Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are sea kayaks stable?
  • Yes! The kayaks we use are the Necky Looksha T’s. Their wide design and the fact that they have a rudder make them very stable. We primarily use tandem sea kayaks for their stability and convenience on the water! Only when the group is an overall odd number may you be given a solo boat.

    If you are uncertain that you will be comfortable in one of our kayaks you must stop into the office and try out our demo kayak! 24 hour cancellation applies.

  • Will I see wildlife on my sea kayak tour with Maine State Sea Kayak?
  • Yes! Once you leave the crowds of Bar Harbor behind you, the chances of seeing wildlife are much more likely! Maine State Sea Kayak has an impressive record of finding wildlife. Bald eagles, osprey, cormorant, harbor seals, loons, gulls, terns, and harbor porpoise are the primary sightings on our kayak tours. Please bring a camera on your tour.

    Celebrating our 18th season we are excited to announce that we are offering a Wildlife voucher for any of our Half Day tours during this season which do not see any of our “Top 3” Harbor Seal, Harbor Porpoise, or Bald Eagle. This voucher will be good for a complimentary tour during our 2019 season! (Given upon request of customer)

    We are the only Sea Kayaking outfitter on MDI offering this! So book your excursion and enjoy our beautiful routes, passionate guides, and be confident you will see some Maine wildlife!

  • How big/tall do I have to be to go on a tour?
  • (4 ft. 8 in. tall, 56″, or 143 cm). Each youth is required to paddle in a tandem sea kayak with an adult. If there is a question on whether or not someone is OK to go on a tour, please stop by our shop (254 Main St. in Southwest Harbor) in person.

  • Can I make a reservation for a tour online?
  • Yes, just click (here) and choose a tour.
    Any reservation can be changed/cancelled with a 24-hour notice. We will do our best to reschedule you. Cancellations with 24-hour notice are refunded 100%.

  • How far ahead do I need to make a reservation?
  • Generally, 1-2 weeks prior to your Acadia vacation you should book online or call us at 1-877-481-9500

  • How cold is the water and what is the normal air temperature?
  • Water temps range from high 40s to high 50s through the summer season (June-Sept.). Yes, it is brisk. Air temps are 60s and 80s (daytime highs) and 50s and 60s (night).

  • What should I wear on a sea kayak tour?
  • We always recommend that you avoid cotton and opt for synthetic layers! Also, it is a good idea to bring along a windbreaker/rain jacket. Additional items: hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, camera, binoculars, water/juice, snack, and wet water footwear.

  • Where do I park for my sea kayak tour?
  • Maine State Sea Kayak has free on-site parking for all of our guests. Paved parking is right beside our kayak shop, located at 254 Main St. in Southwest Harbor.

  • Can I bring my own kayak on a tour?
  • Generally, no… However, we occasionally have the opportunity to make this possible so let’s chat!

  • *Choosing your sea kayak outfitter?*
  • Researching Maine sea kayak tours and not sure who to go with? By keeping the following items in mind, it can help you find the right sea kayak outfitter for your tour:

    Ask about the company safety record.
    Ask about experience levels with Registered Maine Sea Kayak Guides.
    Ask if the outfitter is insured.
    Ask about the time length of sea kayak tours.
    Ask about the maximum group size.