Closest to NATURE” -This is our promise to you! If you wish to paddle the Quiet-side, we are the only sea kayak company regularly paddling the western shores.
  • Aqua-Safari’s – The name says it all, our guide’s are master interpreters of their environment. They work diligently while with you to interpret the routes we paddle, to share knowledge of our surroundings, and foster love for nature and all that inhabits it. There is a reason Jeff Corwin chose us when he visited Acadia.
  • Commitment to the environment- We believe we are extremely blessed to have the opportunity to operate on Acadia’s quiet-side! We strive to give back, to reduce our footprint, to engage locals and visitors in beach clean-ups and initiatives aimed at preserving this beautiful island habitat.
  • We are also Maine’s Highest Rated Sea Kayak outfitter! I thank my team for this!


  • Perfect safety record
  • All guide’s required to demonstrate/maintain rescue and paddle skills beyond holding guide license
  • We continuously review/update our risk management plan…Ask about this before booking any tour!
  • Fresh, yet experienced ownership- A fresh set of eyes goes a long ways in terms of safety, program planning, and marketing. Procedures should continuously be reviewed/improved upon. It is difficult to do so without seeing the entire operation- Brad is actively involved on every level, seeking feedback from his peers and reaching out to industry leaders-  because he is aware that stagnation is risky to business. He focuses on building teams, and allows the rest to occur naturally

TOP RATED on TripAdvisor and Yelp!

Great blend of excitement and relaxation

“experience. Stunning scenery, exciting encounters up close with seals, porpoises, loons, and eagles, and a perfect way to spend a day outdoors. The entire operation was efficient and professional and a great experience from the moment we arrived, covid-19 and all. Travis, our tour guide, was the perfect blend of local expertise, humor and fun, and professionalism. Highly recommended as a great way to see MDI from the water and build a perfect day into your Acadia trip.”

Top notch kayaking experience

We went on Friday 4 hour tour wildlife excursion tour (July 24, 2020) Kyle was our guide.
This operation is TOP NOTCH from all the safety measures taken re: COVID to the instructional guides prior to departing.
We were able to see porpoises (definitely NOT dolphins), harbor seals, Bald eagles, loons, osprey and schools of fish.

The paddling is very manageable and would be suitable for someone who has never kayaked before.
I would definitely recommend water type shoes – you will need to step into some water to properly get into the kayak.
Kyle was incredibly versed in all things on the water. He was full of ‘fun facts’ about the area and just an easy guide to interact with.

I would highly recommend this outfit for anyone thinking of some kayaking!!

Number One Kayak Experience of a Lifetime

I have kayaked in the most stunningly beautiful locations on the planet – New Zealand, Hawaii, Costa Rica…but the Wildlife trip with Maine State Sea Kayak has risen to my number one favorite kayaking experience. We saw mom and baby porpoise, lots of playful seals, Osprey. I felt like we were in a National Geo doc. And this part of the MDI coast is so peaceful, serene and breathtakingly gorgeous. We never saw another boat during our entire trip!

But what moved it to my #1 slot were the guides and professional yet laid back Maine way of operating this business. Owner, Brad, came along with us and I was blown away at how capable he is at such a young age and how creative and forward thinking he is as he shared his future plans. Working as a professional marketer in hospitality, I was just a bit more than impressed. So it was no surprise that they covered all bases to adhere to Maine State COVID-19 regulations. They even had some innovative measures that the State and other tourism entities should adopt.

Our guide Travis was not only passionate about kayaking and keeping everyone safe on the water, he also shared such interesting facts about the wildlife and area we were exploring. He always had a watchful eye on our group while clearly loving his job with such enthusiasm and skill! The other guides along for the ride kept me in stitches (ahhh, names??? let’s just call them the Dinos) but also were quick to step in and assist with absolutely anything we needed.

First timer, novice or expert, it would not be possible for you to walk away from this trip and not want to go back again and again. I will and not only as my new birthday tradition. Thank you Maine State Sea Kayak for making my 64th birthday one of the best in my lifetime! K.C.

Maine State Sea Kayak and Acadia Youth kayak
(207) 244-­9500

254 Main Street
Southwest Harbor, Maine 04679

39 Cottage Street

Bar Harbor, Maine 04609

a group of people in a small boat in a body of water

Today show hosts Dylan Dreyer and Sheinelle Jones enjoy guided paddle led by Owner/Operator Brad Jordan