Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are sea kayaks stable?
  • Yes! The kayaks we use are the Necky Amaruks or Boreal Esperanto. Their wide design and the fact that they have a rudder make them very stable. They are also tandem sea kayaks.

  • Will I see wildlife on my sea kayak tour with Maine State Sea Kayak?
  • The chances of seeing wildlife are good, and paddling close to the shore and islands increases your chances. 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.

  • 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. Remember, your reservation is not confirmed until we contact you by phone. We will take credit card information and answer any outstanding questions at that point.
    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 and request the best day and time for your kayak tour.

  • 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?
  • Most people are comfortable in shorts and a T-Shirt. However, it is a good idea to bring along a windbreaker/rain jacket. We recommend that you dress in layers. 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 can suggest some nice protected paddling areas for you to explore later on your own. Stop by our shop and we will assist you.

  • *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.